Saw 2 Hands-On

Jigsaw would very much like to put your head in a torture device one more time, if that's OK with you.

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Konami and Zombie Studios are working on another Saw game. After all, this is the same horror movie franchise that has been delivering annual sequels for so long that you’d expect your grandfather to start telling you about the first time he watched a Saw movie back in the silent film era. Really, it has just been since 2004, but it’s clear the game franchise has a lot of catching up to do with the movies. To see what’s in store for Saw 2, we had a look at the game at a San Francisco Konami event yesterday.

Who's Making This Game: Zombie Studios, the same developer behind the first Saw game, released in October of last year.

What The Game Looks Like: In a word? Gruesome. Expect to see the same sort of “unfortunate demises” that the movies offer, complete with splattered blood and twisted booby traps. But on a technical level, Zombie has upgraded to the latest version of the Unreal Engine, meaning it has got some new tricks up its sleeve with the game’s visuals. Characters and textures look noticeably better than in the first game, but more importantly, light and shadows are looking quite a bit more realistic and creepy. For a game that relies so heavily on unsettling the player, improving the creepiness of shadows seems like a big deal.

What There Is To Do: Saw 2 is a survival horror game that combines puzzles, minigames, and infrequent combat as you try to escape the twisted machinations of the villain Jigsaw. This time around, rather than escaping from one nondescript building, you’ll make your way through multiple locales, including hotels, sewers, and factories.

We played the first 10 or so minutes of the game, facing off against a variety of puzzles and traps. The first had our character’s head in an iron maiden, on a timer, which was set to snap shut and impale our head with dozens of spikes unless we could find a way out in a hurry. The solution was a grim one: we had to use a scalpel to dig out a key surgically planted beneath our eye. Welcome to Saw!

How The Game Is Played: At times, the game can feel like an adventure game (albeit a twisted one) as you move through the dark from one puzzle to another without much button-pressing in between. But there are occasional moments of combat when you have to defend yourself. For the sequel, Zombie has gone for a more defensive style of combat. At one point, we were placed in a sort of fighting arena against a lunatic man charging at us with his arms tied behind his back and spikes on his head. With no weapons to be found, we had to frantically find a way to deal with him using wits rather than brute force. It turns out that opening a door leading to an empty elevator shaft and letting the poor sap charge blindly into the abyss worked quit well.

What They Say: Konami’s company line describes the game thusly: “With a blend of intense combat, mind-bending puzzles, and a twisted story players will face horror and terror that only SAW can deliver.”

What We Say: Agreed. But whether or not you’re up for the depravity that a Saw game is uniquely capable of delivering is another story entirely. If you are, expect to see the game released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall.

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38 comments
antonio151
antonio151

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JoeDivision51
JoeDivision51

the only thing they could do to make the saw game projects interesting and fun to play its make them like a manhunt sort of gameplay and they wont so ... will stink for me

sir00
sir00

ha ha ha u call that combat

RatchetV1
RatchetV1

interesting to watch someone play..but just isnt fun. at leats the first one wasnt.

maaly81
maaly81

why are they doing this? wasnt this movie done 7 years or so ago? and it looks slow and un entertaining. the graphics engine could have been used for a different kind of game

chadbtownvt
chadbtownvt

zombie studios needs to work on a different project because these saw games just are not cutting it, the game play is repetitive and annoying at times and the fighting parts are lame. Ive seen it so many times where developers try to make movies in to games and most have just failed, and the thing is with this game there using the unreal engine in which there's been highly successful games like gears of war, so give it up and I'm sure this saw 2 will get another 6.5 rating.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

If the guy said "vignettes" one more time I was going to slap my monitor.

william5678
william5678

why dont they let player make there own traps and lvls for the online

gamz95
gamz95

looks kinda hard

accretia27
accretia27

the guy they are playing looks like a secks slave

-BILLY-BAD-ASS-
-BILLY-BAD-ASS-

sweet ! im hella hyped up fr dis.I got platinum trophy on da frst one! cant wait!

laofuzi300
laofuzi300

Cut the key out of the eyes? that was sick. I hate saw movies, now they make a game out it and I can't belive people like it.

thorughfire
thorughfire

Saw The Video Game ,despite very very poor combat, was a sick puzzle filled game.I enjoy how the puzzles went from easy when you started out and progressed harder and harder.The plot and visuals were good as well and there were a ton of ways to kill people in the game as well.Being a huge fan of the franchise,I always wanted a sequel to the game and I am hyped for Saw 2...Anyone know the amount of sales Saw the video game got? Reply to my comment if you do.

LOVERPS3
LOVERPS3

i'm agree with big_ boss:)

big_boss1988
big_boss1988

got really disappointed with the 1st one. im not gonna give it a 2nd chance.

DEATH775
DEATH775

I totally love the first game. Definitely going to get this one on day one.

Kei_neoblood
Kei_neoblood

That's cool, I really enjoyed the first game... But I thought it would have sold poorly so it wouldn't get a sequel, glad I was wrong!

Nickname111
Nickname111

I hope this game has atleast one ending that is good... the first one was disappointing...

5cott
5cott

First one was ok, not amazing, but nor bad at the same time. Hopefully, saw II improves the parts where saw lacked. Big fan of the films, and the game was ok.

Cinquler
Cinquler

meh, prefer more REALLY intense combat on other games

levifoskey
levifoskey

blood is cool but SAW takes it to far

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

"we had to use a scalpel to dig out a key surgically planted beneath our eye" WTH? If you try to take out your eye and that too without anesthetics, the pain would be so intense it'd make you pass out due to shock.

johny300
johny300

saw1 was easy .it looks like the puzzles in this will be tough.and just as @armed92 said dont rush it wait take your time.it looks way better than the first one the graphics are good .i hope the shotgun trap is in the game.

Kaeban
Kaeban

Graphically awesome...

greekboy250
greekboy250

wow...this doesn't look stupid at all....Whats the piont again, blood and gore spurting all over the screen while your character gets trapped in numerous contraptions and has to do painful and gory (big surprise) things to get out??? Who wants this?? Why waste $60 on a game like this?

HristoSK9
HristoSK9

Yay, another Saw game. The first one was more than decent, let's hope that this one improves and makes it a bit more attractive graphic-wise.

Armed92
Armed92

I think they should give themselves some more time to make and polish the game, rather than just rushing it out because it's supposed to be on halloween. If they want to make it to halloween, maybe they should wait for the next halloween before releasing it, it will give them much more time to work on it, and hopefully will give us a saw game that stands up as it's own AAA title.

_TheJoker_
_TheJoker_

I still have to give the first one a try.

dukre115
dukre115

I guess some people would like this, but it just isn't my tatse. This game just doesn't look like it will have that end of game resolution that I want.

Flip2Flow
Flip2Flow

Looks good. I liked the first one.

Roweb0t
Roweb0t

I CANT WAIT! FIRST ONE WAS AWESOME

PunkyV2
PunkyV2

Looks entertaining at best, i'll probably end up renting it.

Devil_Spooky
Devil_Spooky

I have yet to play the first one but I'll get them both