Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 90
    Really superstitious and/or ADD-afflicted types might want to steer clear for their own special reasons. Everybody else with a reasonably high-end gaming rig, the residents of Silent Hill welcome you.
  2. It's the well-directed story and its stunning conclusion that provides the much-needed payoff and motivation to finish the game. With a slew of secrets designed to encourage repeat visits, SH3 may not be "fun," but it certainly is compelling.
  3. The overall combination of simple search and find puzzles, great and horribly disturbing story and some of the most disgusting and scary monsters ever imagined just works yet a third time.
  4. The story is slow at first, but patient players will find it ultimately becomes one of the game's stronger features, along with its atmospheric visuals.
  5. But raising the levels of difficulty for both will not only make the game hard to play, as the rewards you can gain make up for that. Finishing the game on various levels of difficulty again, you can obtain various bonus weapons and even a bonus ending.
  6. It's all atmosphere and, particularly when you're talking about horror, that's often enough. [Mar 2004, p.66]
  7. Silent Hill 3 isn't so much about gameplay as it is about creating a disturbing world and immersing you in it, which is something it does very well.
  8. 75
    Scary fun, but some control issues and uneven puzzles make it less fun than its predecessors.
  9. Need I remind you that Silent Hill 2 failed to deliver a truly lasting horror experience on the PC. To our disappointment Silent Hill 3 doesn't expand on that aspect any further.
  10. For many, this general creepiness of visuals and sounds, coupled with fear of the unknown, will be sufficient. For this gamer, more is needed, leading to my mixed rating ("maybe yes, maybe no").
  11. Shockingly un-shocking, it's too much mood and little "boo." [Mar 2004, p.73]
  12. You'll frequently dodge the oafish enemies instead of fighting. [Mar 2004, p.84]
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Nov 1, 2013
    10
    A great powerful world and a great immersive environment. The graphic design is a real revolution and the sound design just perfect. A purA great powerful world and a great immersive environment. The graphic design is a real revolution and the sound design just perfect. A pur survial horror. Full Review »
  2. VonL.
    Jul 7, 2004
    10
    this game really rocks try this game and you will feel a different experience...
  3. Jen
    Feb 1, 2004
    10
    I'm not easily scared by games or movies, but I slept with the light on after playing this game.