New Splatterhouse trailer plays on Splatterhouse nostalgia, but does such a thing actually exist?

All the ingredients are there. Opening footage of the original game. Gratuitous use of its soundtrack. Edits that draw clear parallels between the 1988 original and the new one. But does anyone really care enough about Splatterhouse as a franchise for any of this to matter? Is this trailer massaging your memory cortex with sweet, warm nostalgia lotion, or, like me, are you just seeing a game pointlessly trying to prove that it's a bit like an old game that you'd happily forgotten about because it wasn't actually very good? Take a look and let me know.

And personally, I think it's a shame that Namco is taking this angle. Because while Splatterhouse has had a slightly troubled development (original dev BottleRocket was dropped in 2009) and whileI haven't yet seen anything in its marketing to make me genuinely excited about it,it is afresh take on a franchise that never realised its potential, and as such it certainly deserves a fair crack of the whip. Seeing the nostalgia card played so hard when we've still seen relatively littleof the new game, and in the direction of such nostalgia-infertile ground, just doesn't create a great impression.

But I could be wrong. There could be a huge raving Splatterhouse fanbase out there just waiting to bite my head off over this. And if there is, they should definitely let me know.

David Houghton
Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.