System: Xbox 360
Reviewed By: Illmatic
I have always been a fan of the Splatterhouse series. I remember being in the 2nd grade and trying to convince my parents to buy me Splatterhouse 3 for the Sega Genesis, only to be turned down with; “That game is too violent for you.” Luckily I had a cousin who wasn’t to fond of the game. Namco-Bandai has resurrected the classic franchise and has brought us a fresh new re-imagining of the title. Does Splatterhouse live up to its old roots, or is this just another tired franchise that should have been left alone?
Story: Splatterhouse opens up with main character Rick, lying in a pool of his own blood. He is awoken by a voice that he can’t see a body for. The voice tells Rick that his girlfriend Jennifer, has been kidnapped by a deranged Dr. The voice makes a deal with Rick; put on this mask and take down that Dr. In return the mask will heal all of Ricks wounds and help him save his girlfriend Jennifer. Rick accepts his request and your bloody adventure starts.
Gameplay:Splatterhouse is a true platformer at heart. It has everything you could ever want from a platform game; waves of enemies, super-unrealistic fight combos, even huge boss battles. While the game is presented mostly in a full 3D environment, there are times when you will be doing some classic 2D sidescrolling, and boy is it fun. As you progress through the game you are able to unlock different fighting combos and skills. Usually i’m not too big on unlocking these skills, but because of the difficulty of this game, unlocking these skills is a must. There are also weapons in the game that change up the combat a bit. Weapons can be anything from a 2×4 with nails, to an enemies head.The game starts out with a pretty good pace, the action is quick, and within 1 minute of the game your already ripping off heads. Now, I have read a lot of reviews claiming that this game has a lot of blood. This game doesn’t have a lot of blood, IT HAS GALLONS OF BLOOD!!! I don’t think I have ever played a game this gory, not even God of War comes close. I must admit, the overuse of violence is what attracted me to this title in the first place.
Graphics: The graphics in Splatterhouse are really well done. The blood and gore is very thick and juicy, and the environments look great. Splatterhouse isn’t as graphically powerful as Uncharted or God of War, but it does look good. I did notice a couple of frame-rate issues, but nothing that hampered gameplay. One thing to note is the camera angles. The camera in Splatterhouse can get a little frustrating a times, mostly because it wont follow you properly. There are plenty of character models in this game, so you don’t have to worry about killing the same enemy over and over again. Another thing to note is the amount of detail in the character models. The torn flesh and pulsating veins look very realistic on the enemies.
Sound: What would Splatterhouse be without the over-usage of the F-Bomb. This game has so much profanity, I think the developers made it a point to teach us these colorful words in case we didn’t already know them. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t offended at all with the profanity, it actually goes really well with the overall feel of the game. The voice-acting was done incredibly well. I was actually quite surprised that the dialog used in Splatterhouse kept me entertained and humored. There was many times when I would laugh out loud at some of the things that Rick’s mask would say. Overall, the sound effects and voice-acting in Splatterhouse are top-notch.
Controls: What would an action-platforming game be without accurate controls. The controls in Splatterhouse are pretty accurate and gave me little to no problems during intense battles or during the 2D side-scrolling portions. As I mentioned before, the camera can be a little off at times, but it only happens every so often. All in all, there really isn’t anything to complain about in this department.
Wishes: A few tweaks to the camera would definitely make things a lot smoother for this title. I would have liked to see some sort of multiplayer component in Splatterhouse. Another thing I would wish for is more blood. Just kidding….sort of
TQ Bottom Line If you are not a fan of games with violence and profanity then stay far, far away from this game. If you don’t really care either way, then this is definately a title that you want to pick up. The inclusion of all three original Splatterhouse titles is a nice little bonus. Add the arena stages and multiple difficulty settings and you have a game with tons of re-playability. Splatterhouse earns 4 out of 5 Michelas.
Developer: Namco-Bandai, Bottlerocket Entertainment
Available On: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360