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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
2 September 2013
Summary: No weapons? Wii waggle? And a "re-imagining" of the first Silent Hill game is what they're calling this? The combination sounds like Silent Hill: My Worst Nightmare , and I don't mean that in a good way. Boy, was I ever wrong. Instead of some Silent Hill one-off rehash, we get a lovingly crafted story set in a world so deep and involving that it actually does the series name proud. The Wii waggle? More like Wii mastery .
Excerpt: Silent Hill has been one of my favourite series ever since the original game was released in 1999, and the sequels have managed to continually build upon everything that their predecessors did without ruining the “feel” of the game too much. These days, the later sequels hold up quite well, but the original PlayStation version hasn’t quite stood the test of time as well as some people would believe.
Excerpt: Learning to let go is never easy—a truth that few gamers know better than Silent Hill fans. Following the release of Silent Hill 4 , the series has been jostled around, toyed with, dissected, experimented on and reconstituted time and again, each new creation yielding a new pound of warm, breathing flesh. Each has been taken upon introduction as something fans could hope to nurture and bring forth into the world, a new and worthy successor in psychological horror.
Excerpt: , the series has been jostled around, toyed with, dissected, experimented on and reconstituted time and again, each new creation yielding a new pound of warm, breathing flesh. Each has been taken upon introduction as something fans could hope to nurture and bring forth into the world, a new and worthy successor in psychological horror.
Excerpt: For fear of sounding cliche, I hate to start a review of a well-done third-party Wii game by talking about the generally-low quality of such titles in the past. However, after having played through Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, I can honestly say that this is the first major third-party title for the platform that I can say is amazing in every respect, without adding the dreaded 'for the Wii' qualifier.
Excerpt: The survival horror genre isn’t what it once was. With many games now placing an emphasis on non-stop action over cold, hard fear, and featuring characters that feel like they will never lose, the only people in danger of surviving a horror game are the monsters.
GAME REVIEW – Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)
Alternative Magazine Online
26 May 2010
Conclusion: Sadly, I did encounter a bug that stopped my progress at one point, so I would suggest saving often: there is no autosave for some bizarre reason. Luckily, my anger at this inconvenience was soon subsided by prom queen Michelle Valdez singing ‘You Are Always On My Mind’ (performed by series vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) to me once more.
Summary: Whether you buy into the psychology bits or not, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is still a great horror game on a console starved for them, yet is more remarkable for being a distinctly Wii game through-and-through. Play it for the atmosphere, play it for the suspense, play it for the story; we don’t care, just don’t miss out on one of the best Wii games this year.