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
I’ve decided to hijack Evan’s series because A., it’s awesome, and B., I thought it’d be a fantastic idea for a new video series. So today, I’d like to introduce you to a video gameified version of Trailer vs. Trailer, where two trailers enter the ring, but only one leaves. This week’s theme is Bad Trailers, and the two that are battling it out are Dino Crisis 2 (chosen by David) and Silent Hill: Downpour (chosen by me).
Vote on which you think is the worst after the jump!
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!
It took a while to get here, but should you get the urge to dust off your Xbox 360 copy of Silent Hill: Downpour, the game should perform just a wee bit better the next time you put it in. It takes care of some of the more frustrating problems players might’ve come across, including frame rate drops and some problems that kept people from being able to finish the ‘Homeless’ side quest.
Konami detailed some of the issues the patch fixes for the Xbox 360 version, which you can find after the jump. If you have it on PS3, don’t fret — it’s in the works and should come in a few weeks.
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.
Rewind to February and you would’ve found a cheerier, more hopeful Adam. March looked incredible, with its triple dose of Silent Hill and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Unfortunately, March quickly transformed into a month of horror, and not for the reasons most of us would’ve liked. I wasn’t as burned as a majority of horror fans were by Downpour and the HD Collection, but there’s no denying how buggy the latter was. To my surprise, I also enjoyed Operation Raccoon City, but that could be a mixture of my incredibly low expectations for it going in and the fact that by the time I got my hands on the game four of the Spec Ops missions — which are far superior to the campaign that comes with that game — had already released.
Thankfully, Konami has taken notice of all the issues that are plaguing their games saying “Players have voiced their concerns, and solutions to these issues will be fixed and launched in the coming weeks.” So that’s good news, assuming you’re like me and you haven’t already traded in your games. Don’t do it kids, keep your games, because every time you trade one in Pyramid Head sheds a single tear. That tear then proceeds to run down his creepy metal helmet and down his skirt made of human skin. READ MORE
MCV recently had the chance to interview Tomm Hulett, associate producer at Vatra Games, the studio that brought us Silent Hill: Downpour last month and Hulett had very some interesting things to say about the horror genre. It’s no secret that the survival horror genre, once championed by series like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and Fatal Frame has seen some major changes over the last decade. Many of the staples of the genre like puzzle-solving and clumsy controls have evolved as studios try to find a larger audience for their games. Dead Space, Left 4 Dead, and Resident Evil — after Resident Evil 4 renovated the franchise — are perfect examples of where the genre is headed. Downpour is very much a survival horror game, and possibly one of the last major releases to follow the more traditional formulas that made the genre so appealing when it was most popular. Head past the break to hear what Hulett had to say about where the genre is headed, as well as a few words from Resident Evil: Revelations producer Masachika Kawata. 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
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is coming out on March 20, and now the month will also be getting Silent Hill: Downpour on the 6th. That’s two major horror games in a short amount of time, or three if you count Revelations the month prior, or four if you count the Silent Hill HD Collection on January 24. Is anyone else freaking out just a little bit? I’m glad I don’t actually give people presents for Christmas, because I don’t know how I could afford all these games if I was one of those giving people.
Downpour is no stranger to delays, so I hope it doesn’t get pushed back any further. I’m sure you all feel the same, seeing as it claimed the award for most anticipated horror game of 2012 in our FEAR Awards, even beating out Raccoon City, The Last of Us, and Diablo III. Head past the jump for a bunch of new screenshots! READ MORE
Remember that article about how Korn was going to do the main theme for Silent Hill: Downpour? Well, the song has come out as the background music for the latest trailer for the game (which also looks like it has been delayed from this month to March 31st, 2012).
It would almost seem like E3 has become the town of Silent Hill, given all the sexy dark news that Konami has dropped. We can look forward to Silent Hill 2 and 3 being remade in HD, and the Book Of Memories on the NGP. Well, below you can see a brand spankin’ new Silent Hill: Downpour trailer. It’s dark, creepy, and best of all, wet.
We just, and I me JUST got these new Silent Hill: Downpour screen shots in, and I have to say I like what I see. The shots look quite a bit more well, grand then we are used to seeing in Silent Hill. I looks like Vatra Games is at the least pushing aside the tight corridored hospitals, hotels, and schools we are so used to seeing.
I mean I’m sure given the town and the past games they aren’t gone, but looking at the scale of these new areas we have to explore this game will be epic. And I like that. Downpour comes out October 1st 2011 on the Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. READ MORE
As a series, Silent Hill hasn’t fared too well for the better part of the last decade. Opinion on the games are relative to the person you’re asking but it’s hard to argue that the quality of the games hasn’t dropped since Silent Hill 3 back in 2003. Since then we’ve had The Room, which wasn’t even originally conceived as a Silent Hill game (and it showed), followed by the clunky Origins, the subpar Homecoming and the forgettable (albeit a step in the right direction) Wii-exclusive Shattered Memories.
Downpour could be the series’ last chance at regaining the favor of not only the hardcore horror enthusiasts that will undoubtedly give this game a chance but newcomers as well. Thanks to games like Dead Space and Left 4 Dead the horror genre is bigger than ever, it’s just changed quite a bit from its survival horror roots. Recently TJ and I prematurely evaluated Downpour and we both agreed this is a game each of us would like to have a threesome with. But in case you’re still not sold on how great this game will be, here are ten reasons this game will be rock our wet and filthy socks. READ MORE
Welcome to our brand spanking new series euphemistically titled Premature Evaluation where TJ and I will do what juvenile man-children do best and judge harshly from the relative safety of our cheeto-stained bean bags. Essentially, this series is all about recently revealed games we don’t know too much about. Here no game is safe as we’ll be looking at titles that resemble the mushy leakage excreted by a sick dog’s bum as well as beautiful, potentially life-changing games no one would dare utter a negative comment about. This is all about judging a book by its cover, or more specifically, a game by its trailer or assorted screenshots.
The first game we’re taking a look at is the exciting new take on Konami’s long-standing survival horror series, the upcoming Silent Hill: Downpour. This game’s been known to us for some time and we’re not necessarily lacking on details regarding the game’s story and gameplay but that certainly won’t keep us from judging it until we feel we’ve successfully completed our duty of tearing it apart while we listened to the chorus of its screams. Or, there’s always the chance we could both think this game will rock and have little bad to say of it. Either could happen, and that’s what makes this series so damn exciting. READ MORE
Silent Hill: Downpour is taking the franchise in a wet new direction and from what little we’ve seen of the game so far the game looks to be shaping up nicely. Will this be the game many of us have been desperately searching for since Silent Hill 3? Maybe. If anything it’s visual makeover and brand new composer (Dexter’s Dan Licht) will ensure the game is different from past games in the series.
The most promising thing about the game is developer Vatra Games is taking heavy inspiration from arguably the greatest game in the series, Silent Hill 2. We won’t know for sure if this is the Silent Hill game of our dreams but these new screenshots should at least prove to you how great the game looks. READ MORE
I don’t read many gaming magazines nowadays with the internet around, but there still is a decent amount of good reads in magazines. Take for instance this interview EGM had with Devin Shatsky (Best last name ever?) of Vatra games. Vatra is the new development team behind Silent Hill.
If you read the article you’ll find that Devin and Vatra have very strong opinions about how the game should be made. Not just made, but everything about it, from the town, to the characters and story. To making the town less flat and giving it more depth. They squash some rumors, confirm some rumors, talk about the game. Check it out HERE. READ MORE
It’s true some of you hard core Silent Hill fans are not too happy about the music change coming to Silent Hill: Downpour. Well stop crying you god damn babies, because picking up the slack is music vet Dan Licht. He has done Children of the Corn II and III, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Thinner, Amityville 1992: It’s About Time, Soul Survivors, and most recently the amazing t.v. show Dexter.
Want to be buried in Silent Hill? Who wouldn’t? Now is your chance to make video game history (for yourself). You can submit concept art for your own burial sculpture on Silent Hill’s facebook page. If you are chosen as the winner, you will be included in the graveyard of Silent Hill: Downpour.
How great would it be to be buried among the other poor souls and previous inhabitants of the town? Pretty great. Konami will hand select the top six submissions and post for public voting on Silent Hill’s Facebook page on February 10, 2011, and will conclude on February 16, 2011 when the top three contenders will be revealed. They are looking for original works and not based off of existing characters or creature designs (ex. no Pyramid Head or Harry Mason) Go HERE to submit, good luck! READ MORE
Longtime series composer Akira Yamaoka left Konami to work on the long anticipated action/horror game Shadows of the Damned. His departure left the future of the series a little cloudy since Yamaoka’s had a powerful influence on the game’s atmosphere since the first game. I was worried until news came out that Dexter composer Dan Licht was going to be working on the music for the upcoming game. Below you’ll find a sample of what he’s been working on, and while it’s decidedly different from what we’re used to, I’m thinking it’s still very Silent Hill.
So that’s the good news, would you like some more? Well, it’s either good or bad depending on how you look at it. I’m a glass half-full kind of guy so I see the confirmation of no multiplayer in Downpour as a good thing. After the jump you’ll find out why. READ MORE
I JUST beat Silent Hill Homecoming, mostly because I suck at life. Moving forward, it’s gotten me way more excited for Silent Hill: Downpour. If you head past the break you can see for yourself why. Fresh screens from Silent Hell.
In Silent Hill: DP you play the role of Murphy Pendleton, who is a prisoner on a prison transport bus when it crashes on the outskirts of Silent Hill. The score for the game is being done by Daniel Licht who does the score for one of my favorite shows right now, Dexter. No release is set, but it’s looking at a release sometime in fall of this year for the Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. Screens past the break. READ MORE
Konami isn’t content to stick with the tried and true formula of naming their games with the title followed by what installment it is in the series, i.e. Silent Hill 8. That just reeks of lazy. The fourth game went by The Room and was followed by Shattered Memories, Origins and Homecoming. Is it just me or did the series start to go downhill ever since they dropped the number?
So it looks like Silent Hill 8 is no more as it’s been revealed in next month’s Elder Scrolls V centric edition of Game Informer that the game will henceforth be known as Silent Hill: Downpour. But there is a pretty damn exiting reason for this, head past the break to find out what it is as well as some brand new intel on the game. READ MORE