Monday, January 25, 2010

My thoughts on Silent Hill Shattered Memories

My wife and I bought together Silent Hill Shattered Memories for Nintendo Wii last December as our mutual Christmas Gift. After a few hours of game play, I finished the game two days ago. Here's my thoughts on the game.

First, let's start with the story line. You are Harry Mason, a writer, who wake up of a car accident. As you wake up, you realize that your little girl Cheryl is missing. Your main goal is to find her by exploring various area of the town of Silent Hill. That seam a pretty simple storyline but it is much more complicated. As you progress in the game, you will realize that Harry have confused memories of his past and present. His reality seem altered and doesn't make a lot of sense. The more you progress in the game, you will be left with more questions than answers letting you wanting more.

As you would expect for a "scary" video game, the ambiance tries to be spooky and dark. Most of the game is played in the dark as you move Harry into deserted streets, buildings and woods with you flash light. In some area of the game, music is gently played in the background to get you in the mood. But it didn't got me in the mood I expected, instead of feeling a little bit tense, thinking about what will jump on me when turning the corner I felt more intrigued, the music was mysterious, not really spooky.

The graphics were good but could have been better. The main problems were the textures that were not looking realistic enough for me. Also, the game is so dark that you miss a lot of details that could have helped me feel like I was there, in the world of Silent Hill.

Overall, the game is good and I had a good time playing it. I didn't get the kind of scare I was expecting though. I was a little bit nervous at the beginning of the game. But when I realized how the game would be played, while finishing the first chapter, the "scare factor" went to 0. I was more intrigued than scared. The game isn't hard at all, it is not a very challenging game, it is more like watching an interactive movie. I remember reading somewhere on the Internet that the game is meant to be "experienced" and I feel it is totally true. To appreciate this game, I would suggest you play to it alone, late at night. I would also suggest you rent it before buying it. For my part, though I liked the game, I will exchange my copy at a local gaming store for another game of Nintendo like Zelda Twilight Princess or Mario Galaxy that have a better "replay factor".

By the way, if you like Science-Fiction and have a Wii, I would suggest you to play to Metroid Prime 3. I totally digged this game. An all time favorite.


The Captain said...

Thats too bad, I was hoping it was scary like the original. I will probably get it just because I love the other Silent Hill games so much. Thanks for the review.

PumpkinBrain said...

I didn't had the chance to play the original game so I have no point of comparison with Shattered Memories. I think I will try to get a copy of the fist game. Maybe I can find one on Ebay.

Chris 'Frog Queen' Davis said...

Good to know. Definately going to rent this one rather than buy it. Too bad, though, looked good.


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