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Lesser known survival horrors - is Haunting Ground any good?

Posted 06-09-2010 at 09:43 AM by December Man ((Survival)Gaming and Rants)
Updated 06-09-2010 at 09:54 AM by December Man

Haunting Ground a.k.a Demento(in Japan), produced by Capcom, is the lesser known horror game of the Japanese giant, the better known being Resident Evil. Why HG wasn't widely advertised by Capcom? What happened?

It was the year 2005. Resident Evil 4 happened. 'Nuff said.

It's actually surprising, considering the game has high production values, therefore a considerable budget must've been assigned to this project. Why Capcom didn't advertise it as much as RE4 is beyond...
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Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, Resident Evil - the comparison

Posted 05-04-2010 at 07:18 AM by December Man ((Survival)Gaming and Rants)
Updated 05-05-2010 at 04:28 AM by December Man

I think I promised this comparison almost a year ago. Better late than never, I guess :p

I divided the comparison into 6 elements. Each series is judged in story, setting, atmosphere, combat, riddles and originality. I'll explain each category first.

Story - the maturity of the themes present in the plot, its direction, twists and turns, and overall quality.

Setting - the location(s) where the games take place, timeline etc.

Atmosphere...
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Resident Evil series - the addendum

Posted 09-20-2009 at 01:22 PM by December Man ((Survival)Gaming and Rants)
Updated 05-05-2010 at 09:01 AM by December Man (Added a note on the storyline)

I promised to comment on Resident Evil 5 as soon as it gets released on the PC. Well here I am, just finished it an hour ago. I have to say that, knowing the annoyances on the consoles, the PC version is the best one making it a very enjoyable experience.

Let me list the major complaints about the console versions:

1. Sheva's AI is dreadful. She wastes health items on you even when you're only very lightly wounded. Also, she wastes ammo like there's no tomorrow....
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Horror genres in video games

Posted 08-30-2009 at 09:35 AM by December Man ((Survival)Gaming and Rants)
Updated 08-30-2009 at 09:41 AM by December Man

I was thinking about different horror game subgenres that started appearing after 2004. Previously, there were only survival horrors and other games with horror themes.

Nowadays there are three ways of presenting horror to players.

1. Action horror. Prime examples: The Suffering series, Clive Barker's Undying(probably the only game of this subgenre prior to 2004; correct me if I'm wrong).

The game is focused on action more than anything else; lacks(a...
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Is the Silent Hill series any good?

Posted 08-24-2009 at 04:10 PM by December Man ((Survival)Gaming and Rants)
Updated 08-29-2009 at 05:42 PM by December Man (Added more stuff)

People that read my blog already know my opinion. However I decided to go with the flow and create a series of sorts which shortly summarize each grand survival horror franchise.

In case someone somehow doesn't know my opinion: I love Silent Hill. The atmosphere, music, complex and often philosophical story full of metaphors and, of course, the scare factor. But, as we all know, nothing is perfect. Especially SH which deteriorated slowly over the years. Let's cut to the chase and...
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