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Nerdy, weakling college student Rick Taylor lies dying on the floor in
the lobby of the massive West Mansion. His girlfriend Jennifer has been
kidnapped (the plot of every beat-em-up ever) by the maniacal Doctor
West. A mask topples out of a nearby sarcophagus, it speaks to him,
promising an extension to his life, and, more importantly, revenge.
Upon donning the mask, Rick is not transformed into a green-faced party
animal in a yellow suit, but a muscle-bound raging hulk ready to take
on any monsters the West Mansion has to offer. There's plenty of
splatter, and plenty of house, so, if nothing else, it certainly lives
up to the title.
Fortunately there IS a lot more to enjoy. Splatterhouse is probably the bloodiest game of all time and is a great beat-em-up, but it does begin to wither by your third play-through. The gameplay is very. very similar to that of Batman: Arkham Asylum, though nowhere near as polished. And a lot of Rick abilities are similar to that of Alex Mercer from Prototype. It's no secret that the game had a troubled production. Bottle Rocket Games was fired (and rendered defunct as a result) by Namco around early 2009, and it took Namco's in-house team nearly a year and a half to fill in the rest. The game still feels rushed and unfinished. The biggest problem lies with the fact that the game does not install to your PS3, but merely loads off the Blu Ray disc. This creates very, very long loading times that will REALLY drive you mad. Aside from that, you'll have an absolute ton of fun with Splatterhouse.
Great script. Great dialogue/characters. Nude pictures of Jennifer. Lots of satisfying blood and gore. Contains the arcade version of the original Splatterhouse as well as Splatterhouse 2 and Splatterhouse 3, which were exclusive to the Mega Drive and extremely hard to come by. It's worth buying for these two alone.
Extremely long loading times. Graphics are only in 720p. Some really cheap deaths (wouldn't be such a problem if it were not for the loading times). Seriously...the loading times are a killer. THIS GAME REALLY SHOULD HAVE INSTALLED ONTO THE PS3!!!
Graphics B Sound B Gameplay B Lasting Appeal B+
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As I played through this I really noticed the attention to detail that
was taken in its creation. While at times it feels very much like a
ride on rails with a one track story, it is revealed that your
girlfriend is not the main motive of the story. Granted if you have
ever played a Splatterhouse game before you know that the terror mask
is not exactly a kind being. The reality being that in all the games it
has an ulterior motive outside of helping you save your beloved. The
game the first time around through Savage difficulty was frustrating.
The monsters were balanced, but at times the horde aspect of the fights
became overwhelming to the point where fighting sometimes seemed
pointless. On a replay through on brutal keeping all of my abilities
the game is noticeably easier despite the difficulty increase. The idea
of keeping the learned abilities is a nice add to this game genre. It
makes a replay more fun than normal. The survival mode is by far the
most fun and challenging.
Also this game is not family friendly in any way they are not kidding about the rating. This is as close to an AO game as they will ever come without the rating. Where as the original Splatterhouse has cartooned violence and was rather harmless this game could be disturbing at times. It has a "drawn" look but that does not change the fact that monsters are having their lungs torn out, and their spines torn out through their asses.
On a side note if you are an achievement/trophy hunter and are planning on getting all the photos be prepared to play through on savage and brutal difficulties because photo shards are not available on some levels until you play through them on brutal.
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its hard to find a good horror game now or days. Resident evil and
silent hill have devolved into action games and it hasn't worked out as
well as hoped for both of them but what if there was a game born in
action horror and i think we just found it.
on the game play side splatter-house has some fun combat even if sometimes you find yourself button mashing for weaker foes.platforming could use some work but soon you find yourself learning the tricks and it becomes less of a hassle. weapons litter the game ranging from lead pipe to shotgun to even your own arm all are fun to use and violent. splatter kills are the highlight and are fun to pull off ending an enemy in a fountain of gore. upgrades are standard in the game and turn you into a murder god. sometime the game switches into 2.5D game play that calls back to the classic games and are awesome to play in.
graphically the game is not bad but it doesn't stack up with big title games. but the art style and cell shading gives the game merits to be one of the most interestingly crafted worlds i have ever seen. monsters and environments look horrifying... and gooey. sound-wise the game sounds fantastic the monsters screech and the voice acting rocks. standout voice work from Jim Cummings who plays the mask everything he says will make you burst into laughter. the music sounds awesome if your into metal and side-scrolling sections have 80s style horror music thats awesome to.
the story is not what you would expect for this game what seems simple has some surprising twist and turns that help this game become something a little less standard. no MP but they have stages and leader boards to play and extend your time. the game also comes with the first 3 splatter-houses and they are awesome to. oh and nude photos of Jen for all the nasty people out there.
in the end some issues but they are overcome by massive seas of blood game-play 8/10 graphics 7/10 story 8/10 non fans 7/10 people new to this may be thrown off by the platforming but there is a lot to enjoy here. fans 9/10 fans of the sires will find a lot to love with the classics included and the in jokes and the easter eggs of pop horror and the gore lots and lots of gore. overall 8/10
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A classic love story, the man having to save his girlfriend from certain doom/ an evil lover. Romance at it's best, where he valiantly fights all that oppose him, eliminating his enemies, before finishing with a nice blood soaked finisher. For the faint of heart? no. This is the story of Rick Taylor, a nerdy college student, looking to rescue his girlfriend, the beautiful Jennifer Willis, from an untimely end. While some heroes grab a sword and fight through castles (ala Prince of Persia), or grab a hammer and climb ladders (ala Donkey Kong), a rather different approach is taken. Donning an ancient Mayan mask, Rick is transformed into an uber powerful, humanoid like man with ungodly strength and an amazing healing ability. With these new powers, he goes forth to slaughter all he hell spawn that lies in his path. A slight twist on a classic tale (the hero having to rescue his girlfriend), the story is both easy to understand and worth following. the graphics aren't perfect, but that observation is really based on what others have said, for I've always been to captured by the game to notice. The music is all rock, which, truly, is a hit or miss depending on what you like. I found it heightened the experience, and kind of added to the mood. The mood is both creepy and awesome. I started playing one of the later levels at around 6:00 PM, and played until it started getting dark. I had kept the light off, not having expected to play so long, but the darkness was kind of freaky after what I just faced. Not terrible, just mildly creepy. The awesome part of the mood came from the incredible backgrounds, which personally reminded me of an incredibly gritty haunted house (based on my own work at one, it reminded me immensely of my own experiences whilst working there) that didn't really have any limits. One particular instance is an Easter egg featuring famed horror icon Freddy Krueger's hat and glove on a burnt corpse. Classic stuff. I'm kind of rambling by this point I'm guessing, so let me just end by saying, why the heck have you not bought this game yet? go, now! I'm timing you, go on, get! and have fun, because this is one good game.
This game features, as did the original, a young man named Rick who must venture into an old mansion to save his girlfriend who has been taken by the deranged Dr. West. He is basically bleeding and left for dead when we meet poor Rick, but he is offered assistance by a mask that offers him the power to save his girl. Well he puts on the mask and grows into a super sized hulking dude that can tear his opponents limb from limb. Along your quest you will also be able to use pipes, meat cleavers, shotguns, and chainsaws to get you through the strange mansion and at times other locales. For the most part the game is fun, just needs work as it seems the makers of this game rushed its release or something. Along with the fun mayhem you also have to go through some very long loading times and a few glitches that will have you turning off your video gaming console. However, should they make a sequel I think they can do what the Uncharted franchise did. The first one was good, but very flawed, then the second one came out and it quite frankly seemed to read all my complaints and improved upon all of them. They can do that with this one too, as it is fun and simple enough to master as you simply push a couple of buttons and follow the prompts to pummel you opponents into a gooey mess. The monsters you face look cool, though they do repeat a bit to much near the end with nothing really new coming at you the last few levels. My favorite level had to be the fun house level as it was just really fun and had the most interesting level design. I also enjoyed the inclusion of many H.P. Lovecraft references throughout the game such as Dr. West. Seeing the wickerman was cool to. If the makers had only polished this one a bit more I would have given it a higher score, however as it was it was a fun little splatter filled game.
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