Dementium: The Ward Review
Have you been looking for a game that gives you a little bit of a spook on the DS, well this might be the one for you then. In this game you wake up in a hospital where the lights are out, and you're all alone. You're going to have to navigate your way through the hospital to find some answers, and maybe even save your own life.
Graphically on the DS you're not going to be blown away but the pixelated images you're going to find, but over all this game gives you the feeling of being in a run down hospital, in first person. You're going to run up against all kind of bad creatures that go bump in the night, some of which aren't the most attractive looking things, but if they were it really wouldn't fit the game.
The sounds are on par with what you'd expect from a survival horror game, not too much else to say about that.
The controls take a bit of time to get used to. I do have to give this game an A+ for the fact that they were willing to put in a control scheme for someone who is left handed. Instead of using the D-pad you can make the movement switch over to the button side so that you can continue to control what you're looking at with the stylus. As I said before it takes some time to get used to as the stylus isn't always the most accurate thing in the world to use when trying to look around quickly.
So you're in a hospital, with the lights out. You're going to find some weapons, a flashlight, and keys to get from place to place. The box says Silent Hill meets Doom, and it's not that far of a leap to see some similarities. My one recommendation though is that you don't get tied up with trying to kill everything that moves, if you try to do that, outside of the bosses, you're going to find yourself take a lot of hits, and running low on ammo. There is some frustration with this game as you're trying to get around a certain area, but then again it makes you even more aware that you only have a limited amount of health and if you take too many wrong turns you might end up dead, so perhaps that is intentional.
I'm not going to say that this is the best survival horror game I've ever played, but I have never played anything like this on the DS before, so if you're looking for something that is sure to have you slightly spooked, in a portable form, you might want to just give this game a look-see. This game gets a 7.6 out of 10.