Silent Hill 4: The Room (PC)
- A new Silent Hill adventure, where terror comes to your room
- Horrific new monsters, including spirits that can attack through walls
- Expansive areas to explore, including a forest, prison and hotel
- A cast of mysterious new characters and a new first person viewpoint
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Survival horror games don't get the recognition they deserve in the wider world. Whereas CGI effects have done nothing but make horror movies less and less scary, ironically video games, particularly the Silent Hill series, have been showing filmmakers just how it should be done for years.
Irritatingly though the original PS one title remains the best of the series with the last two PS2 titles being little more than hi-res rehashes. The Room manages to shake things up a bit though, ditching the radio and flashlight gimmicks and adding twice the normal amount of side characters and a more involved fighting system. There's also a number of completely invincible bad guys and a new Resident Evil style limited slot inventory system.
The room in question, as you're no doubt wondering, is in fact the toilet. Playing yet another everyman character you wake up from a rather disturbing dream to find out that you're locked inside your flat and the only way out is through a gateway to hell next to the privy. Which almost sounds like a BlackAdder joke, but is unlikely to have you laughing after your first trip.
Within your flat the game uses a first person view, with the series' more traditional third person viewpoint taking over when you go through the portal. A series of weird lens filters and excellent (i.e. very unpleasant) sound lends a real otherworldly feel to proceedings, so that when things do choose to go bump in the night at you, you end up being very scared indeed. --David Jenkins
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First of all, the first-person perspective we are forced to endure while in Henry's apartment (the only place with a save point, and therefore a frequent point of call) is infuriating, and one feels like it was included purely so that the promotional material for the game could boast an "all new 1st person perspective" as if it is a magnificent leap forward in gameplay. It isn't.
Another drastic gameplay development is the introduction of a limited inventory - Henry can only carry ten items at a time, including weapons and ammunition. All other items must be stored in a box in Henry's apartment when not being used (a direct rip-off of Resident Evil's item chest system). While annoying, this does eliminate the issue of realism apparent in the previous games, in which the characters were capable of carrying limitless items and weapons with them at all times.
The actual premise of a man waking up to find himself trapped in his apartment by some unknown force works very well, not least for the fact that you can always see the rest of the world carrying on around you, oblivious to your plight, by simply looking through the window or the peep-hole in the front door.
By climbing through mysterious portals which appear in Henry's apartment, you find yourself in the 'otherworld' (and in third-person view! Hallelujah!Read more ›
Silent Hill 4: The Room, takes place in an apartment building situated, not in Silent Hill, but its neighboring town, South Ashfield. Silent Hill 4 focuses on room 302 and the man who for the past few years, has lived there. One night Henry (the tennant of room 302 and the main character of the game) has an intense nightmare, when he wakes, he finds that he cannot leave his room. When you play, he has been trapped in his room for 5 days and at this point, looks kinda rough (My personal opinion)
In the first scene of the game you will play through the nightmare in which Henry has endured for a previous 4 nights. You'll awaken and have the oporitunity to experience two main events which will instantly start to test your sanity; you will also be able to familiarise yourself with the apartment and what is in it. For those of you familiar with the previous titles, I will tell you that your only save point is situated in your room. (Nothing like a little extra pressure, eh?) Another thing you'll notice (mainly for those who have played the previous Silent Hill titles) is that there is a limit to how many items you can hold at one time. Eventually you will be drawn into your bathroom where you will discover a hole in the wall which leads you... not next door... but into a tunnel which for some, might remind you of the ring (movie: and that's just my opinion again)
Whilst in your room (302) you will be in first-person view, you cannot use any weapons and during the first half of the game, the room has healing powers.Read more ›
As to the gameplay, to sum up: Could Do Better. Again, others have done more detailed reviews of the gameplay mechanics (combat is frustrating and the level repetition annoying) so I won't say any more there.
The main thing I wrote this review to say is: Do NOT get this on PC unless you absolutely have to. Yes, the graphics (on a gaming PC) are very pretty, but the controls are horrible. The game is practically unplayable using the keyboard alone and necessitates the use of a gamepad, however even doing this will cause you problems, as the completely counter-intuitive default button assignments will tell. I have a very good 12-button gamepad and I couldn't get the game to recognise the right analog stick at all, so in the first-person parts I was forced to use my keyboard to get Henry to look up and down.
To summarise: Good for Silent Hill fans, only really worth playing on consoles.
Very good plot
Original enemies (ghosts)
Switch from first-person to third-person p.o.v.
Not as dark as the previous instalments
Controls do take a while to get used to since they are quite different from SH2 and SH3.
Ghosts can get annoying
Need to return to your apartment each time you want to save your progress which does become a little cumbersome after a while.
However, I do recommend the game to everyone, not only SH fans. Just be open-minded and don't expect a typical Silent Hill game.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tried a lot to find out this game this game in PC version everywhere but found only here in Amazon.co.uk. Many Thanks. DVD is in very good condition.Published on 27 Jan. 2014 by KAUSHIK MUKHOPADHYAY
Before you consider buying this game I'll just tell you that Silent Hill 4: the Room wasn't originally designed to be a Silent hill game; so don't be too appalled when you find out... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2009 by Steven Roe
this is more like resident evil,the plot is good but the gameplay is boreing and lamePublished on 4 Sept. 2007 by fast review
Excellent game really imaginative an a must have for any die hard silent hill fan. This game is made all the more difficult however when you order the game an it doesnt come with a... Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2005 by m_barber@hotmail.