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  • Summary: Inspired by the landmark 1988 arcade hit, Splatterhouse combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver an original gaming experience that defies the boundaries of the traditional action category with over-the-top gore and shocking new gameplay mechanics.Inspired by the landmark 1988 arcade hit, Splatterhouse combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver an original gaming experience that defies the boundaries of the traditional action category with over-the-top gore and shocking new gameplay mechanics. Splatterhouse follows college student Rick Taylor as he tries to rescue his girlfriend, Jennifer, who has disappeared after entering the mysterious and run-down West Mansion. Confronted by horrific other-worldly creatures, Rick comes across a mystical sentient mask that promises to give him the power to find Jennifer. Full of desperation and rage, Rick puts on the "Terror Mask" and is transformed into a juggernaut of pure violence and destruction. Featuring an original storyline by critically-acclaimed comic book writer Gordon Rennie (Necronauts, Judge Dredd), Splatterhouse takes Rick beyond the mansion as he scours the ends of the world to rescue his beloved Jennifer. Embodying the unfiltered, primal aggression of its namesake, Splatterhouse gives players countless ways to decimate the mansion's assortment of demons, monstrosities and abominations. Featuring a dynamic combat system, Rick can use his brute strength to perform bone-crushing melee combos, savage grapples and wield an assortment of makeshift weapons including the series' trademark 2x4 and even limbs and heads ripped from enemies themselves. Players can also reanimate the corpses of fallen enemies to fight alongside Rick, imparting strategic depth to the game's battle and unique puzzle systems. More agile than ever before, Rick can now leap great distances and propel himself to out of reach areas by swinging from outcroppings in the environment, adding an all-new level of exploration to the series. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 49
  2. Negative: 9 out of 49
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    83
    Going by mechanics alone, Splatterhouse is solid, though uninspired. But the extra touches help elevate it from passable distraction to entertaining diversion.
  2. Dec 21, 2010
    75
    Let's start with a premise: beware of those who, overcome by frustration and difficulty, will tell you that there's nothing good in Splatterhouse. This remake pays tribute to the original arcade game in the best possible way, adding details and time travels to an already engaging story. The gameplay is extremely raw and unforgiving, which will make you scream out of frustration several times, but it also will definitely keep you glued to the screen for all twelve levels.
  3. Jan 3, 2011
    70
    Although it surely can't be defined as a masterpiece, this reboot proves that the Splatterhouse franchise possesses an unquestionable potential even after 22 years from its official d├ębut. If you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, Rick's adventure, will surely be able to deliver the emotions you're searching for.
  4. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    This is not a game that will score high with gamer girlfriends.
  5. Jan 1, 2011
    60
    Back to the point though, Splatterhouse is actually more satisfying than the original games, even with all of the game's problems. In that way it's a successful reboot.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 16, 2011
    50
    It's not bad, just basic. [Jan 2011, p.113]
  7. 30
    Splatterhouse is a bloody beat 'em up with an overabundance of violence and a somewhat coherent story. What it is not though is a good game and something you could recommend with a straight face.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Dec 4, 2010
    10
    The Splatterhouse remake is a great, fun and gory game. Have some bugs and **** but, all of this cant compromise the game.
    If you like blood,
    The Splatterhouse remake is a great, fun and gory game. Have some bugs and **** but, all of this cant compromise the game.
    If you like blood, heavy metal, and black humor, definitely this is your game!

    Cyah,
    Lammina
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  2. Jan 5, 2011
    10
    Game, if you can get a good price, is highly recommended. the game does not lose its old style. Very entertaining. Something replay. WantingGame, if you can get a good price, is highly recommended. the game does not lose its old style. Very entertaining. Something replay. Wanting More. I like another game! Expand
  3. Nov 28, 2010
    9
    a great and gory game, that delivers a solid experience. the game is really fun if you are into blood-soaked beat-em ups and quality voicea great and gory game, that delivers a solid experience. the game is really fun if you are into blood-soaked beat-em ups and quality voice acting and funny oneliners. and really, with the inclusion of the three original games as unlocks this is the best Splatterhouse yet. Expand
  4. Mar 5, 2013
    8
    Bottom line about this game, It's so much fun to play. You the player feel like a bad-ass; slicing enemies to pieces, beating the crap out ofBottom line about this game, It's so much fun to play. You the player feel like a bad-ass; slicing enemies to pieces, beating the crap out of them in various ways. Although the splatter kills were cool looking, they do get very repetitive, and the enemies lack variety. The camera can be shaky, but for the most part its okay. The campaign is a good length, plus you get the original 3 games after you beat it. Survival arenas certainly test your abilities, especially the last few. Overall, a great game with a few bugs and at the price it is today, it's definitely a must buy. Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2010
    8
    If you like blood dripping from the screen, this is the game for you. Nice horror theme, a lot of Lovecraft references, which I didn't expect.If you like blood dripping from the screen, this is the game for you. Nice horror theme, a lot of Lovecraft references, which I didn't expect. A lot of collectables and challenges and the survival arena is just bone crushingly awesome. No 9 or 10, because it is not for everybody, but if you're into this sort of game, it certainly won't dissappoint. Expand
  6. Nov 25, 2010
    8
    This game is awesome! If you have played the series before and liked it you will not be disappointed. Amongst all the blood and gore there isThis game is awesome! If you have played the series before and liked it you will not be disappointed. Amongst all the blood and gore there is quite a lot of humor that only adds to the enjoyment of literally beating the bloody puss out of something. If you are a melee attack lover get your hands on this. Expand
  7. Feb 16, 2011
    2
    I bought this game for $15, and I'm still not sure if it's worth it. Super-repetitive, clunky controls, and downright broken in spots. TheI bought this game for $15, and I'm still not sure if it's worth it. Super-repetitive, clunky controls, and downright broken in spots. The initial overload of gore was fun for half an hour, but then you've gotta play a half-broken version of a game that's not that great to begin with. Avoid-- you can find much better action or adventure games in the discount bin. Expand

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