When I first saw a trailer for Ju-On: The Grudge, a video game adaptation of the popular Japanese film featuring a pale woman with waist-length, jet-black hair and a little boy who sounds like a cat in pain every time he opens his mouth, I had one reaction: I can't play this game. I'm not afraid to admit that. The Ju-On films may not be great, but there's little denying that their freaky parts are, well, freaky. As a self-titled Haunted House Simulator, the game looked to cut out all the extraneous bits like plot and characters and simply give you the thrill of walking around empty buildings using the Wiimote as a flashlight while you bumped into the aforementioned ghosties.

That experience, for better or worse, is exactly what the game delivers. And let me tell you, you are not ready for this. Ju-On: The Grudge is one of the most maddening video games I've ever played; and that's not because it's scary. Though most people would likely deem a game that does everything in its power to not make you want to play it a failed game, I'm not of that camp. I'm the kind of guy who can get enjoyment out of Syfy channel movies. That means I'm also the kind of guy who can have a riot playing a video game that makes me want to forsake the medium entirely. So if you have a group of like minded friends who are all of legal drinking age, then go grab a copy of Ju-On: The Grudge and brace yourself for the torture.
categories Reviews, Horror