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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 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.
  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: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  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,
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  2. Apr 26, 2011
    10
    It captures the feeling of the original games and pays lots of respect to it. It's story is also highly enjoyable and it generally is nice toIt captures the feeling of the original games and pays lots of respect to it. It's story is also highly enjoyable and it generally is nice to see to have the original story expanded that way. Combat is fast paced and fluent with many new unlockable skills and it is also packed with content like a Survival Mode, collectibles and the original three games. It is highly recommendable for any fan of the originals or people who like gore, metal, horror or action. A shame it is that underrated. Expand
  3. 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 ofSplatterhouse 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! Expand
  4. 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
  5. Oct 23, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Game with a lot of potential. The nostalgic side-scrolling sections are especially a nice touch, as is the music (if you're into metal). Graphics are very good in my opinion, level design is pretty cool, though the combat feels kind of clunky, and game is definitely buggy. For $20 or less, definitely worth playing if you've got the stomach for it. Expand
  6. Jul 22, 2020
    7
    If ever one were to ask me what I would consider to be an underrated gem, my mind almost immediately thinks about this game. What was meant toIf ever one were to ask me what I would consider to be an underrated gem, my mind almost immediately thinks about this game. What was meant to be a hard-hitting, gruesome reboot of the classic Splatterhouse franchise ending up battered and scarred through a tumultuous development cycle, and raked through the coals by most major publications. Make no mistake, Splatterhouse 2010 is as jank as they come. Most criticisms that are levied against the game are completely justifiable. However, purely from my own experience with the game, I still had a blast playing it, and given the hell the developers went through to try and finish it, I'm surprised it released as well as it did.

    Much of my critiques are levied against the game's technical issues. The first thing you will likely notice is the game's performance. It's just barely able to squeeze out 30 fps on a good day, but the second large amounts of blood and particle effects show up, that's when it starts to chug along. The general graphics themselves are also pretty rough. As far as the general presentation is concerned, often it does a poor job of conveying to players exactly what can and cannot be interactive, leading to a few cheap deaths. This specifically applies to sections where Rick is meant to interact with white-highlighted objects that he can climb on. The highlight is not nearly strong enough for players to immediately notice, and this especially applies to the rooftop areas where it is far too bright and saturated, making it far more frustrating than it realistically should have been. The overall graphical presentation itself is just as rough. While I certainly dig the cel-shaded approach, it certainly has its fair share of graphical pop-ins and just general muddy textures (though one could easily argue that adds to the grimy, bloody atmosphere). The audio design also takes a hit with either delayed or missing sound effects. There's also the infamous load times which, while not quite as egregious as, say, Sonic '06, does start to get irritating since the game is quite difficult in a few areas (a lot of it stemming from the aforementioned environmental cues).

    Stepping a way from technical issues, the game simply leaves people with a bad first impression. The game does a terrible job of teaching players the mechanics of the game, whether it be because tutorial text faintly appears on screen for a few seconds, or an incredibly helpful healing mechanic is not immediately made known and you end up dying continuously in just the first couple of areas. It's also very easy for Rick to get stuck in a stun lock and within a few hits you're already a pile on the floor. A hearty challenge is one thing. Shoddy programming is another. The game also throws in these 2-D segments once in a while as throwbacks to the classics. While neat and concept (and actually pretty fun for the most part), the game's physics and controls do not compensate for the change in perspective, making the platforming in these moments incredibly stiff, once again leading to unfair deaths.

    With all that said, why do I still enjoy this game? Well, because once you start to get into a groove and working around all the quirks, it's a solid beat-'em up at its core. Your moveset is incredibly basic starting out, but as you progress you'll gain access to bigger, more devastating special attacks, longer streams of combos and much needed improvements to health regeneration. Once you make your way past the first couple of levels, the combat starts to become legitimately satisfying. Adding to your devastating moveset are the occasional weapons you find lying around, ranging from nail-crusted 2X4s to pipes to shotguns. Fragile as they are, they can pack a punch and really help you out in a pinch. While some of the early levels don't leave you with the best impression, levels like the meat factory and carnival are some of the best parts of the game being equal parts creative and fun. And while the 2-D sections have their control issues, most of the time I found them to be fun switch-ups from the regular gameplay loop. There are also a couple of collectables you can discover in the base game, most notably the first three classic Splatterhouse games and some very...personal photos of Rick's girlfriend Jennifer.

    By far, though, the biggest surprise I got from this game was its emphasis on story. Not only that, but there was real, genuine effort put into it. It helps to flesh out the universe of the series and adds an interesting dynamic between Rick and the terror mask. The voice acting is also incredibly solid, with Jim Cummings and Josh Keaton being the highlights.

    Really, the best way to describe this game is simply, "rough around the edges". If you are willing to look past the game's technical shortcomings, you'll find a damn solid action game underneath. If your a fan of this style of game, or are just a sucker for gore and metal, I'd say this is worth a look.
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  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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