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- A re-imagining of the original Silent Hill that turns everything you thought you knew on its head
- The game watches you and adapts to your actions to create a unique experience to each player and intensify their fears
- Implementation of a cell phone as the user interface, which acts as a story telling device, map, puzzle helper, and camera that provides seamless flow with no interruption in gameplay
- New nightmare sequence focus on escape and evasion rather than direct confrontation
- Silent Hill: Shattered Memories will feature an all-new soundtrack by acclaimed series composer Akira Yamaoka
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Platform: Nintendo Wii
Top Customer Reviews
First off, it's a good game. It deserves a good review.
Second, it has NO load times. Apparently, Nintendo is good at this sort of thing. It's always fun opening up a door without having to wait for a load screen to get done. And it's really cool to see Harry's hand on the doorknob pulling or pushing open the door. Real-time transformation from normal Silent Hill to Nightmare Silent Hill is horror movie quality stuff.
Third, gorgeous graphics. Now, the thing is, a lot of people say that graphics are how you can tell a lot of love went into a game, and that's just NOT true. However, when gorgeous graphics ACCOMPANY gorgeous gameplay, that's when you can say "Wow, a lot of love went into making this game." And, yes, a lot of love went into making this game.
Finally, unique story and subplots. It kind of reminds me of Clock Tower. Lots of little stories involving several different people. Little scary stories. Think of it like this: if those newspaper clippings from all the other Silent Hill games could TALK and actually tell you their stories... what would it sound like, what would it be like? There is also the one big main story, which is great too, but I liked the smaller stories because they were a whole lot creepier.
Buy. This. Game. Period.
***UPDATE*** December 26, 2009
Those bad reviewers that I spoke of are now starting to rate the helpfulness of the good reviews, in an attempt to bring down the helpfulness ratings. Don't be fooled -- Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, for the Wii at least, is survival horror bliss.
This game, as with Silent Hill 2 back in the day, is about putting you in the shoes of a realistic person, because really, if you were being chased by horrific (and surprisingly fast and smart) monsters, are you really going to stand your ground and fight them? And who's going to have a suitcase full of guns that they can magically find ammo for whenever they are low? (Keeping in mind that Harry, the main character is caught unaware about the monsters, I think with enough time to prepare, I'd make sure that I had a suitcase full of guns myself if I knew I was going to be in Silent Hill, haha.)
As for the game-play, I am very impressed by the Wii exclusive controls, such as the phone sounds coming out of the speaker in the wii-mote, and the ease of using the Wii-mote for the flashlight.
The graphics are what to be expected from a Wii game, they wouldn't be turning heads on the XBox 360 or the PS3, but it looks very good for a Wii game, one of the best so far in my opinion.
So essentially if you have been disapointed with the new horror games' style of run and gun action, and you have longed for the day you can play a game in the dark at night, and have trouble sleeping when your're done, pick up Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, you'll be glad you did.
Turns out I didn't have to do that, and, really, this game may be better off for it.
Honestly, I'm not sure this game was meant to be frightening at all. I found the chases to be very tense, though that was mostly because of that lovely Wiimote totally spinning you around when you're shoving those meatbags off you. "ALL RIGHT, SHOOK IT OFF!! ...okay, what direction was I facing again? Oh bugger." Tense, very annoying when it caused you to be subject to the meatbags' erm... disquieting way of finishing you off. But definitely not scary.
My personal opinion is that the game was meant to be unsettling. The messages you receive? Unsettling. The static ghosts? Unsettling. That little nagging thought in your head that... no... no the game can't be about THAT. Definitely unsettling. And the big reveal at the end? OH GOD YES that was UNSETTLING.
As a horror game I have to admit that Shattered Memories fails. As a game that explores the psyche in ways that make you uncomfy I believe it succeeds admirably. In that way it truly is a Silent Hill game, because that knot in the pit of your stomach? It ain't from fear. It's from being mercilessly shoved outside of your comfort zone. And that is FANTASTIC and what I believe Silent Hill has always been best at.
Don't buy this game for shock terrors and cheap thrills. Buy it for that whisper in the back of your head that as you're playing tells you that something isn't quite right here...
I can't wait to start a new game.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my favorite of the Silent Hill games. It isn't as directly shock horror but it had an underlying psychology behind it that got to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by GeekDaddy
I AM NOT REVIEWING THE GAME ITSELF! Whether a game is enjoyable or not is purely subjective, I think! Anyway, focusing on the product, this is great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cas Rudy
A re imagining. Poorly done. See The Real Silent hill experience P10 for more https://www.youtube.com/watch? Read morePublished 3 months ago by ReaderRoz
This is a Xmas gift for my daughter and future son in law, so it has not been played yet, but I am sure they will love it. They requested this game.Published 5 months ago by Cheryl Lasek
Excellent! Game is a little short, but overall a lot of fun. Has scary moments that definitely make you jump! Keeps you on your toes!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer