If you were introduced to video games by playing Call of Duty and you expect to run straight through this game, you will HATE Silent Hill. Silent Hill is about exploration, solving REAL puzzles, putting together clues, avoiding fights when possible and having a tough chaotic and confusing battle when fights are necessary.
If you're expecting a frantic, action packed shooter style pace, then you should play a good shooter. I love shooters too. But, Silent Hill is about letting your mind slip into the game. Get engulfed by the world. Turn off the lights and allow yourself to really experience what's happening. It's a psychological game and to appreciate it fully, you have to let the game set the pace and not try and set the pace yourself. In a way, this game controls you, you don't control it. And if you're trying to play it at YOUR pace and YOUR speed, you will NEVER get anywhere at it. This game was meant to be a mind wrecker. If you enter this game with the attitude that you will let it take you on it's journey, you will LOVE it. If you go into it trying to make it an action/shooter game, you will get nowhere and quickly get frustrated.
People who gave this game a 1 need to understand that this is a old time game and a lot of those games where like this at that time just cause its a remake doesn't mean it is gonna be like call of duty or borderlands with super smooth controls if they wanted to re make silent hill like that they would of just created a whole new game People who didn't like the game because of the controls or graphics obviously never played on anything else besides a xbox360 and never a old console like ps1 they fail to realize that the game graphics greatly improved and most of all a old time great hit game is now on xbox and its time to go back to the past again
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If you are not already a fan of the Silent Hill series, do yourself a favor and avoid this game. After hearing countless tales of how exciting and scary and fun this game is, I must say I was incredibly disappointed. Silent Hill did not age well.
The controls are atrocious. There is no camera control, and the vast majority of the 2 hours I put into the game I was looking behind my character, with no idea what I was walking towards. I doubt they recorded any new sound effects, they sounded terrible. The graphics have been updated, but still look awful. The "combat" is as bad as I have seen. The only tactic I needed was face enemy, hold "A" until it stops moving.
But the worst part is that there is no way of knowing what you are supposed to do. I suppose that is what it would be like to be in this situation in real life, and it makes it more "fun" to have to figure it out, but after running around foggy streets that all look the same for an hour and a half, smashing "monsters" with a stick in what passed for video game combat 15 years ago, I died. There was no indication of how close to death I was. I don't necessarily need a HUD, but give me something. The man(I never even learned his name) should slow down or walk funny or show some damage. So I had to start all over because I never found a way to save. No thanks.
Fans, go for it, because you already know what to do and now you get achievements for it. New-comers, remember Silent Hill 2 came out in 2001, and it definitely shows.