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Written by Vikki Blake, @_vixx
This is a story almost too terrible to tell.
Nah, I’m not talking about the closing moments of Silent Hill 2 (although, let’s face it, that was all pretty grim, wasn’t it?). I’m talking about the tragedy that is the once much-anticipated Silent Hill: HD Collection.
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
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
The Silent Hill HD Collection is just a few short weeks away, so to help tide you over until its January 24 release, here’s a bunch of screenshots! For the unfamiliar, the HD Collection brings together Silent Hill 2 and 3, in HD, and with new voice work. There’s also full cheevo/trophy support, for those of you who like showing off your nerd cred to the world.
If the first three months are any indication, 2012 could easily beat last year’s comparably paltry offering of horror games. Head past the jump for a bunch of screenshots, if you dare. READ MORE