i'm going to be brutally honest, its not really scary. neither of them. the levels are lovingly created and designed, but its extremely hard to get into.
there are some absolutely ridiculous effects designed mainly to pad it out, such as the debilitating fog that just cuts off half of your view (thankfully gone in the sequel). however, its not nearly as bad as the darkness (made a core gameplay feature in the sequel), and i'm going to rant here for a second.
its so bad that it made me assume that the redesigners decided to stop making the graphics better and instead decided to make it nearly impossible to see even on the brightest settings, gamma all the way up, and the flashlight on. IN BRIGHTLY LIT PLACES. it gets even worse in the next one, where near the beginning you have to find your way through hallways filled with enemies, randomly interacting with walls hoping to find a door that isnt broken.
the controls are gimmicky and annoying. theres only one camera control that centers the camera behind your head, and to attack you have to hold one button while pressing a different one. and it never tells you this. or anything.
the puzzles are just stupidly rediculous. theres one in SH3 that requires you to put books on a shelf, and its literally impossible if you dont know the works of shakespeare. which the main character openly admits to.
the story seems forced, like a fill in the blank puzzle found in a doctors office with half of the spots filled in with nonsense.
on the bright side, the music is AMAZING... in SH2. and the enemy design is awesome in both, but prepare to see the same monsters a million times over. but thats pretty much all of the bright side things i can think of.
if it wasnt painfully obvious, this is my first review. but if you seriously need to play it, get a version for the ps2, so that you dont have to deal with my biggest complain
posted by TheOldGuyGamer (LOWELL, MA) Mar 26, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
Sloppy, lazy, inept...these are the words I would use to describe the people in charge of making Silent Hill HD Collection(PS3). Silent Hill 2 and 3 were and still are amazing games and are classics of the survival horror genre. But these ports are simply atrocious. Frame rates that stutter, chug and freeze to the point of making the games unplayable. Horrible lip-syncing during cut scenes and delayed or nonexistent audio effects. And the fog...how do you mess up the fog? Silent Hill 2 actually looked better on the PS2! There's also some odd control issues in Silent Hill 2 where the buttons simply stop working for no reason. Combine these control issues with the slow as molasses frame rate and you get a frustrating and disappointing experience that will make you want to dust off your PS2 and play the original games. Speaking of which, I have SH2 and SH3 for the PS2. I can pop them in right now and immediately start playing them with no trouble or waiting. So can somebody out there tell me WHY Silent Hill HD Collection requires a 4GB install and a 297MB patch??? These games are a decade old! Why can my little PS2 handle these games like a champ but my PS3 can barely run them, even after taking up 4% of the HDD? There's simply no excuse for ports as shoddy as this and Konami and Hijinx Studios should be ashamed of themselves. If you've never played SH2 or SH3 but you really want to check them out, do yourself a favor and hunt down the original PS2 or XBox versions. That way you won't be severely disappointed or get the wrong impression about these wonderful games. Let this game be a lesson for all developers out there that are thinking of doing an HD collection...THIS is how you do it WRONG.
Ever since I played the original PS2 version of Silent Hill 2, I was hooked.
From the creepy simple landscape to the disturbing monsters that fill the ashy world of SH.
In this version most of the frame rate problems have been fixed to move much faster and more fluently without pause. In some ways I feel this was a mistake, and the reason I say that is because the framerate from the original is what made the game a little more realistic.
But none the less I have no other complaints. The graphics are much sharper and with cleaner lines. All in all still a classic.
Im a stickler for the original voices from the game and not the new ones. Its so wierd to listen to!