DO NOT rent this! I have been a long time silent hill fan since the very first one came out. This HD remake of SH 2 and 3 is pathetic, glitches from the start of the game all the way to end. Pausing loading even while trying to just walk down the street. Feels like your playing an untested beta, which is truly sad considering that SH 2 came out more than a decade ago and run smoothly with no problems. This remake feels like it was done by someone who didn't really give a #$%# if anyone played or not. A real slap in the face to long time SH fans.
I was eagerly anticipating the opportunity to play the highly revered Silent Hill series because I was much too young and skittish to handle the games when they were first released. Unfortunately much to my dismay the game design is painfully dated and aggravating despite all of the commendable stylistic choices. The controls are inexcusable and are probably why the survival horror genre will remain forever a niche unlike horror films known for their mass appeal. What aggravated me the most was the distribution of ammunition in confined areas which you are not allowed to leave. The first hospital stage left me facing a boss face with the bare minimum of supplies and a stick for my alternative and since nothing regenerates and the games prohibits the character from leaving the stage based on its absurd logic I was left with the option to either start the game over or try to beat an enemy with a stick. This all occurred in Silent Hill 2 which up to that part I had found myself enjoying to a fair degree and then the callous design of the game essentially spat in my face.
posted by MetalGears (CRYSTAL LAKE, IL) Apr 7, 2012
Member since Oct 2006
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Silent Hill 2 and 3 are 2 of my top 10 games. Mind you Fatal Frame 2 and Xenosaga trilogy rate above it however they are 6th (3) and 5th (2) on my favorite games list. This port however butchers the series in such a way I thought impossible. The game was so terrible Konami released a day 1 patch that fixed....absolutely nothing.
Silent Hill 2 suffers slow downs and the new voice overs are horrendous to the point I'm happy they released it with the original voice overs. However the voices are out of sync and sometimes I feel like i'm watching a chinese dubbed movie with the way the lips move and the voices speak. The HD graphics are crisp, however the game suffers lag at times. It feels like i'll be running at regular speed, 60 frames per second, then I suddenly drop to about 5 or 6 frames.
Silent Hill 3 suffers all the problems above...however at a more constant pace. The slow down accounts for 90% of the game. What should have taken a speed runner 2 hours and 15 mins to complete (my last speed run time, knowing where everything was, on easy) took 4 hours and 10 mins however the game still logged me at 2 hours and 9 mins. The slowdown is THAT bad. The new voice overs are horrible, however konami in this case couldnt release the original voices due to Heather Morris not signing off on her voice work. People claim they couldn't find her however its the same Heather Morris who voiced Cheryl Mason in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories so Konami has her contact info. The new voices are so terrible I muted the game and put on a series of cutscenes on my laptop and hooked in Headphones to play when a cutscene played. The only actress who seems to care in Either game is the new Heather, at least she sounds invested, the other guys just phone it in.
If you want to play these games in crisp clear definition, buy a 25 dollar Playstation 2, grab Silent Hill 2 Greatest Hits, and Silent hill 3, and hook it up with a Component cable. Still cheeper than this watered down port