Mark B writes:
"Okay, so, I’m going to talk about the demo, and I know we’re getting the demo in a few days, but I’m impatient, so I wanted to grab the European demo in advance. Do you folks KNOW what is involved in getting a European account set up on your Vita? I had to go to the store, buy a second memory card for my Vita, wipe the settings on the handheld, unregister it from my old PSN account, put in the new memory card, and configure it for the EU account, just to download a damn demo. I am by no means a polite Sony supporter by any means and I’m certainly happier that they offer the option at all in comparison to their competitors but Jesus Christ guys could you make this any more draconian?
Anyway, so, Europe received a demo of Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Konami’s upcoming Diablo-esque Vita release in the series, and to call the game a surprise is a mild statement, at best. Silent Hill as a series has been more about aesthetics and psychological terror over action… or it was as until Homecoming anyway… so seeing a game that completely passes the subtleties of the series aside in favor of hacking things to death is interesting, if nothing else. Building a multiplayer component into the game on top of this is also interesting, as Silent Hill has generally steered toward using loneliness and untrustworthy human interactions as a method of getting its themes across, with minimal allies involved, so having four player parties seems to stray from that. Still, with the right concepts in place one could make such a game thematically agreeable to the franchise, and lord knows it wouldn’t take much for Book of Memories to be better than the last four games, so let’s take a look at the demo and see how things are going."