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  • Summary: (Also known as "Forbidden Siren") Keiichiro Toyama's Siren is a survival horror adventure title developed by Sony in the tradition of the "Silent Hill" series. Siren takes place in the Japanese village of Hanyuda, where the sea has turned blood red and the inhabitants are mutating into all(Also known as "Forbidden Siren") Keiichiro Toyama's Siren is a survival horror adventure title developed by Sony in the tradition of the "Silent Hill" series. Siren takes place in the Japanese village of Hanyuda, where the sea has turned blood red and the inhabitants are mutating into all manner of vile creatures. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. 90
    Siren’s ghouls not only search for you with flashlights and come at you with shovels, but they also skitter along telephone wires and snipe you from rooftops. They don’t die.
  2. 85
    While it shares many common flaws found in the genre, Siren is the most innovative (and scary) survival-horror title we've seen in a while.
  3. The sight jacking feature is one of the most ingenious inclusions, and something that now it’s here, I wonder just why it hasn’t cropped up in the gaming world somewhere before.
  4. Siren is a good game with plenty of innovation, but the general "sightjack, sneak, repeat" gameplay gets stale after a short bit of time, and the lack of action makes the game hard to stay interested in.
  5. If you can deal with several gameplay mishaps, you’ll enjoy the game since Siren does a great job at telling its story in a new and involved way.
  6. The variety of innovating aspects are balanced by multiple flaws, making this one strictly for the horror-obsessed.
  7. I like Siren’s creepy presentation and honorable attempts at innovation, but the gameplay just isn’t up to par. Things are far too frustrating, slow, and boring to make you even want to finish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Sep 21, 2014
    9
    Probably my favourite horror game. I love its difficult And complexity. Its a real challenge. Only for real japanese horror gamers lovers. ItsProbably my favourite horror game. I love its difficult And complexity. Its a real challenge. Only for real japanese horror gamers lovers. Its atmosphere is supera. Not for all publics. Only for real gamers. Expand
  2. Cavador
    Mar 26, 2006
    9
    Extremely difficult, very abstract puzzles and frustrating gameplay mechanics, but it's the best alternative horror ever made. Extremely difficult, very abstract puzzles and frustrating gameplay mechanics, but it's the best alternative horror ever made. Can't wait for Siren 2. Expand
  3. LucasC.
    Apr 21, 2008
    9
    This ain't a saga for everybody, it's difficult, the story is hard to follow and the controls don't work really well. But for This ain't a saga for everybody, it's difficult, the story is hard to follow and the controls don't work really well. But for those who can appreciate its plot, complexity, terror atmoshphere... there are few survival horror games as awesome as these two. Expand
  4. BenZ.
    Jun 12, 2004
    8
    This game is difficult, especially when you first start out. You will have trouble using the sightjacking ability to your advantage and you This game is difficult, especially when you first start out. You will have trouble using the sightjacking ability to your advantage and you may be shocked at how helpless and fragile your characters are since they are often unarmed. You won't be able to charge through the levels most of the time and you will die many times, be ready for it. If you endure this initial pain, however, you will be treated to some truly horrific gameplay (particularly the elementary school and hospital levels... CREEPY!) as well as an excellent plot. What you will never get over, unfortunately, is the extremely annoying need to go back and repeat levels over and over to pick up some item or complete some task you forgot. Often, you will have no idea what you need to do because the in-game clues are so vague. Only die-hard horror gamers will get through this puppy! Expand
  5. DavS.
    Oct 7, 2008
    8
    The graphics are pretty good. I haven't played other survivor-horrors but it's up there. The game is challenging, difficult, but The graphics are pretty good. I haven't played other survivor-horrors but it's up there. The game is challenging, difficult, but not obtrusively so. The controls take some getting use to + the sidejack ability. I haven't gotten that far in the game yet. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2013
    7
    Its a pretty good game, but its rather hard at some points... I was on and off with this game, sometimes I would not play for a year because IIts a pretty good game, but its rather hard at some points... I was on and off with this game, sometimes I would not play for a year because I got stuck, I did end up finishing it but not 100% with all the archives and mini games... It was one of the hardest survival games iv played! and you need a lot of patients.
    Took over 14 hours all together...felt forever! You die easily, your partners don't help you like they do in the other games, you need perfect timing before striking your attack. The art style looks great though and has a interesting story, maybe that's why I wouldn't give up!
    Personally Siren 2 is a lot better and bigger, also fixes all the bugs from the first, there is a easy mode! I beat this game before the first, better controls and is actually fun most the time xD
    Over all, it was hard but its not a bad game, worth a try for sure!! With out Siren 1 there wouldn't be the rest of the series!
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  7. Jan 3, 2015
    0
    This game murdered me. If you play it, you know you dead. It's too glitchy and controls are impossible to handle. The soundtrack is almostThis game murdered me. If you play it, you know you dead. It's too glitchy and controls are impossible to handle. The soundtrack is almost nonexistent which works well in some games, but it's just unfitting and ruins the atmosphere for a game such as this. Expand

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