Viewer Discretion NOT Advised

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!

4 Responses to “Viewer Discretion NOT Advised”

  1. henebry says:

    Actually, “Momento Mori” would refer to the momentum necessary to make a car crash fatal. “Memento Mori” is a Renaissance meditative practice, in the manner of Hamlet in the graveyard scene with Yorick’s skull. The skull was a common memento mori, a reminder that all things must pass, an injunction to think upon eternity.

    One of the great ironies of present-day culture is the way that the most sententious aspects of prior culture get referenced in passing. Video games like this one are flashes in the pan. They’ll not be remembered in a year, let alone in a century. But does their short shelf-life cause us to think upon our own lives and consider our proper end? Hell no! Shoot and slash and earn xp! That’s the name of the game!

  2. Leslee says:

    Oops. Got my ‘momento’ and ‘memento’ mixed up.

    Thanks for the correction, henebry.

    Leslee

  3. acronix says:

    I played this one briefly, when it was called “Bloodymare: Requiem” a couple of years ago. I guess they can´t decide the name, or maybe someone wielding a Copyright +3 punched them up into submission.

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