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Scheduled release date:

September 1, 2010

Publisher:

Namco Bandai

Developer:

Namco Bandai/BottleRocket

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action

We first issued a preview of this game way back in January of 2009, back when it was expected to launch in June, and before anyone had really gotten a good look at some gameplay footage. However, as you can see, we now have a great debut trailer plus a host of new information that sheds a lot more light on this action gore-fest. Firstly, in case you weren’t really playing video games at the time, “Splatterhouse” is not a new name; it was a bloody arcade hit back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s (if you wanted to play it at home, you needed a TurboGrafx-16), so technically, Namco’s effort is a remake of sorts. It features the same main character and basic storyline: some freaky scientist kidnaps this dude’s girlfriend and in order to get her back, that dude – who goes by the name of Rick – dons an enchanted hockey mask and goes to save his chick. The mask is actually a personality all its own, telling Rick to brutally smash the demons that get in his way.

As you might suspect, there was a whole lot of hackin’ and slashin’ going on in the original Splatterhouse, so you can expect a ton of that…and probably a great deal more. You can turn various tools lying about your environment into sadistic weapons, and of course, there will be more than a few; things like baseball bats, chainsaws, and two-by-fours with a big ol’ nail at the end can be utilized with crushing effectiveness. But maybe you’ll get tired of the standard weapons and decide to improvise; maybe you’ll simply rip off the arm of an enemy and use that as a weapon against the swarming hordes. And when you’re done with your slaughter, the ground will be absolutely drenched in blood, and the stuff will even splatter onto the screen when Rick performs a particularly devastating attack. In other words, if you’re a bit squeamish and you don’t like the idea of endless amounts of death and gore, this game should be kept at a great distance. If, on the other hand, you love your horror movies and nasty games, there might be no better title.  Just look at the name.

Hell, even the damage Rick sustains will result in horrid injuries; flesh will be ripped clean off the bone, muscles will be seriously stabbed, cut and scarred, and we’ll see it all happen in real-time. The good news is that Rick will be able to heal himself over time (likely a side-effect of that mask), so if you can steer clear of the myriad of swinging blades long enough, you’ll get back to normal. We’re most interested in the diverse attacks available to Rick and the monstrous bosses that we’ve seen in some available footage. The trailer here also shows off some intriguing possibilities: notice how he can literally jump onto large enemies, run up their arms, and just hammer away at the gruesome victim. What types of chains and combos might we be able to expect? Some of them are based entirely on his freakish physical strength while others are dictated by the weapon he carries…

Perhaps the biggest crowd-pleasing aspect of the game is the “Splatter Kill.” When an enemy has been hurt enough, Rick has the opportunity to execute one of these finishing moves; the background fades, the camera zooms in, and the “hero” proceeds to inflict devilish pain on the victim. This may include smashing his head, tearing the entire body in half, or ripping off limbs with vicious brutality. We’re not entirely sure how difficult these will be to pull off; if the entire thing is automated or if we participate somehow, perhaps via context sensitive button presses like we find in God of War. But either way, there’s almost no limit to the amount of “splattering” that will happen when playing Splatterhouse, which is slated to release later this year. The game has suffered through a few delays and even traded core development teams, which sort of concerns us…but at the same time, this is a can’t-miss premise for a game, isn’t it? At the very least, the atmosphere and style ought to be totally over-the-top.

Oh, and one last thing: Namco will be including all three original Splatterhouse games with this production. You’ll have to unlock them, but they’ll be there. Sweeeeet.

5/27/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

Alienange
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 10:02:51 PM
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I'm surprised, it actually looks really good. Add to that the best unlocks a fan could ever ask for and they might just have a winner here.

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ColTater
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 11:06:24 AM

The 3 old school games alone, might warrant a purchase from me.

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Shams
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 10:20:03 PM
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It's been in a development for a while, but sounds like it had been dropped then picked up again. But from appearances, doesn't looked like they've wasted time.

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 10:52:06 PM
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All three games? Yes!

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Frenchy17
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 11:07:40 PM
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Awesome, good news!

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coverton341
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 11:53:34 PM
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That is freaking amazing. I really liked the first two games when they came out and this one looks pretty good. I might have to pick this one up. By the way I am still at the office. It's 10pm here and I have been at work since 8am and going nonstop. Just wanted you guys to feel some of my pain. That and I am beginning to get a little loopy and there is absolutely no one else here besides my dog. Awesome.

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Kangasfwa
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 12:24:25 AM

Coverton makes the world go around

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coverton341
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 4:14:55 PM

I do what I can man. Speaking of which I am back on the job and have been here since 9:30am and will be here til 11pm. I am just thankful that they didn't get me switched over to salary yet. After this week they will probably have all the incentive they need though.

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CharlesD
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 12:13:10 AM
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I must say I'm not as enthused as everyone else about this title. First off GOWIII and Dante's Inferno had a good amount of shock factor, granted they weren't the center of the game but they were there. Secondly the story seems weak, the idea that they dropped it and picked it back up is a real possibility which isn't thrilling, and lastly there seems to be little point besides brutal bashing and "scary" bloodbaths.

However, the idea of having the other two games as an unlock is absolutely awesome and the music with the tailor was pretty bad a$$. But overall this is probably not something I will be rushing out the door to get, but if they reveal some real meaning behind the whole thing it might make it to the wait and see list

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Qwarktast1c
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 12:21:01 AM

i agree, it seems after GOW3 there's just not that many games, if any for that matter, that can compete with it's awesomeness

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Kangasfwa
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 12:14:14 AM
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"even traded core development teams, which sort of concerns us…"

Namco switched development teams because they felt that the original developer was making a generic action game, not "Splatterhouse." The in-house developer who created the Afro Samurai game took over. The delays are from the new developer making Splatterhouse more "Splatterhouse."

So, this game aught to turn out well. If not, we still have the originals to play...

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Nerull
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 2:19:29 AM
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It doesn't seem to have changed that vastly since the only other trailer they had with Bottlerocket.
If nothing else those guys seemed to have better taste in metal but I still hope it turns out well.
I'm hoping for a bigger variety in weapons than the chainsaw and big clubs since I can't remember ever hearing mention of others.
But that's a long ways off, atm I'm just hoping RDR arrives ASAP.

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___________
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 2:31:16 AM
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this just seems to be gore for gores sake.
you cant just throw a game out there with non stop action just for the sake of it, you need to have a storyline, a reason for doing so, and a break from all the killing. as much as i enjoy ripping limbs off it gets kinda tiresome after a few hours.

thats what was wrong with GOW3, it focused so much on gore and venting kratos anger it forgot what made the series so great. the brutal puzzles, thats what made darksiders such a great game it mixed and matched always changing what the players doing. in GOW3 your ripping some dudes head off 99.9999999999% of the time and the rest split up between platforming and very few and simple puzzles. darksiders on the other hand is more like 60% ripping some dudes head off, 30% puzzles and 10% platforming.
as ive said a million times i can only sit there and do the same sh*t over and over and over and over and over and over again for a certain amount of time before i get bored sh*tless!!!!!!!!!!

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Deadman
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 3:55:39 PM

I was with you until you said Darksiders was better than God of War III.

Lucky you for you that all game purchases are optional.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 5:30:13 PM

Since the original Splatterhouse games were gore for gores sake I think it's okay to make the reboot the same. A game like this doesn't need a great story imo, what it needs to succeed is fun gameplay and enough over the topness to keep the player satisfied. Anything called "Splatterhouse" isn't going to be focused on story.

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___________
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 8:42:27 AM

not only story, as ive said a million times i can only do the same thing over and over again for 6 or so hours straight gets extremly boring thats why you cant just have combat.
thats what is wrong with GOW3 its far too linear the whole game your running around in circles half the game revolves around the flame room.
and its all just ripping enemies apart, as much as i enjoy ripping enemies heads off i can only do it for so long before i get bored.
darksiders had you constantly changing from platforming to combat to puzzle solving and back and forth that stopped it from getting repetetive.

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Banky A
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 5:04:51 AM
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That's some nice fan service.
The game in motion actually looks better than I was expecting.

;D

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NeoHumpty
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 6:06:05 AM
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I got excited when I read that the originals would be in there, too. Splatterhouse was the main reason I always wanted a TG16 back in the day, and I never got to play it.

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Oxvial
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 10:36:47 AM
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''Oh, and one last thing: Namco will be including all three original Splatterhouse games with this production.''.

I'm sold, but still isnt a day one purchase..unless they put a great pre-order bonus.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 1:59:56 PM
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As I can respect your opinion, _________, I just believe you couldn't be more wrong. I believe you are the only person that could get bored with GOW3 and not with Darksiders, DS is obviously the inferior wannabe action game it only wishes it could be even compared to the likes of GOW3. GOW3 wasn't just extreme violence, it was an Epic story, revenge, puzzles, intriguing characters, and some of the best action game play around. GOW3 >>>> Darksiders

Oh, and on topic Splatterhouse looks pretty cheesed out.

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Kangasfwa
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 2:36:07 PM

"[Darksiders] is obviously the inferior wannabe action game"

Darksiders is an action/ADVENTURE game you fanboy. Responses like yours make me want the God of War series to just die. No action/adventure game can be judged on its own anymore. And that just pisses me off.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 5:27:42 PM

Judging Darksiders completely on it's own, I got bored after about 2 hours. It starts out strong and then gets repetitive and you feel like you are just playing a bunch of filler. There's no filler in GOW like in Darksiders where you keep getting transported to a little area where you have to complete a bunch of battle challenges that don't even make much sense as far as the story is concerned.

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Kangasfwa
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 5:48:27 PM

The point I was trying to make is that today's action/adventure games are wrongly labeled as action games and therefore are complete sh** because God of War is untouchable.

Something like Bayanetta or even Splatterhouse would be a proper comparison to GoW because all three are action games. (GoW is an action game with puzzles to break up the action and prevent dynasty warriors syndrome. That does not make it an adventure.)

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Banky A
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 6:26:25 PM

Chill, Kangasfwa.

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Oxvial
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 11:40:43 PM

actually Darksiders begins pretty weak, latter it becomes better but the lame bosses the boring /ending and the puzzles makes it a 7.9 game.

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___________
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 8:38:25 AM

now ladies play nice.
the puzzles are what makes darksiders such a good game.
most games GOW3 and dantes inferno have such boring simple puzzles, move this pillar over there to activate a switch and your done.
darksiders is so much more sophisticated than that, it requires so much more using your environment to help you solve the puzzles.
most puzzles take a minute or so to solve, the ones in darksiders take forever because their so large.

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Deadman
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 3:58:02 PM
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I'm on this one, but just for the nostalgic factor of being able to unlock the old games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 5:25:16 PM
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This game might be fun, certainly not a AAA though. I totally forgot what the old games even looked and played like.

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CharlesD
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 5:40:37 PM

You previously mentioned that the idea of having it be gore for gore's sake is fine due to the fact that's what it always was. However, the modern gaming base (at least for PS3) seems to be more and more interested in story. Most games that were just blatantly gruesome for shock factor really weren't the greatest. I know it's not aiming for an amazing experience but a little added effort and this game could be made into something that would really grab peoples attention and set the bar a little high for itself. Maybe people want the old school style, but I think if they are trying to sell this title to a modern market they might want to adapt to the changes that have been made since the TurboGrafx-16 in both system capability and the modern consumers needs

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 6:29:44 PM

Well, I'm not saying they are necessarily going the correct route, and maybe they will surprise us all and have an interesting story in the campaign, but I kind of doubt it. I think of it the same way as I think of Mario, that game is and always has been about the fun gameplay, not the enthralling storylines. Splatterhouse as one of the earlier games to incorporate blood, so to try to push the gore envelope in this generation is natural.It might be too much to ask that a fellow in cut off jeans and a hockey mask can bring us the same drama as Nathan Drake.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 6:04:35 PM
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Kangasretard,

I am not a fanboy you retard, its common sense. Did you see 1 single 10/10 for Darksiders? Didn't think so, I did for GOW3, so check yourself before you try to come at me with ridiculous allegations and some of the worst attempts at communication I have ever unfortunately had to read.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 6:24:20 PM

haha, classic.

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Condemnedsoul23
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 6:48:03 PM
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I'm totally psyched for this. This game can end up being amazing on so many levels. Delays can actually be a good thing if they took a look at some of these other great games that came out and used them as a building point. Splatterhouse designers hopefully imitated some of these awesome titles recently released. I'll take some GOW mixed with some Dante's Inferno. The trailer looks awesome. I just hope it lives up to expectations. I seriously doubt it will be epic like GOW3 it can still end up being a great buy.

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CharlesD
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 8:27:38 PM
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@world:

I see what your saying, it is a completely different experience and shouldn't really be expected to deliver the kind of thing that the Uncharted series or GOWIII would, just a tad more emphasis on story would be nice. Based on what I've seen so far it will probably be able to deliver that smash em bash em game play that people are looking forward to, and I'm still a fan of the unlocks being the other two games (siiik) As I am not the biggest fan of this kind of a thing I'll probably sit out on this one but I can certainly see the appeal. Definitely a good point tho world

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