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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 The closer you let shibito come, more precise you'll be and damage rate to shibito will be higher
Siren PlayStation 2 Main Title / Main Menu
Siren PlayStation 2 Link navigator helps you remember the order of stories you played and with whom
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

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

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Apr 16, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90
IGN PlayStation 2 Apr 13, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamesmania PlayStation 2 Apr 06, 2004 72 out of 100 72
Fragland.net PlayStation 2 Apr 14, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 24, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 May, 2004 6.25 out of 10 62
Entertainment Depot, The PlayStation 2 Jul 02, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 May, 2004 5.75 out of 10 58
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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