posted by ibelieve01 (WINSTON SALEM, NC) Nov 6, 2007
Member since Sep 2007
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Dementium: The Ward really presses the edges of what is possible with the DS...and makes effective use of both the dual screen and touch-screen capabilities. This is kind of a first-person shooter, and kind of a spooky (really spooky) graphic-adventure game. Graphics are some of the best I've seen for the DS, and seem more like what you'd find on a regular console system. There have been a couple places where I genuinely JUMPED while playing this game. The ambient sound is quite effective, by the way...and adds to the eerie effect.
Okay, when I got this game I loved it. The sound was good, the controls worked, and at times I got freaked. Half an hour in it gets bad. The fact that monsters respawn is bad, but what is worse is that you might go in the same room om mistake, because everything looks the same. GEtting killed will send you to the start of the chapter. and boss fights are very, very hard. So if you die at a boss (which you will) you will have to redo the 10 minutes of getting to him. It's scary the first time you see a zombie, and even after a few times, but it gets old fast. Finding parts of the puzzles is the worst, and going the wrong way is easy. The ending is not worth it, seeing as how it's about 1.5 minutes long. And most monsters seem to look the same, there are two zombies, but one is green. And it seems that half the time you are meant to run, because I don't think you are going to kill 28 worms with 21 shots. I really wanted to like this game, but in the end all I can say is avoid it at all costs.
Dementium: The Ward is a rare title in the DS library. Not only is it one of the very few games that is M rated, it's also played in first person and a survival horror title. Dementium puts you into a seemingly deserted psych ward and something bad has occurred while you were knocked out. You are equipped at first with a flashlight and baton as you fend yourself against the unholy inhabitants of the now infested ward. You will eventually gain access to more lethal weapons. You use the bottom screen the control and aim your player on the top screen. Movement is done with the D-pad. I suggest you play the game with a set of headphones to really feel the effects of the ambient sounds and effects. Sound is a key part is these types of games. Uncover the mystery through puzzle solving and investigation as well as some first person shooting. Dementium is a dark and creepy title and is a must buy for any DS owner looking for a thrill.