What do you think of when a game bills itself as “…a terrifying new horror MMORPG”? Maybe Gothic images of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos come to mind? Or perhaps something more modern, à la Clive Barker or Stephen King? I’m guessing that the first thing that comes to mind is NOT Korean peasants and cherry Kool-Aid.
Requiem: Memento Mori is a massively multiplayer online game for mature audiences that will immerse you into a dark world of bloodshed devastated by generations of scientific and magical abuse. Requiem Online offers a refreshingly new approach to the MMOPRG genre with its grim, dark atmosphere and tense, blood splattering action.
Sounds interesting, right? And it might be if it was actually true.
I think that both the horror and adult genres have a place in gaming, and have a great deal of untapped potential if done correctly. But if you’re going to advertise your game as being “adult” and “horror”, why not actually explore adult themes in an intelligent and thought-provoking way? And no, I’m not referring specifically to sexual content or nudity, either. Putting boobs in your game may garner you a ‘mature’ rating from the ESRB, but it doesn’t make up for poor writing or ill-conceived game play.
Requiem: Memento Mori (Where do people come up with these goofy names? Requiem: Memento Mori literally means “a piece of funeral music reminding you that you will die”.) thinks that throwing copious amounts of monster body parts at you covered in what looks like cherry Kool-Aid will somehow scare you. It doesn’t. They also think that making their female avatars half-naked is what passes for ‘adult’. It’s not.
Requiem is certainly not the worst MMO I’ve ever played – the interface is passable, the game mechanics are your standard MMO grind. But there is absolutely nothing “refreshing” or “new” about it. One of the very first quests in the game has you playing match-maker between two of the town’s NPCs. Yeah, scary stuff. And although the art direction for the game is somewhat unique, it’s not what I would consider pretty (and it often belies its Asian MMO roots).
Sadly, the most frightening thing about this game is all of its unrealized potential. EEKS!