Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Silent Hill: Review
OK! I love the Silent Hill games, 1, 2, 3, 4, They were all great games, But Komani has disappointed me in the last couple of Silent Hill games. Silent Hill (one) was great it was the best Horror game to come to date in 99' Silent Hill 2 was the best by far, the atmospheric music, the incredible story line, and going through the mind of James. Silent Hill 3, was another great game, figuring out Heathers past, when she ended up through the nightmare of Silent Hill. Silent Hill 4: The Room, It was a good game to team Silents' ending. the story line was good. Now!!! Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, I was so excited when the game first came out, i rushed to Gamestop to buy it, I was like "Yeah! a re-make of a classic" but sadly i was very disappointed, I popped it in to my PS3(60gb) played through the first 30 minutes of it, and started to fall asleep. Silent Hill Shattered Memories was more like Tylenol pm mixed with Nyquil. Silent Hill lost it's Horror Feeling... Lame!!!
from a first time silent hill player
since this is my first silent hill game, i would have to say it was decent. though its definitely not worth the $30. wait for the price to drop if you want to play it. personally, i thought this game was way too short. i probably finished it in 5 hours or less. the challenge was not anything special. the puzzles weren't hard at all, mostly things that a 12 year old could come up with. the storyline, however, is phenomenal. it played out like a movie, and kept me hooked throughout. the ice world and semi-scary chase scenes added to the greatness of the storyline, but overall it was great. i wont spoil, but the ending was a real shocker if you haven heard much about the game. i was really amazed towards the end of the game. get this game if your in for the storyline, music, and creepiness. its not scary, and its not action packed, but its a good enough game that i will probably play it through a couple more times. buy it USED.
From a Die Hard Silent Hill Fan
I have played and finished every silent hill game... seven to date including shattered memories. I love the franchise and each game. When I first heard that Shattered Memories was going to be a "re-imagining" of the original I wasn't too exited. I thought remake, and the original is an exellent game that doesn't need a remake. However I was mistaken, Shattered Memories uses the character names and the prospect of a father looking for his daughter in a town called silent hill after a car crash. That's it, everything else is different. It IS a new game. You will not be able to predict the events because you have played the others. The story is fresh and the characters are both intriguing and realistic. The game has a good flow to the action and the story. There is no combat in this installment. There are no "bosses" And the puzzle solving is... different. What happens is that the world freezes, and these creatures that cannot be fought or killed appear and try to kill you. You must run away, if they grab you you must throw them off. That's the limit of the interaction you have with these creatures. However the chase is challenging (at least for me). You can easily get disorientated in the ice world because ice will close off certain areas and open new ones, so the map really isn't useful. The puzzle solving in this game is very interesting. I wouldn't necessarily say it's challenging... but it is fun and some of them will make you think. However there are other that some people will think is stupid. They often deal with the cell phone and listening to voice mails. Others deal with calling a particular number to get info on how to proceed and yet other have to deal with hunting for objects, mostly keys. Keys are usually in the room you need them in, However some of them are not particularly obvious and yet other you will find before you realize you need them. The graphics and engine are exellent for a ps2 game, but I guess not that great compared to current gen games. The voice acting is superb, and the music is the best in the series in my opinion. Akira Yamaoka has done the music for every silent hill game and even the movie, he is a genius and has truly outdone himself here. There is also a new psychological element, you will periodically be assessed by a psychologist who will ask you questions. You will also be required to complete little exercises. You answers and solutions will determine some of what happens in the game and of course in true silent hill tradition which ending you will get (and yes there is an exellent ufo ending with a surprising and hilarious guest appearance that every true fan will laugh at). I'm sure some of you reading this have heard of the game adapting to you and so-on, This is true and I think it does a great job of this, however it does not make the game scarier. It will adapt the character harry mason to be more like you and the other characters change as well to reflect your personality along with dialog and the ending. Shattered memories is not really scary or graphic. It's creepy, atmospheric, and psychological with a great story and amazing music. All-in all, this is my favorite silent hill game. It is so very unique in what it does. And the ending (of which there are many) totally caught me by surprise. I would totally recommend this game to every silent hill fan, and fans of the survival horror genre. Or evan those who like a really good psychological thriller. You don't need to have played the other games in the franchise to play this one, so don't let that deter you from trying out such a unique game.
Best Survival Horror Yet!
Shattered Memories is an amazing game on so many levels. Just for the record this is a very different game from your typical Silent Hill game. The one main difference is that there are no weapons in this game. That's right no weapons. All you have to work with is a flashlight and a cell phone. So if/when an enemy jumps on you all you can do is shake them off and keep running. It sounds very strange but it works great. It makes you feel very fragile when you can't fight back. The controls for this game work beautifully. I had no issues at anytime while playing. They were very responsive and felt comfortable. The production value of Shattered Memories are very high. The graphics look great! There aren't even to many jagged edges in the game. The voice acting and music are all top notch. The voice actors give a strong performance, and the music sets the tone for every scene. This game also has an amazing story. One of the best parts about it is the therapist who analyzes you throughout the game. He will ask you questions, and depending on your answers the game will change. In theory the game works to give you the best experience taylored to your liking. Also you could go back and change your answers in a different play through to get a different experience. I would reccomend this game to anyone who loves survival horror, or just a great story.
Let me first start by explaining how Shattered Memories is played. First of all, unlike previous silent hill games, there is no inventory. Why? Because you will never have to carry anything for further than two rooms, and you will never need to carry more than one item at a time. This is mainly due to the fact that there are no puzzles. There are moments where a 12 year old might have to think for a few seconds, but nothing that one quick stroll around the room wont solve. Most answers will literally be written on the wall 3 feet from you. Also, since not many objects are interactive (be it movable, open-able, pick-up-able etc.) anything that you can interact with has a huge white arrow pointing at it to make sure that you cant miss it, taking what little difficulty this game had and crushing it. Second, unlike other SH games, there are no weapons. This is because there are no enemies to fight. When you go to the "nightmare world", there is one enemy type everywhere and all you can do is run until it switches back to normal SH and they're gone again. With no ammo to find, enemies to kill, or puzzles to solve, you may wonder what actually happens in this game. Well its pretty simple; nothing. You pretty much just walk around either following characters to their homes, or to where ever the map points you to until its done. Along the way, you can collect "memorabilia" which does nothing, call phone numbers you see around town which just gives you a weird phone message, and take pictures with your camera phone of static to see hidden images, but this is all just filler because none of it changes anything. Every once in a while, you will be pulled from the game to a therapists office where a meaningless character asks you to color a picture or build your fantasy school schedule. Yes, those are real examples, that's how uninteresting they are. These were meant to "analyze you to make the game more customized to you" however if they change anything at all, I couldn't tell. Since there is clearly no game play involved, one would assume it either had amazing graphics or an amazing storyline to hold it up. Sadly it has neither of these. The graphics look like a launch ps2 title which is pathetic, even for a Wii port, and the story is so lacking that I'm not even sure if there is one. The final straw of this horrible game is that its not even scary. I wouldn't expect it to give nightmares, or make me scream, but the previous SH games were at least creepy. They had an awesome atmosphere that always made you watch your back, and you constantly had this lurking fear that something was going to jump out at you. With no enemies to jump out, and nothing scary in the scenery at all, it just seemed like a normal town with fog issues. Even the "nightmare world" is bland, unchanging, and unimaginative; its just a frozen version of the town. No more wire cages or blood covered spikes or creepy, inhuman looking carcasses, just ice. In the end, this game really just felt like "my first horror game" for children. Just enough "spooky" things to make the kiddies feel like it was scary and they were brave, and nothing too hard so they don't get frustrated. If you liked the previous SH games, stay away as this will only make you feel bad for the series as it dies its horrible death.
Luigi's Mansion for PS2
I'm a newcomer to Silent Hill and this is the first of the series that I have played. I didn't expect anything good, but I was prooved wrong. The game is kind of like Luigi's Mansion(Every time you press X Harry calls for Cheryl), looking around finding clues, but when it comes to fighting, you're no better off than Professor E. Gad. This game is more of a puzzle and challenge game than it is about fighting monsters, but I think that's the entire point. From what I heard, this is a Re-Imagining of the original and most of the fans did not like it. Since I am new to SH I just enjoyed it. The game is pretty fun and you get a rewarding feeling after every puzzle you solve. When everything freezes over, I'm scared. The Nightmare segment of the game involves you running for your sweet old life from hell's demons. It got repetitive after a while, but then it got real hard, real fast. What I especially like about this game is the psychological feel of it. The psychiatrist at the beginning sets a creepy tone to the game, and you must find out yourself who you really are. This game plays you more than you play it.
Awseome Silent Hill ROCKS
I cant wait for this to come out next next week for me and i am so excited i know i wont be dissapointed because well... its SILENT HILL
SH: Shattered Memories for the ps2
I am soooo elated that this game is coming to the PS2 platform. I am totally excited to play this game, I can't WAIT!!! lol anyways, I am glad that there is a wait at all. I have to prepare myself to be scared the pants off of. Will I be able to sleep nights? ha ha Let the horror of Silent Hill continue, 1/19/10, it shall begin...
the wii version is out so great of konami to realease it on the playstation probably gonna give it more of a challenge then the wii version cause i read on the wii version is to easy so at least konami made this price cheaper so ppl dont have to waste buying it again
I LOVE all the SH games and was happy to see that the PS2 was going to bring this game out. I can't wait for its release and I'm sure it will not disappoint. Long live SH and its makers.