Excerpt: Rise of Nightmares for Kinect is a game that sets a few milestones, both globally in terms of being the first M-rated Kinect game released and personally in terms of being my first real foray into Kinect gaming. The game is published and developed by SEGA and touted as a survival horror videogame – certainly an interesting approach to the Kinect controller considering that almost every other Kinect game presently available is geared towards family entertainment.
Excerpt: After a short prologue in which your character dies by being squished in an Indiana Jones-esque closing wall trap, you take on the main role of Josh, vacationing in Romania with his wife Kate, hoping to fix a somewhat strained relationship. Josh heads to the dining car for a date, with the typical side-character interactions you would expect to see in the opening of a horror story, including a cliched tarot reading by a gypsy.
Excerpt: Remember in Mission Impossible 64 (you remember) when Ethan Hunt had to schmooze his way through the Russian Embassy to quietly incapacitate the Ambassador’s aide, assume his face, then talk his way into the KGB headquarters? Remember the slight nuances of the infamously convoluted Mission Impossible storyline, the significance of an understated Job 3:14, and remember how, for one brief mission, the intensity and illusion held taut and all was glorious in the 64-bit...
Pros: Ambitious take on horror game controls, B-movie delight
Cons: Wonky use of Kinect, Imprecise movement and attacks, Moments of terror undercut by gaudy, ugly zombie nurses
Excerpt: The Kinect hasn’t offered much in the way of a hardcore, Mature-rated, motion-controlled experience, as of yet. However, Sega’s new first-person horror game, Rise of Nightmares, aims to give Kinect owners another reason to get up off their couch other than to pet tigers or dance along to Britney Spears. Does it succeed, or does the Kinect functionality just hinder the horror?
Pros: Chopping zombies to bits, The auto-walk feature, Unexpected plot twists
Cons: Awkward control scheme, Lack of enemy variety, Too much hack, not enough horror
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Excerpt: IT’S A MONSTER!!!!! Decades of cinema has made even the dumbest of movie-goers aware of the cast of stereotypes that have charmed and plagued their way into our minds. In the conventional horror, you have loads to choose from, from the braveish and slightly lucky protagonist to the jail-bait who’s just asking for phallic weaponry through the waist.
Pros: Combat motion controls are a fun novelty to begin with, Fair amount of collectables to those who endear to it
Cons: Combat controls soon screw up at the worst of times, Walking controls soon grate thanks to inaccuracy and unimaginative level design, Not scary in the slightest
Excerpt: "Rise Of Nightmares on Segan kolmas Kinect-pelijulkaisu. Harmillisesti suuresta potentiaalistaan huolimatta Rise Of Nightmares on vähän sinnepäin onnistunut FPS-kauhupeli, jota vaivaavat tönköt ja vaikeasti hallittavat, sekä näin muuten toimivaa kauhutunnelmaa rikkovat kontrollit.
Pros: + Zombien mättäminen on toimivaa ja monipuolista, + Verisyyttä ei ole turhaan sensuroitu, + Musiikki ja äänet, + Tunnelma on parhaimmillaan painostava..
Cons: - ..Jonka kankeat ja rasittavat kontrollit tuhoavat, - Peli tallentaa turhan harvoin Kinect-peliksi
Excerpt: I Rise of Nightmares tager du rollen som Josh. Josh er spiludviklernes bud på en ”ærketypisk” amerikaner: han er en dum drukkenbolt, der på nær-magisk vis slet ikke har et eneste interessant karaktertræk eller så meget som skyggen af en personlighed. Det samme kan siges om hans kone, Kate, så det kan være svært at forstå, hvorfor han bliver så oprevet, da hun kidnappes af en skør professor og hans monstrøse skabning efter Josh og Kate er involveret i en togulykke i...
Pros: Forsøger noget nyt, Til tider ganske uhyggelig stemning