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.
posted by lonewanderer900 (SHERRILL, NY) Nov 22, 2013
Member since Nov 2013
There was a number of bugs in this ported version of the games,and the fog was dubbed down so much that you can see very far into the areas you explore.Despite that these games are just to wonderful to the survival horror genre to look past.Still two great games just not the greatest port.