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Silent Hill 3
- First female lead character in the Silent Hill series.
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- SH3 is short. Shorter than SH1 and SH2, at any rate. Both SH1 and 2 took me almost exactly 10 hours to complete my first time, according to the internal game clocks. SH3 took me 5 hours and 52 minutes. (Some have said that this is because SH3's internal game clock behaves differently, pausing at any time a cinema plays or the menu is opened. This is true of SH3. However, after personally testing the games myself, I have found that it's true of SH2 as well. SH3 is simply a shorter game.)
- SH3 is constrictive. You're never really set free to explore a huge deserted town as in the previous two games. For most of the game you go from one enclosed location to another. The mall leads to the subway, which leads to the sewers, which leads to an office building, etc. When you finally do get out in the open, if you try to wander away from your goal and explore the town, your character will say "I don't need to go this way," and automatically stop and turn around. Really lazy game design. Having the freedom to explore the empty town until you hit a physical road block of some kind was a hallmark of the previous SH games. Not so in this installment. Disappointing. This is surely the primary reason behind SH3 having a shorter play time. I definitely spent a few hours in SH1 and 2 exploring all of the streets and back alleys, checking every dead end for ammo and health items.
Now, the good news.
+ SH3 is scary. REALLY scary. I thought SH2 was quite mellow compared to SH1, more of a slow burn with a growing sense of dread rather than the aggressively oppressive atmosphere of the first game that got right in your face from the very beginning.Read more ›
I can't even begin to recall what was going on, there are so many instances where I was blown away by how eclectic the concepts were that I was proud of the creative team that put it together. The mirror room alone would be enough to make me buy this game. I mean really, what in the hell? I was just running along, minding my own business and I step into that! Many times during game play did I have to sit back a reflect on what had just happened. Quite impressive. I loved the random rooms that had nothing to do with anything except to just creep you out and leave you asking yourself "what the hell?" Like the room with the strange "sour" smell wafting around and the black curtain in the middle. Nothing ever happened there, they just wanted to let you know that something was expired I guess.
The whole game was just alive. It had a pulse for god's sake. The walls seemed to be breathing and looking at you as you wondered around looking for the room with the guy with his blood let so that you could fill up your plastic bag with his blood to make a sacrifice and move on. Simple as pie! Everything was just so ridiculously weird like that. Fer god's sake! And while your nearing the end everything just gets out of control and the trippy, symmetric wall shows begin. I mean really, could the atmosphere of this game get any more absolutely insane?Read more ›
The thing is, Silent Hill 2 took a break from the mythology-laced storyline of the first game and went off in a totally different, Freudian direction. I found this change to be bold and fascinating. Silent Hill 3 gets back on track; our protagonist is Heather, a cheerful girl with strangely haunted eyes. She's at the mall on an errand for her father and everything seems normal -- except for her nightmare about being killed by a speeding roller coaster in a dark, twisted amusement park. Heather's day goes downhill from there; a detective named Douglas starts following her, claiming to have important information about her birth. She gives him the slip....but suddenly, the lights dim and the bustling mall falls eerily quiet. Where did everyone go? And why is the mall now crawling with horrifying monsters?
Here we see one of the game's biggest problems: considering that it's a Silent Hill game, it takes a awfully long time to actually get to the town of Silent Hill. The first half of the game chronicles Heather's attempts to make it home and evade the creeping nightmare world that follows her everywhere she goes. In the process, she starts to come to grips with the truth about who she really is.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
all of the series are great. A really fun game, look forward to playing the next ones.Published 3 months ago by JDUB
I am not bashing on the game itself. I love 1-4 of the silent hill series. It is, by far, the most memorable game series I have ever played. It's in my top 5 list. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ashly King
If you love the original series then this is a game yiu can't afford to miss. Cool weapons and nightmarish beasts, what more do you want.Published 9 months ago by Jose Miguel Mena-Garcia
play and works great. beat it the second night playing. I'll get a lot of replay on this one. plus all the extras you gain by beating the game makes it more enjoyable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by james
I rented this game a decade ago and found it random and frustrating; I bought it a year ago and then played it again a week ago, and still find it random and frustrating. Read morePublished 10 months ago by dhinged
I like survival horror games and this is part of my collection. Glad I bought it.Published 12 months ago by larry