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Splatterhouse

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
62
3.8
Xbox 360
59
3.8

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 8 3.8
Xbox 360 8 3.8
Combined MobyScore 16 3.8


The Press Says

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82
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
No, Splatterhouse doesn’t revolutionize with its gameplay, and it’s not quite a perfect-looking game either. But if you’re looking for a bloody good time, it comes through on all fronts. Having the classic games in the package is great, too. We definitely can’t deny this overhaul of Splatter.
80
Xbox 360Game Couch
Splatterhouse is a combination of H.P. Lovecraft and hemophilia. Playing it is like playing through Silent Hill as Pyramid Head. You’ll rip monsters in half, club them with their own arms, impale them on spikes, and rip out their lungs and intestines – all set to a metal soundtrack. Based on the name (and lineage) you already know if you’re Namco Bandai’s target audience. If so, Splatterhouse lives up to your macabre expectations.
80
Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Splatterhouse isn't a game that can stand up to rigorous scrutiny but then again, why should it? Like slasher movies and horror films, it's meant to be nothing more than mindless, gory fun. In its simplicity, Splatterhouse remains faithful to its arcade roots, offering modern gamers a fresh take on a classic franchise minus the time limits and limited lives of arcade play. If you're looking for the video game equivalent of War and Peace, look elsewhere; if you're looking for a few hours of unapologetically over the top, gross-out-heavy escapism, Splatterhouse is just the ticket.
80
PlayStation 3Gamers' Temple, The
Overall Splatterhouse is a great buy if you're in the mood for an action game. It's got some very pleasing combat and it truly lives up to its name when it comes to splatting enemies. There is one point where Jim Cummings says "Show him why we call it Splatterhouse", and that statement is very true for the entire game. Both console versions are basically the same except for the glitches that are different for each one. If you're a fan of Splatterhouse, then you definitely need to check this game out. None of its flaws could stop a Splatterhouse fan from enjoying it.
80
PlayStation 3guardian.co.uk
The creators have bent over backwards to please old-school Splatterhouse fans: the three original games are included as unlockable bonuses, and at various points the action switches from 3D to 2D, in sections that work both as a love letter to side-scrolling beat-'em-ups of yore, and as thoroughly enjoyable stages in their own right, smoothly shifting the game's pace to complement the relentless brawling that takes place elsewhere.
79
Xbox 360Vandal Online
Splatterhouse gustará a un tipo muy determinado de jugador que consiga poner en segundo plano algunas carencias en cuanto a variedad de juego y aspectos técnicos. Fácilmente se recordará por los hectolitros de sangre extraídos de manera no voluntaria a los enemigos, pero le falta algo más de carne a la que hincar el diente. Realmente tampoco es un juego deficiente: se sustenta en bases como la progresión de habilidades vista en muchos otros juegos, el combate es poco técnico pero sencillo de dominar –y no decimos que sea un juego fácil- y, dentro de lo común de muchos aspectos, guarda cierto encanto morboso que es el que se supone que busca ofrecer.
75
PlayStation 3Destructoid
This game was better than I thought it would be, and better than it perhaps should have been. With more refinement and redesigned (or eliminated) platforming, this could have been a classic in the beat 'em up genre, but as it stands, Splatterhouse is pretty damn good for what it is, and packs enough content to keep fans satisfied. Ridiculous gore, silly metal music, and endless amounts of brutal, nostalgic combat.
75
PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
Overall, we’ve had a decent time playing Splatterhouse, but some poorly thought-out checkpoints, which make dying even more of a frustration than it already is, and having to wrestle with some poor camera angles that prevent it from being the visceral and free-flowing brawler that it might have been. Nevertheless, the gameplay does have some substance and getting to grips with the move-set is a lot of fun. You can’t fault the amount of content either. Splatterhouse isn't going to reach cult status among its fans of yesteryear, but you should have a good enough time impaling horned beasts onto spikes and crushing zombie heads all the same.
75
PlayStation 3Worth Playing
This remake of Splatterhouse is much like a modern slasher movie. It's loud, brash and gory, but luckily, it's wrapped in an experience that doesn't try to overstay its welcome. If you're expecting deep, engaging gameplay, this game isn't your style since all you're doing is bashing grotesque monsters over and over again. If all you care about is bashing grotesque monsters, though, and you don't mind a bit of narrative and mountains of gore, Splatterhouse is a guilty pleasure and an enjoyable experience from beginning to end.
72
PlayStation 3411mania.com
I don't think the game is as bad as some reviews have made it out to be. I think the new Splatterhouse is a fun, albeit somewhat flawed and disappointing game with a really solid story and a unique art design and presentation. I think the game lacks some certain control and gameplay polish and it could've used a better climax and maybe a couple extra stages. It feels in some ways like an incomplete game that could've used another year of development due to the already tumultuous development process the game went through in early stages with BottleRocket.
71
Xbox 360Fragland.net
Namco Bandai also had some other goodies for the oldskool fans of the original. As you progress you can unlock the three first arcade games. And if that's not enough then there's the survival arena mode in which you get wave after wave of enemies coming at you.
71
PlayStation 34Players.de
Eigentlich hätte Splatterhouse alles, um in zumindest gute Bereiche vorstoßen zu können: Das an Comics angelehnte Artdesign überzeugt, die englische Sprachausgabe (allen voran Jim Cummings als Stimme der Maske) ist bis auf zu häufig wiederholte Kommentare erstklassig und die Geschichte für dieses Genre erstaunlich gut erzählt. Ganz zu schweigen von der vollkommen überzogenen Gewaltdarstellung, die die Rachegeschichte Richtung hochklassigen Trash schiebt und die neben den zahlreichen Anspielungen auf Horror-Kultur ein Traum für alle Splatterfans ist. Doch hektoliterweise Pixelblut alleine macht noch keinen Hit. Dabei sind es nicht einmal das überschaubare Kombo-Arsenal oder die Abnutzung der Finisher, die dem Spaß ein Bein stellen. Es sind vielmehr die nervenden Ladezeiten nach einem Ableben, die zusammen mit unfairen Momenten sowie einer mitunter ungenauen Kollisionsabfrage für unnötigen Frust sorgen.
71
Xbox 3604Players.de
Eigentlich hätte Splatterhouse alles, um in zumindest gute Bereiche vorstoßen zu können: Das an Comics angelehnte Artdesign überzeugt, die englische Sprachausgabe (allen voran Jim Cummings als Stimme der Maske) ist bis auf zu häufig wiederholte Kommentare erstklassig und die Geschichte für dieses Genre erstaunlich gut erzählt. Ganz zu schweigen von der vollkommen überzogenen Gewaltdarstellung, die die Rachegeschichte Richtung hochklassigen Trash schiebt und die neben den zahlreichen Anspielungen auf Horror-Kultur ein Traum für alle Splatterfans ist. Doch hektoliterweise Pixelblut alleine macht noch keinen Hit. Dabei sind es nicht einmal das überschaubare Kombo-Arsenal oder die Abnutzung der Finisher, die dem Spaß ein Bein stellen. Es sind vielmehr die nervenden Ladezeiten nach einem Ableben, die zusammen mit unfairen Momenten sowie einer mitunter ungenauen Kollisionsabfrage für unnötigen Frust sorgen.
70
PlayStation 3Hasta los Juegos
Al nuevo Splatterhouse le faltan ideas innovadoras y le sobra sangre y violencia, puede que hace veinte años fuera suficiente con aplastar un monstruo contra la pared de un puñetazo, pero las cosas han cambiado. Es más, todavía encuentro más inquietantes los fetos ahorcados, esos repelentes gusanos carnivoros y los muebles poseídos por poltergeist de las primeras entregas de la serie que cualquiera de los demonios con exceso de esteroides de su remake.
69
Xbox 360Play.tm
But while this is all admirable, it doesn't make the game any more fun. The truth is that as a result of Splatterhouse design, its real strength is the combat and the humour lose their appeal with repetition. And the platforming sections... well, it's hard to be kind about them. Not without appeal, Splatterhouse is a disappointment.
60
Xbox 360AusGamers
There’s just something charming about a game that knows it has nothing to offer beyond mature content and is unapologetic in its presentation of said content. There’s no false bravado here, and the game’s opening; with its growing river of blood from your own wound fountain essentially sets you up for what’s to follow - that is a bloody beat ‘em up with lots of swearing, lots of gore, bewbage and metal. This combination alone should get people excited, and I would recommend even a play-test if any of that interests you, just don’t go in expecting it to be anything more (and on many levels, a lot less).
60
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Splatterhouse effortlessly fulfils its remit as a shlocky, enjoyable but utterly disposable third-person brawler, which is unashamedly bloody, gratuitous, violent, sweary and brutal. While we love all of these things, they're not really delivered in an especially smart or knowing way. It is what it is and there's really nothing beyond its face value. Splatterhouse is what the game is called and what you see, is what you get. Had the execution been more accomplished however, this could have been a real guilty pleasure, rather than simply being guilty of being a bit rubbish.
60
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
As a huge fan of the series it was disheartening that much of what was loved has been removed. If the time spent picking the metal bands, writing the dialogue and making ‘sexy’ photos had been used to polish the game it could have been brilliant. Whilst the gameplay remains true and is good fun, fans will only be revisiting the disc to play the originals.
54
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Sechs Stunden Spielspaß in roter Grütze mit unzähligen abgetrennten Gliedmaßen und literweise Blut erwarten euch in Splatterhouse. Wem das übertriebene Spiel mit der roten Flüssigkeit und den umherfliegenden Einzelteilen nicht abschreckt, der dürfte diesen Splatterstreifen sicher mögen. Dennoch kann noch so viele rote Sauce nicht über ein eher schwaches Gameplay mit wenig Inhalt hinwegtäuschen. Ihr hämmert wie wild auf die X-Taste, lasst euch von derben Metalbeats von Lamb of God, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch und vielen anderen berauschen, und von unglaublich viel roter Farbe bekleckern. Erst die vielen witzigen Dialoge und das heranreifen eures Helden unter der Maske des Satans bringen ein bisschen Spielspaß für Einzelspieler. Nach dem ersten Durchspielen der Story erwartet euch eine weitere Maske, die den Wiederspielwert der Kampagne auf einem höheren Schwierigkeitsgrad wenigstens ein bisschen interessanter macht.
52
Xbox 360OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Overall, Splatterhouse is not a game to rush out to your local store to pick up immediately. You’ll definitely want to play it first, before you buy. While parts of the game can be amusing, and there is some replay value to it, its technical issues get in the way too often. If you want to quench your thirst for blood, look elsewhere.
52
PlayStation 3OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Overall, Splatterhouse is not a game to rush out to your local store to pick up immediately. You’ll definitely want to play it first, before you buy. While parts of the game can be amusing, and there is some replay value to it, its technical issues get in the way too often. If you want to quench your thirst for blood, look elsewhere.
50
Xbox 360BioGamer Girl
Then there’s the audio, and here’s where Splatterhouse really delivers. The soundtrack is a bold mix of classic Splatterhouse tunes and death metal tunes from the likes of Lamb of God and Five Finger Death Punch, among others. The sound effects are bone-rippingly good, with lots of splats and spluts to please you. The best part, though, is the dialogue. Rick isn’t really that convincing and Jennifer screaming way too much for her own good, but Jim Cummings, the voice of the classic Disney character Darkwing Duck, is perfect as the demonic mask. His curse word-laden taunts and constant commentary is simply too good to pass up. It almost makes you wish the mask did all the talking. No, Splatterhouse doesn’t revolutionize with its gameplay, and it’s not quite a perfect-looking game either. But if you’re looking for a bloody good time, it comes through on all fronts. Having the classic games in the package is great, too. We definitely can’t deny this overhaul of Splatter.
50
PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
Splatterhouse is wildly gory and wildly uneven. It has unrealized potential, and maybe if the kinks were worked out it would’ve been a great action game. As it stands, Splatterhouse is a cheeky ode to gory, VHS horror films that uses blood as its biggest selling point. Unfortunately, there’s not much behind all that blood other than a clunky combat system, so-so visuals, and obnoxious 2D segments.
50
Xbox 360Gametactics
What upset me about Splatterhouse is it has the possibility of actually being a good game had the developers actually spent the time to complete the game. As it stands right now the game is buggy, unbalanced and has major slowdowns during normal gameplay. The only conclusion I can come up with is they rushed it out for the holiday regardless of quality and released before it was ready which is a damn shame because as it stands it’s not worth your cash.
50
Xbox 360Joystiq
Splatterhouse is like an undercooked blood sausage. It's sloppy, gooey, and all falls apart under any real amount of pressure. If given a little bit more time on the grill, it could have turned out to be one of the tastiest dishes in the beat-em-up genre this year. But as it stands, it's just a cold lump of yuck.
45
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Enfanté dans la douleur, Splatterhouse tient plus du foetus difforme que du beau bébé qu'on aimerait cajoler. Vous me direz, c'est plutôt une bonne nouvelle vu la nature du produit sauf qu'ici, le tout est plutôt synonyme de jeu monstrueusement ennuyant blindé de défauts. Combats répétitifs, aventure sans saveur, ralentissements, temps de chargements longuets, checkpoints placés n'importe comment, le titre de Namco Bandai semble s'être fait plaisir en synthétisant tout ce qu'un jeu d'action se doit de ne pas mettre en avant à l'heure actuelle. On aura beau profiter de l'aspect gore et des Splatterhouse originaux, on se détournera vite fait bien fait de ce beat'em all peu inspiré.
45
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Enfanté dans la douleur, Splatterhouse tient plus du foetus difforme que du beau bébé qu'on aimerait cajoler. Vous me direz, c'est plutôt une bonne nouvelle vu la nature du produit sauf qu'ici, le tout est plutôt synonyme de jeu monstrueusement ennuyant blindé de défauts. Combats répétitifs, aventure sans saveur, ralentissements, temps de chargements longuets, checkpoints placés n'importe comment, le titre de Namco Bandai semble s'être fait plaisir en synthétisant tout ce qu'un jeu d'action se doit de ne pas mettre en avant à l'heure actuelle. On aura beau profiter de l'aspect gore et des Splatterhouse originaux, on se détournera vite fait bien fait de ce beat'em all peu inspiré.
45
Xbox 360GameSpot
If you come to Splatterhouse just looking to satisfy your thirst for violence, you'll find the carnage well suited to your particular tastes. In fact, some great-looking environments and interesting plot devices signify an attempt to rise above the pools and puddles saturating every surface. (If you prefer the simpler approach of the first three Splatterhouse games, they are provided as unlockable bonuses.) But as notable games like Condemned, Manhunt, and MadWorld have proven, bloodlust can be satisfied without sacrificing quality gameplay. Even taken on its own terms as a 3D rendition of an old-school beat-'em-up, Splatterhouse is a messy game with too few merits to recommend it.
45
PlayStation 3GameSpot
If you come to Splatterhouse just looking to satisfy your thirst for violence, you'll find the carnage well suited to your particular tastes. In fact, some great-looking environments and interesting plot devices signify an attempt to rise above the pools and puddles saturating every surface. (If you prefer the simpler approach of the first three Splatterhouse games, they are provided as unlockable bonuses.) But as notable games like Condemned, Manhunt, and MadWorld have proven, bloodlust can be satisfied without sacrificing quality gameplay. Even taken on its own terms as a 3D rendition of an old-school beat-'em-up, Splatterhouse is a messy game with too few merits to recommend it.
40
PlayStation 3Gamereactor (Sweden)
Splatterhouse har både kul koncept och härlig attityd, men det är inte speciellt roligt i längden och allt blod i världen kan inte få mig att förlåta den ojämna svårighetsgraden och de usla checkpointsen.
40
PlayStation 3IGN
Let’s be honest: Splatterhouse was always the video game equivalent of an exploitation flick. In an era where games were dominated by perky platformers and colorful beat-em-ups, Splatterhouse was a breath of rotten air, full of gore, secondhand references to horror movie icons, and cheap thrills - sort of like the movies it took inspiration from. But, like so many horror remakes of the last few years, little of the original Splatterhouse’s charm has been left intact, and the half-baked mechanics and graphic content can’t make up the difference. Other games have managed to marry over-the-top violence and sex with sound game design, and Splatterhouse just feels like an imitator.
40
Xbox 360IGN
Let’s be honest: Splatterhouse was always the video game equivalent of an exploitation flick. In an era where games were dominated by perky platformers and colorful beat-em-ups, Splatterhouse was a breath of rotten air, full of gore, secondhand references to horror movie icons, and cheap thrills - sort of like the movies it took inspiration from. But, like so many horror remakes of the last few years, little of the original Splatterhouse’s charm has been left intact, and the half-baked mechanics and graphic content can’t make up the difference. Other games have managed to marry over-the-top violence and sex with sound game design, and Splatterhouse just feels like an imitator.
40
Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Splatterhouse har både kul koncept och härlig attityd, men det är inte speciellt roligt i längden och allt blod i världen kan inte få mig att förlåta den ojämna svårighetsgraden och de usla checkpointsen.
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
The single saving grace of this disc is the inclusion of three original Splatterhouse games, including the arcade original and the two Genesis sequels. These classic side-scrollers are so good that it's almost worth playing through this miserable, ill-conceived game just to unlock them.