Review: Saw

DYING TO PLAY?

Developer: Zombie Studios
Genre: Horror Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Compatability (PS3): n/a
Compatability (Xbox 360): 4MB Minimum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Rating: 7.6

Have you ever sat through the Saw movies and wondered what it would be like to be in that situation? Well now you can put yourself into that situation with Saw: The Video Game. The Saw game puts you inside the movies and lets you make the decisions in order for you to get out of the game alive.

The game opens up with Detective Tapp regaining consciousness and he finds himself with the famous “metallic helmet” placed on his head which will turn his head into a big pile of blood and pieces if the player doesn’t quickly press the buttons that flash on the side of the device while making circles with the left analog stick. This part can be tricky if you don’t see the button flash really quick. This is a great way to start off the game because it gives the player an example of what is in store for the rest of the game. The game is tricky from the beginning. After you escape the device you have to find the combination that is hidden in the bathroom to open the door that will lead you on to the next part of the game. This combination is not hard to find however, for me, it was hard to tell what the last number was.

Live or die. Make your choice.

The point of the game is that you play as Detective Tapp and along with a bunch of other people you are trapped inside an old insane asylum. Jigsaw has captured you and placed you in this big “game” to teach you a lesson and to see if you have what it takes to survive. Along the way you run into some twists and turns. At certain points of the game you have to do what it takes to save another life. You are presented with little “puzzles” and if you make the wrong move then that particular person, and possibly you, will die. However, instead of this taking an affect in the game later on you just have to try it again if you don’t succeed. In my opinion I would have like to see the game continue on if you don’t successfully save the other person, just like in the movies or in Heavy Rain. This is something Zombie Studios could build on in the future.

Throughout the game there are many weapons you can find and use when other people try to attack you. You, Detective Tapp, have a key that was placed inside you while Jigsaw was taking out the bullet in your chest. There are other people that in their “game” they have to find and kill you to get the key out of you. Be careful as these people seem to appear from time to time. All you have to do is kill them. After you kill them you can search their dead body for any health objects, weapons, keys, etc. Jigsaw shows up in the game once in a while on television sets and on audio tapes. While searching the area you can find the audio tapes made for the other people trapped in the asylum by Jigsaw. These tapes sound the same as they sound in the Saw movies.

Yes, Saw the video game is gory. Very gory.

There are other twists and traps that Jigsaw puts you through. For example, you have to search in toilets filled with needles and barrels filled with acid for keys that you will need to move on to the next part of the game. There are also hidden traps that you have to watch out for. You have to be careful when you walk so you don’t walk through a wire, which triggers a shotgun and it will shoot you in the head killing you instantly. You can disarm traps if you are quick enough to spot them. Overall the graphics are good. However the darkness does get annoying if you don’t have a lot of light. It is also hard to find your way around. I found myself getting lost numerous times but I always found my way back to where I had to go. Something on the negative side is when you hit something like a door it looks like the weapon goes right through the doors but doesn’t do any damage.

The game gets intense and in some parts it is actually scary. I found myself jumping up at sometimes when a door sealed shut behind me or when I walked into a trap and got my head blown off my shoulders. This adds to the excitement and intensity of the Saw game. It makes you feel like you are actually in the game. Saw is a good, fun game. I recommend it to anyone that is a fan of the Saw movie series or anyone that is into tricky games. I had a blast playing this even though in some parts I got frustrated with the lighting or how hard it was to find keys, combinations and other objects that are needed to move on. People do curse a lot in the game so I wouldn’t recommend this game to anyone under the age of 14.

Reviewed by shawn82mc – July 27, 2010

Graphics
Decent visuals. Can get really annoying with the darkness and repetitiveness though.
 
Sound
The game sounds just like the movie. Very good sound effects.
 
Fun
Awesome puzzles which are a big plus. A must buy for all Saw movie fans. You can play it more than once to see multiple endings. Combat needs improvement.
 
Final Score

 

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