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Rise Of Nightmares is a survival-horror adventure in the style of the Resident Evil/ Silent Hill games, available on the Xbox360 and currently selling at a bargain price of £9 from Tesco. But what makes this any different from all the other numerous survival/ horror games out there that owe their influences to infamous horror flicks such as Hostel and Dawn Of The Dead? I'll tell you what makes it different.......this is the first game of its kind to appear on Kinect! Basically this means YOU re the controller. So when you punch and kick and swing then your character on-screen also punchers and kicks and swings whatever weapon he is holding at the time! This makes for a much more interactive experience and lifts this game up above any of its competitors! The story takes place in Romania somewhere where you and your wife are vacationing. Your wife moves off down the train you are travelling in, towards the buffet car, after the pair of you have an argument. As you give chase, you pause at a bathroom to wash your face and recieve a terrifying vision that leaves you shaking. Moments later, as you approach the buffet car, a masked figure goes on a murderous rampage killing everyone in sight and just as you draw close, the train de-rails. After hap-hazardly making your escape from the wreckage, you end up on the shores of a great lake with a group of other survivors. As you move through the forest towards some kind of safety, you find yourselves in the grounds of a large house. And it is there that your nightmare begins as you find yourself not only in a house laden with booby-traps but also occupied by corpses, reanimated by pieces of machine and clockwork whose only desire is to kill you and strip nthe flesh from your bones! This is a great little game that got surprisingly mixed reviews upon release. So far, I have played only the first few chapters but it really is lots of fun ~ especially when played in the dark! Weapons you can pick up on your way through the house include an iron pipe, a machete and a stash of vials containing highly volatile chemicals. Walking forwards is performed by putting one foot forward and the further forward you put your foot, the faster you walk on-screen. Other actions that you need to perform to progress include crouching under obstacles and even swimming! Likewise, when you come across a door, the way you open it is by making the same actions you would if opening a real door! Real thought has gone into this and it really is an awesome game! The graphics are not the best at times but still very lifelike and the plot is taken straight out of any number of similar-themed straight-to-DVD cheesey horror movies but don't let that put you off! Because there really isn't ANYTHING else like this out there that is THIS interactive!! I was umming and aahing about buying this upon release and only got it the other night because it was cheap but what a bargain!!!! I love it and think it is the best game I have played on the Kinect yet!! It is incredibly violent and bloody and features very bad language in the dialogue between characters so is not for the faint-hearted and is rated eighteen for a very good reason. But if you are looking for a TOTALLY different gaming experience then this is IT! Dare you play it with the lights out?
I brought this game for my boyfriend for Christmas as he had been going on about it for ages (at least it felt like ages!). Oringally it was was about £30 but I managed to pick it up a few weeks before Christmas on Game online for £12.99, which was and still is a good price because I saw them selling yesterday in Game for £14.99 on special offer. Having brought it for him and watched him play it a few times, I just had to have a go on it. At first I wasn't at all interested because it is not my sort of game at all, but it did look like a lot of fun. Rise of Nightmares works with the Kinnect so your are moving your character around the game with your own body movements. All you have to do is make sure you're signed in on the Kinnect with your profile and the Kinnect has a memory of your body and movements. Once you start the game it gives you instructions and shows you how to move around. The game basically consists of you walking around creepy houses and buildings with ghosts and zombies trying to get you from all angles. The aim is to follow the story and fight off the zombies by using your weapons and kicking, punching etc. Now I havent finished the game yet so I'm not sure how it ends. This is a very clever game because as soon as you start it you get that earry feeling when you'ra scared. It sets the mood very well and makes me feel very jumpy. The music and the graphics really make me feel as though I'm walking around a haunted house and quite a few times now I've jumped out of pure surprise and fear. This game is only one player but it is very funny just watching other people. I watched my boyfriend jump back from the TV when a load of zombies jumpe out on him. This game is an 18 which is understandable considering you're fighting off zombies. I would say it suitable for teenagers though, depending on their fear threshold.
I bought this game as a stocking filler for my boyfriend at Christmas, as it was on sale for £9.99. I had read mixed reviews, so I only bought it on the strength that it was cheap, and thought I would give it a go! The game uses the kinect's powers to their full potential. The basic story line is that you are on a train, you see a suspicious character and shortly afterwards the train derails and your girlfriend has been kidnapped. You then go with a few survivors and try and find help. You soon find yourself in a world of zombies and psychopaths! The controls are used to great effect, you twist your shoulders to turn right or left, and place one foot forward (and hold in place) to walk forwards, and place one foot backwards (and hold in place) to walk backwards. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but once you do, the controls are relatively easy to do. You can pick up various weapons along the way, so far we have discovered knifes, pipes and a machete. The machete is the most effective! You have to just hack your way through the zombies, they keep coming at you until they have been fully dismembered. Due to the violent content of the game, it is rated an 18, and I definitely would not recommend parents ignoring this rating, as it is quite scary, even for me and I'm 27!! If you've seen movies such as Hostel, Texas Chain Saw Masacre, Dawn of the Dead etc...imagine being dumped in the middle of those movies, and you have this game! It is a continuous story mode kind of game, rather then levels, and just has certain check points where your progress is saved. A must have for all horror movie fans.