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SAW - PS3 - Preview

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The SAW franchise has been one of the most prolific in the horror film genre, launching its sixth entry later this fall. Set to launch with the film, Konami is at work on a video game to go along with the franchise. However, instead of following the events of one of the films, SAW will be a whole new story, taking place between the events in the first and second films. The game will present classic survival horror-styled gameplay, heavy on atmosphere and exploration, but still with a few combat elements as you fight to survive in Jigsaw’s maze.

In SAW, you’ll play as Detective David Tapp (played by Danny Glover in the films) as you become trapped in one of Jigsaw’s token mazes. The area is littered with traps and various dangerous puzzles that you’ll have to solve in order to survive. However, you’re not alone in Jigsaw’s world as you’ll meet up with (and often square off against) and variety of characters that Jigsaw has deemed unfit. The game is being created with input from the film’s creators, meaning that it will be an authentic experience for fans of the film.

The game will require you to perform actions like picking locks and solving a few puzzles, but you’ll mostly be figuring out how to navigate Jigsaw’s traps and avoid them, lest you be killed in the attempt. You’ll have to avoid rigged doors, bear traps, and other dangerous hazards as you get around.

However, one element that is particularly dangerous is the other people littered throughout the maze. Depending on the choices you make in your interactions with them, they’ll either befriend you and help you navigate the environment, or they’ll attack and try to kill you. The game’s combat system is focused mostly on the melee weapons that you’ll find about, like lead pipes and other environmental items littered through the game.

SAW is shaping up to be a pretty faithful adaptation of the popular films, and could be one that horror fans will want to sink their teeth into.


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