Saw Hands On

The serial killer Jigsaw is back for more blood in this digital installment in the universe.

Konami has a certain pedigree when it comes to mature, dark content, including Silent Hill, Castlevania, and, soon, Lords of Shadow. It has another title in the works to add to the collection: Saw, the game based on the horror film franchise of the same name. Like the movies, the game will pit characters against Jigsaw with a range of life-or-death puzzles to solve if they hope to survive.

The game is set between the events in Saw and Saw 2, and in the films' style, it throws a lot of puzzles at you from the outset. The level we played starts off with you strapped to a chair and a cutscene featuring Jigsaw spewing his unreasonable demands at you via a TV set. A mask capable of decapitating is attached to your face, and you have a short period of time to remove it via a series of quick-time events that include spinning the analog sticks and mashing buttons. After you remove the mask, you have to work out how to exit the padlocked room you're in.

There are plenty of puzzles to keep you working hard for your freedom. The padlock code is sprayed (in reverse) across the bathroom stalls, and by closing the doors and looking in a mirror you can get the three-digit code. The next room requires some teamwork with a fellow inmate in the adjacent room. Blocks of dynamite hanging from the ceiling are timed to explode unless you can find a fuse to insert into a fusebox , thereby unlocking the door. The fuse, however, is at the bottom of a gritty toilet filled with used syringes. You need to pull out a syringe, via a quick-time event, before you pass out from the pain. After jiggling around for a while we managed to fish it out and save ourself, and our partner, from a grizzly death.

Saw certainly looks like an interesting approach to the survival horror genre, combining traditional action adventure gameplay with puzzle solving and quick-time elements. The game is headed to the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC this year.

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pudgexd
pudgexd

Probably a short game. Without much replay value. Will see review first before thinking about buying it.

amazing-genius
amazing-genius

I bet it's just gonna be a whole bunch of "Press X to not die" followed by walking to the next "Press X to not die". Gotta love ingenious quick-time events.

desperation52
desperation52

It makes it seems like there's gonna be an incredible guy that's going to escape from all of Jigsaw's puzzles. Just had this thought of a saw like game. Lemmings. How many lemmings will you sacrifice to save the rest of the lemmings.

jasonbt3
jasonbt3

the movies are great, lets see the game

FlareKnights
FlareKnights

Well I suppose there is an interesting side to this. Yet hard to feel excited about a game where the point is your character dying in different and horrible ways.

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

I'm not gonna lie, but I'm very intrigued by the possibility of this game, not sure why...I've enjoyed all the Saw movies but never thought about a movie but it could be interesting...looking forward to reading and seeing more of this game.

fahadsul3man
fahadsul3man

well duh this game is gonna be a just another screw up of movie to game . Nope i aint gonna buy this crap

barryjones009
barryjones009

This game could be an instant classic. Followed by relentless crap sequels just like the movie.I think it sounds good, and i like my games to be challenging.

iRMB09
iRMB09

i want this game to be full of traps but i dont want it to be a game that is so hard that its impossible. I hope that the puzels are clever not stupid and realy. I want the game now

PS3_03
PS3_03

"Hello Gamespot, I want to play a game, it's very simple. What you heard about this game is self sacrificing between life and death. Every game must complete. It is a game that the clues are complex to reach out that If you suffer from it. It is part of a game. Why? Because it's the rules. If i assist you to make a victim kill his own partner, it must be made because it a game and it's the rules. So when you get your game copy, the rules must apply. Live or Die... make your choice."

101_Ben_101
101_Ben_101

I don't know how you can enjoy this game really?

TinyTomV
TinyTomV

This is the type of game thats either going to be great or horrible. So far it sounds like a puzzle game with some scary elements. I think if they spend a lot of time working of the puzzle and story, then this could be a good game.

tmt393
tmt393

To think that people go into a movie theater, and pay money to watch people get tortured for hours is sick. Then to produce a videogame involving the same dynamics is even worse. It's dissapointing to realize that this is what our society is coming to.

imjussMAD
imjussMAD

cannot wait , i wanna play a game :D

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

I am one to believe anything can be done well if put together with enough care. Hell... you could even make a good ET game if you design it correctly, so I guess it ultimately depends on the Zombie team's skill and creativity. Actually, in a game done right, the decision to kill a character could even be more shocking than in a movie.

Plinkmo
Plinkmo

what would be the pay off for keeping the player alive? personally i would watch how the character died from the contraption first thenn go back and save them.

that1guy67
that1guy67

i think it might be ok as long as they get the shock and awe moments right like in the movies. im not getting my hopes up for this one though. if they can make the puzzles hard to figure out and keep you interested in saving your character than it might have chance.

ResidentE24
ResidentE24

This game should definitely tie up some loose ends from the movies. Not really concerned about the gameplay elements. James and Leigh wrote it so it should be fantastic!

Greater_Area
Greater_Area

I am not so sure about this one it seems like it will end up being a modern version of Tertris. All the puzzles and stuff that you will have to work out. I think that it will be funny and a very interesting game.

cheyne69
cheyne69

I thought the movies were great the visceral uncensored nature they introduced changed how alot of horror flicks are being made now. Props to konami if they can pull it off. Punkhardrock Your f****** retarded there were 5 to 7 slated from the get go thats why the story never ended in 2, or 3. Learn your s***. there have been 12 friday the thirteenths,9 or 10 freddy movies and a tv show all with completely redundant stories, the most popular horror series' of all time. When you got a damn good movie like twisted does you stick with it.

scruffy19
scruffy19

hello amanda, i wanna play a game XD

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Very much looking forward to giving this game a try.....

PunkHardRock
PunkHardRock

just to add something.... this game is eaither gonna be really d*** hard or overly easy..... it's saw so it should be hard....but games now aren't nearly as hard as they were....(RE1 and 2).

PunkHardRock
PunkHardRock

Man, I loved the first 2 saw, they were great.....and then 3 and 4 sucked.....bidg time. They even were DUMB enough to make a f*cking 5 movie and now their making a game. I've been waiting for this game for literally over 3 years, so it better be worth the overpriced case and game manuel.....cuz that'll probably be the best part....//maybe they'll even through in a SAW collectible card(sarcastic)....// I just think they should make something original, you know....maybe a silghtly off curve story line to get away from the becoming boring series....

Dark_Wolf92
Dark_Wolf92

I just don't see how this game could make you feel concerned about your characters fate, if I was playing it I'd let myself die just to see what a "grizzly death" looks like

XxBloodPoolxX
XxBloodPoolxX

it could work well if they do it right. which probably won't happen. maybe konami will do it right.

raith616
raith616

no thinking it'll be up to much,sounds like a rental even if thats only cause of the curiosity

Clive-Owen
Clive-Owen

alright, yes, the game sucks, but lot of people love scary films and therefore scary GAMES, so they go for every scary entertainment as well as video games, (excluding me),

Clive-Owen
Clive-Owen

alright, yes, the game sucks, but lot of people love scary films and therefore scary games, so they go for every scary entertainment as well as video games, (excluding me),

holy_terr0r
holy_terr0r

This is pretty pathetic. First of all, most of the time, videogames based on movies turn out pretty bad, and secondly, I can not see this game getting even over 5/10. I mean, come on, what do you do? Press buttons repeatedly so you don't get brutally killed, while you're stuck in a piece of equipment? The movie was a joke, and this game will be a joke. Power to REAL games.

5M177Y
5M177Y

HOW SAD theyve all really made to many movies why a game

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

meh i dont think to much of movie related games but i guess there's all ways a chance to break the curse eventually

Serithil
Serithil

"from a grizzly death. " Yay! that means Grizzly bears will be in this game, awh man I've gotta get this now. But only for the Grizzlys.

Revan_911
Revan_911

I kind of agree with the negative comments, i don't see how a Saw game would work, it's a bad idea and a waste or resources.

marcusrc
marcusrc

Why do companies waste money and time on these games? It's a bad idea to start with..

skipper847
skipper847

To Jaybeester And games to movies dont turn out right either. hehe

purple_pride99
purple_pride99

I'll rent it down the road. Could be amusing for a few days.

rob_evanson
rob_evanson

I agree with lukas1051 a few pages back. The problem I can see with this game is that it will have nearly no replay value and probably only appeal to hardcore SAW fanchise fans. From the description it's gonna be a combination of button mashing and puzzle solving, so you mash away until you do what you need to do and move on, this sounds like one linear game. Once finished why would anyone want to go back to that. Also most Xbox owners demand multiplayer, anyone who doesn't have that element is bound to fail, like the MP after thought in Brothers in Arms HH (with a few exceptions BioShock being one) I can't see how they would work this into the game. I'll still keep one eye on this to see where Konami go with this.

Shadow_Xboxer
Shadow_Xboxer

there has to be one movie to game conversion thats gonna work really well.....................will it be SAW............probably not.

accretia27
accretia27

@Dogswithguns youre right it wont be good

termadoyle
termadoyle

This is one of my most anticipated. I love the SAW franchise.

gedbyz
gedbyz

Not woth the money.

gedbyz
gedbyz

Not worth the money.

Jaybeester
Jaybeester

movies that end up at games doesn't turn out well