better then resident evil and fatal frame combined
posted by kottonmouf (BARTLETT, IL) May 17, 2007
Member since Nov 2006
gamers (40%) found this review helpful
this is one of the best, most original horror games ever. you play as about ten different caracters trying to escape a japanese village inhabited by shibito (japanese for "dead body"). the story is told out of order (think pulp fiction) and things you do will effect other people who travel the same path later in the day. your only real weapon is sightjacking since the shibito are indestructable, this lets you see thru the eyes of your enemies and plan your escape since siren doesnt give you a bunch of guns or anyhting, it gives you an umbrella or a frozen towel and a piggy bank. instead of guns blazin you need to strategically think out your escape route, giving you a real feeling of helplessness against the undead army. all the characters are designed after real japanese celebraties, including the guy from Iron Chef, but the voice overs are all done in english, like tea and crumpits english. it just seems weird in a game thats so japanese. also this game is HARD. the enemies cant be killed, theyre already dead, and the only way to stop them is by pulling off crazy ...ss sh...t like that board game mouse trap. this is still one of the scariest games youll find and they did make a sequel but it wasnt released in the US, so rent it and maybe theyll send it overseas. and this game was a side project of team silent, so if you liked silent hill, pick up siren.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This game has some really unique game play. You have a special ability to see through your enemies eyes as well as your allies. It's full of stealth missions and some of which are hard. You WILL die a lot, which makes this a very complicated game. You have to think stratically to get through most of the missions. If you like puzzle games you should definitely get this.
Walking dead and a sacrifice bringing about an ancient evil. The story can be summarized that simply. To be fair, I didn't bother to read most of the archive items, but the story just really wasn't that interesting and seemed somewhat contrived. What really sets this game apart from others in the survival horror genre, and draws you in, is the fact that you actually have to survive the horror by hiding and fighting when necessary. The only problem is not giving up within the first few hours of gameplay.
As you begin, you'll undoubtedly notice that the mechanics of the game are never explicitly stated. You can never be entirely sure if a shibito, the term used to describe the undead enemies encountered, will see or hear you. Each scenario is constructed differently leaving the player unsure of how each enemy they encounter will react to certain stimuli. For instance, there is a mission that requires a character to make it to a designated area without being spotted at all. The only problem is that there is a patrolling guard near the gate. To make things easier, I suppose, this particular nemesis is apparently deaf allowing you to simply jaunt past it while it's looking the other way. The good news, though, is that if you choose to play the game in its entirety, you'll eventually know how almost every mission is set up through multiple iterations.
Aside from the looping storyline, trial and error gameplay, and the half-hearted Japanese-people-with- British- accents dubbing, the game manages to sink its visceral hooks into you and refuse to let go. You just have to be patient and stay the course.