Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Preview: Saw

12:40 PM on 04.13.2009 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
  @CTZ

Every October, Hollywood grants moviegoers the chance to see some really old dude set up really crazy elaborate traps, all because he wants people to have a better appreciation for life. I hear motivational speeches work better and involve less blood. Granted, the Saw movies wouldn’t have made over $600 million if it was about a guy talking people into happiness rather than brutally maiming people … into happiness.

Now, the Saw franchise is bringing its brand of torture porn to videogames thanks to Konami. Hit the break to see what you can expect from Saw.

Saw (PlayStation 3 [Previewed], Xbox 360, PC)
Developer: Zombie Studios
Publisher: Konami
To be released: TBD

Saw begins with Detective David Tapp waking up in a rundown bathroom with that reverse bear trap helmet thing from the movies attached to his head. As the man is trying to figure out what’s going on, the Jigsaw puppet appears on a TV screen in the bathroom and says … something. The Konami event, like most events in San Francisco, was at a nightclub with very loud music playing throughout the night -- I couldn’t hear anything anyone said in the game.

As soon as Jigsaw was done talking, the player takes control of David. A rotating joystick symbol appears on the screen, indicating that the player needs to rotate the left joystick in a circular motions to take off the reverse bear trap. There was never anyone around the demo booth that I could talk to about the game, so I kept dying at this part. It wasn’t until later in the night when I returned to the game that I learned from someone else playing that after rotating the joystick so many times, a red light would flash on the reverse bear trap contraption. When the light flashes, you press the X button to move to the next part of the unlocking sequence, which repeats the same pattern for the other side of the trap. Throughout the entire process, the only thing that stays on the screen is the rotating joystick symbol. I would have never known you needed to press the X button when the light flashes had someone not told me.



After finally ripping off the helmet, you’re tasked with getting out of the bathroom. After looking around a bit, I see some painted lines in the bathroom mirror. You need to look at the mirror from an angle in order to get the painted lines to match up, which reveals three numbers. From there, you use the number to open a locked bathroom stall for the next puzzle.

In the stall is a toilet filled with syringe needles. Instead of doing something smart like slowly pulling the needles out one-by-one to see if anything is in the toilet, David just forces his hand into the thing. There’s no sign, no indication at all that the player should even do this. If you saw a toilet filled with needles, is shoving your arm into the toilet the first thing you think of? The toilet also has poop in it which is totally yucky.

The camera switches to a stationary side-angle of the toilet, and you get an X-ray view to see your hand moving around the poopy water and needles. A menu pops up to show how much pain David is experiencing; you need to find a key before the pain meter fills up. From what I could tell, you can't really move your arm. Rather, the character is just moving his arm to make the contents within the toilet float around. You have to press X once the key gets near your hand to pull it out.

Once you have the key, you can finally leave the bathroom to explore the rest of Jigsaw’s insane asylum. The asylum is huge, and David isn’t the only one trapped there. The player will find other people stuck in traps, and even people out looking for David. They may be looking for David to help them, or maybe Jigsaw told them that the key to their escape is inserted in David’s stomach. Everyone is there against their will and are looking for a way out; you can’t really trust anyone. At one point in the demo, I enter a room just as another guy who was stuck in the asylum entered the same room from another entrance. The door he enters through though is rigged with a shotgun above the door, and he loses his head after barely taking a step into the room. 



After a lot of trial and error with another shotgun rigged door that kept getting me, I make my way to another puzzle involving a fuse box. I have to turn some knobs to sync up nine fuses so electricity could run through all the currents. Once electricity is  running, a door opens revealing more the asylum.

I eventually make my way down a hall where a cutscene takes place, and a guy in a pig mask grabbed me from behind. I couldn’t tell if the game was glitching or if this was the “ending” of the demo. Either way, I had enough of Saw, and moved on to the next game at Konami Gamer’s Night.

Saw may involve a lot of trial and error gameplay. As it was, I don’t see this game being much of a challenge. If you screw up, you’ll just be taken back to a point and get to do it all over again until you get it right.

I’m curious to see if there’s any kind of morality feature that will be in the game akin to BioShock’s system, just more fleshed out. That’s the whole thing about the Saw movies -- redeeming yourself by helping people that have wronged you in some way in the past. The demo at Konami's Gamer's Night only left me with a sense of “here are some really annoying puzzles. Try not to die.”

Photo Gallery: (8 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys






 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Torchman avatarTorchman
http://gonintendo.com/stories/251840-fire-emblem-fates-petting-mini-game-is-in-game-but-only-availa I THOUGHT THIS WAS GONE. MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MINDS PEOPLE
Shinta avatarShinta
God damn, Bernie Sanders is just killing it with this speech. Hitting basically every point. He even used the word "oligarchy." Probably the first time I've ever heard that word uttered on CNN. I think a lot of people in power are shitting their pants
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
In my haste to finally factory reset my tablet, I erased a blog I had worked on. Thankfully, it's fresh in my mind. It's another MGS blog, but it goes the opposite way of my last MGS blog. Pray this guy is not your husbando, for he is shit.
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
Just ate a disgusting amount of sugary wonders in a Fat Tuesday blowout. Chocolate (birthday) cake, Oreos, brownies, cookie dough, and some creme brule thing. Satiation by way of eat-'til-you-puke is what Shenanigans says!
LaTerry avatarLaTerry
Is there any real difference between the PS3 and the PS4 versions of Valkyria Chronicles?
Shinta avatarShinta
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
Say whaaaaaat?
Gundy avatarGundy
Voting for Broforce made me think of the most American person that could ever exist. President Michael Wilson!
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
By the way, that IGPX collection is a new release. It's the first time the show is available in a complete package, and the first time it's been available in any format in about 10 years. [url]http://amzn.to/20JSMCd[/url]
gajknight avatargajknight
This is your daily reminder that Taxi Driver is the best movie ever and if you disagree then all I can say is: God, you're square.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
I love when someone at work tries to claim you screwed up on something and it completely backfires on them. I try to help them save face afterwards, but secretly I'm like...
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I still love Tearaway Unfolded despite the shit pacing and hell yeah I'm going for that plat. It'll be my 2nd plat, first since Sly 2 Remastered back in 2012. So it's been a while. gotta beat the game first tho :P
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
Tearaway Unfolded's final level is my least favorite kind. Life is Strange-esque linear path (through a void) of moments from the game. Bleh.
Shinta avatarShinta
Gravity Rush Remastered looks reallllllyyyyyy nice. Video and screenshots didn't quite do it justice. Seeing it in person is much better.
Virtua Kazama avatarVirtua Kazama
We are T-7 days until the release of Street Fighter V! There will be a blog released on the February 15, only one day before the release. This blog is about reflecting on Street Fighter IV.
Terry 309 avatarTerry 309
Can good videogame music sugarcoat a game so much that we forget it's a bad game?
lewness avatarlewness
My Wii U came back from repairs... It does not recognize me anymore. It does not remember anything - Xenoblade, Smash, everything. Also, the game disc that was trapped when I sent it is in a separate sleeve, cracked. RIP data.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Separated at birth? [img]https://38.media.tumblr.com/dc4c946f418196e87160398f851c19fb/tumblr_nuwhksbSVu1sjh5bfo1_400.gif[/img]
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
I got my RNDM Viynl by Mega Ran last night but forgot to post a picture. Enjoying it so far though.
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Damn, my 26" monitor just crapped out on me. S'what I get for buying knockoff brands I guess. Back to the 19" non-HD monitor for me.
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -