Published on December 28th, 2010 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
Review: Splatterhouse DLC
Splatterhouse “House of Mirrors / Heart of the Mansion” (DLC)
Release Date: December 21, 2010
ESRB Rating: M
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Bandai / Bottlerocket Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
If you were looking for a reason to hold on to your copy of Splatterhouse, or you were lucky enough to score a copy for Christmas,then you may be pleased to see DLC already up for the bloody title. Namco Bandai released the two “Splatter room” DLC packs for “House of Mirrors” and “Heart of the Mansion”. Think of what Gears did with “Horde mode” and Halo’s “Firefight” and put that concept into a Splatterhouse game. These modes are very similar to the “God of War 3” challenge modes. Get ready to load up on the new weaponry and beat the crap out of everything you see. Prepare to get Bloody!
“House of Mirrors” survival room is all about the double barreled shotgun. Although the gun is extremely effective at close range and can kill multiple enemies with one pull of the trigger, it can also be a curse. The gun is very inaccurate and can be a bit difficult to aim. Especially when surrounded by multiple fiends. One collision hit from a fiend will start an animation that can make it difficult to continue. The “House of Mirrors” room is fairly large and can be easy to move around to avoid attacks. One thing to be alert for are the frequently changing spawn locations. Keep in mind also that the rapid fire shotgun is not very resourceful when it comes to ammo capacity. So, use it wisely.
“Heart of the Mansion” is a bit smaller when it comes to room size. Moving around to avoid attacks is a bit harder in this room as opposed to a few others. The great thing about this room is that the starting weapon is Biggyman’s
Chainsaw, which is extremely effective. Although it can quickly run low due to usage, it can kill an enemy on a single strike. See a pack of spawning fiends, rev up the chainsaw and watch the group turn into chunks of red meat! Spawn locations in this arena are a bit easier to spot, but do watch for fiends coming down from the ceiling and crawling on the walls as they tend to get a bit frustrating at times.
The Final Truth:
The Splatterhouse DLC does add some reason to hold on to your copy of the game and the rooms are challenging. Players can put their score up against a friends leaderboard and see what wave you need to trump to beat their score. The two new weapons are extremely satisfying and just wielding the chainsaw in the survival arena was enough for me. I’ve always been a fan of the “Horde Mode” kind of game mode, such as the G.O.W. 3 Challenges, or Horde, and Splatterhouse does just that. So, if you were thinking about trading in your copy of the game, you may want to reconsider.
+ Weapons are fun
+ Rooms are fairly large
– short waves
– spawns are troublesome