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  • Summary: Taking the series in a new direction, apprehension and fear immediately run high when the new main character, Henry Townshend, finds himself trapped in his own cursed apartment. Only by exploring mysterious portals leading to disturbing alternate worlds will Henry begin to uncover clues asTaking the series in a new direction, apprehension and fear immediately run high when the new main character, Henry Townshend, finds himself trapped in his own cursed apartment. Only by exploring mysterious portals leading to disturbing alternate worlds will Henry begin to uncover clues as to why he is trapped. However, in true Silent Hill fashion, mysterious new characters, horrendous creatures, and the undead will use any means necessary to impede his progress. A tense atmosphere and grotesque enemies will get the player's heart thumping as Silent Hill 4 delivers a gameplay experience that fans and newcomers will never forget. Using state of the art technology, the development team has effectively created bone-chilling effects to add to the game's creepy atmosphere. Players will be able to see changes in environments over time, as the alternate world seeps into reality. In addition, Silent Hill 4 shifts between the first and third-person perspective, which is a first for the series. Beautifully detailed environments, a haunting soundtrack and the game's trademark psychological horror complete Silent Hill 4's overall fear factor as players travel between the room and their worst nightmare. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 54
  2. Negative: 1 out of 54
  1. In my honest humble opinion Silent Hill 4: The Room is by far the best of the Silent Hill series.
  2. It knows where you work, so you can't run. It knows where you live, so you can't hide. So open up your room already and say, "Ahhhh!" Or would you rather they do it for you, sissy?
  3. This focus on combat isn't always helped by the game's dodgy targeting and suspect collision detection... An uneven, but satisfying, psycho romp for series fans. [Oct 2004, p.30]
  4. Not since the original "Silent Hill" have I been this chilled by a game. [Sept 2004, p.69]
  5. 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.
  6. While it all works well and survival/horror fans won’t be at all disappointed if they go out and get this game, Silent Hill feels an awful lot like previous Silent Hill games.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. MikaM.
    Aug 17, 2004
    10
    People say that this is a let-down to all the SH-fans, but I beg to differ. This game is amazing in just about every aspect. The only thing People say that this is a let-down to all the SH-fans, but I beg to differ. This game is amazing in just about every aspect. The only thing that's not great are the sound effects, which will become quite repetitive after a while. I would've given it a 8, but the extra 2 points are given because team Silent had the guts to do such a different game. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2013
    10
    Silent HIll 4: The Room is the homonym game saga that has many aspects that are not really original in the other Silent Hill games. Meanwhile,Silent HIll 4: The Room is the homonym game saga that has many aspects that are not really original in the other Silent Hill games. Meanwhile, we start from the fact that we can go back to the apartment to save, put in the trunk objects and see the sequence of the plot (and at some point will become really disturbing as it will be overrun by ghosts). Another peculiarity is its ghosts, beings who can not be killed and that will scare very much. The most beautiful thing in the game, besides the atmosphere, the sights, the music and the monsters, is the mystery that we have to try to find out about Walter Sullivan. A game really well done and, in my opinion, one of the best in the series. Expand
  3. Feb 19, 2014
    9
    Es el Silent Hill mas largo y dificil de todos, con una historia fascinante que esta relacionada con un asesino en serie que le da un toqueEs el Silent Hill mas largo y dificil de todos, con una historia fascinante que esta relacionada con un asesino en serie que le da un toque diferente y original a la saga, es mas adicitivo que el Silent Hill 3, probablemente su punto en contra seria la falta de puzzles y la reaccion del personaje que es algo lenta. Expand
  4. PG
    Apr 24, 2006
    7
    Definitely not the best Silent Hill. I wonder who these people are that say it is a straight 10. No way this game is a 10. I give it a 7 just Definitely not the best Silent Hill. I wonder who these people are that say it is a straight 10. No way this game is a 10. I give it a 7 just because it's innovative in terms of Silent Hill games. Has a lot of new stuff, and a lot of old stuff. The unkillable ghosts add to the frightening factor. I find this SH the hardest out of the 4 games. Not the scariest. Not the best, but a pretty decent game. Expand
  5. Sep 26, 2013
    7
    I will give SH4 credit for trying to do something new, and yet, they still manage to get it following the same tired formula again, exceptI will give SH4 credit for trying to do something new, and yet, they still manage to get it following the same tired formula again, except this time in segments or "levels."

    What works with SH4 is the premise and everything new they try to do. eg the first person perspective view of the apartment that slowly warps the more into the game you get. The room really does make you feel like you are trapped in your own mind while your are slowly slipping into insanity.

    Where this game fails are the sections outside of the room. They feel and look exactly like they were cut outs from the previous games. Recycled ideas, just using a new protagonist. The sections/levels that you can travel to feel small and restrictive, kind of disrupting the atmosphere the try to create. Each area does fit to the narrative, just a shame they couldn't have made the transition more seamless.

    Overall:
    Silent Hill 4: The Room doesn't really feel like a Silent Hill game, most of the time. A real shame that the developers didn't show more innovation by pushing more new ideas. SH4 is entertaining and enjoyable, but it also feels a little stale and disjointed most of the time. A pity as it did have potential to be more than it is.
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  6. DrunkenMaster
    Sep 6, 2005
    6
    By far the worst of the Silent Hill series: they use ghosts for the most part, and the few original monsters are lame, especially the one By far the worst of the Silent Hill series: they use ghosts for the most part, and the few original monsters are lame, especially the one that makes a farting sound when you kill it...the SH series was great because of the creepy monsters, like the deadbabies and crippled zombie nurses and whatever that scary Pyramidhead thing was from SH2...bummer. Expand
  7. PalliN.
    Nov 15, 2004
    0
    How the hell people keep saying that this is the best of the series and giving it 10 points? Are they totally blind? This is just repetitive How the hell people keep saying that this is the best of the series and giving it 10 points? Are they totally blind? This is just repetitive crap with very lazy and boring leveldesign and overall design. Scary? Hell not! More like tiring! Open your eyes, don't go for the "IT'S SILENT HILL, IT HAS TO BE GOOD!!1". This is not Silent Hill, this is probably just abandoned leftovers from previous SH Games. Get your act together Konami, no more this kinda of flops. Zero pointer. Expand

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