Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 49
  2. Negative: 9 out of 49
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    40
    Other games have managed to marry over-the-top violence and sex with sound game design, and Splatterhouse just feels like an imitator.
  2. Dec 21, 2010
    45
    All the gore in the world can't disguise Splatterhouse's laundry list of clumsy mechanics.
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    65
    As blood splashes on the ground, walls, on Taylor's body and even on the screen, Splatterhouse shows that not all video games have to take the route of melodramas. It's simple. It's fun. Most importantly, it does its job at giving action fans a fantastic romp through a violent backdrop. It also helps that the soundtrack chosen is right out of a metalhead's dreams.
  4. Dec 21, 2010
    78
    If you're a fan of slasher films and all-around gory themes, then you'll have a blast if you can look past the lack of polish. Previous fans of the franchise will love it. Newcomers, be wary if you strive for perfection out of your games.
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    It's a measure of how far we've come that just over 20 years ago the sight of blood alone was enough to shock and offend, whereas now it is nowhere near enough.
  6. Dec 16, 2010
    70
    The clear-a-room combat can get a bit repetitive, but the diverse cast of crazies -- and the equally varied ways to silence them -- should keep horror fans hacking, slashing, beheading, and eviscerating through the ten-plus hour campaign.
  7. Jan 2, 2011
    75
    This remake of Splatterhouse is much like a modern slasher movie. It's loud, brash and gory, but luckily, it's wrapped in an experience that doesn't try to overstay its welcome.
  8. Dec 21, 2010
    58
    There are definitely areas that the game could see some serious improvement, but overall, I'm not entirely disappointed in this old school revival attempt.
  9. Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Ultimately, Splatterhouse is a fun game when taken in tiny chunks.
  10. Dec 21, 2010
    58
    It's hardly the deepest game around, but its combo system, barrage of enemies, and difficulty all dovetail with the endless brutal carnage to recall, in some ways, the Ninja Gaiden remake: If you're good and quick enough, you'll avoid getting hit, but when you get cornered, you'll be walloped.
  11. Feb 18, 2011
    65
    Big, stupid and, at times, unpleasant. But despite that it can be gruesome fun. [Feb 2011, p.82]
  12. 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.
  13. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    This is not a game that will score high with gamer girlfriends.
  14. Jan 3, 2011
    79
    Splatterhouse will be liked by a very concrete type of player, who will be able to forgive its lack of variety in gameplay and have fun watching hundreds of litres of blood spread after every blow to the enemies.
  15. Dec 16, 2010
    70
    Splatterhouse's most obvious flaw is that many of the abilities that are taken for granted in a modern beat-'em-up, like invincibility frames on a dodge or useful combos, are purchasable upgrades.
  16. Dec 23, 2010
    50
    What we're left with is an update that is out of date, a reimagining without enough imagination. To be this simplistic, the game needed a masterful melee system and a range of inspiring enemies; it tries, but it doesn't fully deliver on either count. [Jan 2011, p.98]
  17. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    Splatterhouse is the kind of game that simply falls victim to its troubled development cycle.
  18. Jan 4, 2011
    40
    The inclusion of the original Splatterhouse titles as unlockables, along with its many old-school sensibilities - such as side-scrolling stages with arranged music from the old arcade soundtrack - just about tip this into guilty pleasure territory. [Issue#104, p.108]
  19. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    For Splatterhouse to be a good game it needed to have more depth. For the majority of the game's 10 chapters I simply button mashed until I could activate my special attack, and repeated that over and over.
  20. Jan 3, 2011
    64
    Gore, metal music and brutal combat. Splatterhouse is a good beat'em up, especially if you're a die-hard nostalgist for this franchise.
  21. 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.
  22. Jan 10, 2011
    55
    This gore fest is totally spoiled by bad level design, lame AI and frustrating controls.
  23. Feb 24, 2011
    66
    It's too bad that Splatterhouse couldn't be brought to this console generation and become a competitive franchise.
  24. Dec 21, 2010
    75
    This game was better than I thought it would be, and better than it perhaps should have been. With more refinement and redesigned (or eliminated) platforming, this could have been a classic in the beat 'em up genre, but as it stands, Splatterhouse is pretty damn good for what it is, and packs enough content to keep fans satisfied. Ridiculous gore, silly metal music, and endless amounts of brutal, nostalgic combat.
  25. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    Overall Splatterhouse is a great buy if you're in the mood for an action game.
  26. Feb 9, 2011
    50
    Splatterhouse is wildly gory and wildly uneven. It has unrealized potential, and maybe if the kinks were worked out it would've been a great action game.
  27. Jan 4, 2011
    65
    Flying body parts and buckets of blood form the basics of Splatterhouse. The soundtrack and the voice overs have been done very well but the graphics just aren't up to today's standards.
  28. 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 début. 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.
  29. It's not bad, just basic. [Jan 2011, p.113]
  30. Dec 29, 2010
    58
    Only serious gore fiends need apply. [Issue#200, p.95]
  31. Dec 21, 2010
    40
    Splatterhouse is for people who want 100% bashing and 0% brains, and who won't care too much for current production values or gameplay standards. The mask and Corrupted story is nicer to follow than we expected, and there's enough content there to quench your thirst for B-Movie style blood. But it still has a more shortcomings than good surprises... a simple title for simple tastes.
  32. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    Splatterhouse isn't an uber-terrible, unplayable game...but its damn close.
  33. Dec 21, 2010
    62
    And that's the theme for Splatterhouse: inconsistent, erratic, unreliable and sometimes too unforgiving.
  34. 40
    The Splatterhouse concept is cool. Comic violence, funny oneliners and a lot of action. But unfortunetly, the gameplay is lacking severly and together with a lot of frustrating things, Splatterhouse is ultimately a letdown.
  35. Jan 31, 2011
    65
    The combo-based action is utterly ridiculous. [Feb 2011, p.100]
  36. Dec 16, 2010
    40
    Splatterhouse really is a despicable game, but there are players out there who will adore the chain-wallet-wearing protagonist and his super-violent escapades. The hope may have been for a decent God of War knockoff, but in reality it's just not so.
  37. Dec 14, 2010
    74
    Splatterhouse is one of those guilty pleasure games. It's not a deep action experience that immerses you in the world Renaissance Italy, it's not a vast reaching western epic, it's just a dude wearing a mask who kills everything he sees, and that's good enough for me.
  38. Everything about this game seems to be a loud, obnoxious effort to suck out the fun with a bloody straw made from an empty sausage casing. [Feb 2010, p.84]
  39. Splatterhouse's aesthetic is little bit late '80s and a little bit late '90s, like it started development a lot longer than a few years ago. From Rick's baggy nu-metal shorts to the crusty thrash riffage that occasionally paraphrases a good beat-down, it's all curiously dated in a cool kind of way – just like the license it seeks to re-imagine. While it lacks the production values and fluidity of God of War III, it does ultimately champion excessive carnage for excessive carnage's sake. [January 2011 p78]
  40. 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.
  41. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    Above all else, Splatterhouse is a game that screams "competent." Specifically, it screams it with a guttural heavy metal growl over the deafening din of grinding power chords and machine gun blasts of double bass, while simultaneously vomiting a fire hydrant's worth of blood all over the screen.
  42. 75
    Splatterhouse falls short of classic brawler status, but there's still fun to be had out of dishing out handjobs and experimenting with the range of grisly moves on offer.
  43. Dec 26, 2010
    70
    Far more competent than it has any right to be, Splatterhouse is an entertaining brawler that's over-the-top in its tackiness that you really have to fight not to grin.
  44. 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.
  45. Jan 18, 2011
    40
    The sweet nostalgic feeling of Splatterhouse gives way to disappointment as the game had obviously been dash off.
  46. Feb 16, 2011
    60
    In this day and age, there is no way a game like Splatterhouse could have the shock value it so obviously yearns for, not to mention that all the blood in the world couldn't cover up its various deficiencies.
  47. Jan 3, 2011
    70
    Splatterhouse is the revival of an old franchise and the gameplay is pretty extreme. It's a typical hack and slash game with a lot of blood and bodyparts flying around. The game is nice to play when you're fighting, but the platforming isn't great. Just for fans of extreme violence.
  48. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    On the whole, Splatterhouse achieves what it sets out to do, even if it is spoiled in parts by some sloppy execution and technical niggles. It's mindless, tasteless and ultimately throwaway, but as the mask often intones: "I could say I wasn't enjoying this ... but that would be a lie."
  49. Dec 21, 2010
    80
    Throw in some surprisingly nuanced storytelling, some boss battles that can only reasonably be described as mega, and what Namco have produced here is something of a masterpiece of the beat-'em-up genre. Splatterhouse is a vulgar, noisy, shallow, juvenile, gruesome gem of a game that never forgets to be fun, even when going out of its way to be as appalling as possible.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 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,
    heavy metal, and black humor, definitely this is your game!

    Cyah,
    Lammina
    Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2010
    9
    Splatterhouse is a raw- in your face beat-em up, that is just plain fun!!! It has humor, power-ups, 3-D & 2-D moments, risque pictures of Jennifer to collect, arenas to unlock, the original uncut splatterhouse games, and a decent story. It pays homage to classic horror movies and is worth picking up. I highly recommend this gory gem! Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    8
    there are some great things say about this game. it looks great, it plays great, and if your a fan of HP Lovecraft, you'll like this game. yes, it;'s not the best game and it is stuck in it's history, but there's enough here to keep you entertained for a while. plus the previous three games are on the disc too so its more of a collection rather than a stand alone game. just be prepared for volumes of gore and profanity along with a healthy dose of provocative pics of Jen. Full Review »