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  • Summary: Jigsaw has killed your partner and destroyed your life. Now he has trapped you in an abandoned insane asylum that he alone controls. If you can defeat his brutal traps and survive, you may just discover the truth behind what drives this twisted serial killer. SAW is a third-person perspective, survival horror game based on the SAW film franchise. The game features many of the deadly mechanical traps seen in the film, as well as terrifying new ones. Players pit their wits against Jigsaw as they navigate his world in an attempt to evade and escape his gruesome traps, while also struggling against his minions in brutal combat by using weapons found within the environment. SAW, the video game, is based on a treatment from Zombie Studios and the creators of the SAW franchise, Leigh Whannell and James Wan. The timeline for the game takes place between the movies: SAW and SAW II, giving the game its own story, yet fitting within the narratives of the movies. The story centers on Detective David Tapp who awakens in a decrepit, abandoned asylum. He has been captured by his longtime nemesis, Jigsaw. Obsessed with catching this serial killer, Tapp’s mission has consumed him and ruined his family, resulting in divorce, mental imbalance, and abandonment. Worse yet, this frantic hunt destroyed Tapp’s career while he watched his long-time friend and partner get killed by one of Jigsaw’s traps. Now Jigsaw has the upper hand and has captured the detective. Tapp must play a deadly game - the likes of which he has been investigating for years - to escape, and in order to do so he must survive the lethal traps and puzzles that Jigsaw has put in place for him and others. But each victim has a dark connection to Tapp. Will Tapp save them? Can he survive his obsession to find the Jigsaw killer? [Konami] Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. This action adventure is just like the movies: dark, bloody and always copying itself. The villain of the game and his plots are the game’s greatest asset. But there’s not enough substance behind the great presentation.
  2. Saw fails to deliver the suspenseful crescendos, surprising twists, and apprehensive atmosphere of the films. Instead, it’s padded with unremarkable gore, poor pacing, and uninspired level design. [Issue#199, p.101]
  3. Imaginative traps and terrifying Jigsaw make Saw: The Videogame surprisingly playable matter. If you liked the original movie you will enjoy the game equally.
  4. If Saw were a scary game, we would have given it a free pass for clumsy action and silly endings. Alas, there is nothing to be afraid of in the dark. After a couple of rooms, you’ll be ready for anything.
  5. Jigsaw's game are meant to be cruel, barbaric, horrific and pedantic, but this game is just plain tedious. [Jan 2010, p.79]
  6. With some ropey PC controls, SAW's something of a gory stinkpot. [Apr 2010, p.90]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JaredJ
    Nov 1, 2009
    8
    "SAW 1.5" would fit this better, because it ties in some unsolved mysteries within the first and third film. You are able to discover what happens to Tapp, and those around him. Many of the traps are reintroduced from the films. The voice acting earns a solid average, it is not bad but it's not good either. SAW is about puzzles, and puzzles you will have! In fact, there is close to no action and all solving. Puzzels from the interesting to the down right absurd. SAW's combat system is broken completly, but do not worry, it is easy to master! All-in-all SAW is a below average game for the regular gamer due to some bugs, controls and story. Die hard SAW fans (like myself) will be happy to know that it keeps true to it's theme and will not dissapoint. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    7
    I enjoy a good horror film every now and then and the Saw films have been thoroughly entertaining. The game captivates the movies very accurately and puts you squarely in a mental match against Jigsaw. It plays like an action puzzler. As with all puzzles from Jigsaw, you usually have a choice to live or die, but the choice to live always comes with consequences. The gameplay isn't all that great and some of the unlock puzzles aren't intuitive, but it's decent enough that it doesn't detract from the game, plus the story keeps it engaging as you battle to survive. Note that the game achievement are glitched so some are easier to get and some are nearly impossible to get. All-in-all I liked it. Some parts were frustrating, but there's a good 9-10 hour game here. Expand
  3. Jan 24, 2012
    5
    I'll never get why so much fuss about this movie...I didn't really enjoy it....so just because I don't want to be that harsh I will give it a 5...I have no much more to say about Saw...the sense of horror after all is very personal... Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2012
    0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr-a8Gh8tcg&list=UU-RLIs7vYFbNioh5_FsPMsA&index=1&feature=plcp

    Don't need to write a review - RC64 does a
    fine job of it.

    Don't waste your money on this game. It has some of the worst design decisions for a horror game and a PC port I've ever experienced. The game's story is so flimsy and tired that it wouldn't even pass as C grade horror. It's not even good B movie material. It makes ludicrously awful game.
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