Sunday 26 November 2023

Splatterhouse 3 (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Now Production
Publisher: Namco
Released: 1993

Splatterhouse 3 is a side-scrolling beat-em-up and the sequel to 1992's Sega Mega Drive / Genesis exclusive Splatterhouse 2.

+ Small, but respectable range of attacks on offer, with the powerful Mutated Rick having many exclusive moves.

+ High replayability, as the game allows you to choose your route through each stage and there's four different endings.

+ Music creates a seriously creepy vibe that heightens the gameplay and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

+ Stunning graphical effects, ghoulish enemy design and cut-scenes that deepen your investment in the game's plot.

- Time limits to save your loved ones are excruciatingly short and it doesn't help that enemies take a ton of hits to defeat.

- Gets very repetitive mid-way through, as the level design is entirely devoid of any memorable set-pieces.

- Lacklustre bosses aren't even remotely intimidating and instead feature cheap attack patterns that frustrate.

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