Now this is a turn up for the books – a gory first person shooter for the DS, which is not only impressive to look at, but doesnâ€™t play too badly either, with valid comparisons to Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Manhunt. The US version was let down by a sloppy save system and limited ammo – enemies respawn, annoyingly – but both these faults have been fixed for us Europeans, which almost makes up for the year weâ€™ve had to wait.
As the name of the game suggests, the mysterious lead character has to navigate and escape from a twisted medical ward. At the start youâ€™re only armed with a flashlight and a nightstick, but later guns – pistols and shotguns – become available. Thereâ€™s also a notebook where you can jot down clues and passwords to unlock electrically sealed doors. Itâ€™s a shame that you canâ€™t scribble over the maps to note where items of interest are, although the environments have intentionally been given stand out features so you donâ€™t end up running around in circles. The only other gripes I have are minor, like there being too many locked doors and the inability to pick up and carry health packs.
The controls work well – aiming is done on the touch screen while the L trigger is used to shoot and switch the flashlight on and off. Itâ€™s not only the visuals that impress, but the satanic sound effects too – rain and thunder pelt down outside while the distressing cries for help echo through the hallways. For a slice of handheld horror, this is hard to beat. Particularly on the DS, where the only real alternative is the ancient Resident Evil: Deadily Silence. Or Imagine: Babies.