There’s always a room for improvement – that’s what the Silent Hill franchise has followed when then developed their latest creation – Silent Hill HD Collection. If the earlier sequels of Silent Hill were extraordinarily special, the latest version is stupendously awesome – to say the least! Not only the visual effects have been enhanced, the scale of horror, the voice over, the background music – all have accumulated to create a horror game which does a true justice to its genre. It is indeed what a horror game should be or may be a bit further ahead of that.
In creating this cauldron of timeless horror, Konami in association with Hijinx Studios has challenged the psyche of the most fearless gamer and has taught him a lesson or two –not to play a horror game with one hand on hips.
The makers have purposefully changed and eroded certain portions – perhaps to support the fact that everything changes with time but that has added a dimension so eerie that it leaves you wondering what will come next as you move from one level to another solving the bloody mystery that looms large on you.
But the game is not a cake walk – in the contrary it’s something that will give you some old jitters that will make you think why the hell in the world the control schemes does not go by the camera or why one bloody fight leads you to another just when you were gasping for breath and why the makers had to create such a weird world full of blood and fright with your views being restricted thereby adding to your woes.
You may also curse the makers for designing such difficult navigation coupled with equally frustrating combat and escape sequences. Then there are semi dark set ups, with weird sounds emanating from virtually nowhere thus augmenting your sense of apprehension and fear. You can definitely complain, but that will hardly help. If you are playing the game, that will be it. That’s the way things go here. If you are not matured enough to face the music leave it right there. You are not fit for all these stuffs – the jump-scares which are generated by players with the atmosphere, the sense of horror, the sequences that are designed make you whine rather than yelp. It’s worth braving certain trivial inconveniences to enjoy this otherwise implausible game that will surely leave you drained out at the end of everything
You play the role of James Sunderland, the protagonist who is desperately looking for his wife in a small town called Silent Hill. She died years back though a letter written recently stated that she is alive. This sets the tone of the horrifying saga and as the hapless guy starts his mission around, he comes across various characters that are looking for missing presence of their own selves and are as scared as James. Sunderland faces dreadful monsters in appalling hallways, each of which stands as a powerful symbol.
Official Website of the game: http://www.konami.com/games/silenthillhd/