PS3 Previews: Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Preview

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Preview

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Scheduled release date:

April 30, 2013


Rising Star Games


Ignition Entertainment

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Release Date:

April 30, 2013

True horror comes not from grotesque imagery and brutal action, but from our own minds. What we imagine is a hundred times scarier than anything we can be confronted with on a screen, which is a concept older franchises like Silent Hill well understood. And while Deadly Premonition definitely had its fair share of action when it launched on the Xbox 360 back in 2010, its terrifying theme and premise was catnip to those who love a good scare. Now, its exclusivity is being reversed, as the reworked Director’s Cut is coming to the PS3 on April 30.

Game director Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro says this new edition will boast a revamped control mechanic along with improved combat, which is good news. Critics had a problem with the outdated visuals and control scheme in the original title, and all of that should be upgraded in this new iteration. Featuring a “complete graphic overhaul with new high-definition textures,” a whole new scenario, and extra downloadable content, Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut will almost undoubtedly be the best version of the creepy adventure. Those who enjoy being weirded out should definitely apply.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, one of the inspirations behind the plot was the 90s TV drama, “Twin Peaks.” Those who remember that series will probably recognize various connecting elements, such as the old woman who totes around a pot filled with freaky fluid, which is akin to the show’s Log Lady. Players will assume the role of Francis York Morgan, who is a highly capable FBI agent but also happens to suffer from bizarre dreams. The setting is that of a small, rural town and the agent must investigate the death of a young woman. All of this, by the way, is very “Twin Peaks”-like. But you needn’t worry about it being a rip-off; this story definitely stands on its own. In fact, it might just stick with you...

Those who appreciate a good narrative and plot line will enjoy the numerous twists and memorable revelations. The strange alternate reality that is presented may also remind horror aficionados of similar alternate realities the main characters experienced in the Silent Hill games. Plus, the mystery has so many different pieces to it that the depth of the story is a given. The cast of characters will be indelibly imprinted on your memory and you’ll never be able to easily predict what’s going to happen…the hallmark of a great horror story. There’s also plenty of variety and diversity involved, and you can even tackle various side quests to add more flavor and longevity.

I’m hoping the control and graphics have been significantly upgraded, because these were undoubtedly the low points of the original Deadly Premonition. The technical elements in general were severely lacking, which is why some critics lambasted the production. At the same time, most gamers did appreciate the artistic portions of the game, as the characters, story, and setting were really something special. So if the significant drawbacks have been lessened or even eradicated, we could end up with a really great game. Look for Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut if you’re lamenting the unfortunate change of direction in franchises like Dead Space and Resident Evil. Yeah, it's regrettable what happened there.

3/21/2013 Ben Dutka

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 11:01:23 PM

Man, i think Zach is happy that this is coming to ps3. Isn't that right Zach?

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 11:04:53 PM

Not much of a trailer there but I'm very interested, love the old school horror stuff and I hadn't even heard of this.

I hope Silent Hill continues after a mediocre generation.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 11:19:26 PM

Purely from having never played this, and from what I saw in videos of the original version. I have no idea how it got some of the great reviews it got. Looked horrible to me.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 11:23:22 PM

man i loved this played it twice on 360. its one of those games with a strong cult following. i'm glad PS3 only player will finally get to experience this physiological/thriller/horror masterpiece.

this'll be the 2nd game i buy twice this generation.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 12:13:18 AM

I'm not looking for a significant upgrade visually. Just improvements. Which is what it looks like their doing anyway. I'll be happy with the control overhaul though. I'm more interested with the added story elements.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 1:01:12 AM

Oh, man, how have I not heard of this!? I watched Twin Peaks a couple years ago and loved it, and am a big fan of the early Silent Hill games. I hope the issues that were addressed will be fixed. At the very least, I'll be checking it out.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 9:38:33 AM

This game was the main reason (other than Alan Wake) that made me pick up a 360 afew months back, then i found out it was coming to ps3 a week or so after so got rid of the xbox and have been waiting patiently ever since. April 30th seems so long to wait

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SirLoin of Beef
Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 11:02:12 AM

I played this on the 360. It's dreadful but in a way that is actually somewhat fun to play.

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