survival horror game


Game developer Lexis Numérique is crafting a unique survival horror experience for the PlayStation 3. AMY is a survival horror game headed to the PlayStation Network soon (estimated September 2011). What is unique about AMY is the unusual pairing and interaction of Lana, the protagonist, and Amy, an eight-year-old autistic girl. AMY is set in the year 2034 and takes place in a midwestern town. A virus is unleashed when a comet crashes and infects just about everyone. Lead character Lana is infected, but can sustain the infection when Amy is near or within sight. Why Amy isn’t infected is a mystery.

AMY (PS3 PSN)Djamil Kemal from Lexis Numérique walked me through a gameplay preview demo of AMY on the PS3. AMY is a steadily paced third-person game, more like Silent Hill and Alan Wake games than the heavy combat action of the latest Resident Evil 5. A feeling of trepidation is what the developers are looking for gamers to connect with the characters in AMY. You could see the hesitation in Amy from her movement and facial expressions. Amy never speaks throughout the game, so her feelings are carefully crafted for visual interpretation. The tension and cautiousness from Lana is also expressed by her head movements and eyes constantly scanning the area. Lana isn’t the stiff-necked heroine as seen in many games nowadays. Another method that expresses the tension from Lana is from the PS3 rumble feedback, when holding hands with Amy. I briefly controlled Lana when following a trail of blood, which led to an ever increasing heartlike thump on the PS3 controller. As I approached the door, Djamil quickly interrupted “no, don’t!” because clearly I was too curious to see what was behind the door (which could have brought the demo to an abrupt end). These kind of encounters need to be gauged with care. Players will need to decide when its right to fight or flight from the infected horde.

AMY (PS3 PSN)Care must be taken, as the lives of both Lana and Amy are at stake and represented as being frail. If Lana strays too far from Amy, you can see the virus overtaking Lana by the appearance of darkening veins. Being infected for a bit does confuse the monstrous horde that you are one of them. Amy’s size helps in navigating stealthily through some environments. As Lana, players can also direct Amy to open doors or fetch things.

The environments of AMY are dark and mysterious. Horde creatures are pretty creepy in of themselves. The details in AMY make this look like a retail game release, but it will be available for download from the PSN. Lexis Numérique wants to make the game accessible at a low price point, something Djamil expressed to me as part of their decision to releasing on the PlayStation Network. The pacing, unique characters and freaky environments had me sold on AMY. It is a PSN game you will want to lookout for, especially for those who enjoy well paced survival horror games. AMY was originally estimated for a June 2011 release, but is currently estimated for a September 2011 for some fine tuning before its release.

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Dead Space Extraction ships for Wii today

by GamingBits on September 28, 2009

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The prequel to the sci-fi horror game Dead Space ships for Wii gamers starting today with Dead Space Extraction. Dead Space was released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Although Wii gamers were left out of the first experience of the game, Wii gamers get the exclusive experience of Dead Space Extraction. Dead Space Extraction is also the first game under EA’s newly formed game development studio name, Visceral Games. It’s another M-rated game on the Wii platform, which continues to broaden the Wii to an older audience of Wii gamers. Fans of the first game who are looking for a richer and deeper story from Dead Space shouldn’t miss out on this one.

“Dead Space Extraction has been such a rewarding project for many different reasons,” said Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer on Dead Space Extraction. “We have successfully brought Dead Space’s trademark action horror experience to a new platform while maintaining our studio’s high standards for quality and polish. Dead Space Extraction will be one of the defining action horror games for the Wii.”

Details on Dead Space Extraction for the Wii:
"Telling the story of four space colonists trying to escape a mysterious infection, Dead Space Extraction explores the origins of the necromorph invasion that threatens humanity and the universe. At the center of this group is Lexine, an important new heroine being introduced for the first time to the Dead Space storyline. As the crew continues to fight for their lives, it becomes clear that protecting her is their only hope for survival. Luckily, players are armed with an arsenal of weaponry, an easy-to-use control system built from the ground up for the Wii, and can even recruit a friend to play co-operatively, a first for the Dead Space franchise."

See more on Dead Space Extraction here at the official website.

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Cursed Mountain summits retail shelves

by GamingBits on August 25, 2009

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If you haven’t heard of Cursed Mountain for the Wii, then you are missing out. It is the latest horror game from publisher Deep Silver’s Vienna studio. The game follows Eric Simmons as he tries to find his brother in the Himalayas. From the screenshots, I can see that there are monsters, darkness and snow, all the things that a horror game needs that is based in the mountains.

Cursed Mountain is a Mature rated game for the Wii that may have a challenging time at retail. A handful of other Mature rated Wii games that have been released this year have failed compared to similar games on other platforms. It is a shame that games with less quality sell better because of the differing audiences. If you are looking for a horror game for the Wii, then go pick up Cursed Mountain because it is out today!

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