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SAW

Released on 20 November 2009

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SAW is a third-person perspective, survival horror game based on the SAW film franchise. SAW features many of the deadly mechanical traps seen in the film, as well as terrifying new ones. Players will pit their wits against Jigsaw as they navigate his world in an attempt to evade and escape his gruesome traps, while also struggling against his minions in brutal combat by using weapons found within the environment.

The story centres on Detective David Tapp who awakens in a decrepit, abandoned asylum. He has been captured by his longtime nemesis, Jigsaw. Obsessed with catching this serial killer, Tapp's mission has consumed him and ruined his family, resulting in divorce, mental imbalance, and abandonment. Worse yet, this frantic hunt destroyed Tapp's career while he watched his long-time friend and partner get killed by one of Jigsaw's traps. Now Jigsaw has the upper hand and has captured the detective. Tapp must play a deadly game - the likes of which he has been investigating for years - to escape, and in order to do so he must survive the lethal traps and puzzles that Jigsaw has put in place for him and others. But each victim has a dark connection to Tapp. Will Tapp save them? Can he survive his obsession to find the Jigsaw killer?
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.
  • Traps of Lethal Cunning: Jigsaw has laid out a gauntlet of torturous traps for a handful of innocents. Only you stand between them and the most brutal death imaginable. Think quickly and act! The clock is ticking.
  • Choices of Conscience: The player is forced to make difficult moral choices. Who lives and who dies in the game is determined by the player's choices.
  • Mysteries Revealed: Unanswered questions from the films are finally laid to rest. Gamers will discover the origin of Jigsaw and why he devoted his life to games, while also finding out what happened to the characters from the first SAW movie.

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 Average rating (25 reviews)

 Do Not Write It Off as Yet Another Iffy Tie-in

| | See all Plato67's reviews (45)

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It is common knowledge that the majority of film tie-in video games have almost always resulted in major disappointments, with the exception of a select few that have made a difference. And this might just be the case of `Saw`. By merging the gritty and depraved elements of the eponymous horror film with the typical components of third-person action video games, the developing team at Konami have come up with this awesome little title that will have you spellbound all the way through the credits footage.

In terms of the story, if you happen to be a fan of the series, this game might just be your chance to plunge yourself into Jigsaw`s deranged world. The fact that you have to accompany detective John Tapp ( the protagonist of the 2002 film played by Danny Glover) through his bloody odyssey and follow Jigsaw`s clue to the letter to survive will give you the impression of being part of yet another chapter of the series that can stand in its own right . In addition, the presence of two alternative endings makes it all the more appealing.

In terms of gameplay, riddles and puzzles are spot on. As many a reviewer before me very correctly pointed out, one of the negative sides of the game is the ludicrous combat mode. Aside from a flurry of punches, most of your combat experience is reduced to disposing of a number of identical john does by either clobbering them to death or setting booby traps here and there, none of them presenting any real challenge anyway. However, while the game lacks a proper combat mode, it more than makes up in terms of riddles and puzzles. Although repetitive, most of these such puzzles are timed challenges, in true Jigsaw style, and will compel you to hurry up in order to survive and progress through the game. What is more, if we look at the game under this standpoint, we might just understand why the developing team at Konami did not bother with graphics all that much . . . and trust me when I say that graphics wise this game will make you feel as if you were playing a PS2 game rather than a current generation one. As for my own experience, it was the presence of these beat-the-clock challenges that made me get the hang of the game, making impossible for me to put it down till I was through with it.

All in all, the game is definitely worth a try and it will not disappoint you. However, it took me exactly four days on and off to complete the game and clear all its trophies, and, seeing that there is no such thing as multiplayer you might want to consider renting it rather than buying it - unless, of course, you happen to be a fan of all things SAW.

 Ok

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If you like the films, you'll probably like this too.
It follows the same concepts and idea where you have to find things out and solve puzzles to progress.
I'm a massive fan of the films, but the game is too dark for my liking. I hate it when you can't see what you're doing in a game. The graphics aren't the best I've seen either, but the game is enjoyable all the same.

 Creepy, Atmospheric, but the combat...

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The game is set in an eerie asylum, a great setting for a saw game really because it retains the creepy feeling of the Saw movies but is also able to be a proper, full sized game.

Graphically, this isn't the most impressive game I've seen, but its certainly not the worst. Some textures are better than others, and some aren't very good, thankfully the dark, creepy lighting hides those though. 3.5/5.

Gameplay is good and paced slowly (but the slow pacing lets you get more immersed in your setting and adds to the atmosphere) until you come to the combat.. the combat is dreadful, if your enemy gets the first hit, you may aswell restart from the last checkpoint, as you will most likely not be able to land a hit. Having said that, outside of combat you are always on edge looking for Jigsaws next deadly trap. With good puzzles that require some thought, and not too much combat, Saw manages to make up for the dreadful combat, 4/5.

The audio is perfect in this game, with creepy sound effects happening all around you, hearing people run on the floor above you and various other sounds always manage to keep you on edge, adding great atmosphere to the game, 5/5.

On the whole, Saw is a decent game but some people will not like it because of the combat and how the game is paced. Apart from the combat, the game may get slightly repetetive in long amounts of continuous gameplay, however once you put it back on the next day, you find yourself immersed in the Saw world once again.

 Very creepy!!!!

| | See all Whitey76's reviews (5)

Fans of the films will love this, hardened gamers might not.

The story and atmosphere is great, very very creepy with lots of blood and gore as you'd expect. Some chellenging puzzles throughout although a little repetitive.

I found the lighting throughout the game very poor, the main player only has access to a lighter, torch and later a camera to light the the way in a totally blacked out arena. The in game fighting leaves a lot to be desired and is very poor compared to other games on the market.

As far as gameplay goes, once you've done it, that's it, I'm not inclined to want to keep it to do again at a later date.

All in all, worth a go... but don;t play it on your own late at night in the dark.
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 its not bad!

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ok i havent bought this game and im glad i didnt as its not worth the money thats being asked for. i rented it luckily. before playing i didnt have much expectations of this game anyways i thought it would be pretty terrible but i was rather suprised! its not brilliant though i tell u now its just ok. story pretty much follows the films. its more puzzle based and u get the odd random nut jobs come after ya. fighting system kinda sucks. graphics are ok and the voiceover is pretty good! this game kinda reminds me abit like silent hill i'd say. this game is worth a play so i do suggest renting it if you do want to play it. u wil find its not a bad game at all and for all you people crazy about getting aload of trophies then this is an easy platinum for ya!

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