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Silent Hill HD Collection review (X360)
30 August 2013
Excerpt: Maybe it's watching James descend down one deep hole after another…only to wind up outside on ground level with no indication that he'd been following a steadily declining path; or perhaps it's Heather having to frantically check doors in a shopping mall while constantly being chased by durable monsters she has nowhere near enough ammo to put down — these are not emotionally relaxing games.
Excerpt: With the recent surge in the popularity of re-releasing older games with remastered visuals, it’s surprising it took so long for Konami to jump on this particular bandwagon. Silent Hill 2 and 3 are two of my favorite installments in the series, and after playing them again with their updated graphics and brand spanking new voice work, I can honestly say that very little of that is because of nostalgia.
Summary: Silent Hill: HD Collection combines two classic spine-chilling Silent Hill titles to the PS3, for the first time ever, with enhancements including true HD graphics, offering new and old fans alike the opportunity to experience the early era of Silent Hill as a true genre-defining experience.
Summary: Silent Hill HD Collection succeeds in spite of and not because of the attempt to update two of the series’ best ( Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 ) to something approaching modern standards. But the Silent Hill games exist in a world apart from our own, and much of the supernatural quality has been lost in a world of clean-cut angles and increased visibility.
Excerpt: With the recent surge in the popularity of re-releasing older games with remastered visuals, it's surprising it took so long for Konami to jump on this particular bandwagon. Silent Hill 2 and 3 are two of my favorite installments in the series, and after playing them again with their updated graphics and brand spanking new voice work, I can honestly say that very little of that is because of nostalgia.
Summary: Heather checks the trash for baddies... Enlarge It’s strange. Capcom recently admitted to deliberately taking their Resident Evil franchise down a more action orientated route. Traditionally the main competition to Konami’s beloved Silent Hill series , it comes as no surprise that long time fans of the vaunted Survival-Horror genre were up, in arms, groaning “Braiiiinnnnsss!” It is ironic, however, that horror purist might rage against such a decision.
Excerpt: Years before Bright Falls befuddled Alan Wake, a spooky northeastern backwater put anyone with a dark secret or twisted origins through the tortures of the damned. Luckily for fans of chilling third-person horror suspense, nothing in Silent Hill stays dead for long. This new HD Collection exhumes a pair of that burg’s most memorable adventures and gussies them up for modern screens.
Pros: + Outstanding sound design yields a thick layer of atmosphere., + Dark tales that don’t shy away from taboos; adjustable puzzle difficulty; haunting creatures.
Cons: ? Why can’t you opt for the old voice-overs in
Conclusion: We've talked about Rayman. Master Chief, Lara Croft. Dante and Solid Snake. The concept - repaint a classic, or collection of, with higher resolution visuals and you're done - is an easy one to accept when you're talking well-regarded titles like the Silent Hill games. The ground-work for a different kind of survival horror, one that lay very different from the road taken by Resident Evil, was laid in 1999.
Pros: + Silent Hill 2's worth the reinvestment (or first time play) even now. + 2 includes an updated soundtrack.
Cons: - Lack of the original. - Management system is outdated. -Requires great patience to wade through.