|System: Xbox 360, PS3|
|Dev: Namco Bandai Games|
|Pub: Namco Bandai Games|
|Release: November 23rd, 2010|
|Screen Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 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.
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.
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.
CCC Freelance Writer