Siren (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Siren is a Japanese survival horror game which takes place in a small town where almost all of the people were killed.

A siren in the small Japanese village of Hanuda suddenly turns its inhabitants into shibito, zombies bent on turning everybody else into shibito.

The player alternates gameplay between ten different characters trying to avoid the shibito. It's like a puzzle. The player has to learn the shibitos' patterns and learn to avoid getting seen, as all of the characters have very low maximum health. The player can also sightjack other characters and shibito to see from their point of view.

Screenshots

Siren PlayStation 2 You can turn off your flashlight, but if shibito has one too, you're far from invisible
Siren PlayStation 2 Hiding behind the truck from the zombie cop (duh, but with a flashlight turned on)
Siren PlayStation 2 In the archive you can see every item picked by any of the characters you controlled so far
Siren PlayStation 2 Looking at the area map

Alternate Titles

  • "死魂曲" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Forbidden Siren" -- European title
  • "サイレン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Great, but it has some flaws. Goteki45 (308) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamezine Apr 14, 2004 18 out of 20 90
GamePro (US) Apr 16, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90
IGN Apr 13, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
games xtreme May 12, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
Fragland.net Apr 14, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Game Informer Magazine May, 2004 6.25 out of 10 62
Futuregamez.net Mar 31, 2004 61 out of 100 61
Entertainment Depot, The Jul 02, 2004 6 out of 10 60
GamingWorld X 2004 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine May, 2004 5.75 out of 10 58

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Trivia

Controversy

On November 10, 2003, one of SCE's ads for Siren was pulled in Japan after complaints from parents. The ad featured a young girl knocking on a window from the outside, begging her parents to let her in. The view then switches to the inside and shows the terrified parents, in fear of their daughter, who is revealed to be a bloody zombie. SCE said that the fear factor made people uncomfortable.

References to the game

The game is featured about ten seconds in the 2005 French movie Le temps qui reste (Time to Leave) by François Ozon. One of the characters is playing it casually and it has no influence on the events.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – Most Inappropriate British Accents (PS2)

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Erwie84 (154) added Siren (PlayStation 2) on Mar 10, 2004
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