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  • through.the.key.hole - September 4, 2014 7:18 p.m.

    ***Sorry Shattered Memories is NO WAY "one" of the best of the series.
  • through.the.key.hole - September 4, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    Shattered Memories is NO WAY the best of the series! I appreciate that they tried something new for that game but it just doesn't feel like a Silent Hill game. The biggest problem with Shattered Memories is that it's NOT SCARY. There are some cool things about it but there is never a moment where you get that feeling of just absolute horror. And when I say horror I mean that intense feeling of dread and tension that is the perfect mix of disgust and straight up what the F@$K that only Silent Hill can deliver. Pretty much in Shattered Memories you figure out the formula really quick that when the world isn't covered in ice you don't really have to worry about what is going to be around the corner or behind that next door. And when the world does turn into ice you have to move so fast that instead of experiencing any type of fear you get frustrated and annoyed with everything that is happening. And it really pisses me off how so many "critics" praise Shattered Memories and totally disregard/bash Silent Hill: Downpour. (I'm glad you included Downpour in this article and give it respect.) I'm on board with this whole article other than the Shattered Memories praise. Overall great read!
  • Earthbound_X - September 5, 2014 3:40 a.m.

    Sounds like we have the same idea @through.the.key.hole. I made my second comment before reading yours. I also loved Downpour, I know I'm in the minority, but it's one of my favorites of the entire series. Here's to the new SH game!
  • boxcar44 - September 5, 2014 4:54 a.m.

    Not in the minority. I actually rated silent hill downpour as a top 5 horror game for last gen systems. Its a great game with a great story. Just clunky combat and uninspired enemies.
  • through.the.key.hole - September 5, 2014 6:19 a.m.

    The combat is a little clunky but I never got really annoyed with it. I think the combat on Silent Hill 1 through 4 is terrible. But it adds to the horror. Downpour could have had better combat because it's a newer game then people would freak out that it was more action oriented like Homecoming. I think Downpour feels like a natural progression of the Silent Hill series and it gets so many things right... which really makes me wonder why the monsters are so lack luster. It seems like that would be the funnest part of the development process! The boogeyman character is the most interesting but it's a guy in a trench coat and a gas mask. So generic!!!
  • boxcar44 - September 5, 2014 6:39 a.m.

    I think the combat for Silent Hll 1-4 was just a thing of its time. Downpour being the latest Silent Hill (aside from book of memories) should of found a balance between having solid combat but not overdoing it like Homecoming. Yeah the monsters were just so 'meh', except for the women with claws and creepy faces, those were scary. But overall the game was really neat and a worth entry in the franchise.
  • through.the.key.hole - September 5, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    I liked the weird sex doll thing that would have the ghost things you could only see in the UV light the best... but they didn't seem to fit to Murphy's psychology at all. You know just like the rest of the monsters in Downpour.
  • boxcar44 - September 5, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    Yeah it is tough to distinguish between the monsters and how they fit in with Murphy's psyche. The screaming lady I think represents the his ex-wife and the prisoners are pretty straightforward. The weeping bats and Dolls are kinda out there, and I honestly don't see where they fit?
  • through.the.key.hole - September 5, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    Yeah the weeping bat is really bland and not scary at all. I hate watching them walk around.
  • boxcar44 - September 5, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    So I found something interesting that describes the relationship between the dolls and Murphy. objects, people, and things we take for granted don't actually exist as we see them. In fact, they are merely shadows flickering through the empty canvas of the human subconscious." Based on this information, the Dolls are most likely manifestations of Murphy's inability to cope with the loss of his son, Charlie Pendleton. The Shadows deceive Murphy by distracting him from the real threat, which is the Doll herself. In this case, the Doll's corporeal body represents Murphy's grief over the loss of his son, while the Shadows represent Murphy's vengeful impulses towards his son's killer, Patrick Napier. His longing for revenge distracts him from addressing his grief directly and ultimately letting go of his anger and guilt. Murphy believes that by killing Napier (the Shadow) he will find peace, but instead he remains plagued by feelings of grief and responsibility afterward by failing to look inside himself for forgiveness (the Doll).
  • through.the.key.hole - September 5, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Yeah I think you can really see they put a lot of thought into the town in Downpour.... and I like that the design is very similar to Silent Hill 1 and 2 with all the buildings and streets and what not. One of my favorite things about downpour though is the really dynamic other world sequences. Those areas were really amazing and trippy. I think the jail area goes on a little too long personally and I don't like the mine/cave area at the beginning. I also thought the side quests were a really awesome addition to the silent hill world! The one with the record player you play backwards is terrifying!!!
  • boxcar44 - September 5, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    The town and atmosphere was great in downpour. The chase sequences got old after awhile though.
  • through.the.key.hole - September 5, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Yeah the red light sequences are frustrating. I hate how it slows down on you and he is screaming.
  • Earthbound_X - September 4, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    I feel Shattered Memories is the worst game in the series myself. As a game on it's own, it's decent, but it just doesn't feel like a Silent Hill game to me.
  • through.the.key.hole - September 4, 2014 7:22 p.m.

    Totally agree!
  • ObliqueZombie - September 4, 2014 9:01 p.m.

    I've seen that phrase a lot these days. "Doesn't feel like Silent Hill." What does that mean, exactly? Every game to me sounds different from another in fairly drastic ways.
  • through.the.key.hole - September 4, 2014 9:51 p.m.

    It probably means something different to everybody and there probably isn't a right answer but I think Silent Hill has certain components that make up the mood of the series. So to me it's the dark/sinister atmosphere of the town. The feeling of isolation. Monsters that are symbolic of the main protagonist/main characters of the game. Thought provoking puzzles and the alternate "hell" versions of areas in the games. Shattered Memories has a lot of these components but I don't think it obtains that gritty disturbing horror the original games have and the later games in the series have. Does that make sense?
  • Earthbound_X - September 5, 2014 3:38 a.m.

    There's no dread in SM, none at all. Because you know when you are safe, there's never any danger, except for the chase sequences. Other SH games at least had me on edge most of the time, but not SM, because you cannot be harmed or killed, except for the chases, and you will know that. The feeling of safeness, is not a good thing for a SH game.
  • boxcar44 - September 5, 2014 6:40 a.m.

    I couldn't get into Shattered Memories, It got predictable later on. It wasn't nearly as fun as other entries.
  • Xboy016 - September 4, 2014 6:17 a.m.

    I agree that SH 4 was the scariest of the series, though I think that Silent Hills is gonna push it WAY back! Besides, Shattered Memories is the WORST in the series, and don't say it's good because it's the only game you finished easily, okay? ;) Took me 3 years to finish Origins, I have used no guide. 2 Years and yet I have never finished SH 4, though I used guides. 1 Year to finish Silent Hill 3 Same as 3 to finish SH 1, no guides for both. And... well... 1 Day to finish Shattered Memories, no hard puzzles at all, just a bad version of the Olympics.

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