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Forbidden Siren

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  • So the other day I purchased Siren off of the PSN because number one, why the mess not; and two, it was created by the same dude who created Silent Hill (my favorite series).

    Anyhoo, I've really been enjoying it quite a lot! In my opinion, it's even scarier than Silent Hill, and the whole "sight-jacking" effect sends shivers down my spine. Also, it appears to have quite a bit of replay value and hidden items, and I can't wait to play it again after I finish my initial playthrough.

    All that to say, I was wondering if any of you guys had ever played it before, and what are your thoughts?

    Also, this can be a why is Siren 2 Europe and Japan only/general grumbling about why the Japanese PSN store is not merged with the US one thread.

    Assuming that rustles your jimmies as much as it does mine. 

    But yes indeed, Siren is fascinating, and I would love to converse about it with you guys!  

  • I'm glad you're enjoying it. The game was kind of trashed in the magazines for being rather difficult, which I can kind of understand, but the game was fascinating if you could push through that.

    The game was really cool and unique. It's one of my more favorite horror games, frankly. It had stuff that you wouldn't see in any other game.

    And yeah, I wish that us Yanks could get access to Siren 2 and other games, too. :/

    I heard that THAT game had a confusing story, but it looked better graphically and maybe a little easier to play than the first one.

  • Indeed I am, and I saw that in some of the reviews as well. Honestly, I feel that some of those reviews were a little unfair; Siren is a difficult game to be sure, but I haven't yet felt like it has cheated me, or been unreasonably hard.

    I actually kind of enjoy that it's a mixture of the stealth and horror genre, one of the reasons it scares me so much is because I know the enemies can actually mess me up with ease! SH3 did a good job of that, but I think Siren does it even better. I could be wrong, but I believe that if you get shot twice you're dead, it's one of the few games I've played that treats guns realistically.

    It seems to me like the game is intentionally difficult, and difficult because it was designed well, as opposed to a game that's only hard because it's broken and filled with so many glitches. It seems a lot of consumers and critics are quick to bash challenging games without realizing that they thenselves are not the intended audience. Take Demon's Souls or Dark Souls for instance, many gamers refuse to even try those games, but the fan base LOVES the difficulty. Of course I can totally respect the fact that some people don't enjoy the Souls games, but it does bother me when they say they are bad games, just because they don't like them.

    I certainly agree with you there, I don't think I've played another game like it.

    Yeah, I understand that at one point it would really have been a total pain for a Japanese company to localize a game it didn't think was going to sell well, but now that almost everything can be purchased digitally, I'm not quite sure why Americans can't just buy Japanese games for download online. If I pay Sony $20 for a PSN card, Sony obviously is now $20 richer, so why do they care which version of their PSN I buy my games from? They already have been paid, so it can't have anything to do with exchange rates.

    Also, since digital games have no physical production costs, why couldn't there be simply one PSN store with the option to change the language? The game's already been made, the way I see it, it certainly can't hurt the companies to have those games at least available for Americans to download. Sure, those games might not sell as well as they did in Japan, but they certainly would make some sales, and the game companies wouldn't even be risking anything since the games are digital.

    Well that rabbit-trailed a bit...

    But yes, I would love to play Siren 2, and once I finish Siren, I'd like to give Siren Blood Curse a try as well, apparently it's a re-imagining of the first game, have you played it?

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