Reviews and Problems with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
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Lack of weapons ups scary ante in survival horror game.
Common Sense Media
23 June 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that the survival horror game Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is filled with creepy imagery that can terrify kids and thus is intended for players 17 and up. The creepy imagery -- ranging from blood-smeared rooms with shadows running past you to twisted pink demons who gyrate towards you to nightmares with little children in trouble or a hanging teenager -- make it not appropriate for kids.
Excerpt: Following a blackout after a car accident, Harry Mason awakens to find that his young daughter has mysteriously disappeared. With this premise, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the storyline of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is as near to the original 1999 PlayStation game as you could possibly get, although this couldn’t be further from the muddied truth.
Summary: " Silent Hill: Shattered Memories' " narrative does a great many innovative things, giving the idea that the way you behave, not simply your choices, actually matter. Removing combat and managing to make just existing in the world an unsettling experience, it feels like a distinct departure for the series that had for sometime been heading in a more action focused direction.
Summary: Harry Mason wakes up after a car accident to find that his daughter Cheryl is missing. He'll wander the snowy streets of Silent Hill searching for answers of her disappearance, but when the world freezes over, he will need to escape the lumbering demons that haunt his steps.
Excerpt: If you're looking for a monster bashing action game, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is not it, though it does have monsters. However, if you're into survival-horror adventure full of puzzling challenges, psychoanalysis-on-a-stick and none too infrequent jolts of panic, then this is the one.
Excerpt: The biggest question about Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is why it has that name. It’s billed as a “re-imagining” of the first title in the groundbreaking psychological horror franchise, but that’s a bit generous—it revisits the premise of Harry Mason’s search for his missing child following a car crash, but otherwise, there’s little to recognize.
Conclusion: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories gets a lot right, and just a couple of major things wrong. If you're in the mood for spine tingling uneasiness, and can bear some frustration, be sure to play this one.