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This review is from: Silent Hill HD - Collection (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Silent Hill HD Collection brings back 2 of the most popular titles in the silent hill series (Silent Hill 2 & 3), which is meant to be in HD (though i cannot say they look all that different to the PS2 / PC releases years ago).
Silent Hill 2 - through SH2 you play as James Sunderland, a guy who lost his wife 3 years ago, but received a letter stating she will be waiting at their "special place"... which turns out to be in silent hill.
Playing through it, there are points which seem sluggish or slow to load in comparison to the PS2/PC versions but generally it is the exact same, i dont see the difference in graphics, which i must say i am pleased with, as the "poor" graphics of PS2 era in games works especially nice with Silent Hill games, as the game must build up graphics ahead of the player as they wonder around, which the heavy fog with this builds up a more eerie atmosphere. The horror aspects and the twisted creatures are just as they was and can create moments of "weak nerves" on the player, instead of the basic uncreative "monsters" presented in the newest SH title "downpour".
Overall SH2 works pretty much as it did on my PS2 before it stopped working. The game does allow the player to choose between the old voice cast from the PS2/PC versions, or a new one... i cannot say i have tried the new voice cast, looking at SH3 new voice cast i cannot say i want to either.
Silent Hill 3 - in SH3 you play as Heather Mason, the adopted daughter of SH1 character Harry Mason. She must go through the trials of the twisted world Silent Hill provides to uncover her past and take revenge on the people who have wronged her and her father.
The game itself has always been my favored of the SH series, but i must say i am VERY disapointed in the lack of effort gone into the editing of SH3. Anybody who played the PS2/PC versions of SH3 will undoubtedly notice the new voice cast which is FORCED on the player, unlike SH2 which is an option, the voices of Heather, Claudia, and Vincent do not suit the characters and feel as if there is little effort in the voice acting, and Douglas' voice, although it does kind of suit his character... it is not of the correct age, douglas is meant to be a "Fifty something" year old but sounds as if he is in his early 30s. The audio when battling against the first 3 bosses on the game also cuts out after 1 play instead of looping which makes the battles somewhat dull, in about 80%-90% of the cutscenes, any player will notice that the audio becomes very out of sync with the video, a simple problem which i could make a better attempt dispite having minimal knowledge of video and audio creating / editing. Even minor characters and voices such as leonards or the "Borely Haunted Mansion announcer" seem to be unsuited, Leonard sounds rather like the steriotypical British voice when the game is based in an American Town...
Also with certain weapons like the sub machine gun the audio doesnt work propperly and cuts out.
The graphics also are poor performance as in certain areas, graphics either dont build up at all, or takes a long time.
Nevertheless despite SH3s Major downfall in audio, the game itself is still very enjoyable with all added features (like the douglas in boxers cheat) still working perfectly fine and is still without a doubt my favorite SH game.
Overall i still say this collection is worth purchasing if you do not own the 2 games already, but to be honest if you have a fully functional PS2 with Dual Shock 2 Controller (***needed for SH2 play***) i would purchase these 2 great titles for that. Anybody who doesnt have a PS2 / Dual shock 2 controller or anybody who doesnt want to play these games on a PC, then this collection is a brilliant purchase which can still make me jump on certain parts which is around 9 or 10 years on from when i 1st played these great titles.