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Rise of Nightmares

Cheese before bedtime.

VideoRise of Nightmares Kinect trailer

And people's faces in slow-motion.

VideoBloody Rise of Nightmares footage

Gory Kinect exclusive out 6th Sept.

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Rise of Nightmares, Captain America sales

Rise of Nightmares, Captain America sales

US and European markets "weak" says Sega.

Kinect-exclusive game Rise of Nightmares sold 200,000 copies, Sega has revealed.

Rise of Nightmares, a survival horror game designed for Microsoft's motion-sensing add-on, launched last month and disappointed critics. Eurogamer's Rise of Nightmares review scared a 5/10.

Meanwhile, movie tie-in Captain America, which launched on the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360, shifted 450,000 copies. 5/10 was the result of Eurogamer's Captain America review.

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Rise of Nightmares

Rise of Nightmares

Cheese before bedtime.

"Where are our games?" So wailed the gaming hardcore when Kinect galloped into view, bringing with it cuddly animals, carnival games and Avatars playing volleyball. "Oh, don't worry, we'll get around to you eventually," replied the games industry (speaking as one for the sake of a clumsy review intro). "We'll make some hardcore games with some blood and swearing, and maybe a bit of side-boob if you're lucky."

Cue Rise of Nightmares, a proper, 18-rated marathon of gore in which you hack zombies to pieces and there are sexy ladies in short skirts and characters say "f**k" and it's totally for grown-up gamers who crave mature adult entertainment.

Or maybe not, but Sega at least deserves credit for trying to make an actual action game on Kinect. It would have been very easy to stick the player on rails, throw in some crude hand-slashing, make with the entrails and call it a day. That Rise of Nightmares offers freedom of movement in a three-dimensional world is reason enough to at least salute the noble intentions on display.

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Out This Week - 09/09/11

Island! Fox! Resistance! Marine! Shaddai!

Your wallet is no longer safe. The games releases arrive thick and fast this week, with two platform exclusives, two hotly anticipated multiplatform releases and a unique Japanese thing - all fighting for your money.

Rise of Nightmares

Scary monsters.

The set-up to Rise of Nightmares is pretty straightforward stuff. Josh is a drunk and a bit of an idiot. He's going on a marriage-saving trip through Eastern Europe when the train he's on is hijacked by scary weirdoes and his wife ends up kidnapped by an evil scientist who lives in a nasty castle and likes to do very strange experiments on people.

Kinect's Second Wave

Star Wars, Sesame Street, Disneyland and Rise of Nightmares.

The trajectory of most new video game hardware is a lot like the trajectory of a really good game of Defender: you fight for survival, you struggle to meet a specific set of criteria, and once you've done all that, the second wave swoops in and it's back to the grind. Hardware can't hyperspace its way out of trouble though. That bit of the analogy doesn't work.

Rise of Nightmares release date

Rise of Nightmares release date

A mature Kinect game at last.

ega's mature Kinect survival horror Rise of Nightmares will be released in September, the publisher has announced.

Rise of Nightmares casts players as an American tourist who has to rescue his wife from a deranged scientist. The ESRB's description of Rise of Nightmares describes a game very far removed from the smiley pastel pastures of what we've seen on Kinect so far.

Sega has also revealed an 8th July release date for Virtua Tennis 4 on PC.

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Rise of Nightmares plot details leak

Rise of Nightmares plot details leak

Kinect horror promises skimpy underwear.

Remember Rise of Nightmares? Sure you do. SEGA announced the Kinect-exclusive survival horror title at the Tokyo Game Show last year but failed to offer any real details as to exactly what was involved.

Well, thanks to an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) listing spotted by Joystiq we now know a little more.

"This is a horror-adventure game in which players assume the role of an American tourist who must rescue his wife from a deranged scientist," explains the product description.

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