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Our Splatterhouse Is a Very Very Very Messy House

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When I first heard that Sega Namco was remaking Splatterhouse, I was excited. Then I saw the first clip from the game and was bored. Now, thanks to a new video of the game being played at NYCC and not at all because of my mercurial nerd nature, I’m excited again. Here’s why:

? The blood from the enemies literally “splattering” on the screen.
? Specifically, that there’s so much blood covering the screen — not just on the screen, but dripping down the screen — that Sega had to mess with the main character’s design to make him more visible.
? The Splatter kills, which include you reach down enemies’ throats and pulling out random internal organs.
? That you can rip off enemies’ limbs and beat them with them, although many games do this.
? However, I think Splatterhouse might be the first game where enemies can rip off your limbs and beat you with them.

Well done, Splatterhouse. You might just be a beat-’em-up, but it’s a beat-’em-up I want to play.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.