Silent Hill 4: The Room PC

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
Buy On
  1. 85
    The large number of cut scenes seems a little distracting at first, but once you get used to them, they add a lot of depth to the game.
  2. AceGamez
    80
    If you're not expecting "Resident Evil" then I think you'll be impressed, particularly with the camera, which I found to be very good indeed.
  3. For real, genuine scares, this does not disappoint.
  4. It's the details that we love in this game...Graphics are wonderful, too...Just dont play it in the dark.
  5. The bizarre levels and challenging puzzles remain engrossing even when you start asking the never-answered question, “What’s the point?”
  6. The eeriness of the environments, even your room feels dingy, is captured brilliantly, and the tunnel effect is awesome.
  7. Despite some of its major flaws - the many-times mentioned control system, unnerving camera angle (which can be adjusted, but with poor result), the fairly idiotic combat system and the lack of more challenging puzzles - I still enjoyed the game for what it was, and that is a freaking scary horror adventure.
  8. Just make sure you bring along your dual analog gamepad to ensure that all your terror is generated from the cursed setting--and not from the controls.
  9. All I know is that I never want to be in a situation like Henry Townshend is put through in this game. Then again, he does it in such a nonchalant way.
  10. The story is so original, the experience is completely scary, and the afterthoughts of the game will make you look over each shoulder when you are alone in the house. This game, like the Silent Hill titles before it, get in your head and stay there for quite sometime.
  11. A damned scary game, and it's one of the better survival horror titles out there because of that. It's good to see its designers taking risks and experimenting with the formula. This time, however, it's kind of a misfire. It's by no means a failure, but it's not a success, either.
  12. 69
    You expect to be scared, and you will be scared, but the freakishness, the undertones of distress and uncomfortable wreathing of characters that merge lamps and mannequins, replaced now by raging wheelchairs and insignificant ape-things, just don't scare or unnerve me like previous games in the series did.
  13. But, if you are looking to partake in a definitive step forward for the survival horror genre…I’m afraid that Silent Hill 4 does not take it.
  14. Tasks as simple as wandering around are frustrated by the controls reversing as the camera angle jumps, while during the frequent combat bits you'll spend more time fighting with the clunking movement mechanism than with the denizens of Silent Hill.
  15. Edge Magazine
    60
    Look at it one way, and it's a choking journey with unprecedented attention to unease and psychological horror, a game framed with unparalleled sophistication. From another angle, it's just a clunky PSone throwback, with all the design wit of a dodo. [Aug 2004, p.92]
  16. PC Gamer
    60
    Where this game falls short is the actual gameplay. Your apartment serves as a hub and you go back to it repeatedly, either to save your game or to retrieve adn drop off items from your limited inventory. I don't even need to tell you how tedious this backtracking gets. [Holiday 2004, p.99]
  17. It is a mediocre game that would have probably gone unnoticed under a different title.
  18. Computer Gaming World
    50
    Yet another great console game undermined by a sloppy port. [Jan 2005, p.104]
  19. Obtuse, ugly, hair-teraingly frustrating at times, and only very occaisionally imaginative. [Nov 2004]
  20. Fans of the series will have plenty to be happy about, but you can’t help feeling you’ve been here and done that in the previous games. That’s the real horror here.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Oct 18, 2015
    8
    I always had mixed feelings about this game since it's just so different from the first 3, The story is very strange and somehow original, wayI always had mixed feelings about this game since it's just so different from the first 3, The story is very strange and somehow original, way more original than SH3 storyline. Not sure if I could say it's a great story but original at least Story 8/10 Music and sounds including voice acting are great, the music as always is excellent, the sounds right on and the voice acting is a huge improvement Sound 10/10 Controls and gameplay are fine too but they are really different and not in a good way, the gameplay is really awkward too and sometimes it just doesn't feel like a silent hill game Controls and gameplay 7/10 The graphics are fine and can look ok all maxed out in PC version, but the game doesn't really scare that much and the otherworld doesn't look all that great either, Graphics 9/10. FInal veredict 8/10 this game tried something new and it just felt like something totally different than a SH game, not a bad game at all just really different, the story was ok but strange and the fear factor was lacking alot but it was there too. Overall a good SH game but far from being the best. Full Review »
  2. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    Silent Hill 4 The Room is the fourth game in Konami's survival horror series.The game focuses on Henry Townshend who lives in Room 302 of theSilent Hill 4 The Room is the fourth game in Konami's survival horror series.The game focuses on Henry Townshend who lives in Room 302 of the South Ashfield Heights Apartments and after having nightmares for a couple of days he's trapped in his apartment.The PC version is good,graphics are good,gameplay is good and the controls are okay.The problems with this version is that game can run slow even if your computer meets the minimum requirements.This is a good PC game and give it an all formats recommendation Full Review »
  3. Mike
    Feb 11, 2005
    6
    Great sound, ok graphics and Terrible gameplay/controls this ruins the whole game!