Parent Talk: This is easy for parents to avoid. In this series, you try to stay alive while all manner of creatures attempt to kill you. It’s also psychologically draining; your children could suffer trauma.
Plays Like: The pre-RE4 Resident Evil games, with the tank controls everyone loves to hate.
Review Basis: Being a Silent Hill up to The Room, I tried both games (PS3 version) in the Collection to see the improvements and changes.
Silent Hill was the most terrifying videogame series out there. Resident Evil used scare tactics to make you jump, but Silent Hill would get in your head and stay there. The first three SHs are particularly frightening, but the franchise has lost its way. When Resident Evil 4 reinvented RE, Silent Hill failed to follow suit, becoming redundant and archaic. Silent Hill HD Collection gives Silent Hill 2 and 3 the HD treatment, and improves the audio to Dolby Digital 5.1 support. If you haven’t played these games, lock yourself in a tiny room, shut off the lights, and prepare for an unforgettable, horrifying trip!
Two of the scariest videogames, plus Born From a Wish (Silent Hill 2’s bonus chapter starring Maria). There are so many moments of dread and uneasiness if you play alone with the lights off. Your heart will pump from start to credits. Are you prepared?
+ Vastly-improved visuals. I compared both games to their originals. The fog has been pushed back significantly, lighting is improved, and the darkness isn’t quite as obstructive. Both games haven’t looked better.
+ New voice acting. It’s a wonderful upgrade! As good as the originals were, the voice work was awful. You can switch between the new and old content to hear the differences.
+ Unaltered plots. James is still looking for his wife, who happens to be dead… and Heather just wants to go home. Both characters come off as normal human beings, which is why SH has always been different.
+/- Really a collection? I don’t count two games as a collection since SH spans way more games. Why didn’t Konami add Shattered Memories and give it the same treatment? That would’ve at least accounted for the trilogy, and The Room would’ve sealed the deal
+/- Same controls. Yes, the tank controls return. I always found them slow and tough to master, but they work. That doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy them though.
+/- Aged puzzles. You may come across some very confusing puzzles, and become frustrated.
– Framerate drops. This is frequent with many enemies onscreen in SH3. It also pops up in 2, but not as often.
Some of the nasty monster designs are even more disgusting now thanks to the HD facelift.
Ideally, Shattered Memories would have been included in this package. As it is, you get two excellent games for an OK price. Current-gen enthusiasts may not appreciate the controls and puzzles, but these minor inconveniences shouldn’t stop you from enjoying two highly disturbing tales of madness.
Average Score Scale: 8.0 (+/- 0.5) out of 10
Personal Final Score: 8/10 (Neutral)
Reason for +0.5 Inflation: You loved Silent Hill 2 and 3.
Reason for -0.5 Deflation: You don’t want to learn the tank controls, or feel gipped of other titles that were reasonable to expect.