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31 Days - Day 20: Like Clockwork


Hello Everyone and welcome to the 20th installment of 31 days. Todays song is from a classic that I personally feel is often overlooked or forgotten.

Clock tower (SNES): Don’t Cry Jennifer

I think crying is the least of her concerns once this music starts playing.

When I think of horror classics there are 2 games that immediately come to my mind, Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Rarely does Clock Tower come to my mind, at least not without some thought. I can’t say it’s because of the games release date because it was ported to the PS1. As a matter of fact years ago when I was much younger I considered this part of the PS1s horror trinity if you will. I didn’t even know this had a SNES version for the longest time.

Personally I think this game is often forgotten because it hasn’t had another installment in such a long time. The last clock tower game to come out was on the PS2 in 2002 which was 15 years ago. In this case however I don’t feel Clock Tower was a victim of the industries ignorance towards the horror genre, but merely because it did rather poorly back then. HQT7W-7W042-NP0AR -Planetary Annihilation - steam

The Game was expected to sell at least 420,000 copies, but only sold 122,022 which is around a fourth of their expected sales. In this case I can see why the series was effectively retired. Most reviews praised the overall atmosphere but criticized the game play as being old and archaic, some comparing it to Nemesis who was more imposing across the board. I guess it is rather Ironic that Clock Tower (sort of) started and became known for the Stalker horror genre (in games), but was outclassed by a single entry in another series from a last gen console.

Clock Tower simply needed to innovate its game play, and they would have done well to look at Resident Evil 3 for some inspiration on that. It did try to innovate with boss fights, but ultimately it was far too repetitive and clunky to do the game any good.

I should note, the series did have two spiritual successors in Haunting ground (2005) and Night Cry (2016) but neither of them faired all that well with mostly mixed reviews. I don’t think Clock Tower as a series is done because it has such a rich story and atmosphere. There are traces of a great game in there; whoever picks up the reins on this series simply needs to bring it forward to meet the current standard which I feel is Resident Evil 7.

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

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