I'm a huge fan of the Saw movies, so when I heard they were releasing a game I was ecstatic. But then I thought, what if this is just another miserable attempt to capitalize on a movie franchise in the form of a video game? Especially since the Saw movies aren't usually rated very highly by critics. Still, I made the leap and I'm glad that I did.
You play Detective Tapp from the first Saw movie (Yes, apparently you survived, and no, unfortunately Danny Glover isn't in this game). The story takes place after the first movie but before the second. Probably a good decision on the designers' parts since those tend to be the more popular movies. You start off in a bathroom very similar to the one used in the first movie, but not exactly the same one, thankfully. The very first trap you are faced with is the reverse bear trap (You know, the one Amanda was in during the first movie?), and you have to get out of it immediately. This started off being really frustrating because I didn't notice the buttons that showed up when you needed to push them, but after awhile I caught on and the real game began. That pretty much sets the tone for the game; a bunch of puzzles and traps that might seem ridiculously impossible, but once you become aware of what's around you they aren't so bad.
Other than that the game is pretty much trap after trap, victim after victim, and fight after fight. This might sound repetitive, and in a way it is, but I think fans of the movie will be intrigued by what is to come. I know I was. Playing this game in the dark with the almost complete lack of music really kept me on my toes constantly. You never know when you might accidentally run into a trip wire, open a door rigged with a shotgun, or step on some broken glass (your character plays barefoot, by the way). And as far as the combat goes, fans of Silent Hill will recognize the combat system as being very similar. Pretty much you find a random object and knock the other guy in the head a few times.
Overall I think this game will please both survival/horror fans and fans of the movies as well. What I've talked about in my review is just the bare bones of what to expect while playing this game, but there are many, many more things to discover both in terms of the games put forth before you and the storyline itself. I probably wouldn't fully recommend this game 100% until the price tag lowers to about $40, but then I don't think there's any reason not to pick up this game. Even if you've never seen the movies, I'm sure you'll be fascinated by the world that Jigsaw has created here for his subjects.