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Gamervision Review: Siren Blood Curse

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''It's been a while since a true survival horror title was on the shelves. Sure, Resident Evil has had a long life, but what was once a game about surviving in a zombie ridden city has become a game about hunting down and shooting zombie-like creatures. I honestly can't remember the last time there's been a game about beating the odds, and living through some seriously terrifying times. Fortunately, Sony just released Siren: Blood Curse as an episodic downloadable game on the Playstation Network. Looks like I wasn't the only one missing this type of game.

Siren: Blood Curse is a reimagining of the Playstation 2 game, Siren. While not a sequel, or remake, consider it more along the lines of The Legend of Zelda series, where each game is a unique interpretation on the same basic tale. The story starts with an American TV crew looking into the sudden reappearance of the Hanuda village, which disappeared 30 years prior. When they arrive, they find themselves trapped in a town surrounded by an ocean of blood, and over-run with strange creatures called shibito. For all intents and purposes, shibito are the living undead. When I say living undead, I don't mean zombies. The shibito carry on tasks they were performing in their previous lives, they talk (mostly when taunting you about fate), and they worship a bizarre deity. Some are also grossly transformed into flying undead, or strange spider/human hybrids. There are several deformed versions you'll run across during a playthrough, and each one will have you hoping to never run into it again. The game implements a clever mechanic called 'Sight Jacking" where you can see through the eyes of surrounding shibito. It's a necessary tool, but one you'll wish you didn't have to use when the thoughts of a shibito are echoing through your speakers. You'll encounter all sorts of creepiness as one of the seven playable characters all trying to escape the madness that has descended upon Hanuda.''

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Kleptic3419d ago (Edited 3419d ago )

I am a pretty big fan of horror movies...while most are insanely cheesy, some are still pretty enjoyable...

that filtered into gaming for me too...but I truely get totally creeped out by well made horror games...to the point where I stop playing them by myself...sounds like I am a total puss...but seriously...good horror games introduce the element of the scary people actually getting you...where as in the movies, you know everything is out of your control...the fact that you are trying not to get killed or spotted in a horror game makes it much more intense imo...

and Siren takes this a step further than any other game I have ever played...Episode 3, when you play as Bella in the hospital, was probably the single scariest entertainment I have ever participated in...brought back memories of the first time a hunter comes after you in RE1 when I was 12...its enough for me to simply drop the controller and walk out of the room...leaving the system on for hours before I return just to turn it off...

Siren seems to be a great warm-up for Dead Space too...I know they are totally different settings and gameplay...but I haven't played a really scary game in a very long time...and Dead Space is going to combine horror with Sci-Fi, which is pretty much the best combo for the two entirely...

siren is a fantastic game though for the price...would recommend it to everyone...its been a long time since I played a game that has you very powerful with just a shovel or axe...but then totally helpless with just your fists...the constant switches from engaging enemies to trying to avoid them keeps you in a state of alert that rarely occurs from games...the story is a little 'whatever'...but the gameplay and visuals/audio are absolutely excellent...

I can't say I love the episodic nature of the title though...playing the game through episodes is actually pretty effective and makes it like you are playing through some stephen king TV mini-series...but the way you download each individual episode and install each one makes for a very long process...also the site jacking visuals blur gameplay and movement almost on purpose to make things a little more frustrating...but its definitely one of the most well made and truely creepy survival horror games for a very long time...its extremely gory...its dark...and the animation of the shibito almost couldn't be better...the game is far from perfect...but with this genre being pretty starved of the 'old school' survivor horror games in recent years, it is a welcome addition imo...