Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Now Playing: Silent Hill - Shattered Memories

 It's another cold night in the town of Silent Hill...
 While it was touted as a 'remake' or 'reboot' of the first Silent Hill game, I think calling it a 'reimagining' is more appropriate, as this game feels like Silent Hill in name only.

 You play as Harry, who crashes into the snowy town of Silent Hill after a car accident, and must now find his daughter, and that's where the similarities end. This game removes combat, has simple puzzles(At least so far) and most of its horror revolves around ghosts rather than psychological manifestations of someone's traumas, fears and what not. Kinda. There's a single monster type that changes depending on how you act and behave during the game, but it's nothing to write home about.

 Putting aside how little this game feels like Silent Hill, it's actually really good. I haven't felt much in the way of horror, tension or creepiness, but it's an entertaining game with an entertaining premise. The graphics are top-notch, and it feels nice to explore Silent Hill at this level of graphical quality. All the ghost-stuff is pretty intriguing as well, it's always a treat coming around apparitions or 'unfinished business'.

 The amount of motion controls are a bit too much for me, but its forgivable. All in all, I'm liking the game a fair bit.

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