I'll be brutally honest—I didn't expect much from a videogame tie-in to the Saw movies. You know the drill…movie tie-ins suck, blah blah blah. Even news of the project winding up in the capable hands of Konami (who seem to have a pretty keen understanding of horror games) wasn't enough to sell me on the idea that navigating an avatar through a maze of Jigsaw traps would actually be fun.
I'm not sure what it is (maybe the lowered expectations, or maybe that game actually looks decent), but I'm warming up to the idea of a Saw game after viewing this demo footage of the title in action at E3. One of the game's associate producers took GameTrailers on a guided tour and things seem to be shaping up nicely.
Saw the game seems to capture the look and feel of Saw the movies surprisingly well. Granted, there's no shortage of horror games out there aping the whole "character runs through grimy and abandoned locales" motif, but at least in Saw's case, it's done for a reason beyond "it's creepy and everyone else is doing it". You can't really have a Saw game in a clean, well-lit room.
During the tour of the game, viewers get a chance to see some detailed environments (including some gore), notes from Jigsaw, and a booby trap. That's all nice, but I'm a little concerned that we haven't seen any combat or interaction with enemies. The exploration element looks interesting enough, but I'm a little concerned about not seeing any of the action-oriented components of the game.
Oh, and for anyone wondering—Tobin Bell will be voicing Jigsaw in the game.
Saw the game will put players in a series of life-and-death situations this October. Look for it on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
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