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E3 2010: Splatterhouse - Hands-on

Graphically, it's competent, but not amazing. At present, the frame rate takes a huge hit whenever a group of enemies die at once (must be all the flying limb physics) and with the game practically finished now, that's unlikely to change. It does look a tad last-gen, especially as Berserker Mode's black, white and red colour scheme looks almost exactly like the Wii running MadWorld.

There are several references to the old Splatterhouse games, both in terms of plot and gameplay. The main story is the same as ever – Rick's looking for his kidnapped girlfriend Jennifer ('sexy' pictures of whom can be found lying around the levels) and that means splatting loads of monsters. Some of these return from the previous games, like this cheery fellow with a sack on his face and chainsaws for hands.

The new game is mostly third-person 3D, although there are some nods to the old games with 2D sections, which offer some rudimentary platforming on top of the thwack 'n' slash gameplay.

If you finish the game, you'll unlock emulated versions of the first three (yes there were three) Splatterhouse games. However, they haven't stood the test of time very well.


Above: This wasn't even cutting edge when it was released in 1992

They may have large sprites and decent animation, but the one-note gameplay is painfully under-developed. Now, call us cynics, but we have a sneaky suspicion we'll be saying something similar about the full game when it comes round to review.

That said, we certainly enjoyed the demo. It may be deliberately button mashy and a bit low-tech, but it was 'bloody' good fun. It's likely to sell pretty well, too – few games are this focused on gore. It's a shame age ratings have come into play to deny the biggest target audience. Sick-minded kids today would love this just as much as they did in the early '90s.

15 Jun, 2010

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13 comments

  • derrderr420 - June 17, 2010 8:24 p.m.

    it looks like every bit of what 3D game developers in the 90's wished their game looked like
  • Sickooo - June 17, 2010 6:07 a.m.

    wait wait wait... u get to have ur arm taken off n then u can pick it up and use it as a bat?!?!?!?... im in ;D
  • xenon - June 16, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    I know it sounds crazy, but this might actually be a honest preview! The world must truly be coming to and end. Anyway, way to go GamesRadar!
  • TheIronMaiden - June 16, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    will probably end up renting instead of buying./
  • Justheretowinshit - June 16, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    It seems very odd to me that all of Gamesradar's coverage of this game so far has been lukewarm at best when 99% of previews everywhere are mostly twinged with excitement and expectation. It is very weird to me since irregardless of your commentary I am still very intrigued by Splatterhouse, I like the Cell shaded style and am looking forward to seeing if the 2D gameplay brings with it a healthy dose of puzzles to break up what could be monotonous fighting.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 16, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    So basically, a 7 out of 10? Strangely, I'm into those at the moment; I liked Dead to Rights.
  • Strangleme - June 15, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    Oh yes. I will most definitely love this. I guess I was one of the few huge fans of the original. I really don't have any history with parts 2 and 3. I adore the first one though.
  • oryandymackie - June 15, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Looks good - I hope they put in branching paths leading to one ultimate goal for some replay value.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 15, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    Eh... I won't hold my breath but at least it sounds mildly interesting. Also hooray for proper E3 coverage starting to slip through the bombardment of "OOH SHINY!!!". God E3 gets on my tits :'(
  • MdubG - June 15, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    i never played the original but i am really looking forward to playing this one it might turn out to be a down graded God of War style game
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 15, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    Well, if nothing else, I now know where Capcom got Dr. Salvador. Seriously, bag on the head. Chainsaws. What else does anyone rember about him?
  • babyhenchy1 - June 15, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Oh 2x4, how we have missed thee. Looks pretty good for what it was meant to be. I didn't expect it to have the almost artistically deep combat of Bayonetta but it looks good enough.
  • chrisat928 - June 15, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    I am very much looking forward to this game. I loved the original games. So much mindless fun. This looks to be more of the same, and it's not an FPS!! The fact that it also includes the original games is just blood on the cake.

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