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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
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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. 80
    This isn't a game for the twitchy or easily distracted. But get into Siren's head and you'll find a singular horror experience that keeps its teeth in your neck from start to finish.
  4. Most of the game is trial-and-error, leading you to play the same stage multiple times until you figure things out. Get seen by a shibito? Go ahead and die, because it's likely that running and hiding isn't worth the effort.
  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 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Jun 27, 2015
    10
    That is like it should be. It was better then Metal Gear Solid 2. The control have clear interaction with environment, considered many-sidedThat is like it should be. It was better then Metal Gear Solid 2. The control have clear interaction with environment, considered many-sided plot. Of itself using clairvoyance was very innovative. Expand
  2. JamieM.
    Apr 7, 2004
    9
    This game is hard, and does require alot of effort but that just makes the pay off for completing the levels so much more rewarding. Any fan This game is hard, and does require alot of effort but that just makes the pay off for completing the levels so much more rewarding. Any fan of Japanese horror movies and the atmosphere they create will very much enjoy this game. 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. Oct 25, 2018
    8
    Esto daba muchísimo muchísimo miedo, nunca lo llegué a terminar............
  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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