I've read a lot of reviews over this game, and I've noticed one thing: Most of the people who give the game low ratings or harshly criticize it are people who have played the PS2 originals. This seems to be the case with A LOT of the reviews. Here's my two cents.
I played both Silent Hill games on this. Let it be noted, I never played the PS2 originals, so all of this was entirely new for me. Needless to say I enjoyed it extremely. I was happy to finally be able to play the two most critically acclaimed SH games, now in HD.
Like the title says, if you're a newcomer to Silent Hill in general, or if you haven't played SH 2 and 3 yet, this collection will be your cup of tea. If you played the originals on PS2, chances are you aren't going to have as much fun, because you'll constantly be comparing it to the PS2 version. That's just my opinion though.
I did enjoy both games a lot, the HD looks very nice, and even though there were a few glitches here and there, they weren't anything to ruin my experience playing these amazing games. The story to both was great, the gameplay was good, the music and sound were both amazing, and the graphics look wonderful and have a gloomy feel to them, as Silent Hill should.
Like I said, I played the HD collection without ever having played the original SH2 and 3, so that might be why I enjoyed it more than some people. Definitely satisfied me and gave me some good scares.
posted by clovelady (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Apr 2, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
Not a whole lot can be said about this game. Controls are archaic, lags a bit, but man. Venturing through the storylines of my 2 favorite entries in the Silent Hill franchise was just as fun this weekend as it was the first time I played them years ago. As always, Silent Hill 2 remains my favorite entry and the ending almost always brings an emotional response. Game development at it's best!
If you're thinking of trying out this game, don't let the negative reviews prevent you from doing so. Majority of the reviews are from fans of the original Silent Hill games. However, I understand where they're coming from. Personally, I believe the Silent Hill: HD Collection deserved much better ratings than what it's been receiving.
I have never played the original SH 2 (I've seen cutscenes) and it's been ages since I've played the original SH 3. Although the HD versions may have a mildly cleaner, brighter look to them, the atmosphere and stories are still as dark, gloomy and emotionally profound as the originals. The graphics are decent (for a PS2 anyway), and though some players might have complained about game controls or camera angles, I had no issues with such things. In fact, the camera angles sometimes made it hard for me to see what was in front of me or what lurked around a corner, which is a big part of the whole horror experience. Not to mention the game ran pretty smoothly, so no glitches over here.
Another thing that caused negative reviews were the new voices, but really that's a matter of personal preference. Frankly, with the exception of SH 3, I liked the new voices. They gave a certain... charm (I guess?) that I felt the old voices didn't have. Don't get me wrong, I feel the old voices were good and fit the characters, but the new voices (with the exception of Eddie) fit the characters even better. But that's just my opinion.
Overall, SH: HD Collection is very good. And while I'm sure it has it's bad points, I have yet to find any worth acknowledging. This is a game I would definitely recommend to those new to Silent Hill - in particular SH 2 and 3. As for fans of the originals (me being one of them), they may not enjoy it as much if they're too busy comparing the old with the new. Some players refuse to accept new changes, while others know how to enjoy both the old and the new. If you're the former, then stick to the originals.