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Forbidden-Siren PAL.jpg
PAL Cover Art
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
OFLC rating: MA
GRB rating: 18
Languages supported:
English: SCES-51920 & SCED-52260 & SCUS-97355
Japanese: SCPS-19312
German: SCED-52260 & SCES-52328
French: SCED-52260 & SCES-52327
Spanish: SCED-52260 & SCES-52330
Italian: SCED-52260 & SCES-52329
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97355
SCUS-97398 (Demo)
Release date: April 20, 2004
January 15, 2013
CRCs: D6C48447
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-52329
SCED-52260 (Demo)
Release date: March 12, 2004
March 27, 2004
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SCPS-15053
SCPS-19305 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
SCPS-19312 (PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint)
PCPX-96636 (Over-the-counter trial)
PAPX-90511 (Trial)
Release date: November 6, 2003
February 13, 2004
November 3, 2004 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
November 2, 2005 (PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint)
July 25, 2012
CRCs: FDDE7528
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): SCE Japan Studio
Publisher(s): SCEI (JP, KO), SCEE (EU), SCE Australia (AU), SCEA (US)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic72/100
Game description: Resist the Call! 0:00, Midnight. A Siren calls and a sea of red water mysteriously surrounds the mountain village Hanuda. Slowly, a terrible force transforms the inhabitants into Shibito, undead husks of their old selves, fueled by evil and hate. Play as one of ten characters caught in a living nightmare. You have three days to learn how their paths intersect as they try to stay alive. Survival depends on your ability to "Sightjack" or the power to see through the eyes of friends and foes. There is no lone hero, there is little hope. Will you resist the call of the Siren?
The story revolves around an interconnected cast of characters that possess a power which enables them to see and hear what a nearby character sees. Siren is divided into stages, each taking place in one of ten areas in the village of Hanuda, and organized chronologically in a table called the "Link Navigator". In order to complete a stage, the player must accomplish a primary objective that usually involves reaching an exit point, subduing undead enemies called "Shibito", or finding an item. Objectives in different stages are interconnected via a butterfly effect, and a character's actions in one stage can trigger a secondary objective in another stage.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 (3.6GHz)
  • Geforce 9600GT
0.9.8 GSdx r4600
  • SPU2-X r4600
  • LilyPad r4510
BIOS: USA v2.00, HACKS: Hacks: INTC, Wait Idle Loop, mVU flag hack., 60+ FPS except using software in a few places Machina
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16Ghz
  • Nvidia GTS 250 512MB
1.1.0 r5541 GSdx 5464 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 5478
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 5403
Runs above full speed.
PAL Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.1.svn5840 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Very light game for any cpu/gpu
PAL Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.3.svn5932 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Standard hacks, Little
NTSC-US Windows
  • I7 5820K
  • Geforce 980GTX
1.4 GSdx (2016/01/05)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (2015/12/31)
USA v01.60(07/02/2002), Works great in software mode. A couple of levels (7 or 8) can be played in hardware mode, while the others have the aforementioned 'Wall of Fog'


  • Original names: SIREN (SCPS-15053), SIREN PlayStation 2 the Best (SCPS-19305) & (SCPS-19312), 死魂曲 (SCAJ-30003), サイレン (SCPS-15053)
  • Also known as Forbidden Siren (EU, AU), Forbidden Siren: Viviendo la Pesadilla (EU), Si Hun Qu (AS)
  • Widescreen support available as a .pnatch file. Grab it from the PCSX2 forums.

Known Issues

Wall of Fog

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Day missions may have a wall of fog problem.
  • Workaround: Only software mode (F9) in GSdx works correctly AFAIK

The gallery

Public compatibility forum links