Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Silent Hill 1-3



No video game franchise had such an impact on my taste in video games (and my last.fm counter) as the Silent Hill series by Konami.

Foggy alleyways, rust, deformed monsters and a brilliant soundtrack are what define the Silent Hill series by Konami.

I had quite a hard time getting into it though. I had seen the 2006 movie (underrated) on an England vacation before ever picking up one of the games and I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere and especially the music.

I had my expectations, when I picked up Silent Hill 1 for the PS1 a few months later.

First impression? Horrible.

Confusing camera angles, terrible voice acting (in retrospect it had its charm though), ANNOYING enemies (yes, I'm looking at you, flying dinosaurs) and since I played it in 2006, let's say the graphics didn't age too well. Another point that bugged me was the map system. I didn't always get where to go and why some doors wouldn't open. (Someone should have explained me that there's a difference between "locked" and "broken")

I stopped playing after 2 tries.

I occasionally listened to the music and looked up wikia entries on Silent Hill, even though I had never played the games. That's how much of an impact the movie had on me.

It took me about 8 months before I picked up Silent Hill 1 again. This time I knew what to expect and completed the game within 3 or 4 days. This time the camera angles didn't seem so confusing anymore, and the muddy graphics added to the atmosphere.
It was a great experience.

Right after completing Silent Hill 1 I bought Silent Hill 2. I knew people treated this game as the best of all Silent Hill games and so were my expectations.

I got bored pretty quickly (in the first section of the game, the apartments) and I stopped playing AGAIN. I sat down and played Silent Hill 3 before actually playing Silent Hill 2. Worked pretty well since they're non-canon anyway.

I always had to force myself to play the Silent Hill games. I knew I would enjoy them if I only tried, but I always ended up playing something else and just listening to the music.

Well, about the actual gameplay (of the first 3 games, series went down the drain with 4) there isn't much to say.
You enter buildings, door are shut and you try to find keys and special items to solve puzzles. And since this is a survival horror game à la Resident Evil you encounter monsters along your way.

The game itself is pretty linear but the games all offer different endings, depending on your reactions in certain situations. It's pretty subtle though, you probably won't realize that you are in one of those key situations when you play the game.

If you never played a Silent Hill game start with either 1 or 2.

1 and 3 are canon, but if you don't feel like picking up a PS1 game just start with 2 since it's a standalone game. If you plan on picking up Silent Hill 2, don't read up anything about its story online. There's a huge spoiler you don't want to know before playing the game.

96 comments:

  1. Great review, I too got bored in the apartments!
    I have to add the could have increased the scare factor in this version of game :/

    ReplyDelete
  2. Never touched it.

    You think its okay to start with part 2? You wrote 1 or 2, but im curious how important part 1 is...

    ReplyDelete
  3. @knowbuddy

    I would go as far as saying SH1 is the best SH out there. The only downside is the technical aspect, but it really is the one game that scared me the most.

    It's not that important though. If you really want to skip SH1 I say go see the 2006 movie (the first half is pretty much a 1:1 adaptation).

    1 and 3 are canon, 2 works on its own.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have never played any of them...It's just one of those games on my list that I never really get around to playing but I have heard a lot about.

    ReplyDelete
  5. First SH game I played was SH4 The Room. :)
    Now thats a weird way of being introduced to the whole series hehe.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I feel the same, nice review.

    ReplyDelete
  7. i just seen the movie.. dunno the game

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great stuff, Silent Hill is a brilliant piece of gaming.

    ReplyDelete
  9. haha my blog is similar to yours nice
    i have never finished silent hill it got me too depressed and brain F'ed :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. I have heard a lot about these games, never played any though.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Never played a SH game, But thinking of buying 1 to 4..

    ReplyDelete
  12. i wonder if i'll get it... hmmmm

    ReplyDelete
  13. Never played the games series--only saw the movie. Might give 'em a try though.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Silent Hill 4 was never meant to be a Silent Hill game, but turned out to be my favorite, it was bold and different to the others in the series.

    ReplyDelete
  15. love the series and love the blog! keep it up!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. All I have to say is that I saw my neighbor playing this when i was younger...since then I have never dared to play it... Way too scary..

    ReplyDelete
  17. My gf likes the movies I think, I never played Silent Hill, but I have played every single Resident Evil that has came out (even have some of the demos) Cool blog tho dude

    ReplyDelete
  18. Silent Hill... There's a series I won't touch witha ten-foot pole.

    Not because it's "bad", because it's not (the games are very well made), but because I hate horror in general. I can't stand being scared D:

    ReplyDelete
  19. @NorthernLad

    It's actually not that scary.
    Once you feel comfortable with the combat system you start to enjoy the atmosphere.

    It's actually pretty relaxing.

    ReplyDelete
  20. The 1st Silent Hill scared the crap out of me.

    ReplyDelete
  21. 1st Silent Hill was awesome. Next two one were only great :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. @Jörsender

    I like both series.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I've only played the PSP one, but I have silent hill 3.

    ReplyDelete
  24. They're surely the best of the series.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Nice review, I can only agree with you here.

    ReplyDelete
  26. and I have good memories of Silent Hill

    ReplyDelete
  27. Everyone I know says Silent Hill is absolute genius. I should play it some day...

    ReplyDelete
  28. Always heard great things about this series back in the day, stuck with RE, though

    ReplyDelete
  29. Sometimes it's hard to get over graphics, funny that in retrospect they used to be amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I've gotta get out my old SNES and fire this up. Thanks. Following.

    ReplyDelete
  31. when i see these posts i often ask myself
    "why the hell did i throw out my SNES?"

    ReplyDelete
  32. @Lisa
    @goddammit

    You make me sad :(

    ReplyDelete
  33. I stopped at the apartments too. I was so annoyed there were no maps or anything to help me, so after some hours I went down to the save place and found a map on the wall... I got so mad I just quit and haven't picked it up since

    ReplyDelete
  34. I've played the Silent Hill 1 Remake on Xbox Original and I liked it a lot!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Aw, too bad about the game. The movie was pretty scary

    ReplyDelete
  36. Silent Hill 1 for the ps1.. man those were some great times :D

    ReplyDelete
  37. I actually haven't played them yet so I will consider it

    ReplyDelete
  38. Im looking forward for Silent Hill 4!

    ReplyDelete
  39. one of the best games ever!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I like horror games, the Silent hill franchise is one of my favorite :)

    ReplyDelete
  41. First game scared the shit out of me!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I totally agreewith this...

    ReplyDelete
  43. Love this game series, one of my favourite

    ReplyDelete
  44. Really enjoy SH, one of the best series

    ReplyDelete
  45. I dont really like these scary games :/

    ReplyDelete
  46. nice review keep the good work up

    ReplyDelete
  47. Silent Hill 2 is probably, by far, the best incarnation of the Silent Hill series. Pacing, dramatic tension, character depth? All excellent.

    That being said, I was like, 8 when Silent Hill 1 came out. It scared the everliving crap out of me. I refused to play it.

    Either way, good stuff, man.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I only started playing the new silent hills like SH 3 or 4. Those were pretty wicked. :)

    ReplyDelete
  49. Those games were scary as hell.

    ReplyDelete
  50. they were super scary! i never got into them tho, i was too afraid

    ReplyDelete
  51. Great games, they creeped me out!

    ReplyDelete
  52. SH2 is one of my favorite games. My neighbor and I used to stay up all night playing through it (and later other terrifying things like Fatal Frame). Good times.

    ReplyDelete
  53. I played it ages ago when i was young and i must say i did poo my pants, loved that game.

    ReplyDelete
  54. silent hill scares the sh* out of me...

    ReplyDelete
  55. After playing the first Silent Hill, few games scare me any more.

    ReplyDelete
  56. nice review ive never played the game. I have seen the movie and i did like it.

    ReplyDelete
  57. i played the first one and it put me off for the rest of the series

    ReplyDelete
  58. One of the only SNES titles I haven't played.

    ReplyDelete
  59. I have to be honest and say that I prefer the resident evil games. Probably because I only picked up the SH games on a later age.
    You do have a nice blog, i'm going to follow you from now on.

    ReplyDelete
  60. I still remember playing Silent Hill 1 as a kid...Man was that a bad mistake

    ReplyDelete
  61. This is a total nostalgia blog, I never tried this game though

    ReplyDelete
  62. never played silent hill, but sounds interesting. im going to have to google some silent hill music, you make it sound pretty good

    ReplyDelete
  63. Who are these people saying 2 over 1? Where do they live? 1 was THE only one.
    OK, I liked 4, but I don't think that made any splashes.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Nice blog man, i bought 1 a couple of months back and i haven't touched it since because of the camera angles. Was it worth putting up with? Hit me up.

    ReplyDelete
  65. never played it but i consider to download one version soon.

    ReplyDelete
  66. thanks for the info about the spoiler! i was gonna try to look up the story before trying it out but now im just gonna jump right into the game.

    ReplyDelete
  67. If they took out the monsters I'd love this game as well.

    ReplyDelete
  68. "First impression? Horrible. "
    it was the same for me..... heh.

    ReplyDelete
  69. Will there be a new post soon?

    ReplyDelete
  70. never really got into silent hill but great review man.

    ReplyDelete
  71. I love the Silent Hill series! I have 1-3, & wish I had a system to play the newer (decent) games. I'm not sure I'll ever give 4 a try, because I only see it selling for stupidly high prices.

    I checked out your lastFM - I listen to Silent Hill 2 & 3's soundtracks a lot too.

    ReplyDelete
  72. Forever a Silent Hill 2; will never forget walking down the foggy path to the graveyard at the very beginning.

    ReplyDelete
  73. nice to read. good job. +follow

    ReplyDelete
  74. Hey, I think you'll remember me, I used to run a World of Warcraft guide-ish blog.
    I deleted that blog and made a new,improved one! Go check it out, theres a little bit of old content on there at the moment, more will come soon I promise ;)
    I figured I'd let you know.

    ReplyDelete
  75. What's up, just wanted to mention, I loved this article. It was practical. Keep on posting!

    Here is my weblog :: acoustic guitar a chord

    ReplyDelete
  76. Hi, Nice post thanks for sharing. Would you please consider adding an intro to my website on your next post? I will return the favor. Please email me back. Thanks!

    Randy
    randydavis387 at gmail.com

    Gadgets

    ReplyDelete