Wayforward, the studio that brought us the experimental Vita-exclusive Silent Hill: Book of Memories recently revealed the concept for a more traditional take on the series during a Twitch livestream that, unfortunately, didn’t make it further than a prototype.
The fully playable tech demo, which was designed for the Nintendo DS, featured James Sunderland from Silent Hill 2 trapped in a room. It’s a little rough — the demo was built in just a few weeks — and it’s limited to a single room, but visually, it actually looks pretty impressive. Read on for the video.
Fans of the Silent Hill series know just how important the music is to the series. It’s become almost as iconic as the characters themselves, the signature dissonant screeches and melancholic ambient tones hovering over our senses, much like the fog that never lifts over the town. And now Sumthing has brought five of these soundtracks online. Fans can purchase the Akira Yamaoka-composed Silent Hill: Homecoming, Silent Hill: Origins, and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories as well as Daniel Licht’s scores for Silent Hill: Book Of Memories and Silent Hill: Downpour (which has become one of my favorite soundtracks from the series). Head on over here to purchase the albums or to give them a listen beforehand. READ MORE
We haven’t been receiving many post cards from our favorite foggy resort town — at least not since Book of Memories released last October — so to keep me from experiencing Silent Hill withdrawal I’ve decided to do the impossible. Okay, I suppose ranking every game in Konami’s longstanding survival horror series is far from an impossible feat, but it sure was difficult ranking games I’ve grown up with over the years. Even if all of you violently disagree with me and come at me, torches and pitchforks in hand, this was still worth it, even if it was only to grant me a brief reprieve from the shakes, sweats and fever that come from not at least talking about Silent Hill.
See how I rank each game in this awesome horror franchise after the jump, and feel free to offer your own list in the comments!
Today, Konami’s portable experiment Silent Hill: Book of Memories has received a patch based on player feedback that will greatly improve how it plays. No longer will you be penalized for dying during a stage, instead, the stage will restart with your character’s progress intact. A few other tweaks have been made, including less punishing poison traps. Also available today is DLC that brings with it new weapons, forsaken rooms, notes, and doubles the cast of characters, including fan favorites Heather Mason and James Sunderland.
I don’t have the game, mostly because I don’t own a Vita. Anyone here interested in trying the new-and-improved Book of Memories?
It’s no secret I have low, low expectations for Silent Hill: Book of Memories. This opinion has been formulated because of the simple fact that it looks terrible. I love the Silent Hill series, almost obsessively so, and I’m all for studios taking chances with their games, but this just does not look good. Obviously, being a human with opinions that are allowed to differ from my own, you may very well see the direction developer WayForward has taken with the game as a brilliant one, and that’s okay. If you are looking forward to it, and assuming it doesn’t get delayed again, you can look forward to beating down twisted creatures with your friends when Book of Memories releases for the PS Vita on October 16th in the States and November 2nd in Europe.
If you’ve been following Book of Memories you’re undoubtedly fully aware of its fickle relationship with release dates, so I suggest taking this bit of news with a grain of salt lest you get your heart broken as you’re again forced to watch as Pyramid Head slowly walks off out of view, leaving you with thoughts of what could have been. If you’ve been anxiously waiting for some steamy handheld Silent Hill co-op action, you’ll get all you can handle this October when Silent Hill: Book of Memories releases for the PS Vita. It features four player co-op, a more action oriented approach to the survival horror series, and it almost definitely won’t be awful. Check out the trailer after the break.
Well, I just stumbled across yet another reason why I wished I lived in/near Los Angeles. Composer Daniel Licht will be performing music from Dexter and Silent Hill: Downpour as well as the premiere of music from Silent Hill: Book Of Memories during which long time Silent Hill vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn will also perform. There will be several special guest performers and Michael C. Hall, Dexter himself, will be present at the concert. The event will take place June 10th at Largo At The Coronet. Doors are at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. You can buy tickets for the event here. If I could go to this show, you better believe that I’d be in the front row with the biggest grin on my face.
Make sure to check out our review for the Silent Hill: Downpour OST here. READ MORE
I have no idea what’s going on with Silent Hill: Book of Memories. It was originally supposed to kick off Konami’s March of Madness before it was delayed to the end of the month, then again to the end of May. We can now expect it to come to the Vita in October, though if we’ve learned anything by now it’s that when it comes to Book of Memories anything can change. I hope all this extra development time will make it a game worthy of the Silent Hill label because right now it’s not looking so good.. An October release will put it in the same month as Resident Evil 6, which releases on October 2nd.
For the first time in the series’ history, Silent Hill is diving pyramid head first into the world of multiplayer gaming with the PS Vita exclusive Book of Memories. This is a serious gamble since this multiplayer isn’t just tacked on, it’s actually a main focus of the game. This means if the multiplayer sucks, then the main selling point is gone. It was originally planned to release near Downpour and the HD Collection in March, but Konami pulled it from the schedule at the very last second to the end of May. This could be a good thing because at the very least it’s getting some extra time for added spit and polish. Read on to find out what TJ and I think of this ambitious game’s chances of success.
Cancel your trip to a local game retailer tomorrow because Silent Hill: Book of Memories has been delayed (again!) into an unspecified date sometime later this spring. The game was originally planned to release tomorrow, so a last second delay that I’m sure many fans hoping to get the game won’t realize right away, is more than a little surprising. Could the HD Collection’s plethora of game-breaking technical issues be the cause of this delay? I wouldn’t be surprised if it is.
We’ll keep you updated on the game as the news comes out, but until then I suggest you relax with some Silent Hill: Downpour. READ MORE
I assume you’re busy preparing for a deluge of horror games releasing over the coming weeks — starting with Alan Wake’s American Nightmare that’s available right now — but if you could spare a second I’d appreciate it. There are five horror games releasing over the next month, and I’m pretty sure that’s a record. We’re lucky to get five horror games in a year, but in the first three months of 2012 we’re looking at eight, including Amy (XBLA), Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS), and Alan Wake (PC).
Assuming you’re not picking brain matter off your keyboard after all this awesome caused your head to explode, you should know that there’s been a slight change of plans. Now two horror games will be going head to head in the battle for gamers’ wallets. Check out the revised release schedule after the break. READ MORE
Had you come to me a year ago, through a wormhole or time machine, or something like that, and told me I would be getting three Silent Hill games in one month, I would’ve called you a Time-Witch and immediately burned you at the stake. Then I would’ve laughed while pointing at your smoldering ashes because there is no way we’d ever get three Silent Hills in a month’s time. We’re lucky if we get one in a year, but three? No, I say. Not possible.
I would, of course, be wrong. Konami recently confirmed the new release dates for all three of this year’s Silent Hill games, officially making March the best year ever to be a horror fan. Head past the jump for the revised list of release dates! READ MORE
You might remember an ingenious April Fool’s day joke (alright, definitely not genius) about a multiplayer-centric Silent Hill: Eternal Bonds. Now it seems there really is a multiplayer Silent Hill in the works, and the game is the only recently announced Book of Memories, a game that was supposed to take the series in a whole new direction. That direction is cooperative multiplayer.
Konami is definitely pushing Silent Hill pretty hard, with Downpour, the HD collection and Book of Memories. Each of these games offer something unique: Downpour gives us a next-gen Silent Hill that will hopefully bring the main series back to its former glory, the HD collection gives us the chance to play the original titles that started it all again, and Book of Memories is taking the series in a completely different direction. Head past the jump to learn more about it. READ MORE