Some of the fondest memories of my high school years involve hanging out with my best friend and playing Splatterhouse on his Sega Genesis (yes, I'm that old--I was actually in high school and almost to college when the Genesis came out...). The game was a gory sidescroller with gothic horror overtones and it looks positively quaint when compared to today's horror titles. Back then, we didn't get a lot of horror games (which probably explains my unfathomable love for the NES' Friday the 13th game), and Splatterhouse was about as good as it got on a console. At least part of my fascination with the game was the the hulking brute of a main character (named Rick) wore a hockey mask. Everyone who played pretended they were Jason Voorhees, which was probably the greatest design decision the developers ever made.
Anyway, it's been a long time since we've seen a new Splatterhouse game, but fear not, because one is coming soon. Namco-Bandai is reviving the series, but the road to release has been tumultuous at best. The original developers were fired and replaced, the game suffered a lengthy one year delay, and response to the early preview build of the new game was tepid at best. Things seem to be moving in the right direction now, or at least this new gallery of screenshots featured over at Kotaku create the illusion that they are. Rick's still a 'roid-raging hcckey-mask-wearing killing machine, and the game looks really bloody. Basically, that's all I need from a new Splatterhouse title.
Head over to Kotaku to check out nine more screens. Splatterhouse is scheduled for a spring 2010 release date on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Check out the trailer beyond the break.