Halloween Horror Game Countdown – Game 7

rule of rose This year to celebrate Halloween, we’re going to countdown my favorite horror games.  The next two years are going to be a great time to be a horror game fan.  On the Resident Evil side of things, the HD remake of the original is being released along with Resident Evil Revelations 2 which features the return of Claire.  Another long running horror series with a new entry coming is Silent Hill, with Silent Hills. (More to come about this on week 7.) Before that, The Evil Within is scheduled to come out on October 14th of this year.  So with all the cool horror games coming out soon, now’s a great time to look at what the genre has offered in the past.

#7 – Rule of Rose

Rule of Rose, developed by Punchline, is a survival horror game released in 2006 for the Playstation 2.  Players assume control of Jennifer, a 19-year old orphan girl suffering from amnesia.  Integral to the game is Jennifer’s relationship with Brown, a brown Labrador retriever who can be commanded to attack enemies and, more importantly, to sniff out various items.  These key items are the only way to progress to the next level.

The game design is hauntingly beautiful, and you will likely be a little freaked as you start to uncover the pieces of Jennifer’s past.  Each chapter starts with a storybook that  ties into the main plot.   The story book theme also influences what types of imps you’ll be facing in each level.

The combat, on the other hand, can be incredibly frustrating.  By the time you get any good weapons, the game is almost over and you won’t really need to use them.  Jennifer also has no real means of defense other than having Brown intimidate enemies while she runs away.  While this heightens the immersion of the game (Jennifer is a 19 yr old girl with zero combat skills), it’s also incredibly frustrating.   The battle with the mermaid is sure to make you want to pull your hair out, and in some cases, may make you want to give up on the game entirely.  Luckily, the game does not rely heavily on combat and focuses more on Jennifer’s relationship with Brown and the other children.

Rule of Rose is a must have addition to any PS2 horror collection.  If you don’t already own it, however, I wish you the best of luck in finding it as it was rather difficult for me to obtain several years ago.




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