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Ju-On: The Grudge Review

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Feeble haunted house simulator

★★★★

Ju-On bills itself as a ‘haunted house simulator’, but is unfortunately awash with restless spirits about as scary as the pre-teen visitors at a Teletubbie cosplay convention. The action meanwhile is excruciatingly slow, with little sense of urgency despite ghosts lurking around every corner. Dying in the game is unfeasibly frustrating due to a lack of regular save points, meaning that you have to backtrack through large sections of an already leaden experience before you can move on. Add to that woeful controls, lacklustre graphics and paper-thin storytelling and there’s little to recommend Ju-On even to fans of the movies.

Even the multiplayer – the saving grace of many an objectionable game – is poor, and sees a second player pressing buttons on their Wii remote to unleash asinine ghosts on their mate in a Courage Test where you can only deliver scares every 15 seconds. Boring and somewhat puerile, this is a breathtakingly bland waste of a promising license and if anything we should all bear a serious grudge for that.

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