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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Namco Bandai
Developed By: Namco Bandai/BottleRocket Entertainment
Genre: Action
Players: 1
Rated: M (Mature)
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Screenshots: Link
Written By: Marcus Prunty

June 21, 2010 - This game is a reboot of a series of games that was produced by Namco back in 80s and will be released this fall 2010. This time around Namco Bandai is releasing the game with some help from BottleRocket Entertainment. The story follows similarly to the original series in that Rick is the main character and makes his way through West Mansion trying to find his girlfriend who was taken by monsters known as the Corrupted. The corrupted also leave Rick bloodied and near death. He wakes up to the terror mask which promises to help him find his girlfriend Jennifer and will occasionally speak to him as he progresses through the game. Photos of his girlfriend are used to lead him through the game.

As in the previous installments, this game will be a beat’em up or a button masher with survival horror mixed in. they have upgraded the graphics considerably by bringing it to the next generation of consoles. The gameplay for the game is mostly 3D but switches back to a 2D sidescroller here and there to pay homage to the original titles. The visual presentation style is similar to that of Borderlands and gives it a comic book feel when I played the title at E3 2010. The game developers showed me the basics of the moves and let me loose on the game. Also if you are a fan of the series you will notice the changes in the game, a couple are the fact that West Mansion is no longer dilapidated or run down but looks very beautiful and stylized. Another change is that the terror mask no longer looks like Jason Voorhees hockey mask which it was originally based on but looks like a skull.

There are many combos in the game that can be chained together. These powerful combos can rip the enemies apart into pieces. Rick himself has the ability to take damage and even lose limbs that will grow back over time. However in the mean time you can take your dismembered limb and beat the corrupted up with it. This game is a mature title due to the fact that it is a blood-fest on top of a blood-fest. There are special moves that you can perform on enemies that you stun that are called “Splatter Kills” and once you see one in action the name is right on the money. The enemies drop essence after you defeat them that will unlock new moves as well as special attacks.

While Splatterhouse looks like a lot of fun I was only able to play a level or so of the game at E3. I just hope the game doesn’t get boring or very repetitive as you go along in the story as some button mashers in the Survival Horror genre can be at times. We will find out this fall the outcome of that question. Till then Namco Bandai did pretty good job on what I saw at E3.

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