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  • Summary: Silent Hill HD Collection bundles Silent Hill 2 and 3 together enhanced with HD upgrades.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Apr 30, 2012
    90
    Brings back two of the very best horror games that have ever been published. The oppressive atmosphere of the games is as terrifying as ever and sadly so are the controls. James and Heather controls are just too clumsy. The graphics are much sharper and clearer now, though Silent Hill 3 looks much better than its predecessor. The fact that there are new voice recordings is awesome, because the synchronizations of the originals were pretty impersonal and static. All in all the collection is worth every cent, though it is strange that Silent Hill and Silent Hill 4: The Room are missing.
  2. Mar 26, 2012
    80
    It has several negatives but without any doubt this collection is a good way to play again (or for the first time) the best titles of this brand. After ten years both the games are still in good shape!
  3. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Apr 25, 2012
    80
    Even when nothing happens at all, you're still on the edge of your seat. And that's what makes Silent Hill brilliant. The game pushes you towards the edge, never giving you a moment of peace. It drags you up slowly like a rollercoaster, dropping you when you're never really ready for it. [May 2012, p.82]
  4. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    The spooky sights of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 look better than ever in Silent Hill HD Collection.
  5. Apr 12, 2012
    70
    The collection is also rounded out by the option provided in the collectors edition of Silent Hill 2 that allows you to play the storyline from the viewpoint of Maria, also from the game. It's a good edition and one that adds a lot more value to your purchase.
  6. Apr 13, 2012
    60
    Silent Hill HD Collection is a good deal only for the new gaming generation that had no chance to play both games in the past. Few extras and frame rates issues make it a bad deal for veteran players.
  7. Apr 5, 2012
    30
    After the excellent Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Silent Hill fans definitely deserved a much better adaptation of some of their favorite games. With embarrassing glitches, problems that should have never made their way into the games, and a disappointing lack of content, it's hard for me to recommend this release.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 50
  2. Negative: 27 out of 50
  1. Mar 22, 2012
    10
    Konami invites us to relive the two best horror games of all time. With a strong graphics facelift, what better opportunity than this toKonami invites us to relive the two best horror games of all time. With a strong graphics facelift, what better opportunity than this to re-feel the fear in our bodies. I do not understand and never understand the people who put 1 and 0 to remastering it in HD. There should vote only with the intent to harm and lower the note. These people already got enough with the note of SH Downpour, doing great harm to exit the game, and not so funny to see they want to do the same with this. In any case, I thank Konami for taking the top two installments of the saga, and turn them into HD. Thank you for this opportunity to feel the fear again, thanks for letting us go back to the streets of Silent Hill again. Who will be the first James or Heather? Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2012
    10
    Got to step in and up the review score, I would rather buy amazing classic games that are worthy for my money and full of enjoyment overGot to step in and up the review score, I would rather buy amazing classic games that are worthy for my money and full of enjoyment over Friday releases that are now days a four hour exact same action packed dog turd for full retail price. If the HD post is soo noticeable to people then you need to wake up as I can't remember the last time I played a shooter that was enjoyable and not a title rip-off from a rival game. The whole point I'm trying to make is I would rather play games like MGS HD/ Silent Hill HD etc etc over the hype train AAA let-downs. Might also add that the new silent hill downpour is next on my list. I used to buy anything on a Friday but now I stick to game series that I know I like. Eg. Resident evil (1,2&3) MGS (all) zelda (all) silent hill (all) final fantasy (8.9&10). Sorry to sidetrack but if it was out of buying endless DLC that should come with your game or a shooter that has nothing improved from its predecessor then please hand me the last-gen console anyday of the week! Let this be a lesson to 9/10 developers being lazy nowadays. The only true ones that try to bring new ideas to the table are Konami and Nintendo, if you disagree then please say with honesty that developers like capcom don't rip you off with games where you can't re-save, a ultra edition with an extra character, paying for a game ending, map packs, extra missions etc etc. I see this as a cash cow as if you take pride in your work then there should be nothing to add until the sequel. Preach over :) Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2014
    8
    My first time playing through both of these survival-horror legends. A lot of the complaints you'll read on here about technical issues andMy first time playing through both of these survival-horror legends. A lot of the complaints you'll read on here about technical issues and whatnot have been fixed in the patch, and those review were written before it. Even though it still might be better to play the original PS2 versions, I think this is a great way to experience either for the first time. I know it was for me.

    Outside of the updated graphics and trophy support there isn't much new here. There are some light changes throughout to things like slight dialog differences or slightly different effects to the occasional scene, but these changes are rare. These are still very much the original horror experiences that have enchanted and frightened so many.

    Silent Hill 2 is widely regarded as one of, if not the, best horror game/games of all time. It's claustrophobic camera angles, dark story, and unparalleled atmosphere make for one memorable and often terrifying experience. It's filled wit unforgettable moments that are so shocking and scary that they are forever burned into my memory. Outside of the controls the gameplay experience holds up well. The puzzles are just as great as ever, and while the game emphasizes running over fighting, when you do have to fight the combat works well. Silent Hill 2 is nothing less than the scariest game I have ever played, and I absolutely love the inclusion of the "Born from a Wish" scenario. It captures all of the fear of the main game. Not all of its mechanics have aged well, but for any horror fanatic this is a must play. My total score for it is a 9.1/10.

    Silent Hill 3 stands out as being the only game in the Silent Hill series to have a plot that connects to another game in the series in a direct way. It ties in directly to the first and even manages to clear up that game's convoluted and confusing narrative while furthering it's own. It also features my personal favorite Silent Hill protagonist yet. It makes the best use of the new HD coat of paint, and often just looks gorgeous despite it's age. What gets me about 3 is that it's lacking some of the fear that the others are known for. It still has plenty of creepy moments and quite a few scary ones, but overall it lacks the tension and fear that was always present for me in the 1st, 2nd and, 4th games. In the world of horror movies there's a genre called "torture-porn." This genre is always filled with beautifully twisted, dark, and disgusting imagery, but for me often lacks fear. This is kind of like what Silent Hill 3 is for me most of the time.

    At times it can even feel like it's trying to be tongue-in-cheek. There is at times a self-aware sense of humor that flows, and protagonist Heather will just say some funny stuff throughout. Due to all of the references to the previous two games it also feels like it's paying homage. If you have a completed Silent Hill 2 save on memory (which only makes sense that you would play that one first in this collection) the game throws in some extra dialog if you examine certain memorable things from that game. All this talk about how it's not as scary might sound like I didn't enjoy SH 3, but on the contrary it's quite the opposite. It as a big step-up for the series thanks to it's streamlined and smoother gameplay experience, and it can still scare quite a bit. From a gameplay perspective it's a much more fun experience. It's got a larger emphasis on combat, the enemies themselves take on a much larger and more imposing look that in other SH games, and because of that there are a plethora of awesome weapons available (a freaking katana!!!). However given the flight over fight nature of the series it doesn't always work.

    SH 3 shows a lot of polish in a lot of areas. It can often be the bigger and dumber sequel of the series, but it's still filled with unforgettable and scary moments and keeps true to the series dark symbolism. It's more fun in a different way, and I think that's what they were going for here. I have a lot more to say about it here than I did for SH 2, and that's because I feel it's harder for me to get my point across about it. It's a great game and totally fitting of the SH series, even if it does take some different tones that make it feel unique. My total score for it is an 8.3/10.

    So there are my reviews for each individual game. They are both incredibly wonderful, scary, and memorable experiences that any horror fan needs to play. This HD collection is a fantastic way to do so. The only thing that could've made it better was if it came with SH's 1 and 4. My total score for the collection is an average on my individual scores for both games, and it comes out to an 8.7/10.
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  4. Oct 29, 2018
    4
    Silent Hill HD Collection takes 2 great games and puts them through a grinder and spits out a huge mess. There are an unforgivable amount ofSilent Hill HD Collection takes 2 great games and puts them through a grinder and spits out a huge mess. There are an unforgivable amount of bugs and glitches, the games have been downgraded by a huge amount. The fog affects in SH2 are so bad in comparison to the PS2 original. SH3 is the worst when it comes to bugs and glitches, and there have been pointless creative changes to the dialog and some of the environments. There was no love and effort put into these "remasters". Avoid this collection, these aren't the games we know and love. Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2012
    2
    First time poster here on Metacritic... And for the first time ever, I truly feel like voicing my opinion on this site in the hopes that NOFirst time poster here on Metacritic... And for the first time ever, I truly feel like voicing my opinion on this site in the hopes that NO ONE makes the mistake of purchasing this collection as I did. Silent Hill 1-3 are my favorite games of all time, and they've been a huge creative inspiration for me ever since I first played them... and to see Silent Hill 2 and 3 handled in this manner is not only shocking, but borderline criminal in my opinion. I won't go into too much detail with regards to the technical problems (other user reviewers in this section have explained them in great detail), but let's just say that they render the games virtually unplayable; audio bugs, glitches, shockingly bad framerate issues, constant freezing, bad lip-syncing, you name it... Yet the biggest slap in the face are the drastic aesthetical changes. Aside from the low saturation-, brightness- and contrast, the removal of 'thickness' in the fog and questionable texture "upgrades", I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the fact that the new versions run at 60 frames per second, instead of the old 30 frames per second - a HUGE aesthical change, which removes much of the cinematic flair of the originals. It is clear that no thought was put into how these changes would affect player experience and immersion... and it shows a saddeningly low respect for the source material. To be honest though, in the end, I shouldn't care too much about owning this collection... sure, I bought it because I respect these games to no end, and I was eager to see how they looked on a modern entertainment system; but I already own the PS2 versions, so why should I care? Well, I do f***ing care... I care because a new generation of gamers, who might be interested in trying something different and experiencing these inspirational masterpieces as I did back in the day, WON'T get the "true" Silent Hill experience on their new consoles... they will get these distractingly glitchy, buggy and aesthetically appalling versions, unworthy of the Silent Hill name. Such a sadness... Konami, if by any chance you are reading this - I've been a faithful customer of yours for many years, but I refuse to support your games until you fix this debacle. I know I'm not the only one who feels the same way... Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2012
    1
    The Silent Hill HD collection was delayed alot, and several fans was looking foward to it. However it was released unfinished and the gameThe Silent Hill HD collection was delayed alot, and several fans was looking foward to it. However it was released unfinished and the game contains several game breaking bugs, lockups, audio loops, audio cutouts, graphics glitches, missing graphics, etc. This is one of the worst releases of 2012, other then the video game AMY. This is a terrible port and every bad review on here is right, and every good review is wrong. Expand
  7. Mar 14, 2021
    0
    In all honesty, this collection is probably an 8/10 now with the patches. But i am rating 0 because i want to bring the score down moreIn all honesty, this collection is probably an 8/10 now with the patches. But i am rating 0 because i want to bring the score down more because its still too high. When this game collection came out it was a joke and the voice acting is still a joke.

    i will rate this a 7.5/10 with patches, but i will be rating 0/10 today so i can damage the score :)
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