Posted November 28, 2011 by Jallen (260)
Right off the bad (or 2×4 if you prefer) I should point out I had never played the original Splatterhouse games; a little bit before my time and by the time I was interested in games, consoles where the in thing, not arcades. So I had no expectations, no nostalgia to cloud my vision, or to be demolished.
Apparently this game isn’t just a reboot of the classic 80’s game ‘Splatterhouse’ but a remake too; following the same story, which sees Rick and Jennifer head into the mansion of Dr. Henry West. The only thing now is that now we have more of a story. Dr. West lured Jen to come into his mansion and Rick was just tagging along so he could propose to her later that night. However the mad-doctor nearly kills Rick, leaves him for dead, and then kidnaps Jen. It’s at this point the mask turns up and offers Rick the chance to save his girl at the cost of his soul. The plot is then basically save the princess who is inevitably is always in another castle.
The game has some surprisingly good voice acting. Jim Cummings takes the role of the mask, giving rude blood thirsty remarks throughout the game that will either delight your ears or leave you thinking “that’s just wrong”. Richard Doyle does a nice job of Dr. West and coupled with the script that oozes Lovecraftian influences makes you interested in hearing what these people are saying. The whole game ends up being a contemporary remake of ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’ my favourite Lovecraft story, so as far as the plot and the unlock-able journal goes; I love it. Shame then at a few points in the game the audio does get lost, sentences get chopped and a few are completely missing; as the subtitles and the dialogue just don’t match up.
Splatterhouse is basically a 3D beat-em-up. Beat-em-up, rip off their head’s and then use their head as impromptu weapon. This game is bloody, do you remember when you were around 12 and the bloodier things were, the better, you would revel in the copious amounts of blood flying through the air and bask in the glory that you knew this was a game you really shouldn’t be playing? Well Splatterhouse is that game for the next generation. In general it does feel a bit juvenile and once you’ve got past the initial blood factor does the game have anything else to offer? Thankfully yes it does.
Now this game has been heavily panned by my more main-steam peers; so let me set this one thing straight, which annoyed me no end; this game isn’t the case of just pressing ‘X’. Okay it is a button masher and it may not be on the same complexity level as God of War or it’s imitators but it seems to me other “reviewers” never bothered to play the game. Splatterhouse does require the player to be a tad more sophisticated than the wanton display of carnage on the screen would suggest. In-fact the start of the game is unforgiving on the normal difficulty; you really won’t get past the first level just by tapping X.
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