Silent Hill


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Author: Konami

Brand: Konami

Edition: Standard

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Silent Hill, you assume the role of widower Harry Mason, who is trying to get away from the pain of his wife’s loss by taking his daughter on a road trip. After a car accident on the outskirts of the resort town of Silent Hill, you regain consciousness to find that your daughter, who was previously asleep in the backseat, has left–or has been taken–from the scene. To find her, you must go into town and unlock the secrets that linger seven years after a tragic fire scarred the town.
The game features formidable monsters, perplexing puzzles, a realistic 3-D town, and, most of all, an acute sense of foreboding caused by Silent Hill’s creative lighting and sound effects. The makers have included four different endings, based on performance throughout the game, so think, be quick on your feet, and hope for the best of all possible outcomes.

A downright creepy “survival horror” title,
Silent Hill succeeds where most
Resident Evil-inspired titles suck: keeping you hooked and instilling you with fear throughout the game. Players are cast as Harry Mason in his desperate search for his daughter, who mysteriously disappeared after their car crashed into a gully outside of a desolate resort town.
The 3-D environments in Silent Hill are bathed in fog or darkness, making its dismal setting all the more eerie; this also allows for some spectacular lighting effects when using a flashlight in the dark. Granted, there are some pretty coarse graphics being obscured here, but it’s a fair trade-off, considering the game’s short load times.
Silent Hill is played from a third-person perspective, viewed from both fixed and moving camera angles. As with similar games, the viewpoint can be awkward at times, especially during combat, which here is so clunky that you should try to avoid it whenever possible–something you should do anyway, as this isn’t Tomb Raider.
Rather than resort to cheap scare tactics, Silent Hill features a gameplay twist that works very well with its limited visibility environments. Harry carries a radio with him that crackles with static whenever the game’s nasties are near, and continues until they’re no longer in the vicinity or have been killed off. (Enemies may require further whacking when they’re down, as they like to play dead.) Additionally, the supported Dual-Shock controller pulsates in a heartbeatlike fashion whenever you’re moderately or seriously injured. –Joe Hon

Suspenseful story with bone-chilling gameplay
Short load times
Excellent lighting and fog effects
Five possible endings add replay value


Coarse graphics
Clunky combat


In a recent interview with OPM, Silent Hill’s creators remarked that one of their main goals with the game was to frighten people on an instinctive level, and that’s something that, in my mind, they’ve clearly succeeded at doing. While similar horror titles, like Capcom’s Resident Evil series, work well at making you jump in a “boo!” sort of way, Silent Hill establishes a very unsettling atmosphere that at once puts you off and creeps you out.
Silent Hill accomplishes this through a host of wonderful little touches: a radio that emits static whenever monsters are near, a lead character that must catch his breath after running, the placement of wheelchairs and broken stretchers in abandoned stairwells, and so on. One of the most successfully unnerving elements is the game’s lighting, which is almost always cast from a flashlight, whether you are in a dark alleyway, a fog-enshrouded back street, or a dank basement. The glare it gives off obscures almost as much as it illuminates, like a dying candle. It was that effect, much more than any fearsome creature, which made me leave a hall light on one night after playing it. That’s not to say that the monster design is under par though. In fact, there was one species in particular – a shaggy man-thing that barks and sets after you on all fours – that sent a chill up the

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