• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jul 24, 2008
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic 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. Siren: Blood Curse is one of the first great survival horror games to come out of this new generation. Even those gamers who don't care for the genre may actually get drawn in thanks to the serialized, episodic pacing and well-presented mystery waiting to be solved.
  3. Siren: Blood Curse is a triumphant remake of a sublimely brilliant survival horror game.
  4. Easily one of the best horror games on any next-gen console thus far. Never mind the fact it’s easily one of the best downloadable games on any console period.
  5. The game is short and it is a hefty download if you want to buy it off the PSN, but it is by far the best survival horror game you can find on the PS3 consoles.
  6. Quite possibly the scariest and most unnerving game I’ve ever played.
  7. One of the scariest and most atmospheric games on the Playstation 3 yet.
  8. A pretty awesome horror game. The game's focus on story and substance rather than just shooting zombies really makes this one worth picking up if you are getting a little bored with your run-of-the-mill horror shooters.
  9. Even with new chapters set to join Blood Curse's current package further down the line, what's already here is a sophisticated re-imagining of the ethics the series was founded on, providing the PlayStation Network with a cash cow that delivers dividends of entertainment to anyone who is willing to take a punt.
  10. A hugely atmospheric horror experience that combines old cliches with a new perspective. [Oct 2008, p.70]
  11. Siren: Blood Curse is an irresistible treat for survival horror fans. Its flaws don't manage to ruin the experience, and the story is chilling, competent enough to make a few heads spin.
  12. 84
    While the first few levels were somewhat clunky, it managed to come together with an increasingly suspenseful set of chapters and cutscenes, frightening jumps and gameplay sequences that could keep you on the edge of your seat for at least a good 12-16 hours.
  13. Siren: Blood Curse is a great game. Not just a great PlayStation Network game, but a solid game overall.
  14. While the game remains focused on atmosphere and aesthetics, concessions have been made to a more dynamic style of play. [Sept 2008, p.86]
  15. 80
    Despite being a remake of a four year old PS2 game, the ideas and scope of the original still feel fresh and exciting. Thankfully, the developers have not simply given this remake a PS3 graphical update.
  16. Not quite unparalleled excellence, then, but more than enough chills to keep horror adventure fans gibbering.
  17. It packs enough scares to warrant having an extra set of underpants on standby; and the mixture of stealth and action keeps things interesting throughout.
  18. It's genuinely unsettling. [Aug 2008, p.94]
  19. When a game can give you that unpleasant and creepy feeling you'll know that it's a decent horror title. And Siren: Blood Curse is just that. A very convincing Japanese horror game with a throat-grabbing atmosphere and the undead popping up more often than an economic crisis getting the front page of a newspaper.
  20. If you’ve been craving for a new horror game, can stand some outlandish plot elements and have the HD space and patience to install it, then don’t hesitate and jump in. Even if it’s not perfect, the game has plenty of strong points that makes it a great game.
  21. 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]
  22. SIREN: Blood Curse has a few problems with the gameplay, but is generally better than its predecessor and is a pretty chilling experience.
  23. Even still, it's a good, spooky horror adventure, and worth a look if you've got 10 hours and 40 bones to blow.
  24. Some episodes are a bit short, but Siren's tense horror is ace. [Sept 2008, p.70]
  25. 80
    Blood Curse may lurk within the shadows of convention, but those shadows have seldom seemed more oppressive. And damn good value for money, too.
  26. 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.
  27. 80
    This is a title worthy of your money. If you're a huge fan of survival horror titles, Blood Curse won't disappoint.
  28. The story is still compelling and slowly spirals downwards into the more twisted and perverse, with several moments that leave you in shock. The game has a lot of room to grow, though, and can tighten up some of the aspects of combat and get rid of the damned grain filter.
  29. At $39.99 any fan of Silent Hill should enjoy Siren: Blood Curse.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 30, 2012
    9
    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 Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    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 Full Review »