I was not sure what to expect when I started to play Clock Tower 3. I didn't know if it would have demons and monsters (ala Silent Hill) or what. However, from the moment I started playing it, I was hooked. The graphics are smooth, the sound is eerie and the controls are easy to master.
You take control of a 14 year old girl called Alyssa and you must try and find out what happened to your mother. The game is divided into various chapters (5 in all) and each chapter is set in a different time and place and it is your 'mission' to find out as much as you can about the sinister environments you explore. They range from sewers, to graveyards, to hospitals...
Unlike Silent Hill, however, your only 'weapon' during the game is a limited supply of holy water which you can use to temporarily stun pursuing enemies. Your only real enemies in the game are demented serial killers who have been brought back to life thanks to the help of some evil spirits. They relentlessly pursue you until the end of the chapter, where you get to fight them with special arrows which are able to destroy them.
You do not have a health meter in the traditional sense but rather a 'panic meter' which affects the way you move. If your panic level becomes too high, you will begin to stagger uncontrollably and occasionally freeze because of fright which makes you very vulnerable. Your only way to prevent this is to run away quick or use 'lavender water' to alleviate your panic.
I would definately stress that this game is not for everyone. Fans of Silent Hill and similar survival horror games may not take a liking to CT3 because of it's lack of weapons and unusual style. I would suggest perhaps renting it first before buying and if you have played Capcom's similar game, Haunting Ground, and didn't like it, you'll probably be disappointed with this.