For those of us who like to celebrate Halloween with a horror-themed videogame marathon, a myriad of choices has opened up to us in recent years. Along with the old survival-horror standbys, we now have a new breed of team-based survival games such as Left 4 Dead, FEAR 3, and Killing Floor.
The Haunted: Hell's Reach (PC [Reviewed], Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network)
The learning curve is pretty steep and The Haunted doesn’t make it easy to learn. Along with weapons you’ll upgrade through killing enemies, there are six secret weapons hidden throughout each stage. These range from RPGs to flamethrowers, but you’ll rarely see them because most players don’t know they exist and the ones that do know can’t find them -- but, hey, it’s a secret bonus so that’s cool. What isn’t cool is how poorly the game conveys its rules.
While the main goal is simple (SURVIVE!), the details of a match are never properly explained to the player. There is a “How to Play” guide in the menu options but it doesn’t really tell you all you need to know. For instance, you are told that Chronostones will randomly appear. When these stones spawn on the map, you are notified and given a timer to destroy them. If you wait too long, the stone will spawn into a minion that you will have to chase down and kill; as you may imagine, a moving target makes this task much more difficult. Kill the stone/minion and you are safe, but if you don’t the map will throw some nasty environmental effects at you -- something that is never fully detailed in the guide.
THE VERDICT - The Haunted: Hell's Reach
Reviewed by Allistair Pinsof
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