Silent Hill

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  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 1999
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  • Summary: A young man searching for his daughter - struggling to exist in a place between reality and hell - a town hiding gruesome, dark secrets. Follow a trail of blood and mutilation to snatch a loved one from the clutches of a demonic power. Enter an alternative dimension where death is noA young man searching for his daughter - struggling to exist in a place between reality and hell - a town hiding gruesome, dark secrets. Follow a trail of blood and mutilation to snatch a loved one from the clutches of a demonic power. Enter an alternative dimension where death is no escape. Welcome to the madness that is Silent Hill... Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It's a horrifying action/adventure that will set the pulse racing and put the mind on constant alert.
  2. 90
    One of SH's coolest features is its excellent Dual Shock support: The controller beats like a heart, thumping harder when you're close to death, and its responsiveness keeps you in command.
  3. 90
    From the inexplicable sobbing of an unseen child in a blood-stained school hall to the loud rattling of an invisible "something" underneath the floorboards that you're standing on, the game never sinks into predictability. Imagine all of this while never quite being able to see past arm's length into the darkness.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    86
    Enough creepiness to make Christopher Walken uncomfortable. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  5. Flawed, yes, ambitious definitely - Silent Hill is a whole new experience adding to the challenge of "Resident Evil 2," while maintaining what it set out to do... drain you psychologically and scare you shitless!
  6. One of the most successfully unnerving elements is the game's lighting... It was that effect, much more than any fearsome creature, which made me leave a hall light on one night after playing it.
  7. Those looking for the intense action of RE may be disappointed. If disturbing atmosphere is your thing, with an emphasis on 3D exploration and puzzle solving, then SH will be worth a whirl.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 113
  1. Jun 9, 2011
    10
    Without a doubt, the best horror game in existence. To this day I've never played anything this frightening or uneasy feeling, and I'm aWithout a doubt, the best horror game in existence. To this day I've never played anything this frightening or uneasy feeling, and I'm a horror game fanatic. Nothing I've played on the Xbox 360 or PS3 or ANYTHING made today has had the same effect on me that this has. Before I played this game I thought things like Dead Space and/or Resident Evil games were freaky, then I figured it was about time I played Silent Hill games. I started with Homecoming, which wasn't really all that great, and then I figured I should start from the beginning and work my way forward - so I found it online, bought it, and found myself successfully freaked out. The visuals alone are groundbreaking. It's like a well-shot movie and a nightmare at the same time, and, though the mysteries are explained in later games, I was never completely sure what the hell was going on in the town in the first place prior to my playing of other sequels. The game resembles a psychological, nightmarish experience as perfectly as a game can - and the crappy graphics of the late 90s helps with this effect. Also, though many may complain about the difficult controls, I think they helped add to the experience and desperation of certain situations. Even now the effects of this groundbreaking game can leave you on the edge of your seat, and though it isn't an easy game to find (unless, of course, you're able to buy it on PSN, which I haven't checked to see if it's available), you should definitely consider it. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2020
    10
    SILENT HILL is a perfect horror game! I love this game so much! I remember everything from this game after 20 years.
  3. Jul 27, 2021
    10
    It is a cult classic of its time and a really influential game. Together with the Resident Evil franchise it made the survival horror genre aIt is a cult classic of its time and a really influential game. Together with the Resident Evil franchise it made the survival horror genre a household name. In comparison with Resident Evil it is more psychology horror with a deeper atmosphere. It mastered to create an uneasy feeling of dread with fear of what might be lurking in the darkness, fog or unknown. The atmosphere, scenery and ideas were quite amazing and many games tried to copy the formula. Sadly also later entries in the franchise but I lose track. The protagonist Harry Mason is driving with his adopted daughter Cheryl to the town Silent Hill for a vacation. When he arrives at the outskirts he hardly avoids hitting a girl that was on the road and loses his consciousness in the crash. When he awakes in the town his daughter is gone and something strange is happening there. So starts the story with Harry trying to find his missing daughter while trying to find out what happened with Silent Hill. While the set up sounds a bit generic the story is really engaging and keeps you wondering what could explain this horrible nightmare. It has a fascinating haunting atmosphere that sucks you into the game. There are multiple endings to the story depending on you and one is so ridiculous funny ending that even M. Night Shyamalan will not pull it of (I recommend to read a guide for the endings as a crucial point is easy to miss and some things are far away from self-explanatory). What enhances the atmosphere is the radio which give static noise when enemies are near. This increases the paranoia and dread level. Funny sidenote: The fog which helps with the atmosphere was added because of hardware limitations. This is one of the very rare cases where the hardware limitation improved the game (Thought before that this was impossible but stand corrected). The characters work also really well. Harry is just an average person who is thrown into something that surpasses his wildest imaginations or even nightmares but also someone who will not stop to safe his daughter even when it endangers his life. The rest of the cast I wont spoil works well and I was invested in them. Gameplay wise it was finest survival horror. The ammunition and healing items are scare so that you have to make harsh decisions as you continue through the game (More on higher difficulty). There are a lot of puzzles to solve but many are just in the take the right item to the right place category (Which was not a weakness or complaint back then). However it works well and kept me returning to the game many times. Graphically it was really good for its time. Especially the sequences. I must also say that it is outdated today but that is to be expected and cant be hold against the game. The enemy design left an impact as some types from the game / franchise are still wildly known and referenced. The soundtrack is unique and enhances the atmosphere as sneakily as awesome. Clarification: I beat the game before I realized how good it was just in another playthrough. Overall this is a cult classic of the genre and a must play of its time. A lot of hard work and effort was put into and this makes the game so great. Sadly the franchise is dormant now since P.T. was forcefully canceled by Konami but there are rumors that Hideo Kojima is working on a spiritual successor. Maybe we are lucky in the next years (Would name it “Quiet Mountains” to anger Konami;-). Expand
  4. Jan 30, 2019
    9
    Хоть и играл в 2013 году атмосфера отлично передавалась и сейчас
  5. Apr 20, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I wish they made more games like this. Silent hill is the definition of survival horror. limited resources, chilling ambience, fear of the unknown, great atmosphere, well executed jumpscares, and most importantly, psychological scares. I have never came across a game that made me question my own sanity, such as the time where you enter a bathroom and you come out in a different hallway, or the part in the hospital where you check all the 3 floors in the elevator and you come back to find a fourth floor. this game is a masterpiece, a survival horror gem. but if you are not a survival horror fan, then you probably wont like this game at all to be honest Expand
  6. Dec 31, 2020
    8
    Although I am not a big fan of the saga, I have to admit that Silent Hill is a great work

    Its rough gameplay works for the genre. Most of
    Although I am not a big fan of the saga, I have to admit that Silent Hill is a great work

    Its rough gameplay works for the genre. Most of all, its story is of great weight, the development of the plot is undoubtedly its strength, and I'm sure that at the time it marked many gamers.
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  7. Mar 15, 2019
    0
    This is 2019. I must be spoiled. Trying to play this game is an absolutely aggravating experience. The KB controls are clunky beyondThis is 2019. I must be spoiled. Trying to play this game is an absolutely aggravating experience. The KB controls are clunky beyond belief. I gave up in utter frustration after an hour of trying to move around and defend myself. This thing is rated as the best horror survival game in existence. BS!! The dialogue and writing is just awful. The soundtrack is a joke. The graphics suck beyond belief. Ok, sure it was made in 1899 so I understand that. But from what I saw in an hour the horror level is laughable. Nothing was there to create horror. Everything about this damned game created annoyance. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
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#4 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999