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The Video Game Critic (Oct 11, 2011)
Still, Rise of Nightmare is an intriguing game that's worth dusting off your Kinect for. It's a little clumsy but it will get you involved like no other horror title can.
games xtreme (Oct 20, 2011)
This game is best described as a case of swings and roundabouts. When it needs to it delivers a satisfying experience but at the next turn throws frustration in your face. I wouldn't mind but it's in unequal measures. This may well be an indication as to how Kinect games may go in the future, but if so then please someone make sure that the control interface is clearer and more user friendly. Is that too much to ask? I think someone at Sega or several someone's to be honest, missed the boat and I can't help but feel that some bugs were missed before the game got released. Maybe a patch Sega to fix the running problem? Or a clearer explanation as to what to do in the manual. My advice, try BEFORE you buy. This game could and should deliver in spades. It does not. But it does have it's moments so I urge you to try this on a rental basis first.
Softpedia (Sep 23, 2011)
Rise of Nightmares really loses points when it comes to controls. The unnatural and awkward control leaves a lot of room for improving. Another downside would be the price tag. For $49.99 you'll get a game that has a pretty low replay value. On the other hand, it is a lot of fun to play, and a lot more fun to watch the player. The story will keep you craving for more, and the wide diversity of weapons provides new ways to slash, hack, dismember and decapitate the mechanically-altered undead. So, my advice when playing this game is to gather your friends, turn up the volume and have a blast! An old Roman saying goes: “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s”. Well, Sega has created the first horror FPS game on Kinect, and we must them give credit to that. It is not perfect, but if Sega manages to refine and enhance it, this may very well become a new chapter in the gaming era.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 28, 2011)
Rise of Nightmares is ondanks een waslijst aan mankementen een bevredigende ervaring. Te kort om de volle pot waard te zijn, maar een verdienstelijke poging om het hardcore publiek aan te spreken.
Overall, Sega’s Rise of Nightmares is a wonderful attempt at creating a creepy game for mature gamers using the Kinect peripheral. The storyline and atmosphere, as well as the visuals and sound, manage to create a spooky experience that should please horror fans. Unfortunately the unnatural controls take away from the gameplay and leave you with many frustrating moments. I find it hard to recommend purchasing Rise of Nightmares as inevitably the problematic controls will likely be difficult to overcome. That being said, horror fans with a Kinect may want to give this a look.
Fragland.net (Oct 22, 2011)
All in all this Rise of Nightmares is a fascinating experiment that is certainly worth experiencing, but as game it falls short. Certain parts of gameplay are just clumsy, like the navigating, and more interesting tryouts seem to fit better in a game for the youngest amongst us. A gathering of good and mostly less succesful parts, so to speak, and certain crazy scientists would be able to fabricate a solid monster out of this. Let's hope that a lot of lessons are learnt from this sp that adult games won't be dead and burried from now on. A better sequel please?
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Sep 16, 2011)
Det är synd på flera goda idéer. För Rise of Nightmares blir faktiskt otäckt vid ett par tillfällen, storyn är inte alls dum och upplägget som ett skräckäventyr är något jag gillar. Det jag tar med mig från Rise of Nightmares som alltså inte blev vad jag hade hoppats på är ändå vetskapen om att Kinect faktiskt kan användas till riktiga äventyrsspel. Sega visar prov på några riktigt goda och originella idéer som helt enkelt inte hade varit lika roliga utan den rörelsekänsliga kameran. Att sedan implementeringen av den brister lite för ofta drar dock ned betyget till en femma.
Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 09, 2011)
Le projet est ambitieux, déploie quelques bonnes idées et peut occasionnellement fonctionner pendant une ou deux minutes d'affilée, lorsque tout s'enchaîne à peu près correctement. Hélas, dans Rise of Nightmares, on passe surtout l'essentiel de son temps à s'empêtrer dans les commandes et à pester contre Kinect qui, plutôt que de favoriser l'immersion, nous rappelle en permanence que nous sommes bel et bien en train de gesticuler comme des glands devant notre télé. En bref, on réservera ce titre à ceux qui souhaitent à tout prix tenter de justifier la présence dans leur salon de l'accessoire de Microsoft et n'en peuvent plus d'attendre un vrai soft mature. Mais en ce qui nous concerne, la messe noire est dite...
IGN (Sep 07, 2011)
I’ll hand it to SEGA: Rise of Nightmares is an ambitious title, and it’s even functional for the most part (aside from the most basic of actions, walking). But ambition and basic functionality alone don’t make a game good. The ironic thing about Rise of Nightmares is that the control scheme is so basic it comes off feeling like a game for kids, when it tries so damn hard not to be. Even if you like the novelty of chopping off undead heads longer than I did, a bad horror game is a bad horror game. And Rise of Nightmares is a monster.
411mania.com (Sep 21, 2011)
Rise of Nightmares embodies everything Kinect shouldn’t be. One of the biggest problems with Kinect is controlling your avatar. I’ve yet to see a game where you can successfully control your character. Once you’re no longer on rails with Kinect things fall apart in a hurry. I appreciate Sega attempting to make a survival horror game using Kinect. It’s an original idea, and it does a few things right. The game is gory and the combat is kind of fun. But with unforgivable controls, a bad story, horrible dialogue, and uninspired puzzles Rise of Nightmares is a complete mess of a game. The positives don’t even come close to outweighing the negatives. Rise of Nightmares isn’t worth a purchase, even in the bargain bin.