gamers (96%) found this review helpful
Being an avid Silent Hill fan, I was stoked when this title first came out. Good and bad news...first the good. The graphics and sound are awesome, truly great. The atmosphere that this game creates in order to really experience the mood and environment is better than any I have seen, next to only a handful of others (Halo and Indigo Prophecy are just a few to excel at creating mood and include you as if you were there). The bad news is...the game doesn't sustain the intensity that it initially sets up and actually becomes rather...well boring. About half way through I couldn't find/figure what I needed to do to keep proceeding and it got to the point that I actually didn't care. Silent Hill 2 sustained it's atmosphere, intensity, mood, and desire to see what's around the next corner throughout the ENTIRE game. Silent Hill 4 loses major points for that.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Excuse my above pun, but the Silent Hill games have progressively gotten less disturbing. The original Silent Hill was a genre reineventing, creepy masterpiece. Silent Hill 4 is quick to turn on the creeps but doesn't really build or even stay consistent in it's scariness.
The many different "worlds" was a new approach that just doesn't pan out. However, the biggest difference is the inclusion of a first person view while in the MC's apartment. Seeing through a character in a SH games eye's really multiplies the creep factor and adds a "you're there" feeling. I wouldn't mind seeing that or some variation in future SH games.
Graphics and sound are all top notch. Controls and combat are a little better than previous games but nothing to get excited about.
Overall, if you like Silent Hill games or even if you're a little interested, give this one a try but don't expect to be blown away.