Nightmare Creatures – Retro Review

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The game is dark and moody, with an interesting spiritual undertone running through it. It is perfect for the PlayStation.

19th century London is the setting of this game. The story starts Adam Crowley has unleashed an unspeakable evil upon the city, it is a transmortification virus that is changes the townspeople into hideous, deformed monsters . There are only two brave heroes have stepped up to take on Crowley and its horrific creatures, Father Ignatius Blackward, a priest, and Nadia F, an immunology expert who also happens to be a lightning quick gymnast. You can play as either character and each character has his or her own attributes, moves, strengths and weaknesses.

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The game is huge, it consists of 18 levels and 5 bosses to contend with. Level design isn’t so intricate as to be puzzling, but you do have to find switches to keep going and progress further in the levels. The emphasis in Nightmare Creatures is much more on kick ass action than exploration, the switches serve more as a way to break up the action a little bit things . There are some minor platform jumping as well, but again, this plays second fiddle to the action, this game is definitely all about the action.

The look of the game is summed up as spooky . With plenty of low, transparent fog and not always being able to see that far ahead you don’t know what is coming round the corner. Nightmare Creatures certainly lives up to its horror gothic-sounding name.

Unlike most hack and slash titles where you keep repeating the same move over and over again, this one has different weapons combos for both Ignatius and Nadia similar to Devil May Cry. Knowledge of the combos is key to completing each level, as different combos take off more damage than normal strikes. The controls are fast and smooth, and although it does support analog, the control configuration (left or right rotates, forward or back moves) is such that it’s easier to use the D-pad.

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One technical problem that i found was the camera. While it functions perfectly in most cases, occasionally it can get in front of you, which obscures your immediate foe from view and they can easily land in more attacks and take down your health. Also, when fighting a monster around a corner, the camera sometimes doesn’t follow. These cases are the exception, however, and the majority of the time the fixed camera functions fine.

With a time limit in the form of an adrenaline meter (keep killing monsters or you’re offed by the virus), and some really tough monsters,Even with the difficulty set on easy (it defaults to hard), Nightmare Creatures seems too difficult too early. A more even difficulty curve would’ve been helpful. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not impossible, it’s just a little uneven.

Ultimately, the positives far outweigh the negatives in Nightmare Creatures. It’s spooky, challenging, and a hell of a lot of fun. I just love to kick ass its super cool and the special moves are awesome, I had never even heard about this before, until I stumbled across it in a shop and wanted to play something different something I hadn’t tackled before. Really enjoying it!!!!

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