Excerpt: With the Resident Evil of today being focussed on the survival ahead of the horror and the action in favour of cerebral puzzle solving, the old fashioned form of survival horror games are quickly dying out. As much as I enjoy the more modern entries in the Resident series, I do miss the old formula, caveats and all.
Excerpt: Survival horror for the Wii has had a rocky road on the path to success, and with the coming of Cursed Mountain, Wii gamers will find not a reward waiting in the midst, but rather a rank disappointment. As a complete experience, this title was a test to my will and dexterity, but given the game's themes of mentally and physically challenging environments, maybe this reaction was intentional.
Excerpt: When you hear the inconsolable sobbing of a woman – like her head is resting right on your shoulder – it begs for attention. There are also frequent wisps of ghosts seen just trailing off the screen or creeping around a corner, inviting you to follow. These eerie elements both repel and attract, a perfect quality for any horror-driven game.
Excerpt: Survival-horror videogames have been in need of a renaissance for a good long while now, something larger than the few key titles that have contributed a handful of now-clichéd, stock conventions. Resident Evil made zombies part of the core curriculum, Silent Hill required that players be shrouded in darkness and a dense sea of fog, and Dead Space added zero gravity and aliens to the equation.
Excerpt: Hoping to whip the Wii's action library into shape, the ominously titled Cursed Mountain materializes as a somber thriller with a twist. It shucks away more farfetched notions of the occult with the eerie possibility of vengeful Tibetan spirits, canning the experience in a high-altitude survival-horror set in the Himalayas. It's certainly an intriguing premise, but some precipices aren't worth the climb.
Excerpt: There are certain things that diminish over time. In the gaming industry, the idea of a scary video game seems to be such a thing. Even the Resident Evil franchise, which many consider to be the definitive survival horror experience, has become nothing more than a run and gun shooter, stripping away all that might cause someone to jump with fear.
Excerpt: Let’s all join hands and say a prayer for survival horror. It’s a genre that’s been receiving a bit of a kicking over the last few years. Silent Hill has become what many fans consider a sad parody of the series’ heyday, while the likes of Dead Space and Resident Evil 5 – as great as they are – are going down a much more action-heavy route.