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This review is from: Calling (Wii) (Video Game)First, before I actually get into the review, I must explain three things. Firstly, I have had no previous experience with J-horror. Secondly, this is the first horror game I've ever played. And thirdly, I'm thirteen so I haven't had all too much experience with the genre horror all around.
The basic plot in Calling is that there is a website called The Black Page, where you can supposedly talk to the dead. However, if you visit this website, your physical body will end up in a coma, while your spirit will wander the Mnemonic Abyss, a place where ghosts live. The locations in the Mnemonic Abyss are made up of the memories of the dead, and you can't just walk out of places, because outside the buildings there is just nothing-ness. Using a mobile phone, you can transport from place to place, and try to escape the Mnemonic Abyss because, if you stay there for too long, then you will eventually become one of the ghosts that haunts it.
Good points in this game are:
*Fairly realistic looking graphics (for Wii, anyway)
*A few really good "pop-up" moments when things just jump out at you
*Some of the ghosts are quite freaky
*You can take photos using your phone and then send them to your Wii message board
*Ghosts will sometimes send you messages and pictures on your Wii message board
Neutral points in this game are:
\The whole "using your Wii remote as a mobile" idea; while it could have been really good, I can still hear the ghosts talking on the other end of the phone without putting the remote anywhere near my ear - even when the sound is on setting 1. However, I still put it against my ear to go along with it.
\The controls can be a little confusing at first. I remember when I started playing this game that I felt a little ill because it seemed much too easy to move the camera. Eventually I got the hang of it and didn't feel sick after that at all during game play.
Bad points in this game are:
x A good few of the ghosts in this game look more funny than they look scary. Quite a lot of times a ghost has made me laugh because of it's ridiculous appearance.
x It's easy to get lost; particularly in the school and the hospital. I spent a lot of my time scanning the map while I was in these two areas.
x When you "complete the game" you have to play it through all over again. A few new chapters are added, but you still have to play through the ones you have already done. Apparently you can skip the ones you have already completed, but I found no option for this at all.
x There is a lot of walking around and searching in this game. There are a few good freaky parts to make up for it, but sometimes it seems like you will be walking forever.
x If you choose to have Japanese audio, sometimes (not too often, thankfully) there aren't subtitles to translate what they are saying. I know a little bit of Japanese, so I can translate a word or two, but it's still not enough to actually understand what they are saying.
x Sometimes (in cupboards and stuff) there is Japanese writing, which, again, they do not even bother to try and translate. They could have had some kind of subtitle come up when you see the writing, but they don't. Not even if you have the English audio on.
I would recommend it to people new to the Horror concept, but not anybody who is a hard-core horror fan. It's a good little game if you are bored or just want another new Wii game to add to your collection. Don't buy it if you have other games you want to get first.
Do not get this game if you have Pediophobia (a fear of dolls). Trust me, you will get freaked out.
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Initial post: 4 Sep 2010 23:50:28 BDT
O. Keane says:
Thanks. Nice review. :)
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2010 16:48:13 BDT
Claire Eriks says:
Your welcome. Glad to know it helped. :)
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