While it was speculated that Konami and its new partnership with Bloober Team included the development of a new Silent Hill game, Bloober Team confirmed that their projects with Konami did not include a new Silent Hill title right now. Although this has dashed the hopes of fans of the venerable survival horror franchise, there are plenty of games in the franchise to revisit and remember why. Silent Hill it has endured for more than 20 years.
Based on the global review site Metacritic ranking, here is a full 10 ranking Silent Hill games to receive an official release in North America. Ratings are based on the Sony console release, as the original 1999 game was released exclusively for PlayStation. Also excluded is the popular demo “PT”, the playable trailer for the show. Silent hills as it was only intended to be a preview of a larger game and was therefore never submitted for review by professional critics.
10. Silent Hill: Book of Memories – 58/100
From 2012 Silent Hill: Scrapbook it was intended to be a departure from the principles of the main series, functioning as a dungeon crawler and taking advantage of the online multiplayer capabilities of the PlayStation Vita. The player character finds a book containing the story of his life, fighting monsters in key memories to change the story and improve his life.
While the critics praised Memories bookThe technical presentation and vignette-style progression, which allows players to pick up and play the game in shorter intervals rather than a prolonged game, was criticized for deviation from franchise standards. Reviewers were divided on whether Memories book succeeded as a Silent Hill series standalone dungeon crawler or game, feeling like it never lived up to the promise of either direction.
9. Silent Hill: Downpour – 64/100
After critics and fans were lukewarm with Silent Hill leading to a more action-oriented game with 2008 Homecoming, the franchise returned to its survival horror roots with the 2012 follow-up Downpour. Released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the game follows convict Murphy Pendleton escaping as his prison transfer crashes outside of Silent Hill before venturing into the remote town.
Critics were satisfied with the return to form, thematically and tonally, praising the atmosphere. However, they were measuring the elements of the environments themselves. Critics noted DownpourThe combat system and monster design are mediocre components, and critics feel that the game did not live up to the potential of its premise.
8. Silent Hill HD Collection – 70/100
Konami set out to remaster two of its most acclaimed Silent Hill games, Silent Hill 2 Y 3, in high definition, but did not archive the original source code of any of the games. This led to 2012 Silent Hill HD Collection will be built largely from incomplete source code to bring the two classic titles to the PS3 and Xbox 360. While critics felt the overall technical presentation on the remastered Silent Hill 3 it was well done, they were more divided on how the collection was remastered Silent Hill 2. Introducing a new voice cast and removing the game’s signature fog effects, exposing awkwardly rendered textures. The presence of only two titles in the compilation was also harshly criticized.
7. Silent Hill: Homecoming – 71/100
From 2008 Silent Hill: Homecoming served as a reinvention for the franchise, with Konami commissioning western game developer Double Helix Games to create the first title in the series for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a PC port released two months later; it marked the series’ first home console entry from a western studio. Pondering HomecomingAs the protagonist Alex Shepherd is a former soldier, the game leans more towards combat than previous titles, as he searches the haunted town of Shepherd’s Glen for his missing brother.
While critics were mixed in on the switch to a combat-oriented game, the overall technical presentation and atmosphere was praised, and critics felt the game took advantage of the then-new hardware. The tone and the story itself were deemed uneven, though critics saw promise in the franchise’s advancement.
6. Silent Hill 4: The Room – 76/100
True to its subtitle, 2004’s Silent Hill 4: The Room It did not take place primarily in the usual haunted city, but instead the apartment of the protagonist Henry Townshend served as a game center. As Henry searches for ways to escape his apartment, he discovers portals to different environments while being threatened by the undead serial killer Walter Sullivan.
Released for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC, Silent Hill 4 was praised for taking contemporary hardware as far as it could, with atmospheric art and sound design being praised. The core gameplay mechanic of having to constantly return to the center of the apartment was less favorably received, while critics also felt that some of the level designs and puzzles were relatively uninspired.
5. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories – 77/100
Originally released for the Wii, it marks the franchise’s debut on a Nintendo console, before being carried over to PS2 and PlayStation Portable the following month, 2009. Destroyed memories is a reinvention of the original game from 1999. Reframing protagonist Harry Mason’s search for his missing daughter Cheryl, Destroyed memories remix and add new elements to the familiar game while taking advantage of Wii exclusive hardware.
The Wii version of Destroyed memories scored only marginally higher than the PS2 version, averaging 79/100, and critics appreciated the remixed look of the original game and the franchise leaned toward its survival horror roots. Reviewers were less impressed with the relatively short duration of the game and the division of the game into various segments revolving around puzzles and chases, feeling this diverted the overall flow of the game.
4. Silent Hill: Origins – 78/100
The first in history Silent Hill game developed by a western studio and first primarily for a handheld console, 2007 Silent Hill: Origins It was developed by Climax Action for the PlayStation Portable, with a PS2 port released the following year. Serving as a prequel to the original 1999 game, origins Follow trucker Travis Grady as he takes a shortcut through town and meets several familiar faces from the franchise.
Critics were greatly impressed by the technical achievement of bringing the Silent Hill franchise to a handheld console, retaining much of the atmosphere that had made the series so endearing in the first place, but they were less generous with their perception of the game itself. Feeling origins To be short, formulated, and relatively uninspired, the PS2 port fared even worse with reviewers for not noticeably improving the game with superior hardware.
3. Silent Hill 3 – 85/100
One of the few directly connected narratives in the franchise, 2003. Silent Hill 3 served as a sequel to the original game, with Heather Mason haunted by her experiences, but deciding to return to the city of the same name to learn the truth about the circumstances of its origins and with the intention of avenging the murder of her father Harry. Released for PS2 and PC, Silent Hill 3 It is the last game in the franchise to date to receive great critical acclaim, though some felt it didn’t add anything new to the series. Praised for its graphic presentation and sound design, Silent Hill 3 was regarded as an excellent survival horror title and a valuable addition to the franchise.
2. Silent Hill – 86/100
Assembled by Konami in 1996, Team Silent sought to create a game that effectively leaned toward psychological horror, fueled by terrors found within the unknown. This led to protagonist Harry Mason’s search for his daughter Cheryl in the titular city being invaded by heavy fog and radio static when monsters are in the vicinity to further increase that mounting tension as players search the city.
While the contemporary Demonic resident franchise was based on more gut scares, critics appreciated that Silent Hill favored a kind of creeping dread fueled by the atmosphere of the game. The real-time 3D environments and grainy images helped lend itself to the evocative atmosphere, and reviewers praised the original. Silent Hill for imbuing the survival horror genre with a sense of seriousness, while retroactive reviews placed it among the best games on the original PlayStation.
1. Silent Hill 2 – 89/100
Among the games released within the original PS2 and Xbox release window in 2001 was Silent Hill 2, which enhanced cinematic storytelling, psychological storytelling, and progressive horror over its predecessor. Following widower James Sunderland when he arrives in Silent Hill after receiving a letter from his late wife Mary, James discovered that his unresolved pain and trauma fueled the horrors of the city as he investigated what happened to his wife.
Contemporary critics encountered Silent Hill 2 to be a worthy sequel to its predecessor and praised it for improving the technical presentation and providing a deeper story than the original. Reflective Reviews Name Silent Hill 2 as one of the best survival horror games of all time, and the clear brand of the franchise.
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