Submitted by Cam977 575d ago | opinion piece

Silent Hill: From Best To Worst

CGUK writes:
"Since the franchise's inception in late 1999, the Silent Hill franchise has struck gold by serving players with a sweet blend of storyline and gameplay features in order to create an engaging, immersive atmosphere for the player to enjoy. Although similar to its closest competitor of the time, Resident Evil, Silent Hill had an edge over Resident Evil as it an injected an essence of pure fear into a standard adventure game rather than short-lived "jump scares" as was done in Resident Evil. The result? One of gaming's most iconic franchises that has seen multiple follow-ups, spin-offs, comics and even two films which were poorly rated by many reviewers. In true CGUK style we embark on a journey not only to order this franchise from best to worst, but to identify why each game deserves the spot in which it has been placed. We invite you to sit back, turn down the lights and follow us as we trek through one of gaming's scariest franchises! Enjoy." (PC, PS3, Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill HD Collection, Silent Hill: Downpour, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Xbox 360)

yugovega  +   575d ago
shattered memories should be 3rd. so much better then people give it credit for. silent hill 4 should be the bottom in my opinion.
j-blaze  +   575d ago
so much hate for SH4..it was for me the second best game in the series
Pozzle  +   575d ago
I don't get the hate for SH4 either. Yeah, the backtracking sucked, the lack of bosses sucked, and the escort mission sucked.
But apart from that, I thought it was a decent Silent Hill game. The atmosphere was still very creepy and Silent Hill-y, it was cool learning more about Walter Sullivan (even if it did contradict a few things from previous games), and I liked seeing how Silent Hill's corruption was spreading to nearby towns. If Team Silent hadn't disbanded, it would have been interesting to see what they had planned for future games. They said in interviews that they wanted the corruption of Silent Hill's otherworld to continue spreading through other towns.

Am I missing something? What makes SH4 soooo much worse than mindless dreck like Homecoming? Why do people hate Silent Hill 4 for being so "different" than the previous games, but don't have a problem with Shattered Memories, Downpour and Origins being barely like the original games at all.
Klonopin  +   575d ago
I'll take Silent Hill 4 any day of the week over any of the garbage released after Team Silent.
guitarded77  +   575d ago
Glad to see Downpour at least toward the upper-mid range. Really an underrated game of this gen. It had technical issues at launch, but the patch fixed them for the most part. There were some good scary moments in the game.
I personally think that Silent Hill 2 and 3 are evenly matched. I think they are both brilliant psychological horror games with an extreme amount of depth to them. I feel that they are as frightening as any of the most elite horror films of the 20th and so far 21st century. They require intelligence to delve adequately into there story's and grasp the deeper meanings behind everything. Pure genius I say.
adorie  +   575d ago
Here is my order in simplified form:
1,2,3, SM, HC, DP,Origins.
(best to worst)
Plagasx  +   575d ago
Silent Hill 2 and 3 will always be my favorite.

Really a shame another great Survival Horror franchise gets lost...
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ANIALATOR136  +   575d ago
would be great if the chaps at kojima productions revived it. Putting it back in japanese hands with the fox engine
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This is what I hope one of the surprises is at at the Konami pre E3 event on the 6th.
ANIALATOR136  +   575d ago
Totally forgot about that. That would be amazing if a new Silent Hill was unveiled. It's unlikely but Fingers crossed :)
I don't thing its that unlikely at all. I think its just as likely as anything else. Kojima said at one point that He wanted a Silent Hill game to be made with the Fox Engine and that he would not be the one to direct it. So this tells me that its more likely than anything else to be shown to us. Although a next gen ZOE game is supposed to be made with the Fox Engine as well. There is room for more than one surprise :)
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   575d ago
Silent Hill IV gets way too much crap in my opinion. Yeah it started as a different game and what not but

- The original scenario and well thought out story (from just a newsclip in Silent Hill II no less).
- Great lead characters and awesome antagonist whose personalities are perfectly conveyed through the environment and music itself.
- Revamped "ring" melee system offered more control in combat.
- Awesome enemy designs.
- New "invasion" concept.
- Limited Inventory

To me the only real glaring flaws for the game were:

- Unneeded Lock-on,
- Lack of end-game content compared to it's previous installments.
- Needed more enemy types.

This game got the Resident Evil Outbreak treatment where alot of people hated on the game without actually checking under the hood and giving it a fair critique. Am I saying it's the best Silent Hill, no but VERY far from the worst. Am I saying that new Silent Hill should have the same infrastructure, again I say no because each installment supposed to be an individual's nightmare tailored specifically for the protagonist's inner demons (however I would love to see the "Ring System" for combat be improved in a later installment.)

In closing, it pretty much has the DNA of every canon entry of the series but had the flaw of just being smothered under Silent Hill II's shadow which makes me truly wish that it was released before it.
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ANIALATOR136  +   575d ago
the only bad enemy design were the enemies that burped when you hit them. Dont know what akira yamaoka was thinking there
fsfsxii  +   575d ago
Silent Hill 2 is one of my favorite games of all time
BABY-JEDI  +   575d ago
Me too. It gave me nightmares LoL

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