Wednesday 4 October 2023

Splatterhouse 2 (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Now Production
Publisher: Namco
Released: 1992

Splatterhouse 2 is a side-scrolling beat-em-up that's exclusive to Sega's 16-bit console.

+ Weapons are only available sparingly to add to the survival motif, but each one packs a punch and feels ultra satisfying.

+ Action has a rhythmic quality to its enemy / hazard placement, and the fair checkpoints help to eliminate frustration.

+ Stage IV features multiple paths where falling down a hole takes you to an underground sewer instead of an instant death pit.

+ Atmosphere is incredible from the outset thanks to the cinematic cut-scenes, creepy music and gory stage settings. 

- There's nothing here that advances the series and overall it's very similar to the original game (1988, Arcade).

- Bosses aren't particularly memorable and the eight short stages mean the game can be beaten in less than 30 minutes.

- Heavy slowdown when more than a handful of enemy sprites are on-screen, which can affect input responsiveness. 

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