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Siren

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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 die easily in this game, and when you do, the camera switches to your killer's eyes as you crumple down
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
Siren PlayStation 2 Looking through the shibito (note the crosses he sees, that marks where you are)

Alternate Titles

  • "死魂曲" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Forbidden Siren" -- European title

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User Reviews

Great, but it has some flaws. PlayStation 2 Goteki45 (308)

The Press Says

Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2005 16 out of 20 80
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Apr 16, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN PlayStation 2 Apr 13, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
games xtreme PlayStation 2 May 12, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
Gamesmania PlayStation 2 Apr 06, 2004 72 out of 100 72
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 24, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Fragland.net PlayStation 2 Apr 14, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 May, 2004 6.25 out of 10 62
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Super Play PlayStation 2 Mar, 2004 5 out of 10 50

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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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