Namco Bandai's updating the classic horror-themed side-scroller Splatterhouse hits retailers later this week (the 26th, to be exact, and available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), and just in case you weren't up to speed on what the new version was going to be like, they've decided to release one more trailer.
The remake of the original game finds main character Rick (who used to look suspiciously like Jason Voorhees…) entering a creepy mansion to save his kidnapped girlfriend. Along the way, he has to slaughter hordes of supernatural enemies. The original was a side-scrolling beat-'em-up, but the new version promises free-range three dimensional areas to explore. In a nod to the classic series, there will still be some platforming and side-scrolling stages—so the purists should be pleased.
The new trailer shows off the game's greatest selling point: the gore. Splatterhouse looks like an over-the-top gorefest from start to finish, with Rick ripping off limbs left and right. I'm still not a fan of the newly designed Rick character model, but all the blood and carnage on display should keep me from focusing on how goofy he looks in his jean shorts…
A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.
Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.
In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.