posted by JTurner82 (HIGHLAND PARK, NJ) Oct 23, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
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Loosely based on the popular Japanese thriller series, JU-ON THE GRUDGE: HAUNTED HOUSE SIMULATOR is not your typical game. It is a first-person controlled exploration title in which your only weapon is a flashlight. You don't fight monsters, but there are plenty of moments which provide for some genuine scares. Whenever you hear a grisly croaking noise, the player is thrust into a series of quicktime events in which the Wii Remote must be shaken in various ways in order to move onto the next scene.
It's an interesting idea altogether and provides for a change of pace from the usual "survival horror" genre; unfortunately, the game suffers from two major drawbacks which hamper its potential. First, the controls are EXTREMELY frustrating. Two, and more disappontingly, the game is far too short. There are only four stages (five if you manage to collect the "secret items" hidden in each), each of which can be completed in about 20-30 minutes time.
Too bad, because JU-ON THE GRUDGE's main attraction is how it successfully creates its atmosphere. Areas are extremely dark and detailed very well (the only exceptions being the two "ghost" characters you encounter), and the sound employs lots of silence, save for the occasional jolt of dissonant chords when a scare is encountered.
Had JU-ON been longer and its messy controls were better repaired, this would have been an ideal purchase for Halloween; as it is, however, it's a flawed experiment which is best suited for a quick rental, even if it is reasonably priced at $30.
posted by Kingdom128 (PEMBROKE PINES, FL) Dec 20, 2009
Member since Jul 2008
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I may have to say this game was good. Very Scary though. But there's 2 problems....
1- This game are far too short. You can finish in under 5 hours. Even though it may takes time for you to find the missing item.
2- The control are SO bad. It's hard to move while holding B button to move around. It's just that it was very frustrating! I was having a hard on the last mission which takes place at the Cursed House, is on the stairs. Whenever the time I go downstairs it's SO hard for me to move. So frustrating.
So I give it a 5/10. Sorry, I like the Grudge but this game needs a bit better next time and make it longer.
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Let me begin by pointing out the BIGGEST flaw of this game, the controls. The controls are extremely horrible due to the fact that this game only takes advantage of the Wii remote instead of the remote AND the nun-chuck. Looking around is the worst and strangely I was able to look around better if I was moving. For example, at one point I was in a room and attempting to look around for I don't remember what reason, but the camera continually turned in a random direction. So I found out that if I steady the camera in the center of the screen (which was tedious in itself) and then backed up and moved forward gradually turning to the direction I wanted to look it either worked or at least gave me a look of what I wanted to look at. Also, I noticed getting closer to your TV very greatly makes the camera controls worse so if you are closer, you are just making it harder on yourself. The parts where you have to move the Wii remote in the direction arrows on the screen indicate can be very frustrating and it may seem like the game is deciding itself whether you are right or not. For example, I was at a part where I had to run from the girl, Kayako, and the game gave me a series that was something like left, right, right, up, up, down, etc. but anyways it was very easy on paper but it took me at least 4 tries to pass that part (each time starting from the very beginning of the level). Although, there was another sequence like that which was literally just a cluster you know what of arrows in all directions, but I passed that on the first try. I didn't even finish the last level (the cursed house) due to the fact that I attempted literally about 20 times on the first arrow sequence of that level.
The good parts of this game, there are great scares throughout the game that (and this is recommend) if you play with a friend will keep you laughing at your spooks. Two player is also very entertaining. This game is worth renting and playing through in one night