Splatterhouse User Review
Splatterhouse is getting awful reviews around the net and I'm not really sure why because everyone I've talked to who has played it has found it quite fun, myself included, and as we game for fun here I am.
Now for the technicals. The graphics aren't up to snuff, no AAA stuff here, but they never drop to the level of say Nier and don't delve into the PS2 days. After they were skewered in other reviews they surprised me because compared to some higher scoring games you won't find a lot of bad textures. They really are only a step below early games like Devil May Cry 4.
The sound is kinda screwed and sometimes is just timed all wrong or cuts right out. But the Mask always delivers the comedy and when the sound works it DOES work well.
A lot of what seems to be driving reviewers is personal preference, button setup, platforming, hopes and dreams for cameras. The fact is the platforming hasn't given me any trouble and neither has the camera. You just have to be aware that they function slightly different from games like Enslaved and God War. But I got used to them right away. The gameplay is perfectly responsive for controlling a brute as well. This guy isn't light as a feather like Gabriel in Castlevania, you are going to feel his recoil and punches.
The biggest disappointment is that aside from all the righteous slaughter, the overall package is kind of weak. Rick isn't. The guy is a beast, and there's replay value for the adolescent in us who wants to collect Jennifer's super sexy pics. BUT, while adding powers and moves makes you a more versatile killer, and I did go "Holy Sh*t!" a couple times, ehhh overall the upgrades didn't change the game much.
Honorable mentions include a damage model on Rick. When he gets hurt his flesh rips off and you can see his muscles and bones. An arm will rip off, etc, but the power of the mask will fix that. Also You have to love the fan service levels as well as the unlockable 2D games included.
Oh yeah, when you pick this up on the cheap, and you will, play it on "Coward" or you will get mad like the other reviewers.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.