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…

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

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.
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Mike Bracken
5 years 10 months ago

I’d pick up Nier sooner rather than later — I get the feeling it’s going to be one of those games that vanishes then people start to realize they missed out.

ZippyDSMlee
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5 years 10 months ago

Quit talking about Nier your making me want to get it the rip it shreds!!

The again critics are mostly tit fed insiders posing as independent slackers…. they are slacking alright…..

Where was I?…. ah yes Splatterhouse…… *dddrrrrrroooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllll*

*gets a bucket*

Hopefully it wont be as bad as Fist of the north star……..god repetitive game is repetitive….

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Mike Bracken
5 years 10 months ago
I’ve seen a little more appreciation for Nier lately — I think it’s a great example of a game that got killed by reviewers (unfairly), but will eventually find an appreciative audience. The sad part is that it basically killed Cavia. I think it’s going on my top 10 list for this year. As far as Splatterhouse goes, I gave it the benefit of the doubt early on (the newly redesigned Rick worried me right off the bat), but it’s getting harder and harder to keep that attitude with each new video they release. Definitely a sort of “who cares?”… Read more »
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Sakilla
5 years 10 months ago

Actually, you guys were among the few who seemed to really enjoy, and appreciate Nier. I really also appreciated Brad calling out the bogus “Fishing Video” that truly illustrated some weak journalism on the part of another website, actually misinforming it’s readers due to a lack of intelligence or patience on the part of it’s reviewer. But whatever!

Anyway, I expected Splatterhouse to be awful. It looked awful. You know, in a generic sort of “who cares!” kind of way. But maybe it’s going to beat the odds.

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Mike Bracken
5 years 10 months ago

Oddly enough, those of us who played Nier here at the site seemed to really like it. I thought it had a few minor issues, but it was still one of the coolest games I played this year.

Not really sure what to make of Splatterhouse, though. I’m hoping for the best.

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Sakilla
5 years 10 months ago

Many online game critics said the game “Nier” sucked, and one of the ways in which I discovered otherwise was by reading reactions from gamers. Well, color me curious, because I was reading reactions from gamers on this game, and they all love it! Wonder if it’s a great game…which would surprise the hell out of me.

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