I live in America, so we never even got the second Siren game.
It's been five years, and I'm still sore about that. I'll always be sore about that.
I'm even more sore about how I have a copy of it in English, but because of the way PAL works, I still can't play it.
As for Siren
vs. Blood Curse
... in my opinion, the original will always be better, but its difficulty curve ramps up like a wall and you have to go through about a third of the game (and it's much longer than the average survival-horror) before anything resembling a story begins taking shape. The story is excellent, and largely under-analyzed, but you will have to put a lot of work in to get just the main thread, never mind all hundred Archive Items that the game basically tells you to piece together, yourself.Blood Curse
, meanwhile, has a much gentler learning curve and the story gets interesting (if it's the kind of story you find interesting) much earlier. The story, as I understand it, is much less complex. Aside from using Sixaxis to shake out of holds (Sixaxis is and will always be worthless), combat is much easier... however, that also makes the enemies far less threatening (much of the threat in the original was just how tough the encounters could be: Hence, the need to avoid them).
The original's controls are sluggish, but it's generally okay until you try to run. Blood Curse
's controls are slippery, making it much harder to not run. While it fits into what I want, I should note that I pretty much can't play the latter except in first-person view. Running, naturally, attracts more attention, so I think (and I'll admit I'm biased from having clocked 28 hours on the original) the original's controls are more suited for the game type. Blood Curse
offers more combat options than the original... but part of the original's appeal was the lack of options.
If you do run into the original, it'll be $15 or less. However, Blood Curse
is just easier to find... well... it will be when the PSN comes back up. I'd recommend the original, but if you have a low threshold for pain, then the remake's probably your best bet.
Oh, right, the original's British dub is atrocious, sans a few characters (I have a hard time imagining Miyata with anything but his dub voice). Blood Curse
is on par with the rest of this generation's video games, in terms of voice acting.