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GF Rating
5.8

1875 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

give it a chance

posted by carrion (JUPITER, FL) Dec 6, 2010

Member since Dec 2010

38 out of 39 gamers (97%) found this review helpful

when i first started playing it i thought the fighting system was boring and the health was just ridiculous.
I found myself extremely bored the next day so i popped it in again. Turns out once you start leveling up and learning proper strategies the game becomes rather addictive.

the voice acting is great and often had me laughing out loud. the story is a bit typical but fun. The settings are eerie at times and entertaining. There's a tone of gore. The game play is fun in a violent and sadistic way.

There were a few problems i had with the game. The game had some platforming aspects to it that i just don't think the controls lent themselves to very well. Also, some of the checkpoints were a bit obnoxious. There are some more difficult bits in the game and some sections i would have to play over several times. This was made more annoying by the obnoxiously long load screens.

all in all i really enjoyed myself with this one.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Why Did I Love This Game?

posted by RDubya (LEAGUE CITY, TX) Jan 8, 2011

Member since Jan 2005

9 out of 9 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I shouldn't have liked Splatterhouse as much as I did. The loading times are excessive, the gameplay is repetitive, and frustrating sequences are strewn throughout the game. And yet, in spite of everything, I loved the game.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I'd wager part of it had to do with the brutal combat, which lets you rip, tear, and slice monsters into little pieces. It's really satisfying. I'd also say that the banter between Rick and the Terror Mask was always worth coming back to. Jim Cummings is great as the Mask, and it's hilarious listening to this evil artifact cheering Rick on when he murders something or mock Rick's love for his girlfriend. The Mask always comes off as a bit world-weary when he's delivering exposition, which gives the impression that the Mask is more than just a homicidal entity after all.

The side-scrolling stages are a bit rough, but ironically, the first of them is probably the most brutal, and they get a bit easier after that. While they feature a lot of cheap deaths and can be all the more frustrating due to the long loading times you'll suffer if you do die, they are quite honestly nowhere near as difficult as the stages in the first two Splatterhouses. If you don't believe me, all three classic games are there on the disc. Anyway, it was a good idea to bring about a change of pace in this way, but had the controls been tighter these side-scrolling stages would have been more fun.

Ultimately, Splatterhouse is, just like its 16-bit predecessors, more than the sum of its parts. It's gotten trashed pretty heavily by the critics, but if all you want is to punch zombies in the face while death metal blares in the background, this game is all you need.

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GF Rating
7

Good

A very decent game

posted by lebmalkire23 (TAMPA, FL) May 22, 2012

Member since May 2012

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is not as bad as everybody is bashing it. I never played the original, but the developers certainly tried to appeal to those players in addition to to the newer graphics. Yes, the graphics are sub-par to todays standard, but the music more than makes up for it. If you hate heavy-metal, then yes, don't rent this game, but there are some very good artists such as Five Finger Death Punch and Hatebreed that make the mindless gore-fest very tolerable and enjoyable. I never liked metal but this game made me want to download the soundtrack. It is also a very easy platinum, 2 playthroughs. Give it a shot, if anything, 6 hours and then it is back in the mail. It still delivers a solid storyline with gameplay appeal.

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