After trying out the Clock Tower for the SNES and liking it (yes, despite the cheesy graphics XD), I decided to give 3 a shot. I admit I did have fun, but one thing that put me off was how weak the ending was compared to the rest of game.
*Warning, contains some spoilers*
The first stage occurs in London during the WW2 era, and this is where the game really shows off the ambiance and sound of the environment; the wreckage, the city itself, and the haunting music playing in the background. You get chased by Sledgehammer (his name pretty much explains it all), staying true to the "chase and hide" Clock Tower style of game play. One new thing about the game is that you actually fight the boss at the end of each stage. The battles definitely get more challenging towards the end, which may frustrate some players.
The game has its "freak you out" moments in both cut-scenes and game play, though the effect is diminished with some of the characters (let's just say some of them are not all that frightening, like the Scissor-twins, who remind me of mimes...with big scissors). The chase is also a bit more challenging because the bad guys are faster this time around. This isn't too much of a problem because the game gives you some items to help you out.
As for sound and music, the game does a good job. The voice acting is actually decent (although one of the villians has an annoying voice), and the music really fits the horror atmosphere.
Even though overall I enjoyed the game, I feel as though the ending could have been done better. It feels like the developers rushed with the last parts of the game, and the final boss battle was disappointing, though very challenging. I also wish that the game were longer; the first time I played through I finished it in only several hours. But all in all it is a decent horror game, though if you don't like the chase-and-hide method of game play, you probably won't like this game.Read full review