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Retro Reflections: On Gregory Horror Show; when Capcom was at its greatest


Retro Reflections by Matt S.

Gregory Horror Show is - or more accurately, was - one of the oddest shows on Japanese television; a medium known well for its love of the odd. An incredibly adult anime series, episodes of the show were aired on late night TV in Japan, and the series developed a powerful cult following for its very dark humour, inspired characters, and surrealistic design.

Then Capcom, in the middle of a real purple patch of creativity through the PlayStation 2 era, decided to make a game based on the show. Far from being a throwaway licensed game, however, Gregory Horror Show on PlayStation 2 turned out to be a masterpiece in its own right, and a game that, to this day, remains one of the most memorable games that I’ve ever played. “Memorable” doesn’t mean perfect, but back in the day, when I was still figuring out exactly what kinds of games I liked to play (and still relatively ignorant about Japan), boy did this game capture my attention in a way that I would only realise, some years later, was because this is the kind of thematic intelligence that I really like seeing in games.

Retro Reflections: On Gregory Horror Show; when Capcom was at its greatest
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