• 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: 20 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  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. Jan 2, 2020
    10
    What is the matter with you people? after all, this game has a brilliant story, it is known that not as outstanding as two but against theWhat is the matter with you people? after all, this game has a brilliant story, it is known that not as outstanding as two but against the background of today's SH4 games is a story championship. Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2019
    9
    I had the impression that Silent Hill 4: The Room would be the best in the franchise by a great margin, given how positively different it is,I had the impression that Silent Hill 4: The Room would be the best in the franchise by a great margin, given how positively different it is, but the game becomes a drag to finish from the second half onward. Escorting a helpless chick is annoying enough but, to top it off, there is an arbitrary limit of 10 items to be carried and (for crying out loud, why can't I drop or discard items?), the more I return to the apartment, more likely it is to be haunted (random events). The developers wanted the player to return to the apartment every now and then to interact with objects in order to advance in the dream world, but punishing us at the same time is too much. To make the experience a bit less frustrating, the PC version got 6 of the haunting types removed. Of course, the game has good things. Animations, combat system and graphics are too ahead of the previous games. For example, the very first enemy, unless I'm mistaken, is a "dog", and it in fact behaves like a real one. If the protagonist acts like a prey, the dogs run and jump towards him like there's no tomorrow, what does not happen if Henry assumes a defensive stance. The other enemies aren't nearly as intelligent, but it may have been the result of a tight schedule to deliver the game in time. Still, it's a departure from the mindless steel pipe spam. I'm giving the game a score of 9 since it was made in parallel to SH3 by a secondary team which took a lot of risks in innovating what the older games set. However, while I think they took the right direction for most of the things, they apparently didn't know what to do with the game after the first half. 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. Oct 6, 2011
    7
    Not as scary or psychologically-intense as its predecessors, I must admit, although Silent Hill 4: The Room does offer a decent story andNot as scary or psychologically-intense as its predecessors, I must admit, although Silent Hill 4: The Room does offer a decent story and music by Akira Yamaoka to help set the mood. Not a whole lot of puzzles either. But the visuals were very impressive for their time. Controls were also pretty solid. Worth a rent anyway. Expand
  6. Oct 29, 2018
    7
    Silent Hill 4 is very different from the previous three, its not a bad game its just very different. The story is very interesting and so areSilent Hill 4 is very different from the previous three, its not a bad game its just very different. The story is very interesting and so are the characters but the gameplay does become a bit stale after a while. Gone are the tank controls and the clever puzzles, the puzzles in this game are good but not as clever as the previous games's puzzles. I don't like that you have a limited amount of inventory space, its very irritating when you have to pick up a health item but have to drop something else for it. The enemy design in this game is terrifying, I was creeped out when I first saw the ghosts and the Twin Monster. Overall Silent Hill 4 is far from a bad game its just very different. 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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