I love Silent Hill. I don’t think that’s much of a secret, I’ve mentioned it more than a few times on this blog previously, but I do think that Silent Hill 2 and 3 represent the pinnacle of horror gaming. It’s not just the gameplay — which, in some aspects, is actually calculatedly attrocious — but rather the harmonised working of atmosphere, story and character along with the immersive aspect of gaming worked to a perfect crescendo of terror.
If you don’t know what I mean, play Silent Hill 2 late at night, in the dark, with the lights off. See how long you last.
Sadly, after Silent Hill 3 the series went starkly downhill. I haven’t played Silent Hill 4: The Room (from what I hear, it gets an A for effort but an F for execution), but those following it have been decidedly lacking.
Now, though, there is apparently going to be a new Silent Hill game, called Silent Hills. And it’s going to be made by Hideo Kojima, Japanese game maker extraordinaire. Oh, and Guillermo del Toro. And it looks like it could be a return to what Silent Hill is meant to be.