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  • Summary: [Playstation Network] Blood-splattered episodes of this Japanese Survival Horror are available as downloads, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the next episode arrives. The story follows a TV crew from America, who has journeyed to research and film an exposé on the urban myth of Hanuda, the Vanished Village. Frozen in the 1970s and surrounded by a red sea, it is said that an ancient curse has been set upon this town. The introduction of western characters to Siren Blood Curse brings a new dimension to the series and, in order to survive, they must defend themselves from the vicious Shibito, the living dead, and other terrifying monsters. Throughout the game you play each of the visitors to the village, while the game's unique Sight-Jack System enables you to switch seamlessly between the visions of the hunted and the hunters. As the plot thickens you discover you are stuck in a time loop in which events eternally repeat and change. [Sony] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. 100
    Despite the hoops you need to jump through prior to playing, Blood Curse more than makes up for it with some of the most intense and perfectly paced survival horror I've had the pleasure of being terrified by.
  2. Quite possibly the scariest and most unnerving game I’ve ever played.
  3. A hugely atmospheric horror experience that combines old cliches with a new perspective. [Oct 2008, p.70]
  4. Ultimately, Siren: Blood Curse is a welcome nod back to the fundamentals of survival horror, and provides a captivating experience on the strength of a solid plot and atmospheric gameplay experience.
  5. Genuine Asian horror contains everything you'd expect from this genre: disgusting little girls, abominable monsters and incomprehensible cultural habits. The only flaw on this excellent genre-mixture game is a very short life span. [Sept 2008]
  6. Strong survival horror game, but the controls could do better.
  7. Siren: Blood Curse remains largely unchanged after four years time. If you avoided it then, avoid it now as well. This title is really only for the horror hardcore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Mar 11, 2011
    A flawed masterpiece, intense and subtle, this is by far one of my favourite games and I cannot wait for a follow up to this wonderful game. Please Sony, make it happen. Expand
  2. Mar 27, 2012
    the best survival horror of the new generation, and one of the best of history games. Its absolutely scary and so hard. i know it isn't a game for all people, but if you can, test it, won't disappoint you Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2012
    What a truly fantastic Survival Horror, and when I say Survival Horror, I mean it. Siren: Blood Curse, also known as Siren: New Translation in Japan, is the first and honestly one of the only true Survival Horrors of the modern generation. Written by the same writer as none other than the Horror game Omega, Silent Hill, Blood Curse brings us the confusing yet constantly intriguing tale of an American TV crew, a young American high school student, a little girl around age eight or nine, a disturbed cult leading woman, and a few others in a Japanese village gone ary. The first thing you will notice when jumping into this village aside from how dark things are and how dangerous things can get, is the awkward and stiff controls. I would like to focus on negatives first, well, honestly I don't have too many, and controls are barely one of them. These stiff controls are in fact a throw back to the old school era of Horror gaming. It would not be fair to rate the game lower due to difficult control because honestly they fall under preference as they are intentional to give the player the feeling of helplessness in terrifying situations. I recommend this game to original Silent Hill fans and of course players of older Siren games, so to be honest you should already be familiar with such controls. The only other issue I can really give is difficulty, once again intentional to add tension. The game on one hand spoon feeds you the answers on what to do, but on the other hand it will take strategy and possibly a frustrating amount of trial and error to conquer a task. Especially certain stages involving an aforementioned child, who cannot even defend herself. To me though, this all adds to the already nerve racking rush of fear and constant tension of survival. One other gripe I feel the need to mention briefly is that the American version of this game (only available on PSN) is actually a cut down censored version. Not much is censored, you have seen worse, but still some has been altered. My copy came from Europe on disc and I find that it was the right way to go as it also included a documentary making of. Japan imports also available in entirety. Siren is told through short episodes, much like a mini tv series. This will keep you playing and not wanting to stop. The game may seem short at first but eventually episodes become more difficult which naturally causes them to last longer. The story is a very confusing one, disjointed even, and may have you asking a hell of a lot of questions early in. Some will find it annoying, others interesting, but none can deny that it is intriguing. Your questions may or may not get answered, depending how well you pay attention or understand things first time around. The story does make sense in its own little J-Horror way, but still it will knock you around a bit if you are not prepared for it. Remember, this is a Japanese tale, and created by Keiichirà Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2014
    All graphics system changed, but still good to write down plate was impressed with the finish. I personally had more fun predecessor, but the fear of this game is really the best you can say. Expand
  5. Feb 21, 2014
    The graphics are good. I only have a complaint about how dark everything is no matter she brightness setting the camera control is just ridicules. I try my best to enjoy it... Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2012
    I bought this game cuz now days have very rare horror games that is happening in Japan. Horror games based in Japan always scared me and i love how the style goes. I was looking forward to play this game and see how cool the story is. But...it really disapointed me is that the story is very VERY confusing and it doesnt make sense. The graphics have good quality but the game its very hard to play. One easy mission, (doesnt really related to the story) takes 6 to 10 times to get mission accomplished on your screen. I wounldnt suggest u buying this horror game. Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2012
    this is worst game i got this game for 20 bucks i thought hey why not said zombie game so i tried it biggest mistake it took 15 hours to finish and guess what???? nothing the no reward no nothing it was pathetic worst game the zombie talking when shot them they die pop back up 10 mins later crap Expand

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