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Lesser known survival horrors - is Kuon any good?

Posted 06-17-2010 at 09:16 AM by December Man ((Survival)Gaming and Rants)
Updated 07-03-2010 at 06:02 AM by December Man

Kuon is a curious case. It is very little known outside of the survival horror fans' circle, and even among them it is considered mediocre at best. Which is strange, since I found it to be a brilliant piece of entertainment, albeit severely flawed in few major aspects.

It was designed by From Software, a developer which had been largely unknown until the release of their most popular game to date, Demon's Souls.

The game is set during the Heian Period of ancient Japan....
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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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Rule of Rose - is the most controversial survival horror ever created any good?

Posted 05-30-2010 at 09:42 AM by December Man ((Survival)Gaming and Rants)
Updated 07-03-2010 at 06:03 AM by December Man

In case you've never heard of Rule of Rose and the controversies surrounding it; there were on the grounds of game's erotic undertones involving a cast of female minors and animal cruelty. These themes ARE present mind you. However, there were also many false accusations, such as the supposed burying people alive, explicit sexual scenes etc. For more detailed information see the wikipedia page. I can summarize that it all involved the EU justice minister Franco Frattini, a group of MEPs, several...
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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Posted 05-05-2010 at 08:43 AM by December Man ((Survival)Gaming and Rants)
Updated 05-06-2010 at 03:54 AM by December Man

Another long overdue blog post.

I have to admit that I was pretty hyped up for this one, since the changes, which I thought were needed after SH4, are plentiful in the game. Unfortunately, as good as some people claim it to be, it did not live up to my(not so high, truth be told) expectations.

Let's start with the story, an element, which I think, is the most important in a Silent Hill game.

It could've been better. The beginning and, especially, the...
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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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