Silent Hill: Book of Memories
I bought this game thinking it was gonna be really cool like all the other Silent Hill games, but I was very let down. First off it's extremely repetitive and gets boring really fast, second it's pretty much just a dungeon type game with a stage camera view and the same monsters in every room of every level just about, making it really monotonous. Third is the fact that the story(Whatever little to it there is) is not really that interesting. I'm a huge fan of horror type games and have played a good number of the Silent Hill games and I'm sad to say that this one wasn't worth my time or money. It might appeal to some people, but it just didn't ring with me.
Selling a name, not a game.
The series is suffering from a severe case of necrosis, but that won't stop developers from digging it up. The fact that they continues the series after the supposed end in the 3rd installment is proof of this. The game description goes out of it's way to say that it's a departure from the series storyline (Which is convoluted enough by the games after the 4th) and even the gameplay itself is different. Why make it a Silent Hill game then? Sure, the game might be intuitive enough to be playable, but it's not going to live up to hype based on the name and it will flop because of it. Tl;dr: The game departs from the series and will not live up to the hype of the name given. Game will flop, Konami will roll in the money, gamers everywhere will weep for a once good series that's being paraded around town. Buy a PS2 and get the originals guys.
Let's Give It A Chance
I just love when people say a game is going to be terrible whenever it hasn't even been released yet, esepcially when the series is trying something different. I have been playing games for over 25 years, and quite frankly, I look forward to established IPs trying new things. I don't want the same Siloebt Hill game over and over again. I bet if the series carried the name Halo or Call of Duty, these same people that criticize Konami for taking a new direction, would praise their developers. I think playing a Silent Hill dungeon crawl with my friends sounds terrific and has the possibilty of being something great. Unless you have a time machine and have gone into the future and saw this game fail and have actually played the game, keep your negative assumptions to yourself. You have no idea what this game will be like,
This game sucks thank god I bought it used going back tomorrow. Can't believe they even called it silent hill.
This isn't a Silent Hill game. Silent Hill was made to be played in a way that you would actually feel as though you were going throughout the town itself. It's not possible to achieve that level of immersion when you're viewing everything from above. Not to mention that it's multiplayer. Silent Hill was never meant to be a multiplayer, it was meant to be played alone, in the dark, and be the scariest thing you've ever experienced. Combine the fact that this isn't in the usual format of an original Silent Hill game and that its scare factor is greatly reduced because of the fact that you don't get a sense of loneliness and desperation while playing leaves you with a game that only has Silent Hill's name. Not planning on buying this. P.S. Akira Yamaoka didn't even do the music, which is one of the scariest things about these games. Akira is able to create the perfect music to emulate the true level of fear that these games entail. Without Akira's music being heard throughout the gameplay, the gamer will never achieve the sense of fear that they are meant to experience while playing. This game is not a Silent Hill game and does not deserve to be titled as such.
It may be different from any other Silent Hill, but it's still great for what it is! SH fans, need to start looking past the name of the game, all this "it has no right to be named Silent Hill" stuff is really not helpful, it's a dungeon crawler more than anything else, and that's what people need to look at it as, a dungeon crawler. Overall, it's fun and it has kept my interest for now, I'm enjoying the story so far, but I haven't seen much, the graffics could be improved in a couple spots, like the little things lating around in the rooms, they are trivial, but it still bugs me a tad. Anyoe wanting to buy this should, unless you have a pet peeve about the SH thing, you'll probably enjoy the game and the puzzles you do throughout the game.
a fun game that happens to be named silent hill.
i consider myself to be a silent hill fan. i've only played 2, 3, and a little of 4 and downpour, but i think i understand what silent hill is all about. this game is not the silent hill you may be used to. this one's not a survival horror game, it's a dungeon crawler, and that's FINE. nothing bad to say about the graphics. the music and sound effects still resemble previous silent hill's, and arent obnoxious, or annoying. (and isn't that what really matters?) the combat is excellent. simple controls that feel natural, and the touch screen is used in all the good ways, without making you feel like you're just jabbing your finger against the screen. book of memories does focus a little on multiplayer, but it's not neccesary. and playing on you're own doesn't take away anything from the overall experience. just take the game for what it is and have fun.. it's not silent hill 2, but at the core this is still a silent hill game, and if people can appreciate that it breaks away from the path a little little from what we're used to, they won't regret playing it. mario kart isn't super mario bros., but they are both fun to play. and if you can't accept the fact that a non main series handheld game doesn't play exactly like the other silent hills, then don't play it. but i think you would be missing out.
A fun game
I just recently downloaded the demo for Book Of Memories and I can honestly say this game is fun. Many "diehard" Silent Hill fans may stray away from it and say that its not a true Silent Hill game. So what? This game was designed to be a portable multiplayer Silent Hill game and it still retains that whole Silent Hill vibe and contains the theme of Silent Hill. From what I can describe it sort of plays like a dungeon crawler. You start out with a map and go from room to room killing enemies and using your flashlight to find items hidden in rooms. You are tasked with finding puzzle pieces which are than used at the end of the level to solve that levels end puzzle. I haven't played with a friend yet and I doubt you can in the demo and I have only played the first level. I haven't even encountered any bosses but from the list of collectible items and weapons in the game I can tell there's going to be a lot to the game. I think we collectively as gamers tend to forget why we play games in the first place. It's because they're fun. Yes stories do make great games but I don't recall games like Galaga, Pac Man, or even Angry Birds to list something current to have any kind of story to make them fun and addictive. I wouldn't expect any stellar story from Book Of Memories but I will say that this is a fun game and worth the $40.
Sure this is a game that primarily be on a smart phone but I get what they were trying to do.Seems like they didn't want to take to much time to make a full engaging story and wanted to make something quick that could be utilized on the go.Dont get me wrong though I would love a 3rd person silent hill over a top down anyday.Being that the Vita is a new platform it might of been too complicated to learn everything they could do with a full game.However if I were them I wouldve rather got hd versions of the psp silent hills in addition to the new one.Or at the least a mini hd version of silent hill 4 the room....
Better than i thought
This game is not what you will expect when you hear silent hill but that doesn't make it a bad game in fact it uses things from the series history to make it a great game IE the Needlers from SH homecoming have to be attacked from behind or countered and require tact to kill just like in homecoming. The sound is mostly devoid of soundtrack unless something is accomplished but the sound effects are believable and the game play is responsive and addicting. The touch screen was used effectively but without overuse. Its not a 10 but you'll be missing out if you don't at least try the demo.