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In the late 1990s, horror games were on the rise. The hardware capabilities of Sony’s PlayStation enabled developers to craft immersive 3D experiences that married the atmosphere and shock of Hollywood’s most terrifying pictures with the agency of games – and players couldn’t get enough of them.
Among these titles was a twisted, yet comparatively demure experience called Silent Hill. Developed by a motley crew of talented Konami employees, Silent Hill flipped contemporary horror game tropes on their head, casting the player as an everyman in search of his daughter in a fog-enshrouded town. The game would be well received, and followed up by three sequels on the PlayStation 2 that would catapult the Silent Hill name into horror gaming stardom.
However, shifting interests within Konami would lead the Japanese company to disband the team that developed these early titles, and outsource all future games in the series to studios in Europe and America. While this move would produce some genuine highlights, mixed efforts and a lack of care on Konami’s part would result in Silent Hill gradually becoming a shell of its former self; a legend brimming with potential that always seemed to fall short of its glory days through some issue or another.
This is the rise and fall of Silent Hill.
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Honestly, Climax was just about the worst thing that happened to this series (well, aside from Konami killing Silent Hills). Origins was boring and clunky, downpour was a technical mess with horrible combat, and the nintendo exclusive sucked imo.
Necesitamos una nueva generación que sepa brindarnos la esencia de Silent Hill, respetando lo que hizo grande al Team Silent, pero sin dejar de innovar en nuevos conceptos. En otras palabras, un survival horror con un giro de tuerca.
Am I the only one that got annoyed by the way this was compared with resident evil? Both franchises are amazing, both slowly increase the tension and are amazing scary games, the commentator made it sound like resident evil relied on cheap scares and your character in re1-3 had superhuman powers
Silent Hill 4 is the best game in the series, hands down. I've no idea why so many think it's the worst. I guess they just didn't like how it tried something a bit different. All I know is it was the scariest game for me.
The demo for silent hills was portraying a great game with great visuals plus the mistery of the first 4 games. I do not know why the kept pushing a more action game when the audience was praising the psych of the game and not as an action game
ill never foget the time i played the 2nd one and i opened a door to go into a hallway.. i saw a body/shadow and aimed and shot them....it was maria... the woman that follows you for a period of time. i shot her cuz she scared the shit out me cuz my nerves were already high with this game. game over.
ahh the outsourcing-problem again. The other day I read about the reasons why Austrian game studios went downhill (there was one which used to be pretty good with the Anno-game series). It's never a good idea to outsource and give your IPs to other studios and people, because they are NOT you and therefore have little idea what is going on in your head/Imagination. You can tell them the story you have in plans. But how the story unfolds, how it feels, the atmosphere.... you just sometimes can't describe those things in detail. What a shame.
"In My Restless dreams, I see that town. SILENT HILL"
What great memories this game has left me with. Starting with SH1 which I played when I was in high school 1999. Then SH2 was the first game to play in my brand new PS2 :D that was followed by SH3 when I was in college. That's also when I played SH4 the room which I actually liked. I didn't know back then what all the negative reviews were about but that game did actually put me in a different type of psychological nightmares lol. To be honest, even though I played Homecoming and Downpour, I still don't have any memories with these two what's so ever. Those western studios got the concept completely wrong.
I'm 34 now and can't believe that it's been 20 years since I first played this unforgettable game franchise :(
it's sad it's 2018 and there are alot more Rise and Fall stories to be made then I'm willing to admit :( saddens me to watch these videos but... I'd rather have GVMERS cover these stories then anyone else it's hard to watch how a franchise started and years later died :(
I never got into the Silent Hill games because I was always playing Resident Evil. I played Silent Hill 2, but I thought it was boring and senseless. I can see why this series didn't get popular like Resident Evil.
I played and finished both silent hill 1 & 2 on my own with my PC, I also tried 3 but i couldnt finish it for the life of me, that shit was too scary man ! particularly the music, I ended up watching a speedrun after I uninstalled it
Almost half this video covers content released after Resident Evil 4 and doesn't even come close to being as good. RE4 is pretty hard to stand up to as it was one of the best games released in the early 2000s but why not give up if you can't even get something close to as good as it was several years later?
Silent Hill 1 = never played
Silent Hill 2 = people say its the best
Silent Hill 3 = played it to late
Silent Hill The Room = Biggest Fail ever are the immortal Enemys
Silent Hill Shattered Memories = The Best Ever
Silent Hill Homecoming = was cool
the other Titles = i dont know and never played them
why the fuck are you talking shit about Resident Evil? First off there's only like 4 or 5 jump scares throughout any of the first few games, it's the tension of being short on supplies and outnumbered that RE relies on, talking shit about another series just because you prefer another is what shit reviewers do
Legendary franchises such as silent Hill, metal gear and Castlevania and legendary teams like team silent and kojima productions all killed by Konami. The best thing that could happen was to Konami bankrupt so Sony or a real gaming company could buy and ressurect they're franchises. I don't get it Konami have all this epic franchises to do nothing with it, or worse do pachinkos...
My son is the gamer in the family. When he got his ps1 in 1998, of course he got games meant for kids. I picked up RE2 for myself. A few months later I picked up Silent Hill. I have never enjoyed any other games like those two. Maybe it was the novelty. But they were both so well done. And the music in Silent Hill 1 and 2 was absolutely perfect.
SH1 is my favorite game of all time, and SH3 is the scariest.
Fuckonami, you killed the series, do you know about this?
P.s. SH3 always like more than SH2, but these both games are one of my favorites, lol
Once Konami was one of the best studios out there. That was a long time ago. If there is ever to be another game they need to hand the title over to someone else. And not a half-wit studio that will do another lacklustre action game.
I still don't think there's a game today that captures the same feelings as Silent Hill did... either theres too much action... lack of riddles... badly made monsters etc. This was unique!! I miss this series!!! Evil within is close in Some parts .., but not really the same!!
BRING BACK SILENT HILL!!!
The silent hill franchise has always produced so many emotions in me that made me fall in love with the series
This video did the same thing but it made me hate the company that killed the silent hill Franchise...
I was born in 83 and I'll tell you this from the age of 5 when I played my first games in the Commodore 64 and then Amiga 1200. I then moved onto the Master System 1 and 2, NES, Mega Drive SNES and so on and the early days of the Master System where my best. Followed by the PlayStation and Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 have to be the best of gaming ever from. PlayStation 3 onward I don't think I've had that same experience
I'd be happy if a capable indie team would produce a real Silent Hill experience even without carrying the name: great atmosphere, great music and strong emotional center. Doesn't need to look or run like AAA (probably better off without it, as AAA studios are hamstrung by terrible market condition and overblown sales expectations)
Why couldn't they make more? This makes me sad because I haven't played them before and I love horror theme stuff. But I'm a huge fan of their movies. Silent Hill revelation is my foavorite from this franchise.
I'm not mad that hijinks didn't do silent hill 2 and 3 proud. That's a FUCKING HIGH BAR. As someone who has played every version of 2 and three available. I'm fucking angry that they did it dirty. Dirty as hell. At BARE butt fucking minimum, they should've extracted the original audio, instead of redoing it all. And with the sheer ease of that they could've spent more of their time and budget on the aforementioned shortcomings of the rereleases. But no. No such luck. They defiled two classics to the point that anyone who knows better actively warns people away from the rerelease. That's sad. That's literally screwing up something that was ALREADY FINISHED.
It's like Kmart: You start out as a great, new idea; unlike anyone else. You offer something fresh that no one else has. You wow your customer with an unique and engaging experience. You give that customer a great reason to come back again for more. But over time, your company vision starts to fade; especially after your original staff and ultimately owners leave the team. You get cocky and rusty and forget your original mission. Like Kmart, they forgot their original mission drive and just end up pissing everyone off now.
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