See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Cheat Code 

Splatterhouse
Namco
PS3 (Review Copy), Xbox 360

An over-the-top rendition of the classic 1988 arcade hit Splatterhouse, Namco shows guts by toying with this legendary side-scrolling brawler. We're in a generation where developing a quality game involves flashy gore mods and some rather vulgar language, so I had no idea what to expect from this updated edition of a personal fave. It was disappointing right off to discover another hack-and-slash button-mashing game, but out of respect for its elder, I continued on.

Splatterhouse 2010 features something most aren't too familiar with, a type of leveling-up system that entitles the player to upgraded weapons and abilities — earned by slaying waves of enemies in what may be the most brutal fashion possible. Hitting the "quick attack" and "slow attack" buttons for the first few minutes lowers expectations, but I soon found myself anxious to rip some undead-mutants in half with the "splatterkill" function, and get myself some new attacks.

If you play your games and follow your stories, don't expect this title to blow you away: You're a young dude chasing the crazy doctor who has abducted your girl and blah, blah, blah, but let's skip to the gore! For a good time finding new ways to obliterate yucky undead experiments in the basement, rent this.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

More by Josh Sexson

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit