Saw II: Flesh & Blood - Xbox 360

Game Description:Step into the dark and tormented world of Saw II and experience the gruesome traps that Jigsaw has created to test your will to survive. With new traps, puzzles, and combat system players will need to think fast and act quick to pass the rigors of the tests Jigsaw has engineered. Set between the Saw and Saw II movies, the game follows Detective Tapp’s estranged son Michael, who become Jigsaw’s next subject while he is investigating father’s recent death.
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Saw II Hands-On Impressions

Saw II Hands-On Impressions

By Jake Gaskill - Posted Apr 09, 2010

 Saw II

Saw II, the next chapter in Zombie Studios’ video game series based on the perennial horror franchise, picks up directly after the events of the first game, and is actually set between the first and second movies. This time around, Zombie Studios has upped the ante in pretty much every respect from the puzzles to the diabolically vicious traps to the terrifying environments. Konami has high hopes for the sequel, and the franchise, and from what I saw (get it?!), they could be well on their way.

During Konami’s recent Gamers Night, I was able to spend a little hands-on time with the survival-horror title. As the game opened, I found myself in the same situation as the unfortunate character from the first scene of the movie Saw II: sitting in a chair with a Venus flytrap-like mask of death strapped onto my character's head. The key to unlocking the trap had been unfortunately sewn into my face, just underneath my right eye. To get it out, I had to gently guide a scalpel along the stitches just below my eyeball. Once I had cut out the key, I was able to remove the trap just before it snapped shut.

The next task was to escape the room I was trapped in by using a nearby mirror and the back wall, both of which contained a certain portion of a jigsaw puzzle piece. The exit was of course locked, but thanks to the mirror/wall combo, the simple rotating puzzle, which required me to line up the concentric circles to form the previously uncovered puzzle piece, was swiftly solved.

The next scenario required me to shine my newly acquired flashlight on glow-in-the-dark chalk outlines of bodies to locate a combination to a nearby padlocked door. This particular room was especially revealing as it contained a number of prototype death traps. Hitting A to investigate them cued a brief, bloody cutscene showcasing the traps deadly potential. In the atmosphere department, the game definitely gets its point across, and you feel like you need about 80 tetanus shots just from looking at it. And even in the very brief time I spent with the game, there were a bunch of super creepy little moments where you could see other poor souls being killed in the next room, or running into a room only to be skewered by a swinging scythe. Catching these mini-moments really gives you a sense of how much broader the game story is, since it’s clearly not all about you and your particular suffering.

In addition to the puzzles, I also encountered a couple of quick-time sequences. In one had you hit A to avoid falling into a hole created by weak floorboards, and the other required you to hit two buttons in order to avoid being impaled by the same swinging scythe I mentioned earlier. I actually failed the second one twice and died horribly as a result, but I eventually got it right and was able to move on.

Saw II

The last sequence worth mentioning was a mini-boss battle of sorts, which pitted me against a terrifying dude in a spiked helmet whose arms were bound behind his back. Taking him out requires you to open a nearby elevator door, and sidestep at the last second as the guy charges at you, causing him to plummet down the empty elevator shaft. There will apparently be a number of new and returning enemies in the game, but this was the only one I was able to see.

Saw II felt and looked decent enough, and it definitely creeped me out quite a bit, so mission accomplished there. The prospect of larger, more varied environments, better controls and new death traps is certainly enticing. Whether the game will be the stepping stone to eventually getting the franchise in the same league as Silent Hill the way Konami is hoping it will is hard to say. You know what's fun to say though? I saw Saw II too. 

Comments are Closed

  • solonoid

    I hope the do what heavy rain did. Multiple playable characters tied to the same story, and if one of them dies you just don't see them again and it alters the ending.

    Posted: April 21, 2010 2:01 PM
  • Behemoth7546

    why cant they just make a 28 days later game oh wait thats right left 4 dead.......................... .............................. im gonna go play left 4 dead

    Posted: April 15, 2010 3:49 PM
  • PiLover

    screw a game based on saw i want a game based on the crazies

    Posted: April 12, 2010 8:09 PM
  • Ryne S.

    The first saw game was good. This 2nd one should be good as well. The movies were terrible!

    Posted: April 12, 2010 5:58 PM
  • Gathoom


    you die

    Posted: April 12, 2010 1:10 AM
  • Sparks_1911

    As much as I hate to admit it, the first one was primarily a fan-game with quite a few short-comings. But like the movies, the games are trying something new, and while the final product(s) are far from perfect, they're also unique gems in an increasingly predictable genre. Hopefully Saw II (the game) can keep this up.

    Posted: April 11, 2010 8:19 PM
  • Basilisk1991

    A sequel to a crappy movie tie-in game, watch this one suck MORE than the first one

    Posted: April 11, 2010 2:19 PM
  • ps3allday95

    all the movies are great even the recent ones although one was my favorite but a saw game really doenst have alot of potential, to make it buyable they need to just scare the hell out of people first, then work on the game

    Posted: April 11, 2010 9:29 AM
  • worldwiderock78

    this game is gonna suck like the first one

    Posted: April 11, 2010 6:01 AM
  • Shadowmars

    Why bother?

    Posted: April 11, 2010 12:42 AM
  • Malapropism

    i don't get why people dislike the saw movies, yes they are basically gore oriented but i think the stories are pretty interesting, people who we look up to with dirty secrets,

    i haven't played the video game, i prefer rpgs,

    Posted: April 10, 2010 8:32 PM
  • natedoggcata619

    I am a HUGE Saw fan and enjoyed the first game despite its short comings. Cant wait for this

    Posted: April 10, 2010 6:12 PM
  • mryams

    Looks better than the first but did the first one sell well enough to need another?

    Posted: April 10, 2010 2:45 PM
  • camaro72toy

    This game is amazing looking and I loved the first one

    Posted: April 10, 2010 9:33 AM
  • camaro72toy

    This game is on my Must Buy list

    Posted: April 10, 2010 9:33 AM
  • Drake498

    Haha ok lets be honest... the first Saw game was a fan game, it was severely flawed and yet I enjoyed it only because it was part of the SAW franchise... I really do hope this game fares far better then the first.

    Posted: April 10, 2010 7:15 AM
  • TurtleyMonster

    What??? Man am I missing out, didn't even know there was a first. Looks sweeeeet tho, shrooms make everything better =)

    Posted: April 10, 2010 12:45 AM
  • senorcaptincrunch

    dam awesome looks way better than the first

    Posted: April 9, 2010 10:39 PM
  • smooth_trooper

    I should try this while tripping on shrooms. I sense epic win.

    Posted: April 9, 2010 8:59 PM
  • receiding_adam_sesslers_hair

    4 boxes of beer + free time on sundays = game trailer budget.

    Posted: April 9, 2010 5:33 PM