Nightmare Creatures

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Nightmare Creatures
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Developer(s)Kalisto Entertainment
Publisher(s)PlayStationMicrosft Windows & Nintendo 64
  • WW: Activision
Producer(s)Nicolas Gaume
Designer(s)Pascal Barret
Laurent Beauvallet
Cyrille Fontaine
Marc Pestka
Programmer(s)Alain Guyet
Sébastien Morin
Artist(s)Pascal Barret
Benoît Milhorat
Composer(s)Frédéric Motte
Platform(s)PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64
ReleasePlayStation
  • NA: 30 September 1997
  • EU: January 1998
Microsoft Windows
Nintendo 64
  • NA: November 1998
Genre(s)Survival horror
Mode(s)Single-player

Nightmare Creatures is a survival horror video game developed by Kalisto Entertainment for PlayStation, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo 64. A sequel, Nightmare Creatures II, was released three years later.

Plot[edit]

The story behind Nightmare Creatures draws upon gothic horror elements of the 19th century. The story begins in 1666, when a devil-worshiping cult called the Brotherhood of Hecate were conducting sinister experiments in London so as to take over the city, and then the world. The Brotherhood tried to develop an elixir that would endow them with superhuman powers. However, rather than creating their intended superhumans, their experiments created only grotesque monsters. When they decided to use these creatures as an army of conquest, one of their members, Samuel Pepys, set their headquarters on fire, resulting in the First Great Fire of London.

The game takes place in 1834 when London falls victim to several evil occurrences. Monster sightings are reported along with news of people mutating into ungodly creatures, and that the dead are waking from their graves and walking among the living. All of London is in a panic and vulnerable to the schemes of Adam Crowley, a mad scientist and occultist enlisting the help of the Brotherhood.

A book is dropped off at the home of Ignatius Blackward, a priest and occult expert. He finds it is the lost diary of Samuel Pepys, which contains the Brotherhood's research. Knowing he needs help, Ignatius sends the diary to a renowned American immunologist named Dr. Jean Franciscus of New Orleans, who shows up with his daughter Nadia. The doctor is murdered and the book stolen. At the funeral, Ignatius and Nadia are approached by a man who gives them a note reading: "Know about Adam Crowley, Brotherhood of Hecate --- HVHJ." Ignatius and Nadia head out to an address listed on the note, hoping to seek out Crowley and to neutralize the monsters.

Gameplay[edit]

Secondary weapons such as pistols, mines, fire bombs, and magic spells can be used in addition to each character's primary weapon.[2] The game features an optional adrenaline bar which causes health to be lost if it runs out, and players are forced to continuously seek out and win battles to keep the adrenaline bar full.

Release[edit]

Bidding for the game's publication rights was reportedly fierce.[3] Nightmare Creatures was published by Activision in North America and Sony Computer Entertainment in Europe.

While the PlayStation and Microsoft Windows versions are essentially the same, the Nintendo 64 version saw a handful of minor changes. Given the limited storage capacity of the Nintendo 64's cartridge system, all full-motion videos were removed. Brief segments of scrolling text are used at the game's start and following each level to advance the plot. The platforming elements were made much easier in the Nintendo 64 version, and the health-depleting adrenaline meter could also be turned off in the options menu, allowing players to explore the environments at a more leisurely pace. Also graphically, the Nintendo 64 version is more crisp, clear and detailed than the PlayStation version, without the pixelization and texture-warping.

The PlayStation version was released in Japan on February 26, 1998.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
N64PCPS
AllGame2.5/5 stars[5]N/A4/5 stars[6]
CGSPN/A2.5/5 stars[7]N/A
CGWN/A4/5 stars[8]N/A
EdgeN/A7/10[9]N/A
EGM4.825/10[10]N/AN/A
Game Informer8/10[11]N/A8.75/10[12]
Game RevolutionN/AC+[15]B+[16]
GamePro4/5 stars[13]N/A5/5 stars[14]
GameSpot6.7/10[17]5.5/10[18]5.7/10[19]
IGN7.4/10[20]N/A7.8/10[21]
Next Generation3/5 stars[23]N/A3/5 stars[22]
Nintendo Power6.6/10[24]N/AN/A
OPM (US)N/AN/A3.5/5 stars[25]
PC Gamer (US)N/A82%[26]N/A
Entertainment WeeklyN/AB-[27]N/A
Aggregate score
GameRankings65%[28]51%[29]78%[30]

Nightmare Creatures was a commercial hit, with global sales above 1.5 million units by January 2000.[31]

The PlayStation version of Nightmare Creatures received "favorable" reviews, while the Nintendo 64 and PC versions received "mixed" reviews, according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[28][29][30]

Next Generation reviewed the PlayStation version of the game, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "While the visuals are compelling enough to drive many players forward, the repetitive action is enough to make most wait for a level select code and a weekend rental."[22]

Next Generation reviewed the Nintendo 64 version of the game, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "Nightmare Creatures does grow bland after the first few levels, but the variety of items and new combos keep the game from diving into tedium. All in all, it's a welcome addition to the N64."[23]

Entertainment Weekly gave the game a B-, praising the 3D environments, and saying Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is dated and flat in comparison.[27]

Film adaptation[edit]

On 8 December 2000, a film adaptation based on the game was announced, but never went into production.[32]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sneak Previews: Nightmare Creatures". GamePro. No. 102. IDG. March 1997. p. 50.
  3. ^ "In the Studio". Next Generation. No. 32. Imagine Media. August 1997. p. 19.
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  9. ^ Edge staff (August 1998). "Nightmare Creatures (PC)". Edge. No. 61. Future plc.
  10. ^ "Nightmare Creatures (N64)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 114. Ziff Davis. January 1999.
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  12. ^ McNamara, Andy; Reiner, Andrew; Storm, Jon (November 1997). "Nightmare Creatures (PS)". Game Informer. No. 55. FuncoLand. p. 68. Archived from the original on 21 January 1998. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  13. ^ Scary Larry (January 1999). "Nightmare Creatures (N64)". GamePro. No. 124. IDG Entertainment. p. 134. Archived from the original on 1 October 2004. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
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  18. ^ Kasavin, Greg (16 January 1998). "Nightmare Creatures Review (PC)". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
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  21. ^ Douglas, Adam (26 October 1997). "Nightmare Creatures (PS)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  22. ^ a b "Finals". Next Generation. No. 38. Imagine Media. February 1998. p. 113.
  23. ^ a b "Finals". Next Generation. No. 50. Imagine Media. February 1999. p. 107.
  24. ^ "Nightmare Creatures". Nintendo Power. Vol. 116. Nintendo of America. January 1999. p. 126. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Nightmare Creatures". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Ziff Davis. 1998.
  26. ^ Harms, William (April 1998). "Nightmare Creatures". PC Gamer. Vol. 5 no. 4. Future US. Archived from the original on 5 March 2000. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  27. ^ a b Walk, Gary Eng (24 October 1997). "PC Game Review: 'Nightmare Creatures' and 'Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night'". Entertainment Weekly. No. 402. Time Inc. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Nightmare Creatures for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  29. ^ a b "Nightmare Creatures for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  30. ^ a b "Nightmare Creatures for PlayStation". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  31. ^ Staff (January 17, 2000). "Kalisto, à la hauteur des éditeurs". Les Echos (in French). Archived from the original on February 23, 2019.
  32. ^ Zoromski, Brian (8 December 2000). "Nightmare Creatures Movie Announced". IGN. Retrieved 8 July 2017.

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