• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Aug 6, 2003
  • Also On: PC
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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: 68 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  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. JacksonM.
    Jun 8, 2003
    10
    Very impressive game, get it NOW!!! It totaly rocks...
  4. JuanS.
    May 25, 2005
    10
    It's da best game eva.
  5. AleksandarB
    Jun 10, 2009
    9
    Although a constant deja-vu, this installment proves to be fair to its predecessors.
  6. Sep 15, 2013
    8
    Of all the Silent Hills so far, SH3 does have the best story. It is really nice to see how almost everything is brought to a climax and isOf all the Silent Hills so far, SH3 does have the best story. It is really nice to see how almost everything is brought to a climax and is mostly explained and wrapped up. Visually it is as disturbing as ever, perhaps a bit more in some areas.

    The down side to this game is that it seems to follow the tried and tested formula a bit too loyally. Due to this it feel a bit like you've seen and done all this before, making the overall tone creepy but also predictable. On the plus side combat feels almost possible this time round.

    Overall:
    Silent Hill 3 really want to be something great, and comes close to doing so. But lack of originality and the all too familiar survival horror routine does dull the experience a little. It's still a fantastic game, but don't expect too much fresh from it.
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  7. Jun 19, 2014
    6
    El primer pinchazo de la franquicia (luego vendrían mas y peores). Demasiada acción y poco guión, que arranca de forma lenta y tardía, y unEl primer pinchazo de la franquicia (luego vendrían mas y peores). Demasiada acción y poco guión, que arranca de forma lenta y tardía, y un tanto estrambótico. Su único punto positivo reside en recoger la historia de un capítulo anterior y sus bestiales gráficos para la época. Pero está muy lejos de la excelencia de las dos primeras partes. Expand

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