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Pwned by critics, but...,
This review is from: SplatterHouse (PS3) (Video Game)
This game was trashed by the critics. And well, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't without its flaws. The instruction manual is useless (yes, USELESS), the in-game tutorial is slow-paced, and at some points how you are supposed to advance in the stage is cryptic. And not in a Resident Evil, puzzle solving way. You have to find a part of the background you can highlight, and THEN figure out what button to press to break/open said background. And yes, there are some audio glitches, and the loading time does get a bit tedious. Especially since you WILL die a lot.
However, I still think the critics were completely unfair with this game. While it's no groundbreaking action game, it's very satisfying and fun to play. You can tear your way through ghouls and zombies and tentacle creatures, with a variety of weak punches, strong punches, grabs, and other combos. If an enemy gets weak it will glow with a red outline, letting you trigger a "splatter kill" which are all very satisfying. If a bit repetitive.
The controls are smooth, although they may take some getting used to. Like I said, you WILL die. And die. AND die. The game is far from easy, and you'll need to master the health regeneration, dodging, blocking, and so on to make it through.
But what really makes this game is the atmosphere and the story. It is essentially a re-telling of how the whole Splatterhouse series got started, but it's by no means a re-hash of the original. The Mask has a personality, for one thing. For some, this may kill the mystery and horror of the Mask, but I found it added a nice element to the story, with a bit of both comedy and ruthless bloodlust. The voice acting is phenomenal, and all the while you are focused on saving your girlfriend. None of that "lose track of your first objective in the interest of saving the world" BS. Throughout, it's a lot of fun, one of those games you play when you're stressed out or feel like beating the CRAP out of something. Oh, and there are lots of naked pics of Jennifer. Just sayin'.
Anyway, I found it a very worthy addition to the series, and I am begging for a sequel. Like I said, it has its flaws and it's nothing groundbreaking, but if you're a Splatterhouse fan, you're gonna love this. OR if you like solid action games, because the game is well-balanced, satisfying, and makes you FEEL powerful. Highly recommended IF you don't mind lots of blood and gore.