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Customer Review

on 27 February 2004
Firstly, this game isn't everyone's cup of tea. Definitely not for the faint hearted either.
How to start... well firstly, the graphics in this game are amazing. Although most of the scenery is not interactive, some serious time and effort has gone into the design, although sometimes can seem repetative in buildings (the flats are an obvious example) nothing is ever the same in any one area. Blood smears, haunting screams, the remnants of someone...
Let's get the gameplay sorted. It handles fairly well, it's not perfect, i'll admit, but the controls allow the player SOME freedom of movement and combat whilst making it as unfrustating as possible so that you can actually focus on the environment.
That's sort of where the main perks of the game lie. The environment is basically a foggy town, you turn up looking for your dead wife... who sent you a letter tellin you to hi-tail it down to Silent Hill for some reason. After ditching your car you end up walking around the town to find its deserted. This is where you find the... to put a better word to it, zombies. They're creepy at first. And they continue to be until they start to really annoy you. Fighting them REALLY isn't much of an option if you ever want to get anywhere. They're just such an annoyance and on the hardest difficulty settings, they are almost invincible. The fog gets annoying after a bit too :/
The downsides to this game are just as important to a buyer, so here they are.
Firstly, this game encourages replay value through multiple endings. It's not much fun to play through again, even though I have achieved two of the endings, the story doesn't change much, if at all. Ultimately you'll play this once, whether you love the game or hate it, the ending is unique. Whatever one you end up with.
The sound effects are fine, very haunting but the voice acting is APPALLING :D. There's no way of saying it kindly, but James really just sounds like he doesn't care. Its very possible all the voice actors in the game are robots as there's just no emotion there at all, and therefore very little desire to connect to the characters.
Lastly this game doesn't encourage much violence. This is either a killer or a plus for you, as most people buy survival horror games to kill. But if you're in the Project Zero (Fatal Frame) catagory of gamer and are willing to try something new, this is the one. Otherwise, buy another Resident Evil ;)
All in all, me and my mate who played it with me decided the game was exceptionally creepy with awesome sound, a lot of dodgy voice acting and an ending that made us think.
Give it a try, you might just get a shock :)
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