The twisted misery of a mental asylum has been something of a happy stomping ground for horror gamers in recent years. From the meanderings of Manhunt 2 to practically every Silent Hill game ever, there's no better place to conjure tension as you fumble through the grim darkness armed with a nailbat.
Unsurprisingly if you've seen any of the six films, Saw positively revels in such rancid locales, and sticks to the the grisly torture porn formula. The victim, Detective David Tapp, must explore the confines of an abandoned asylum, disarm gruesome devices and solve puzzles to ensure his survival and get closer to the 'truth' behind the Jigsaw Killer. To kick off proceedings, Saw sets up the game like a typical scenario from the movie. Tapp picks up a nearby dictaphone, where the gravel-voiced Jigsaw relays a chilling monologue, giving brief instructions of how to further your progress.
In true Saw tradition, nothing is ever straightforward. Finding keys to locked doors involves delving into syringe-filled toilets or vats of acid, while blood-smeared toilet walls offer clues to lock combinations. Death is often a footstep away as you creep barefoot over broken glass avoiding tripwires, or open a door to discover another shotgun trap. En-route, other inhabitants of the asylum will emerge screaming from the darkness of their own crazed survival missions (that, predictably, involve killing you), forcing you into a brutal melee face-off that inadvertently parodies the very worst elements of survival horror combat.
Two more titles have been added to the ever-increasing list of games to be playable at our Expos in October, giving you even more reasons to book yourself a ticket before they sell out.
Horror fans will doubtless be sickeningly overjoyed to hear that Konami’s adaptation of the Saw films will be on show, with a Konami representative assuring that “Saw for us is about graphic, intense horror that overwhelms you." Featuring some of the films' most iconic, ingenious and queasifying traps, Saw will of course be sitting snugly in our over-18s area, protecting the eyes, minds and fleshy delicacy of our younger visitors. Expect four screens each on PS3 and 360.
Hi-Rez Studios' MMO/shooter hybrid Global Agenda is next up, a game that wears its non-fantasy colours proudly on its sleeve. One of a new crop of MMOs which hopes to offer something different, Global Agenda has caught Oli’s eye as a potential winner with its focus on PvP.
Konami thinks the freshly-acquired Saw licence can become as important as Silent Hill - but focused less on psychological thrills and more on gory titillation.
Konami has picked up the rights to produce the first game based on the Saw movies, according to Variety.
Specialised movie tie-in publisher Brash Entertainment has outed Zombie as the developer of its upcoming Saw game.
Brash Entertainment has said its game tie-in for horror movie Saw is down for an October 2009 release.
Brash Entertainment has recently revealed itself as a publisher that will focus solely on creating film licences.