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.