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Dementium: The Ward

House Arrest - Kill Time Killing Everything

Lisa Lippard
Jan 1, 2008
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Survival horror games have been a staple of consoles and PCs for ages but are still scarce in the handheld-console world. Even more rare is an M-rated game exclusively for the DS, but the developers at Renegade Kid studios are out to prove that Nintendo's DS is great for more than just Pokemon and Mario games with their excellent debut of Dementium: The Ward. It starts off like all good survival horror games-with confusion, creepiness and some in-your-face action to get the party started and the blood flying.

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Waking up alone in a blood-spattered hospital is never a good sign, especially when you don't remember how you ended up there or how you plan to escape. Not only that, but bizarre creatures that are the result of strange surgical experiments are after your ass and they're not looking to be your friend. What to do? The first order of business is to keep moving, and then start swinging, hitting or shooting any freak that stands in your way. After that, it's time to start worrying about how you'll make it out of The Ward. Luckily, the level design is fairly open-ended allowing the freedom to explore, find clues and solve puzzles, but it also has enough structure so that you aren't left wandering around the same corridors because you got stuck. All the visuals are 3-D, and the sound design is fantastic, so do yourself a favor and break out the headphones for the full effect. Also worth mentioning are the well thought-out uses of the touch-screen and the controls for moving around and using various weapons. Each function works exceptionally well and becomes intuitive almost immediately. Game developers may have dropped you in the middle of crazy town, but they didn't leave you without a way to protect yourself and eliminate the monstrous foes that are out to kill you. Weapons include shotguns, handguns, environmental objects and hardcore weapons like electric bone saws for that up close and personal touch. There is no better way to say, "Get outta my face" than by slicing theirs off instead. Dementium: The Ward is a great game for the DS, and if you've been wishing for a game that's a bit edgy, then this game is for you.

Rating4.5 / 5
GenreSurvival horror/shooter
ConsoleNintendo DS
PublisherGamecock/Renegade Kid
HotGreat sound effects, destroying the freaks that run rampant
NotExclusive to the DS
By Lisa Lippard
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