Excerpt: I agreed with nearly everything that Brad had to say in his article. Clock Tower 3 is a flawed but interesting game whose comfortable control system represents a leap forward for Capcom's survival horror franchises. He and I differ on one very major point, though, which is why I'm rating the game slightly higher than he did. That difference? I found the game to be very, very scary.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords review (DS)
20 June 2007
Excerpt: Winning and losing should be based on skill and strategy, not a roll of the dice. Although it’s their first venture into the RPG genre, 1st Playable Productions found an intriguing way around this problem, through puzzles and a rich character building system.
Excerpt: Capcom has a pretty good eye for the survival horror genre, what with their series Resident Evil being the pioneer of that genre and paving the way for it to ascend to the next level. Another series that they got their hands on was the Clock Tower series, one that previous to Capcom’s involvement had been a past generation point and click adventure of little notice.
Excerpt: I'm a wuss when it comes to scary games. I don't know what it is, but playing them gets me seriously spooked. It's strange, because I wasn't always this way. Watching horror flicks is just fine with me, and the creepier the better. But with games it's a different story. Something about their interactivity gives me a palpable feeling of imminent danger; a more potent sensation than any film has ever induced. Truth be told, it's a little embarrassing.
Excerpt: Rather than giving players weapons in which to mow through legions of demons and zombies, the Clock Tower series has always built a level of fear by making you use your wits against violent maniacs. In Clock Tower 3 , you play as Alyssa, a young woman who is drawn home after receiving an odd letter from her mother warning her to go into hiding. Once home, she finds herself drawn into alternative timelines, where she must aid the dead and defeat serial killers.
Pros: Panic aspect good change of pace, Good cutscene graphics, Voice acting and good story
Cons: Boss fight scenarios are poorly implemented, Lame puzzles, Controls seem to lag at times
Excerpt: To some extent, the average survival-horror game could be said to have two parts. One is its capacity to horrify the player; the other is the gameplay itself. Odds are good that the two aren't even tangentially related. The good news here is that Clock Tower 3 is scary. It's very good at the first part of survival-horror. A lot of horror games reach a certain point where the reality overpowers the psychology.
Excerpt: Since the inception of the Resident Evil series in 1995, survival horror has been one of the biggest draws in the gaming industry. Numerous franchises have been created, all trying to deliver the scary good fun of the original Resident Evil. No matter what survival horror game you play, there are two important elements that must be included. The game must be really, really gory, providing a great deal of shock value, and the game must above all be scary.
Excerpt: There's a continuing debate in some circles about the potential artistic merit of video games. One side argues that games are a mere mindless pastime, a diversion meant to distract you from everyday tedium. The other side thinks games can be more--that they can combine gameplay and high production values to create a visual and cerebral experience that's akin to an interactive movie.
Conclusion: In conclusion, Clock Tower 3 may be just what your survival-horror fanatics have been looking for to tide you over until the next Silent Hill or Resident Evil. It brings some new flavours to a well-used area of gaming, and if it can be found at a bargain price may well be worth it for the few hours entertainment it gives you.