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Dark, scary, addictive and brilliant,
This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
Having seen numerous positive reviews of this game, I purchased it two months ago and I was not disappointed. The storyline is as follows : you play James Sunderland, who lost his wife Mary to a mysterious disfiguring disease three years ago, and the game starts with a letter that James has received, supposedly from his dead wife, asking him to meet her in a town called Silent Hill. The game involves following clues around various locations and solving puzzles to reach a meeting point with Mary, whilst avoiding / killing zombies and assorted other freaks which are lurking around the streets and buildings of Silent Hill.
So what’s it like then? Well, it’s pretty bloody good. Despite the tricky movement and occasionally obstructive camera angles, Silent Hill is very involving, and not least because half of the time you are trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and the rest of the time you are just plain scared. From the start you begin to piece together a fragmented tale of how this town came to be like it is, and why your dead wife is sending you letters. The music and effects, which are easily amongst the best I have heard, really deepen the gameplay and make this one seriously dark game. If you are playing on a system with surround sound, you WILL need your teddy. Echo and reverb are perfectly proportional to your environment and add to the whole experience - it really does sound and feel like you are there. With some of the rushed efforts that have been released for the Xbox, music and effects are not always top notch, so it is good to see a game where this has been given real attention.
Apart from the movie clips, the graphics aren’t amazing, but they are not so bad as to come anywhere near harming the experience. Objects and environments are a little rough, but this is helped by use of fog, low lighting, and a grainy filter over the top. The gameplay is somewhat linear, but this also does not really detract from the experience - there are plenty of movie clips and events to break up play, and this really keeps things flowing. I can honestly say that I never found this game boring. The bad guys, in the main, are pretty easy to dispatch, although the bosses can be a little tricky and frustrating on the hard difficulty setting. The game has both Action and Puzzle difficulty settings, along with five different endings to locate, so once you have completed the game you will want to pick it up again to find out a little bit more of the story that surrounds the game.
In summary, if you like horror or just like to be scared, you really must own this game, which is widely revered as THE most disturbing game available to date. It’s dark and unnerving, yet rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable.