Conclusion: Unfortunately, much like the original Silent Hill, the rest of Rule of Rose's gameplay then fails its other elements, except the breakdown here is much worse. The game's combat engine feels like a last minute addition tacked on in a rush, and after your initial encounter with the game's creepy...
Excerpt: Rule of Rose is a survival horror game, my favorite genre. And in it, you’re not fighting zombies, angered and crazed villagers, or nurses with knives. No, you are fighting something far more terrifying. Children! Well, sort of. Children run the show and you fight “imps” which are deformed children.
Excerpt: I saw a little bit of Rule of Rose while I was at E3 this year. It looked pretty interesting. A survival horror game starring children, rather than adults. The developers have said in interviews that they wanted to show off the dark side of children, that kind of innocent (or not so innocent)...
Conclusion: Survival horror fans only! Many that try Rule of Rose might actually stick with it for its intriguing and gritty story. It is a rather unusual game and might hit some as a niche title. Exploring does get repetitive, but it helps push you to the next abnormal scene.
Excerpt: The goal in
Rule of Rose
was to present a world where creepy, sadistic children are in complete control, and based on my time with the game so far the developers succeeded in that goal admirably. Whether it comes together as a complete package or not remains to be seen however.