Reviews and Problems with Silent Hill HD Collection
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Silent Hill HD Collection
2 September 2013
Summary: It's been tough as a Silent Hill fan, watching Konami poison what once was the reigning champion of the survival horror genre. Even if you enjoy some of the sequels and spin-offs that have been produced over the years, there's no denying that the credibility and prestige of the series is all but dried up. We still have Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 , though. Two of the greatest videogames ever made, and the finest pair of horror classics you could hope to play.
Excerpt: À l'heure ou le survival horror se fait rare, Konami continue d'exploiter sa célèbre série Silent Hill dans le cadre d'une réédition en haute définition, une opération devenue courante chez de nombreux développeurs pour générer du chiffre d'affaires sans avoir à financer la conception coûteuse de nouveaux projets.
Excerpt: It is with some disappointment that I am reviewing another HD collection on the PS3. It is not disappointment at the review process, but rather at the way these HD remakes are treated. Simply upping the resolution and sticking it onto a Blu-ray does not a good game make. So why am I so disappointed?
Conclusion: It truly is a shame that this collection doesn’t come with a whole lot of content. Talk about a wasted opportunity! If you compare this set with, say, the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (which came with three disc-based games AND Metal Gear 1 and 2),it is hard not to feel gypped. The version of Silent Hill 2 on the disc does come with the bonus “Born From A Wish” scenario, but if Konami was using this as a means to introduce players to the series , it‘s a pretty weak...
Excerpt: Whilst many appreciate HD remasters for the fact that they introduce some classic games to modern formats, allowing those that missed them to get the chance to play them, or those that no longer possess the means to play the original versions and wish to reacquaint themselves with some of their most treasured of gaming experiences, with the addition of sharper visuals and other bonuses.
Excerpt: 10 years ago, I was lucky enough to review one of the games in this collection, namely Silent Hill 2. If your curiosity gets the better of you, you can visit this old hack's review right here: http://www.impulsegamer.com/igversion01/ps2/ps2silenthill2.htm You done that? OK great. So let's quickly jump into this review so you can make your own mind up whether or not you buy this game.
Excerpt: Let's start off with Silent Hill 2, a game that isn't only my favorite survival horror game, but easily manages to nudge its way into a spot among my all-time favorite video games. If you're unfamiliar with it, the story revolves around James Sunderland, a man who's been grieving for his dead wife until he receives a letter from her beckoning him to the resort town of Silent Hill.
Excerpt: WhatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s next? HD collections are all the rage, and it is only time before we see every game from generations past re-imagined for todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s audience. That said, not all games will fare as well with todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s different...
Pros: + Both games retain their creepiness, + New voices are well done, + The music is incredible
Cons: Graphical issues, Puzzling omissions, Games lack direction
Excerpt: The Silent Hill series more than likely has a special place in the hearts of survival horror gamers. I mean, how could it not? Throughout the years, Konami has produced a stellar number of titles for the series, most of them on the PlayStation 2. The original still stands out as well, available as a download through the PlayStation Network for those strong enough to brave its spooky waters. And who could forget Pyramid Head and that crucial rape scene? Not I.
Conclusion: A disappointing release, partially in terms of content, but primarily in how the ports were handled. Altered and missing content plus major technical woes are highly critical mistakes to make. I hope Konami revisits the idea of a true Silent Hill HD Collection in the coming years.