Gamer 2.0 Review: Siren: Blood Curse

Gamer 2.0 reports:

''Fear is a peculiar emotion. On one hand it can completely debilitate us and turn us into whimpering sacks of flesh huddling in a corner. On the other hand, it can empower us to do some extraordinary things. The latter may be the reason that things like Bungee Jumping and Skydiving are so popular. We want to feel that fear, and the rush of endorphins that follows it. This is likely also why Horror movies and games are doing quite well. Siren: Blood Curse is the first game on the PS3 to tap into that emotion, and it does a rather fine job of it at that.

Siren is an interesting game in a lot of ways, but the first and most obvious of these is the way in which it is distributed. It is a downloadable game, divided up into 12 episodes. You can purchase the game in three packs of four episodes for $14.99 or you can purchase the entire game for $39.99. In either case, you'll have to download the parts individually, which is a little bit annoying. You can play the first part while you download the rest in the background, but the first few episodes aren't all that long, so chances are you're going to end up having to wait for it to download before you can continue. Once downloaded, the game takes up just over 9GB of space on your PS3. Sony could have released this game on a disc, but it seems like it was meant more to show what sort of quality of game you can get on the PlayStation Network than anything else. The game is worth it though, so the download is only a minor inconvenience.

Siren: Blood Curse is a re-imagining of the original PS2 game, so the story is similar, but not quite the same as the original. If you've never played the PS2 version, there's nothing to worry about, since no prior knowledge of the series is needed. The game is set in present day Japan. It begins on August 3rd of 2007. An American documentary film crew flies to Japan to investigate the village of Hanuda, or the "Vanished village". According to stories, some horrific events took place there, not the least of which is human sacrifices. When they arrive, they discover that the stories may not have been mere fabrications as they witness one of these acts with their own eyes. From there, things get far more complicated, and far worse than any of them could have expected. There are seven characters to play as. You'll switch between them as you progress though the game, giving you multiple perspectives on the events unfolding on the island. It's almost assured that what you'll see happening will freak you out.''

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Homicide4320d ago

Great score. All Sony needs to do is release a blu-ray version here.

crippler6664320d ago

This game is linear, but more than worthy of the score. With a bit more freedom this game would have been a 9+.

I do believe that a Blu Ray version would be good, but they could not really charge any more than the download.

This is the first game in a long time that has actually made me jump and I do not just mean at stuff that was meant to make you jump either.

I just hope that they make a follow up, I liked the first 2 games on the PS2 and this is a really good game. You like survival horror games, then this game is for you.

1oneWON4320d ago

Two of the most recent games to scare the hell out of me are Bioshock and (slightly older) Fatal Frame. Do you remember THAT game, damn it scared the hell out of me lol.