Silent Hill 3 PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Silent Hill 3 continues the series' trademark brand of psychological horror and terrifying gameplay. As a teenage girl named Heather, players must explore and unravel the mysterious connection between the god-forsaken town and her inner fears. With enhanced graphical detail, a more complexSilent Hill 3 continues the series' trademark brand of psychological horror and terrifying gameplay. As a teenage girl named Heather, players must explore and unravel the mysterious connection between the god-forsaken town and her inner fears. With enhanced graphical detail, a more complex storyline, and even more grotesque monsters than the previous games, Silent Hill 3 promises to be the best horror adventure ever. Features new monsters, items and weapons, including a submachine gun. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Playboy
    100
    Grainy video filters, swirling cameras and intense action put it severed head and shoulders above the rest of the horror-game competition - the best installment yet of a great series. [Aug 2003, p.32]
  2. The single, most atmospheric survival horror game around. It goes so far beyond the greatness achieved in the 2nd installment that one must wonder, where will it all go from here?
  3. This game also has quite a bit of replay ability to, with 3 different endings to see, and additional scenes to be seen on replay. My only qualm with this game is that it’s too short, at only 5 hours on your first play through and maybe half that each additional time.
  4. 85
    Don't expect to find radical gameplay changes or innovative open-ended mechanics here. Instead, come armed with a belly full of courage and a clean change of underwear, because I can't even remember when a video game has shoved this much grotesque evil down my throat in one serving.
  5. Game Informer
    83
    Silent Hill 3 embodies the true essence of horror and never once gives the player a moment to relax or breathe. [Aug 2003, p.88]
  6. GMR Magazine
    80
    The game's biggest weakness is the lack of any levity or humor to counterpoint the story's overwhelmingly serious tone. [Sept 2003, p.68]
  7. Combat is more tedious than fun, though players can now wield more powerful weapons such as the katana blade. Most often players can get by simply running past many of the enemies -- not necessarily out of fear, but in a noble attempt to relieve boredom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. Sep 25, 2013
    10
    This was definitely the best of the Silent Hill games made. It had such a great storyline and just an all around great horror game. It neverThis was definitely the best of the Silent Hill games made. It had such a great storyline and just an all around great horror game. It never gets old and it has some of the most creepiest levels and monsters than some of these new horror games have. It can be a bit challenging at times, even on easy, and you need to conserve every item you find but that's what a real horror game is made of! Expand
  2. BobbyO.
    Feb 24, 2005
    10
    Pros: Creepy sound, graphics, and gameplay (i n a good way); chilling creatures cons: camera angles can sometimes get onnoying overview: the Pros: Creepy sound, graphics, and gameplay (i n a good way); chilling creatures cons: camera angles can sometimes get onnoying overview: the best horror attempt ever created. Expand
  3. PIRANHAG.
    Jul 2, 2003
    10
    Simply perfect! We don´t see a game like this every day: 5 star sound ; 5 star grafic ; 5 star entertaining... everything is perfect in Simply perfect! We don´t see a game like this every day: 5 star sound ; 5 star grafic ; 5 star entertaining... everything is perfect in here!!!! bought it right now Expand
  4. AnnieH.
    Oct 31, 2003
    10
    Awesome!!!!
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    9
    Silent Hill 3 is one of the scariest games I have ever played. While the game may not look great any more that does not mean you should missSilent Hill 3 is one of the scariest games I have ever played. While the game may not look great any more that does not mean you should miss out on the awesome game which is easily the best in the series. Expand
  6. Jul 21, 2011
    8
    Supremely underrated. Forget the pointless storyline, just the atmosphere alone, the main character, the puzzles and the mind **** are enoughSupremely underrated. Forget the pointless storyline, just the atmosphere alone, the main character, the puzzles and the mind **** are enough to vouch this game as being the all-around best in the series. It murders Silent Hill 2 and its lonely unsettling environments with a roller coaster of terrifyingly well executed weirdness and a showdown inside of a carnival ride that is so off the wall bonkers that it should be given an award for those latter portions of the game alone. It contains so many shocks, maze like levels, dark stretches, instant death traps, and many other random insertions of horror. The difficulty can be traced more to the controls, which although superior to the first two silent hill games, is still admittedly clunky in most regards. The camera can also be a pain, but thats quite rare. The weapons are satisfying to use and I love Heather's curb stomp as it has a very testosterone inducing bone crunching noise. All in all this game is so unsettling that its been a year or two since my last play through, but my memory of the experience lives on and hopefully, for those that have not yet played it, it will soon be a part of you're memory one day. Expand
  7. May 28, 2012
    6
    Very creepy atmosphere and monsters but design was derivative and story was lackluster. M.

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#5 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#21 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003