All the scary things we've come to love
I was rather anxious to get my hands on this title and it didn't disappoint at all. When I played the second installment, I felt that they wanted to go a different way, but Silent Hill 3 is a direct sequel to the first, and as such, it delivers very familiar elements (no spoilers, but those who have played the original game will find many interesting recapitulations, like revisiting locations and seeing again some characters) taken to the limits.
Now don't get me wrong, I love SH and SH2, but they do suffer a little bit from repetitive gameplay and while SH3 has virtually the same elements as the first two, it never stops being suspensful. And there's something new to add another streak of fear: while there are many times when you really have to fight, saving your ammo this time around is indispensable. So either you run or fight clumsily with a melee weapon. So you preferibly run past them in suffocatingly small passages (by the way, some of the monsters are massive, so even this requires some skill) And that's not the end of it. The camera is awful (I'm betting this is on purpose). So most of the times you will struggle to get a good view of the thing that is attacking you so that you can strike back.
SH3 has a very unholy atmosphere(perhaps even more so than the first SH). The nightmarish versions of the places you visit (the mall, an office building but specially the hospital, you will see why) must be the most terrifying locations of the whole SH series. The awesome graphics provide a whole new level for scariness, so you will see the classic rusty and bloody scenery with new elements (red twitching veins of something that vaguely resembles blood or something monstrous blocking a door, among other frightening elements).
The monsters are quite intriguing (I admit that these are my favourite monsters from the series as well). They are truly,well, monstrous adn enigmatic, taken from somebody's nightmares. The trademark nurses and dogs are present, but there are new horrible creatures that stalk you throughout the game (one of them does so literally). Without taking the fun out of it, I'll mention the Closers, which are the first monsters you encounter (very rapidly I might add), bulky, barely humanoid things with very large and thick arms. The bosses too are unique, most of them don't require great skill, but they all are spectacular.
All in all, I'm a proud owner of the game. The first three SH are the best horror games ever, they are the only ones that took the elements of the genre and transformed them into art. Too bad that, with the probable exception of SH: Origins, the series seems to have gone down hill after this one.
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Silent Hill 3
I consider myself a veteran of the Silent Hill series, I originally bought the first title on Playstation, and was instantly hooked on this eerie third installment.
Having played all the other titles, including Silent Hill 4, I had skipped this one strangely enough. It had been very difficult to find in any games store, the recent movie attracting many more fans to the survival horror genre, and the only copy I found was a disk without a case (for sale for $30- I had bought the fourth one brand new for $26!!).
However I found this excellent copy on ebay, which was also advertised for a great price. I snatched it up right away, wanting to complete the series, and although I have not made it that far in the game so far, it has been impressing.
The same fearful atmosphere that many Silent Hill gamers are familiar with is still apparent, and I guarantee many of you will be shaking as you turn into dark narrow corridors with your transistor radio going haywire with white noise. The gameplay is very good, and an even more fearsome array of monsters are now introduced. Expect to see fetus chicken walkers, and the fearsome Mandarins beasts to bring a whole new level of heart pounding action.
The levels are also new and interesting, a mall begins the game, and fans of the series will see the frequent images nodding towards the first games sinister attachment to this one. The soundtrack is also very good, with a sound track included in some copies of the game, and of course the horrific noises of the monsters which is bordering on aural torture (which goes really well with the game ;) ).
However Silent Hill 3 is not without its flaws. The camera angle is sometimes a problem which i was well aware of before I bought the game. It sometimes flails around wildly, and when you're fighting agile dogs with a pistol and a few rounds of ammo, this isnt a good thing. Also the plot is somewhat linear, more so than the previous titles, although I wont complain about how bizarre the plot line is, since I've gotten used to that since I finished the first game.
Overall, Silent Hill is a very good game, and I recommend it to fans of the series. So far I have only made it to the subway, but the bizare plot is only beginning to unfold. There are a few faults but I wont hold them agaisnt the game, and the puzzles and riddles are as devilish as ever. I advise getting it now, before all the copies are taken !
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
The continuation of Silent Hill 1, and a great one
I am not much of a horror genre fan of video games at first. On several occasions I did play Resident Evil, but I tended to stay away from horror games because the concept never touched me.
Until I played the Silent Hill games, that is. I became a fan of them. When Silent Hill 1, the very first game came out on PS1, I was sort of fixed on it. Yes, the graphics were sort of choppy, but I never really think about graphics in a game, I think about the storyline, and the theme. The game stars a ordinary guy named Harry Mason, looking for his daughter Cheryl. They were both involved in a car accident which then stumbles you into a not so ordinary town called Silent Hill.
The idea or theme of Silent Hill however brings you to many ideas, such as cults, alot about the bible, and the occult, as well as many themes about hell. Gruesome creatures come your way, as well as decrepit old buildings falling apart bring the theme to life in making you actually feel like "a hell on earth". The puzzles are great, and can be rather cumbersome at times, but as well as every nook and cranny of Silent Hill, can play tricks on your mind.
The game or games rather will creep you out and at times can trick your mind. I remember one time in Silent Hill 1, I was walking endlessly around town, and all of a sudden in the fog suddenly comes out and attacks you.
Silent Hill 3, like its predecessor Silent Hill 1 follows the theme after Silent Hill 1 in which you take the role of a young girl named Heather. Of those who have played the first one, it will make sense to you. However to those who don't, it is easily understood as you play it. Like all the Silent Hill storylines, it runs into the themes of the occult, and hell. You meet new faces, as well as some weird ones, and some oldies but goodies monsters in the game. The thing that bothered me most is Claudia, the crazy church woman who annoyed me so much.
This game gets even more gruesome as you go deeper and deeper into the storyline. The graphics are much more real, and the rooms are much more detailed, so there is much more blood and gore. I know they wanted to put more flavor into the game, and appeal it to more people, but it only made it more harder for me to know where to go, because in most cases every place looked the same.
The maps in the game get harder and harder. They follow the idea of Silent Hill 2 in which in most cases, the main character was drawing the map as he went along. It seems like you will see that alot from now on in the following games.
The characters emotions and feelings are much more expressed in this game. You will either love them or hate them. I sort of was annoyed at Heather at first in the game, but I grew to understand her in the game. Douglas was sort of a weak character though, he wasn't much help, although adding him made it go along with the story.
Alot of running in some parts of the game, you will see some mascots in the game like the bloody bunny, and our favorite nurses of Silent Hill. The buildings from the first game are added, as well as areas that are familiar to you, and places in which you have not seen.
So as I said, it has changed my views about horror games, but I am a fan of Silent Hill. I am hoping that the 5th game, will bring out the storyline some more.
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i rarely play this game because my room is very dark and this game scares the CRAP out of me.
the first time i played it i was high and i almost cried it was so scary.
i havent cried from fright since i was 7. so thats gotta tell you something.
you play as heather morris, the adopted daughter of harry from the original silent hill. you start out in one of the creepiest damn amusements parks ive ever seen. from there, you have to bear the onslaught of the warped, demented monsters. be wary of every door you enter, because you never know whats behind it. ive jumped out of my seat (and nearly my skin) many times. this is NOT a game for the kiddies. unless they want to be scarred for the rest of their lives.
the graphics in this game are AMAZING. the lighting and shadow effects are stellar. the detail in all the gruesome environments almost turns your stomach sometimes. the creatures look extremely grotesque, and quite disturbing. the places you visit are all very well rendered, giving you quite a forboding feeling.
the soundtrack adds an eerie feeling throughout, perfectly complimenting the hellish surroundings with your footsteps echoing down long corridors, monsters making monsterly sounds...
the controls rock, with a very rarely seen choice between 2D & 3D controls. the rest is pretty much the same as in the other games.
you get a much more capable arsenal this time around, with a katana sword, submachine gun, and other assorted weaponry.
to sum it up, you need this game. you need it bad.
if you find it in a story, dont hesitate. BUY IT. i paid 30 bucks for mine at electronics boutique. dont count on getting it on ebay. people are rabid for this game.
TWO BONGS UP!!!!!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
this game is eternal.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
in the late 1990s when survival horror games hit their zenith, the equal blend of horrific stories, creative monsters and a newly imbued cinematic flair gave gamers a new thrill -- A chilling, occasionally shocking scare. While Capcom's Resident Evil provided shock and suspense, Konami's Silent Hill provided an eerie, surreal and disturbing sense of fright, one designed in the H.P. Lovecraftian style rather than in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein fashion.
Over the years, survival horror games have shown little growth in play mechanics and formula, and the Resident Evil series, to my dismay, has grown less and less frightening with each new iteration. Silent Hill 2, the PS2 follow-up to the first PS one title, provided a few band-aids here and there but essentially continued the series as it started. It remained an absolutely frightening, dreamlike and oftentimes obscure game, which usually only made only the slightest amount of sense.
Silent Hill 3 is a direct sequel to the first game, which explains a little more about Silent Hill 2's story, and follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with many new things: Storyline, monsters, and an entirely new set of characters. Quite honestly, for those who didn't like the first two, there isn't much here for you. It controls essentially the same as before, it flows with the same slowly unraveling storyline, it looks almost exactly like Silent Hill 2, and it's bizarre, dark and packed with psycho-sexual monsters, nurses, dogs and mannequins, and it's filled with lots of dark hallways. And there's a lot less fog.
However, despite all of the unchanged elements, Silent Hill 3 is still incredibly frightening and alarmingly addictive. Although a shorter game than before, it's well worth getting for the story and the chill of terror alone. Again, those tired of survival-horror and the familiar formula might disagree, but I love this game.