Summary: Splatterhouse has never really been a great franchise, but it earned its cult following thanks to obscene content, disturbing creature designs, and a Lovecraft-inspired aesthetic. Your humble reviewer is one of those followers, so the announcement of a Splatterhouse remake was very exciting indeed.
Excerpt: Blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, and tits. That's Splatterhouse, Namco Bandai's modern take on a cult classic from the 16-bit era. With the 2D side-scrolling violence seeming like a perfect fit for a Ninja Gaiden-style hack 'n' slash, it makes perfect sense for Splatterhouse to have gone down that...
Excerpt: The effort to tear Splatterhouse away from all the other mindlessly bloody and violent games is a monumental one. On one hand, the heart and joy that goes into a good game is definitely present here. The production value surrounding the game is high. The details, extras and menus are intricate.
Summary: Splatterhouse combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver an original gaming experience that defies the boundaries of the traditional action category with over-the-top gore and shocking new gameplay mechanics.
Excerpt: The classic Splatterhouse was known for one thing, and its title should give you a clue. Borrowing blood-soaked, gross-out imagery from a particularly juicy subgenre of horror movies, the game focused foremost on delivering gore, with gameplay a distant second, securing itself a place in history...
Summary: Well with the game on store shelves that is sadly farthest from the truth and a game that could have been a sleeper hit for its violence and story ends up being doomed to bargain bins everywhere.
Pros: + Story keeps players guessing.
Cons: - Platforming and side-scrolling absolutely fail., - Horrible frame-rate issues and collision detection.
Excerpt: Way back in 1988, Rick Taylor entered a haunted house with his girlfriend Jennifer, he got the snot kicked out of him, he put on a freaky mask and waxed poetic with a two-by-four, and there was much blood and rejuicing.
Summary: I don't think the game is as bad as some reviews have made it out to be. I think the new Splatterhouse is a fun, albeit somewhat flawed and disappointing game with a really solid story and a unique art design and presentation.