Every ‘Silent Hill’ Ranked Worst To Best!

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What beats the game that started it all? How about the sequel that took everything to the next level? Silent Hill 2 was smarter, slicker and more compelling than the original, and it wasn’t afraid to really mess with the player by tackling taboo topics other video games shied away from at the time. Rape, murder, suicide, molestation — that was a brave goddamn game. And of course, it introduced us to Pyramid Head, who would go on to become one of the most iconic monsters in gaming.

That’s my list and I’m sticking to it.

I’m sure you have your own list — that’s okay — I’d very much like to see how you’d rank the Silent Hill games. Obviously, not every game in the series made it here. I skipped some of the lesser known games, like the Japan exclusive Play Novel: Silent Hill, as well as the mobile entries The Escape and Orphan. It wouldn’t be fair to rank those among the ones above.

If you’re interested in a free indie horror game with a definite Silent Hill vibe, Dark Cell fits the bill. The game builds up tension in a unique way, setting up the perfect scare. It also has a freaky prison to explore, and — perhaps unsurprisingly — there’s a super creepy monster chasing your ass pretty much the whole way through. Check it out:

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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…