Splatterhouse Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Splatterhouse Box Art
System: PS3, X360
Dev: Namco Bandai Games
Pub: Namco Bandai Games
Release: November 23rd, 2010
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p - 1080p Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Nudity, Sexual Themes and Strong Language

There are also a few puzzle moments, if you can call them that, that come into play when trying to open doors during the campaign. There isn't much thinking involved during these areas, as they mainly consist of impaling enemies on spikes, throwing them into giant gaping mouths, or simply pulling a lever behind a separate doorway.

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The cel-shaded textures give a gruesomely cartoon-ish feel, which is by no means a bad thing, but sadly the quality is lacking. The environments are all unique, but again, the texture quality takes away from anything noteworthy. On the other hand, the audio is well done, albeit juvenile in its approach. There is a large amount of swearing and adult-themed talk in the narrative from the Terror Mask, which can get annoying. Suffice it to say, it's not a game you want to play with any children present. The soundtrack is an outstanding highlight if you're a fan of the metal/hardcore genre of music. The track list features a decent collection of bands including Lamb of God, Mastodon, and The Haunted.

Splatterhouse can run a modest eight to ten hours of gameplay, depending on whether you go after collectibles. Aside from Dr. West's gramophone journals, there are some provocative photos of Rick's girlfriend, Jenny, which can be pieced together during your time in the game. Yu can unlock a horde mode game-type, called Survival Arena, after defeating specific stages in the campaign, in addition to unleashing the entire classic series for your retro-gaming pleasure. These additions add to the game's overall replay value.

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If you decide to take a stab at a harder difficulty on your next playthrough, you'll be happy to note that all of your previously purchased skills will carry over. It will surely be a welcomed aid to all the achievement/trophy hunters out there looking to score some extra points.

Taking a look back at the entirety of this revamped Splatterhouse will reveal that Namco Bandai Games has delivered exactly what they promised. A fun, classic experience that features over-the-top gore. This game was all about fan service, and while some moments missed on the execution, it's hard to deny the overwhelming nostalgia factor. It's hard to recommend Splatterhouse to anyone who wasn't previously a follower of the franchise, as the game's overall lack of polish will deter most newcomers. However, if you're willing to take the risk and judge it in a not-so-serious light, then you may very well find something to satiate your inner blood-lust.

By James Trujillo
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
The environments were unique and detailed, but the texture quality was poor.
3.5
Control
The controls during combat were solid, aside from a few slow animations when recovering from attacks. However, the platformer sections were atrocious when it came to the controls.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack is a must-buy for any fan of the metal/hardcore genre, as it features an all-star compilation of bands. The sound effects were fittingly gruesome, but the voice-over got a bit annoying at times.
4.0
Play Value
If you're a fan of slasher films and all-around gory themes, then you'll have a blast if you can look past the lack of polish. Previous fans of the franchise will love it. Newcomers, be wary if you strive for perfection out of your games.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Featuring an original storyline inspired by comic talent Gordon Rennie. (Necronauts / Judge Dredd)
  • Re-experience classic enemies and bosses, evolved into horrific monsters of radical proportions and shocking detail.
  • Splatterhouse pulls no punches. With extreme gore and physics-driven fluids, you'll witness organ parts and limbs flying in all directions taking shock value to the next level.
  • Experience real-time physical damage and regeneration. Stare in awe at the miraculous rebuilding of bone, muscle, and tissue.
  • Relive the classics! Unlock all three original Splatterhouse games within one content-packed gore-fest!

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