This series has always impressed me with the atmosphere it manages to create, taking survival horror to the next level and this title is no exception. The new moves they've pulled out for this one have earned it it's five stars. Here are they key things that bring the world to life and create that all important mood:
1. NO WEAPONS. At first this might serve to put you off as it did me. DON'T LET IT! The fact that the wii remote becomes a flashlight means that you feel more immersed and more conscious of your vulnerability. If you're in to survival horrors THIS IS A GOOD THING!
2. THE CELLPHONE. Make sure you've got your wii remote speaker switched on for this all important mood setter (I didn't for the first hour of the game and thought there was a bug when I couldn't hear anything!). This is quite frankly genius in terms of player immersement in the world. The game turns the remote in your hand into the cellphone meaning you have to put it up to your ear to listen to calls. Amazing! (Plus that classic static that freaked you out from game one now starts coming from right there with you in the real world...CREEPY!)
3. EVOLVING PLOT. I'm on my first fun through, so I don't know how much it shifts, but the franchise has always loved it's multiple endings, so I'm assuming a lot. The clever thing this time is all the decisions come from therepy sessions with a psychologist that occur frequently throughout the game (also immediately making the player question the reality of what is going on and an intriguing psychological element to the proceedings.
Anyway, I've babbled on enough. If you're a fan of Silent Hill or survival horror in general then BUY THIS GAME.
If you scare easy and like unicorns in place of faceless monsters hunting you through a maze of ice, probably best you give it a miss.