Title: Official Reviews
Description: Post 'em in here
B-MovieKing - November 25, 2010 02:15 AM (GMT)
Full list of reviews so far:Destructoid review
- 7.5/10PSX Extreme review
- 6.2/10Metro.co.uk review
- 5/10Planet Xbox 360 review
- 8.2/10The Guardian review.
- 4 out of 5 starsStrange Kids Club review
- 4 out of 5 Terror MasksSlant Magazine review
- 3 1/2 out of 5 starsGamePro review
- 3 1/2 out of 5 starsMS Xbox review
- 7.5/10Cheat Code Central review
- 3.9/5Videogamer.com review
- 6/10GameZone.com review
- 6.5/10PlayStation Unlimited review
- 8.2/10Video Game Talk review
- 3 out of 5 starsgames.on.net review
- 3 out of 5 starsEurogamer review
- 6/10Pittsburgh Post Gazette review
- 7.5/10Joystiq review
- 2 1/2 out of 5 starsCNET review
- 2 out of 5 starsGamespot review
- 4.5/10IGN review
- 4/10 (remember, you can't spell ignorant without IGN!)The Telegraph review
- 6/10ausgamers review
- 6/10bit-tech.net review
- 3/10Cheatmasters review
- 5/10Kotaku reviewG4 review
- 2/5Diehard GameFAN review
- Final Score: GOOD GAME (doesn't use a numerical or star rating system)Fangoria review
- 3 1/2 skulls out of 41up review
- C+Giant Bomb review
- 3 out of 5 starsAtomic Gamer review
- 8/10Oh! Sick, Bro review
- 3.5 out of 5 starsXbox 360 Achievements review
- 60/100PALGN review
- 7/10Hollywood Chicago.com review
- 3/5Blistered Thumbs
3/5 starsThe Onion's A.V. Club
- B+Yahoo! UK
- 4/5GameReactor International
- 4/10The Escapist: Zero PunctuationTQcast review
- 4/5 MICHELAS! Gamernode review
- 2/5Game Over Online review
- 70/100Extremegamer review
- 74/100The Gamer's Temple review
- 80/100Resolution Magazine review
- 5/10HonestGamers review
- 6/10RipTen review
8/10Game Guys review
Rather then inevitably having topics upon topics of what different magazines/websites/ect. are rating Splatterhouse, I thought it'd be easier to keep 'em all in one thread.
To get the ball rolling, Destructoid gave a pretty decent review.
7.5 out of 10.
The only thing I really disagree with them on is the side-scrolling levels...those were some of my favorite moments
Dire 51 - November 25, 2010 04:15 AM (GMT)
B-MovieKing - November 25, 2010 03:41 PM (GMT)
The Guardian review.
4 out of 5 stars. :cheers
Double L - November 25, 2010 03:46 PM (GMT)
Holy shit! Is that a good review from the Guardian!!?
|Throw in some surprisingly nuanced storytelling, some boss battles that can only reasonably be described as mega, and what Namco have produced here is something of a masterpiece of the beat-'em-up genre. Splatterhouse is a vulgar, noisy, shallow, juvenile, gruesome gem of a game that never forgets to be fun, even when going out of its way to be as appalling as possible.|
Dominique Jean - November 25, 2010 10:22 PM (GMT)
Destructoid's review is one of the best. I like the way they grade:
|7 -- Good (7s are solid games that definitely have an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.|
This is, for me the truth.
Undead Ghoul - November 26, 2010 05:48 PM (GMT)
Dire 51 - November 26, 2010 10:20 PM (GMT)
Slant Magazine review
- 3 1/2 out of 5 starsGamePro review
- 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Dire 51 - November 28, 2010 03:37 AM (GMT)
thedarkcloak - November 28, 2010 09:50 AM (GMT)
You know... some really interesting discussions about violence and video games going on in some of those reviews.
Scissorman - November 29, 2010 11:38 PM (GMT)
There are only 7 official reviews. The current score ratio is 66% on metacritic and 69% on gamerankings. I predict that the score ratio will ultimately settle somewhere in the 70-75% range.
sotenga - November 29, 2010 11:57 PM (GMT)
Erm, I mean, they didn't give it a very good review. Yeah. http://www.joystiq.com/2010/11/29/splatterhouse-review/
Funktion - December 1, 2010 12:09 AM (GMT)
B-MovieKing - December 1, 2010 12:33 AM (GMT)
Two new reviews...Pittsburgh post Gazette
7.5/10 Though I find it odd that they list its violence as a con....the hell were they expecting with a game called Splatterhouse?CNet
Dark_V-Alis - December 1, 2010 05:17 PM (GMT)
It gets even better...remember, you can't spell ignorant without 'IGN'IGN 4/10
Dire 51 - December 1, 2010 05:55 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Dark_V-Alis @ Dec 1 2010, 12:17 PM)|
|It gets even better...remember, you can't spell ignorant without 'IGN'|
Ain't that the truth. However, these IGN reader reviews
give me more hope for their readers.
thedarkcloak - December 1, 2010 08:14 PM (GMT)
Gah... this is all pretty frustrating. I just hope word of mouth 'saves' this game.
HappyJack - December 2, 2010 11:54 AM (GMT)
Ha! It's good to see IGN's review get torn a new one in the comments section. You know, I think this game might be slow burner, sales wise. Word of mouth seems to be building momentum.
LoneWolf - December 2, 2010 01:11 PM (GMT)
Gamespot is one of my favorite gaming sites out there ever since. But damn...they gave Splatterhouse a very low score...but I'm glad that they mentioned "To be fair, however, Splatterhouse isn't all bad, and its brutality isn't its only noteworthy element."
The reviewers do have some points but if you are a fan, you'd appreciate the game more than they do. I know I did. Besides, we all know that reviewers usually give games in this category a low score, even if it is very fun and satisfying.
So anyway, with all these reviews, I'm kinda curious on how Dire's review will go :)
sotenga - December 2, 2010 10:40 PM (GMT)
Am I the only one who seems to be observing that, after relatively positive initial buzz, the review seem to be becoming more negative? Augh. I just wonder how many of these complaints are justified and how many come off as whining about how the game isn't really fit for the modern generation, like with Bionic Commando 2009.
Oh well. You know what they say on the Internets: Hatas gonna hate.
Wedge4Life - December 3, 2010 03:36 PM (GMT)
Vlygar - December 3, 2010 05:44 PM (GMT)
Wow, did Kotaku even play the same version as you guys? It sounds like he played a pre-release version.
Dire 51 - December 3, 2010 11:56 PM (GMT)
No, I don't think they did. I think they're still playing the pre-release copy. Out of all the times I've played it, I have never - and I mean never - seen bugs and crashes and shit the likes of which they're talking about.
Dire 51 - December 4, 2010 02:54 AM (GMT)
I thought my latest update on WM might spark some interesting discussion:
|To add to the list of reviews I posted yesterday, Kotaku has weighed in and joined the lineup of mainstream gaming sites to trash the game. I have to admit, I expected poor reviews from the "Big Four" - Kotaku, IGN, Gamespot and Joystiq - because Splatterhouse just doesn't seem to be the kind of game the people that write for these sites actually like (for example, anyone remember IGN's infamous God Hand review?). I also find it hard to believe that the Kotaku reviewer is actually playing the retail version, the way they go on about it. Out of all the times I've played it, I have never - and I mean never - seen bugs and crashes and shit the likes of which they're talking about.|
On the flip side of the coin, if you check out the reader reviews on IGN (360/PS3) and GameFAQs (360/PS3), an awful lot of people are saying they enjoyed the game and are giving it some very high marks. These aren't so-called journalists sitting in offices getting paid to write reviews, these are gamers like you and me - gamers that went out and spent their hard-earned money to buy Splatterhouse, rather than charging it off on a corporate account and tossing it in the trash when they were done. Add their reviews to the list of reviews from sites that gave it average to above average ratings, several of which I linked to in yesterday's update. Taking all those reviews into account, it certainly looks like Splatterhouse isn't as bad as the mainstream review sites are making it out to be. Unfortunately, as I discussed with a co-worker of mine earlier today, those four sites are what the majority of gamers use as their primary resource today, and these negative reviews are sure to impact sales. After all, if IGN gave it a 4 and said it sucks - and the other three gave it similar scores - no need to be an informed consumer and check the multitude of reviews on other sites and reader reviews for more opinions, right?
So I say to all of you that haven't played the game, but have read the reviews from the "Big Four" and have already made up your mind that Splatterhouse sucks because of the scores it's been given: the only way you're going to truly know if you're going to like it or not is to go out and try it yourself, whether you rent it, buy it or whatever. Just give it a fair shot and don't be so dependent on others telling you what you're supposed to think of it.
is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. G4 gives it 2/5, but the readers give it 3.7/5.
I should post the unedited one later. :lol
B-MovieKing - December 4, 2010 10:32 AM (GMT)
Hey look....another positive review!Diehard GameFAN
Final Score: GOOD GAME (doesn't use a numerical or star rating system)
Double L - December 4, 2010 12:29 PM (GMT)
Throughout my entire time playing it, I think only once, the framerate began to lag for a few seconds, and froze up a couple of times on the loading screens, only to resume seconds later, but I suspect that might be down to my PS3 more than anything.
Either way, most of the sites are run by 'Elite' gamers. The kind of people who think that if you like God Of War, you are too good to like anything like this. As I've said before, I LOVE GoW, and I truly believe it deserves all the praise it gets, but just because I'm a GoW fan, doesn't mean I can't enjoy and appreciate games like Splatterhouse. I think SH is a really enjoyable game, and that's the whole point isn't it?
What's the point of having a game that's a 'work of art' or 'incredibly detailed and realistic' if it's not... y'know... FUN?
Heretic9 - December 5, 2010 04:34 AM (GMT)
The problem is that sites like Gamespot are sell-outs who give good reviews to the highest bidder, and the people who write for them are sell outs who put a price tag on their writing. Maybe this wasn't true a few years ago, but it's definitely true today. The only reviews you can trust are reviews from people who aren't interested in making a buck. The general consensus is that Splatterhouse, while not perfect, is a good game that deserves better than what it's getting.
Kung Fu Man - December 5, 2010 04:49 AM (GMT)
To be honest I'm going to attribute it to a review copy being bad quite possibly: if you notice a lot of the issues that are mentioned aren't in the early reviews, but are in a few of the early previews.
Can probably attribute it too for some of the reviewers just not liking the material...sadly a lot of times people don't get reviews based on what games they enjoy, but on what needs to be done for the quota. Either way, that kills the whole damn point.
Brick McBurly - December 5, 2010 08:14 AM (GMT)
I think Rob hit the nail right on the head with the 'framerate' bitching some of the denser reviewers are harping on. It's not a framerate issue-it's charging up 'directional' attacks that slow things down to give you the chance to set a target. Same for one-offs like the Splatter Slash that go to slo-mo to give you a more dramatic, cinematic effect.
Dire 51 - December 6, 2010 11:48 AM (GMT)
Heretic9 - December 6, 2010 07:16 PM (GMT)
I don't care for the Cheatmasters review at all. They insulted Fighting Force, a game I personally loved and then regarded those of us who like the 2010 Splatterhouse title as a "select group of people". I resent that! Also, the Cheatmasters review mentions that the game is only 8-10 hours long, which is true, but they're neglecting the fact that you also have the Survival Arena, collectibles, extra masks, etc. They even insulted the classic Splatterhouses, saying they "don't hold up so well". I have a feeling my fist and this writers face need to be introduced to each other. The ultimate insult was at the end when he said "Pick up Bayonetta instead". Sanity fading...Fist balling up...Urge to destroy rising...!!
Did anyone notice that the Ausgamer review said "SNES" when he mentioned the classic games? And look at the screenshots. Half of them are from back before the game was even released!
The telegraph review was my favorite, which isn't saying much. I didn't approve of the word "tasteless" being used in describing the game, but I've seen worse said about it so I can live with it.
thedarkcloak - December 6, 2010 10:26 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Brick McBurly @ Dec 5 2010, 03:14 AM)|
| I think Rob hit the nail right on the head with the 'framerate' bitching some of the denser reviewers are harping on. It's not a framerate issue-it's charging up 'directional' attacks that slow things down to give you the chance to set a target. Same for one-offs like the Splatter Slash that go to slo-mo to give you a more dramatic, cinematic effect. |
Batman: Arkham Asylum did the same thing, and I don't remember there being much whining about that.
If they really are misunderstanding the slo-motion effect, and confusing it with a drop in frame rate, then that's just poorly observed and just outright stupid.
DSSeraph - December 6, 2010 11:02 PM (GMT)
I actually really did get framerate drops myself on the 360 version, as i stated last week in the first impressions thread. I can note that i have an old fashion 360, which i got about a year after the console first hit shelves, so it's not the real old RROD bound model, but the fixed version that came out after.
I honestly can't pinpoint exactly what caused it, i had said it was when lots of stuff was happening on screen, but, there were times when the screen was exploding with detail and the slowdown didn't happen. But i know at least in my case it wasn't the heavy attack slowmo that is put in there purposely(I'm not stupid enough to fall for that) since it usually happened when i was nowhere near the monsters that had spawned, much less actually even hitting them.
It wasn't nearly as bad as they make it out to be though, it was a very rare occurrence, lasting maybe 5-10 seconds, then he framerate fixed itself. I also got frozen in a loading state in one of the side scrolling stages once toward the end, and got frozen again in the scene
|Where Rick is running from the meteors, after dieing and sitting on the loading screen for 20 minutes.|
The game had a long and hard development cycle, we can't fault it for having some bugs. as the song go's, "Blame canada!(Bottlerocket)"
Dire 51 - December 7, 2010 02:19 PM (GMT)
thedarkcloak - December 7, 2010 07:11 PM (GMT)
I wonder if Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation will ever get around to reviewing this... although, if he does, something tells me it will be BAD... lol
Vlygar - December 7, 2010 08:25 PM (GMT)
While I'm glad they gave the game a good rating, I couldn't fathom relying on the review of a site called ohsickbro. :lol
Haniwa Dogu - December 8, 2010 02:53 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (thedarkcloak @ Dec 7 2010, 02:11 PM)|
| I wonder if Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation will ever get around to reviewing this... although, if he does, something tells me it will be BAD... lol |
The irony is that although Yahtzee would probably find it a bad game, he'd still give it a better score than what some other official review sites (IGN in particular) have given it. Somewhat like a lower-scored version of The House of the Dead: Overkill.
DSSeraph - December 8, 2010 11:28 PM (GMT)
Kung Fu Man - December 10, 2010 06:26 PM (GMT)
I have to say it, but I really do think a demo would've helped this game massively. It's one you either have to watch someone playing it or play it yourself to really decide whether or not its for you.The Onion's A.V. Club
Dire 51 - December 15, 2010 12:54 AM (GMT)
thedarkcloak - December 15, 2010 02:29 AM (GMT)
Did you guys already link this one? It's pretty rough, though.http://www.gamereactor.eu/reviews/5761/Splatterhouse/