Every ‘Silent Hill’ Ranked Worst To Best!

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The next three games on this list are, of course, the original trilogy. Each holds a special place in my heart, so let’s start with Silent Hill 3. This is an amazing game and one I don’t think gets the respect it deserves.

Silent Hill 3 terrified me. When I played the HD Collection and experienced it again I discovered it still terrifies me. There are some very genuine scares waiting for those who are brave enough to embrace it, and that’s because this may very well be the last game in the series that actually takes its time. It doesn’t rely on jump scares — instead, like a psychopath, it bides its time, getting into your head. It builds up the scares, and that makes this game all the more frightening. When I think of true psychological horror games, this is one of the few that comes to mind.

The original Silent Hill. The game that started it all, that birthed one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time. It doesn’t take the crown, but it came pretty damn close.

Silent Hill was very obviously an attempt to capitalize on the growing popularity of the horror genre, spurred by the success of Resident Evil, but that didn’t keep it from becoming one of the best horror games of all time. This pushed the genre forward in some very disturbing (and welcome) ways. We should never forget that everything we love about this series — the art style, fiction, music, monsters — all originated here.

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  • weresmurf

    Excellent article Adam, the reason Silent Hill 4 doesn’t feel like a Silent Hill game is a simple one, during development it was originally a different game, then half way through production Konami converted it over to being a Silent Hill game, this was while Silent Hill 3 was in production as well, they wanted to try to take the series ‘in a new direction’, hence the new town etc. The game was already turning out like a Silent Hill game so it wasn’t that much of a stretch. I remember reading all about it when SH4 first came out.

    • weresmurf

      CRAP my page didn’t fully load. You acknowledged this. My apology. I didn’t even get the whole list of games load up! I was wondering where SH2 was! lol

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    im still near the beginning of downpour. i put i down for a while. the only silent hill game i’ve played other than downpour was Homecoming, which i liked but it wasn’t really scary in my opinion. as for the rest – unfortunately i didn’t jump on the silent hill bandwagon till about 6 years ago because i used to be all about resident evil and i kept waiting for an actual resident evil HORROR title to be release but i gave up waiting. i need to check out the silent hill HD collection

  • romeostruedude

    Silent Hill 4 is worse than Homecoming and Shattered Memories? The storytelling, atmosphere, music and the creatures were amazing and scary! The only reason people didn’t like it was because it was different compared to Silent Hill 2 and 3.

    I’m sorry but I call this list bs. The worst:
    Silent Hill HD Collection (Oh, god. How they treated SH 2+3…that was a crime that should never be forgotten.)
    Silent Hill Book of Memories
    Silent Hill Shattered Memories
    Silent Hill Homecoming
    Silent Hill Downpour
    Silent Hill Origins
    Silent Hill 4
    Silent Hill
    Silent Hill 3
    Silent Hill 2

  • gomezaddams

    Best to worst, my opinion:
    Silent Hill 2
    Silent Hill
    Silent Hill 3
    Silent Hill 4:The Room
    Silent Hill:Downpour
    Silent Hill:Shattered Memories
    Silent Hill:Origins
    Silent Hill:Homecoming

  • Amazonagent

    This list is pretty in line with how I would rank it. I never played Book of Memories but The Room would be the worst on my list if I removed BoM. I would probably switch Shattered Memories with Origins since I liked it more than Shattered memories. I have yet to finish ‘Shattered’ for the same reasons as you, I really hate playing those Ice world sequences on a Wii mote. The regular world sequences are brilliant, but having to only run using a fickle control system the game just falls apart and I don’t even want to bother with it. I will hopefully finish it one day or I just may re-buy it from the PSN.
    Great list, nice work!

  • RedPyramidHead

    Mind Blowingly Awesome! – Silent Hill 2
    Horribly Underrated Greatness! – Silent Hill 4: The Room
    Amazing! – Silent Hill
    Cowabunga! – Silent Hill 3
    Okay – Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
    Meh – Silent Hill: Origins
    Movie Aping Goofball – Silent Hill: Homecoming
    Monsters In Cars…. Bwahahahaha! – Silent Hill: Downpour
    Used Condom On The Side Of The Road – Silent Hill: Book Of Memories
    Blasphemy – Silent Hill HD Collection

  • Ultrazilla

    This isth the worsth lisp ever! 😉

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’ve played maybe 4 Silent Hill games and I’ve only beaten one. I didn’t really care for any of them. Maybe I’m just not into the whole open world thing. I don’t know. Maybe I just need to force myself to play through one without having to look up a strategy guide. Then again, maybe the SH games aren’t really for me.

  • Laugh Riot

    I’d like to see a remake of the first but not the Shattered Memories approach. Better graphics and a few extra things added to it would be awesome.

  • Backward-Compatibles

    his is a hard decision for me. But I think my list is pretty different from yours. I had to exclude Book of Memories as I have no played it yet. And based upon everyone’s rankings of it, perhaps I shouldn’t bother!

    From worst to best:

    Shattered Memories
    Homecoming
    Downpour
    Origins
    Silent Hill 1
    Silent Hill 2
    Silent Hill 4: The Room (i really do love this game. I will never understand why so many people hate it)
    Silent Hill 3 (They look like monsters to you?)

    Anyways, it’s always fun to see other people’s rankings of the series!

    ~Allison

  • Datasushi

    Book of Memories is a spin-off game, so if you put it on tis list, you gotta put in Mobile, Orphan, The Arcade, etc.

  • RosarioV

    I agree with some of your rankings but for me personally your order is wrong. This is my Ranking worst to best:

    Silent Hill: Book Of Memories
    Silent Hill HD Collection
    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
    Silent Hill: Homecoming
    Silent Hill 2
    Silent Hill 1
    Silent Hill: Downpour
    Silent Hill 3
    Silent Hill: Origins
    Silent Hill 4: The Room

    Yes, I said it. In my opinion Silent Hill 4 is the best Silent Hill Game. I know it seems to be unpopular with the vast majority of people but It was the only one (other than SH3) to genuinely terrify me. The story was so genuine and the references to previous Silent Hills were also really good. The atmosphere and the monsters were so great and scary unnerving I don’t think any silent hill game has reached this level since then. Long story short, It’s hugely underrated and deserves more credit.

    Origins deserves massive props but I cant really put my finger on the reason why. Everything about it was great I think the nostalgia of seeing some of my favorite places and characters again was what made me like it that much. Even with a strange looking Dahlia and Alessa’s nose (she has a little piggy nose in the some of the cut scenes)it was a refreshing game that got back to the roots of the town with Alessa and the god and everything.

    I could go on explaining why I like about the others and what is wrong with the first 3 on the list but that would take forever (WTF were they thinking with Book of Memories!?) However I feel I should explain why SH2 is ranked so low on my list.

    Sure I love P Head and the story was really interesting especially with Mary/Maria and Angela was pretty cool too. I liked how it introduced the whole “tortured souls get trapped in Silent Hill” theme to the series and how peoples psyches are manifested on the town and it’s creatures. I just think it was a little boring, maybe if I played it before I played a majority of the series I would think differently. It was clunky and James sounded like a pack a day smoker whenever he stopped running. the monsters weren’t that scary and I think I just expected too much from it. I don’t hate it, it’s just not one of my favorites in the series

  • DGYT

    Wow. No Silent hill 2?

    • Radioactivechimp

      It’s ranked #1…

      • Reece Bamber

        It’s still a bad horror game though

    • Reece Bamber

      Silent hill 2 is a bad horror game anyway. :3

  • Cameron Fleming

    sh4 2nd to last, more importantly its behind homecoming and downpour.

  • AngieSquirrely

    I forgot about SH Book of Memories and I would figure SH4 would be last because I really dislike that one, it strays from the original plot and it shouldn’t even be SH. Shattered Memories I kind of like because its like a subseries and it’s non-combat. 3 was my all time favorite I’m going through my 5 run through of the game, trying to unlock the ufo scene >_<

  • KAILOONE .

    Ive finished SH 1 like 12 times SH 2 and 3 like 5 times each and SH 4 1 time. I can say that the best and scariest was SH 1 i think the bad graphics and vague dialogues with the weird storyline made it the best without even wanting to. SH 2 and 3 are tied up, they are both amazing each in its own way. Then SH 4… its ok not amazing not bad.

  • Reece Bamber

    Wasn’t…Silent hill 2 a terrible terrible horror game?

    • Shannon Wang

      Nope. Silent Hill 2 was supposed to be one of the best horror games ever made. Silent Hill 2 was one of the top Silent Hill games they made. >.< Why do you think it's bad? Like I said, it's supposed to be amazing. And it is.

      • Reece Bamber

        It is a great game
        But a bad horror game
        A horror game is meant to scare you, meant to make you think of what you should do next and make you scared of the next turn. It’s meant to be…SCARY
        Silent Hill 2 was never scary, a good game yes, but it wasn’t scary.
        The plot was bad
        but had good pacing
        the symbolision was amazing
        But it was still a bad horror game

        • Your Mum

          The amazing story was what made Silent Hill 2 so good, don’t know what your talking about. And the game is still scary, because it relies on actual horror instead of jumpscares and gore.

  • FreeRPGer

    Love the 1st three by Team Silent, then the series went down. Silent Hill 1 & 3 are my favorites, due to connections of story & atmosphere, though it takes a wee bit of time to get used to the tank controls of SH1. But when I got it down, it was 2nd nature again. SH2 is right behind them, IMO, but it still has a great story and the eerie psychological atmosphere. As far as I’m concerned, all three are equal on the eerie art style, music, and atmosphere fronts. But after the 1st three games, the series took a downward plunge. I didn’t care for the room, and then the western devs took away the entire “feel” of the series with Homecoming & Downpour.

    The only one I even remotely liked after SH3 is Silent Hill Origins, even though it was done by Western then European devs, and not Team Silent. Being a prequel to the first SH, the story is okay, but it feels a bit different. It kind of sticks to the original formula, except a couple little things. Like one flaw not in the original games is enemies re-spawn in Origins, which they didn’t in the first 3 games (enemies would permanently lay dead where you killed them before). 2nd flaw in Origins is most melee weapons can break (almost too easily). Other than that, this is the closest thing I’ve seen to the original trilogy. It seems Konami and Capcom ruined two much-loved series by trying to “westernize” them.