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Curse performs very well. The sound effects in the game are sharp and there are many. You’ll hear every battle and every creaking of doors. The ambient sounds heighten the atmosphere. The voice overs sound pretty good although the dialog isn’t all that great. The soundtrack also fits the game rather well.
I really enjoyed Curse: The Eye of Isis a lot more than I expected, and the supernatural story infused with Egyptian mythology was a great spin on an otherwise stale genre. I have to admit there were a few shortcomings. The combat was overly simplistic, the gameplay was rather linear, and the overall game could be considered short, but that doesn’t take away from the chills and thrills that await anyone who decides to play.
Curse is a blend of multiple gameplay elements that most of us have experienced in previous survival-horror titles. Asylum Entertainment uses the environments well to cause suspense, however, not nearly as good as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, or Fatal Frame. In fact, Curse does not stand out from any of these titles in any aspect; it is simply just an average survival-horror type game. The puzzles are rather simple, the items are easy to find, and the game is laid out in a very easy fashion. The only thing that other survival-horror titles should take into consideration is the control system Curse uses. With a bit more of an intriguing plot and some more ghastly foes, Curse could have been much better of a fight-fest. Being a budget title, gamers will find that Curse is one of the more solid el cheapo titles, and worth the twenty bucks.
The Eye of Isis as something of a trip down memory lane. If you didn't get enough of the survival horror phenomenon back when it was the biggest thing in gaming, this is a solid play, available at a budget price. If you did get your fill of zombie-smashing, this is a somewhat tedious walk over familiar ground. For better or worse, Asylum hasn't made a fresh new game so much as it has fashioned a tribute to Resident Evil with hieroglyphics.
Once you've adjusted to the unaccommodating controls and camera, Curse: The Eye of Isis is a fun, creepy, good looking horror game. A little more emphasis on the combat system, like making good use of the bodypart-specific targeting, would have gone a long way towards truly enjoyable gameplay. It's a little on the campy side story-wise, especially the ending, but what ancient Egyptian curse story isn't? That's just part of its charm. It took around 10 hours to play through on the normal difficulty level, which is a reasonable amount of time to spend on an adventure game. However, because it's so linear, there's no point in playing through again.
All around, Curse just bored me. The menus are clunky, the map is useless, and combat is too easy. On the other hand, controlling your character is easier in Curse than in the Resident Evil games that it so wishes to be. Like a B-grade horror movie, it’s a passable title, and someone out there will enjoy it, but it’s by no means ready for the big leagues.
You might have some fun with Curse over the course of an afternoon, since the simple gameplay won't keep you busy for more than seven hours or so, but after that, it's a paperweight. I really want to recommend the game, as it's not totally irredeemable--hunting mummies with a flamethrower is still pretty fun--but unless you're as ridiculously fanatical about survival horror as I can be sometimes, I can't.
Curse: The Eye of Isis has an excellent campy feel that works well for the survival-horror genre. For those who are fans of the genre, considering the cost, this is one title that should be picked up. For those who aren't fans of the genre, however, there isn't much that may draw people to it. Whatever the case, since it is a game without much replay value, it may be best just to rent it.
There isn't much more that I can say that I already haven't. It was a bad gaming experience that should not have been.
Nothing really bad about the game (Aside from the music), nothing really great about the game (Aside from the graphics), Curse is inevitably lost in the scuffle amongst hundreds of other games. Worth a rental, but decidedly not worth a purchase, the only Curse this game suffers from is the curse of Mediocrity.