Splatterhouse is in fact an horrifying Horror Action game with all its violence and excessive layers of blood, based on the nostalgic of their 32-bits. Sawing, punching, cutting and knocking against walls does not seem enough for this game to be near perfect, wonder why?
Developer: Namco Bandai
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Genre: Beat ’em Up
Platform: Playstation 3/Xbox 360
Release Date: 26 November 2010
As in the original titles we play as Rick Taylor but his story does not resemble or is nearly identical to the originals and therefore can not give this remake a small leap of nostalgy for fans as it could possibly give. At one day, Rick and his girlfriend Jennifer are invited to the mansion of Professor Henry West, but things are not what they seem. Subjected to horrific and bloody activities, the teacher kidnaps Jennifer leaving the hands of Rick at the mercy of his death until you get to Terror Mask and promises him power and save the girl he loves. Terror Mask in the background is a fellow who speaks to us mentally and integral part in strength, ability and a regenerative power like no other. Extracting the blood of the enemies are immortal and this mask craves blood. Much blood.
The story is basically very straightforward and intuitive but also quite fun, if they can tell if a violent game like this without being criticized. But perhaps the most fun is the interaction between Terror Mask and Rick with their insults and words that leave us some morbid laughs while desmemberamos creatures.
Throughout the game, many are content that we can unlock. May not be so many but unlock the three original titles is already a great success! In addition, we also find this mansion a few scattered pieces of pictures and images of Jennifer (some very revealing) that will encourage us to explore a little more.
A meter blood acts as a bar experience that accumulates in the blood of enemies and allows you to unlock new combos, attacks and more vital points. As previously mentioned, to survive we must destroy and regenerate from the blood of creatures.The more we kill, the more recovered. Fists and kicks by Rick are quite powerful and capable of breaking a wall in two but not only that he has at his disposal. Along the way we can also find weapons that will help us paint the walls and even our own display of red.
While we paint the walls and crush many skulls there’s real metal sound like no other. If you fond of the Heavy Metal genre you could not enjoy as much as any other people during the game as famous bands of the genre make the environment even more menacing, but like any other game, there are flaws.
All this violence and bloody fun for our companion can not be much fun for the weak and dull camera views. And it gets worse when we want to jump from platform to platform while avoid being crushed or pushed into the abyss. The camera rotation while we’re surrounded by enemies and leaves us at a crucial juncture. During those “nostalgic” levels where we are placed in a side-scrolling perspective as the previous games is frustrating as sometimes the commands respond later after the time we want to jump. It is noted here that there is a difference of interaction between the player-character gameplay mechanics and the mechanics of major side-scrolling.
The loadings are also very annoying and quite long. Even when we lost in the first five seconds of a level, besides being called noobs by Terror, we are obliged to wait for the console to load the entire level again even if it takes two hours.
Splatterhouse is ultimately a very bloody and violent game and the graphics are quite reasonable for the genre and does not seem to cause any processing problem but it has its shortcomings. In addition to this remake, you unlock also redefined the three original games in high definition and with a better story, making a Splatterhouse 4 in 1. The humor and dialogue obscene Terror Mask fill the game with even more animation without forgetting the survival mode to unlock even more images of the beloved danzel in distress.
f you expect a highly detailed game you will be disappointed, but if you expect a simple solid plotline and much lots of violence then Splatterhouse is a game for you.
The camera pespective some times makes it hard for you to see the next platform you’re supposed to jump and there might even be some delays when pressing the action buttons.
Apart from the main story which can take about 8 hours to complete in a slow pace, you can also searh around for pictures of our beloved danzel-in-distress and even spend some more hours in the survival mode or playing the classic Splatterhouse titles.
The soundtrack is amazing! Specially if you’re into metal and heavy song tracks. All That Remains is one of the amazing bands that complete this game’s soundtrack. The sound effects are also impressive and give a more bone-breaking sensation to your splattering spree.
Graphics aren’t so amazing but they’re enough to give a more pleasant bloody scenario.
Disclaimer: A digital copy was given to the author for reviewing purposes. Spent over 7 hours playing the Campaign in Normal Mode and 1 hour in the Survival Mode.