Sometimes I get really bored. I’m only human, and like the rest of you, there are times when I need a little entertainment. During one of my recent fits of boredom where I was lying naked on the floor of my room in a sticky puddle of dried up Mountain Dew while staring up at the ceiling wondering what wordsmith came up with the word ‘orange,’ I decided to come up with a little game — something to fill my time so I didn’t have to finally concede to what the voices in my head were telling me to do. For the unaware, at Bloody Disgusting lies a mythical creature known as a Jonathan Barkan. He runs the music section on BD with a tyrannical fist and a sweet moustache. If I were reviewing Jon, his Baby Factor would go something like ”If Albert Wesker and a Big Daddy got together to make sweet, sweet love inside a record store, Jonny B would be their musically inclined offspring.”
All that is a long-winded way of saying he knows his music, and he also happens to share my love of video games. So let’s get back to the game I was teasing earlier. I gave Jon ten video game franchises and asked him who he thought would be best suited to score the soundtracks for that series. For example, if Akira Yamaoka had never joined Konami to craft the incredible scores the Silent Hill series is known for, who could’ve taken his place? Find out whom he chose for Silent Hill, as well as nine others, after the jump. READ MORE
I’m not sure if it’s because of our own morbid curiosity with death or because a world of fire and brimstone sounds supremely badass, but over the years hell has become an incredibly popular destination for video games. Thankfully, this destination is only getting hotter (sorry) over the coming months. Doom 4 is almost definitely going to be revealed at QuakeCon in August, or possibly at E3 in June and Diablo III is finally coming to take me away from my friends and job in just a few short weeks. As a gamer, I’ve been to hell more times than Kratos sand Dante combined and I’ve managed to escape those festering pits mostly unscathed. From the nine circles in Dante’s Inferno to Silent Hill’s Otherworld, here are my ten favorite trips to hell so far. READ MORE
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
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the highly anticipated sequel to 2006′s film Silent Hill, released by TriStar Pictures. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D will be released wide October 26, 2012 in time for Halloween. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and producers Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody.
Based on the groundbreaking video game franchise, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is the sequel to the hit film Silent Hill, which opened to number one at the U.S. box office and took in nearly $100 million at the worldwide box office. Featuring an unparalleled horror experience, Konami’s Silent Hill franchise has captivated fans for more than a decade and has spawned a hit comic book series, graphic novels, collectibleaction figures and numerous soundtracks from rock bands.
Directed by Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane, Deathwatch), original cast members Sean Bean (HBO’s Game Of Thrones, Lord Of The Rings), Deborah Kara Unger (The Game, 88 minutes, The Samaritan) and Radha Mitchell (Man On Fire, The Crazies, upcoming The Frozen Ground) return in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, starring along with rising stars Adelaide Clemens (X-Men Origins, upcoming The Great Gatsby, No One Lives) and Kit Harington (HBO’s Game Of Thrones) as well as Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, Disturbia, NBC’s Chuck) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, The Artist).
In Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father (Bean) have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. On the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever. READ MORE
After a painfully long hiatus, TJ and Adam are back to talk about what they’ve been playing, including Mass Effect, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Silent Hill: Downpour, and Syndicate. But that’s not all — you can also look forward to some The Dark Knight chatter, a few miscellaneous Final Fantasy and Mass Effect spoilers, and a little Justin Beiber sprinkled in for good measure. This isn’t the comeback episode you’ve wanted, it’s the comeback episode you need! Download it if you are subscribed, or listen HERE!
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
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.
If you’re visiting this site I’m going to go ahead and take a leap of faith by saying a majority of you are insatiable gorehounds. You appetite for all things red and squishy is bottomless. If when the on-screen psycho revs up his chainsaw gets your nether regions aflutter, than this is definitely the list for you.
Other than being one of the most terrifying tools created by man, the chainsaw is also a weapon favored by many an iconic serial killer or out of control madman. The sound it makes is unmistakable, and when you hear it, you know someone’s day is about to get ruined. Head past the break for thirteen of the most bloody and brutal chainsaw appearances in video games. Just make sure you have the stomach for it first. There’s nothing quite as gross as cleaning vomit off a keyboard. Ick.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
March might look pretty great with its trio of Silent Hill games and Operation Raccoon City, but February doesn’t look too shabby either. We all known about Resident Evil: Revelations that’s prepping for its Feb 7 release on the Nintendo 3DS, and now both Alan Wake for the PC and American Nightmare have been given release dates as well. Mr. Wake’s finally making his way to PC sometime next month and the more bite-sized American Nightmare is releasing on Feb 22. Now all we need is another Alan Wake to be announced with a 2012 release date and we’ll have three Silent Hills, three Resident Evils, and three Alan Wakes. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
To help you make the tough decisions of what to buy and what to wait on, I’ve included a handy list of all the upcoming horror games coming out over the next couple months. No need to thank me, it’s my job. But seriously, you better thank me. 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
Remember how the first three months of the year were packed with amazing horror games, enough to throw even the most insatiable horror fan into a horror overdose-induced coma? Well, while this remains true, January is looking a little less appealing now that the Silent Hill HD Collection has been pushed back into March, to release alongside Downpour and Operation Raccoon City. No reason for the delay has been revealed just yet, but I hope it falls somewhere in the ‘extra polishing’ category.
For those keeping up I’ve provided a revised release schedule for the horror games coming out up until March, which you can find after the break. 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
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 when I asked you to tell me what your favorite (and least favorite) horror games of 2011 were? I realize that was way back in 2011 so it might be a little hazy, but it happened, and now I have the results. After slaving away over a hot computer, picking through thousands of votes across 13 categories, I now have your winners.
The biggest surprise came from how many times Dead Space 2 and Dead Island butted heads, fighting for first place; apparently you all love those two games (and for good reason). So without further ado, let’s see who the winners are! 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).
To say that the song is awful doesn’t even begin to cut it. The moment it started my head fell into my hands and I let out a pained moan. “Okay, relax. Just give it a little bit more and see what happens.” I thought. I tried to give it a fair shot. Nope, not even worth my time having such a hopeful, positive outlook. In what might be the worst thing I can say about this song, I really think it has made me less interested in playing the game as a whole.
The theme songs to Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 were so beautiful and haunting that I felt drawn towards the games, as though I were being summoned to Silent Hill in the same way the characters were. What happened? What went wrong? I don’t know, but I am not in the slightest bit happy about this.
Check out the trailer after the jump and hear the travesty for yourself. Oh, and head on over to Dead Pixels to read BurnTheBlueSky’s (a.k.a. TJ) take on the trailer.
Most games can cover up their flaws with jaw-dropping visuals, slick combat, or boobies, but horror games don’t have it as easy. In fact, for a game in this genre to succeed there’s one thing it always has to have, and that’s a powerful atmosphere. An atmosphere is a compilation of a bunch of different things that makes the game stick with us long after we’ve played it. It’s also a little different for each person since everyone experiences their games differently from the next.
For me, atmosphere is how the game looks, sounds, and feels. For example, if I’m walking down the rusted, broken halls of a long abandoned down mental institution with only my flashlight to illuminate the path in front of me as I instinctively jerk the beam of light toward what I could’ve swore was a shadow or the sound of footsteps – that’s an experience I’m not going to forget any time soon. It’s the atmosphere, or all the little details that sets the game apart from the rest and helps immerse you into the experience. So head past the break to see the 13 most atmospheric games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing, and remember, these aren’t in any particular order, so please don’t freak out if your game is #5 while an obviously crap game made #3. READ MORE
Announced not long after Capcom revealed their Resident Evil: Revival Selection, Konami let loose their plans to remaster Silent Hill 2 and 3 in the Remastered Collection. Unlike Resident Evil, the new and improved Silent Hills will be exclusive to the PS3 (at least for the time being), but at least many gamers who missed these fantastic games the first time around will now have the opportunity to experience them with updated visuals.
The Remastered Collection is expected to release sometime in September or October, though no solid release date has been revealed yet. What’s even more exciting is the inclusion of full trophy support and updated in-game voice work from Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, who’s singing has appeared in almost every game in the main series. Head past the break for a few screenshots, unfortunately we don’t yet have a screen of the Pyramid Head mannequin rape scene but since I know many of you are clamoring to see it I will make it my duty to bring you a screenshot of that sometime in the near future. READ MORE
Remember that exciting little reveal from E3 that Konami was joining Capcom in bringing back one of their classic horror franchises in HD? Well, thanks to GameStop, we finally have some new details regarding this collection. If you weren’t aware, both Silent Hill 2 and 3 are getting remastered with crisper visuals and new voicework before they get rereleased on the PS3. Unfortunately, only playstation fans will be getting the collection for now, but there’s a chance it’ll migrate to other platforms as well.
Granted, all of the info gleaned from the collection’s product page can change but if it’s true the important things are its September 20th release date, full trophy support (not a surprise), clearer 720p visuals, and a “completely updated in-game voiceover directed by series vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and soundtrack score enhancing the storytelling and ambient music within each re-mastered game.” Exciting.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 announcedBook 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
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
Update: Just to clarify, this was an April Fool’s Day joke (As if you didn’t know this already).
Remember that multiplayer Silent Hill we talked about a few weeks back? Well, we finally have some details on the game gamers seem pretty split on. It’s called Silent Hill: Eternal Bonds, and it follows a family that travels to Silent Hill for their family vacation. Pro tip: If you’re planning a family vacation or road trip with your friends there are a few towns you should definitely skip, including but not limited to Silent Hill, Raccoon City, Greenvale and Ravenholm, just to name a few.
As you no doubt predicted, the family finds a slew of unexpected surprises when they reach the foggy town resort. There will be four playable characters, the parents and their two teenage kids (a boy and girl). The press release made it sound like the game could be exclusive to the XBLA but we’ll confirm that before we go and freak out any PS3 fans. What we do know is it’s due out this winter. A multiplayer Silent Hill? Could be good, but it could also suck horribly. Thoughts? Predictions? Should this be the next game TJ and I cover in the next Premature Evaluation?READ MORE
We’ve known for some time that Kit Harington (Game of Thrones TV series) was part of the cast of the upcoming Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the followup to the well-received (commercially, not critically) Silent Hill back in 2006. What we didn’t know is which character Kit would be portraying in the film. Well folks, today that changes as it looks like he’ll be assuming the role of Vincent, a priest of the Order. Vincent will be undergoing some changes in Revelation and he’s also going to have a more prevalent role in the film than he did in the games.
I’ll admit I had (admittedly improbable) hopes that Cillian Murphy would be Vincent. Yes, I know that would never happen but you have to admit the guy shares a rather remarkable resemblance to Vincent. With that said I’m sure Kit will kick ass in the role. Now we just have to wait to hear who will be taking on Claudia. A few months back I offered a few possibilities for the role, just in case a certain director happens to be perusing this post. READ MORE