Many of you might have heard of SEGA’s new horror game for the Xbox Kinect, Rise of Nightmares, recently released on September 6. A game that should have been the next title to fall under the ‘Classic Horror Games of All Time’ such as: Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Clock Tower or Fatal Frame. We had hoped that this new experience should have delivered on this.
Horror games have been known for their scare tactics such as sound, lighting, and the ever heart-pounding unexpected jump of the killer, or creature, towards your character from a hidden area. This game uses all of these common tactics and the new controller-less motion gameplay to literally put you in the game. What better way to fight off a zombie, a creepy clown, or some unidentifiable deformed being with fists, knives, or a chainsaw that you can actually wield with your hands… virtually of course.
After a while, horror games began to evolve and lost their traumatizing touch to this gamer girl and many of her kind. She longs for that feeling that made her want to shut her eyes, grab the cute guy next to her and hide behind him, or even turn off the game because she might have nightmares. That is the emotion that horror themed games should plant in your mind in order to give you that true taste of fear. That is the feeling we should all feel with this game… or at least wish it would. It has its moments and they work if you are playing alone or with one other person who scare easily. Maybe this gamer girl has seen too much horror in her life?
Silent Hill was famous for its radio noise effect when a demonic creature was nearby, Resident Evil frightened us whenever a zombie mutated into something bigger, Clock Tower had a frantic mode that affected your character’s ability to run properly or defend herself, and Fatal Frame forced you to get close enough to take a picture of a ghost in first person view leaving you open to other ghost attacks from behind. In Rise of Nightmares, zombies come at you and you have to face them as one would in a real life situation, if zombies were to exist… One would think that having to fight off a zombie with your hands might be a terrifying task rather than pushing a button.
The Kinect world was originally plastered with an array of family oriented titles like Kinectimals, Kinect Adventures, and Kinect Sports. There are a couple of games outside of that section but they did not wow the masses, aside from Dance Central. Rise of Nightmares was a much needed adult title for the Kinect yet it is difficult to say if it lives up to that expectation. Some say yes and some say no.
If any of you have held back on purchasing a Kinect, Rise of Nightmares could be the reason if you’re willing to try something new. Is there a better way to engage new gaming hardware than with a game that will make you wet your pants unwillingly? Maybe that’s not the first thing you want to experience after spending $149.99 for a new gaming device but ask yourself this: Do I want to lay on the floor pretending to be a baby tiger instead? I highly doubt that… unless you’re into that kind of thing.