• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 7, 2004
  • Also On: PC
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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
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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. PSM Magazine
    80
    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. Play Magazine
    75
    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: 15 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  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. MarkL.
    Jul 30, 2004
    10
    This game is really cool! I have played it about 4 times!
  3. DorianKnight
    Aug 26, 2004
    9
    It is what I was waiting for, it really scares me, so if you want to feel the fear in your flesh stop playing resident evil and come to playIt is what I was waiting for, it really scares me, so if you want to feel the fear in your flesh stop playing resident evil and come to play this one. the most creepy survival horror. Expand
  4. JeffR.
    Sep 16, 2004
    7
    It baffles me that Konami still cannot find even moderately decent voice talent for one of its A-list titles. the voice acting for everyIt baffles me that Konami still cannot find even moderately decent voice talent for one of its A-list titles. the voice acting for every silent hill game has been wretched, and this one follows suit. i'm sorry, but that totally pulls me out of the creepy movie vibe and hurts the overall experience - with these crazy stories you NEED to be convinced. Expand
  5. Dec 23, 2017
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. There are two groups of people, the ones who like this game, and ones that don't like it. I'm one of those who doesn't like it. Personally, I find switching through real and other world through the hole very very stupid idea. 7 stars, why? It's Silent Hill, and it is indeed very scary horror game, but the gameplay... nah. Expand
  6. Dec 29, 2012
    7
    I started off hating this game due to a number of design issues, but as the plot begins to unfold and the claustrophobic feeling of beingI started off hating this game due to a number of design issues, but as the plot begins to unfold and the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped begins to take sway you can actually enjoy this game. 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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#22 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#31 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004