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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.


Siren PlayStation 2 A blind girl with her dog... she seems to be smacking something (note that cutscenes are using ingame graphics)
Siren PlayStation 2 You can turn off your flashlight, but if shibito has one too, you're far from invisible
Siren PlayStation 2 Looking at the area map
Siren PlayStation 2 Kyoya Suda seems surprised by what he's witnessing

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. PlayStation 2 Goteki45 (308)

Critic Reviews

Gamezine PlayStation 2 Apr 14, 2004 18 out of 20 90
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Apr 16, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90 PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2005 16 out of 20 80
GameZone PlayStation 2 Apr 13, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78
IGN PlayStation 2 Apr 13, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77 PlayStation 2 Apr 06, 2004 72 out of 100 72 PlayStation 2 Mar 31, 2004 61 out of 100 61
Entertainment Depot, The PlayStation 2 Jul 02, 2004 6 out of 10 60
GamingWorld X PlayStation 2 2004 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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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.


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