As a fan of the popular Silent Hill series, I see no reason why not to play and replay each game I have and I will defend its prominence to my death. Although it has its kinks, as any video game, even the good ones, has, Silent Hill is one of the most robust games you can get. If you don’t enjoy the game play there is always the story line, the excellent soundtrack, or the graphics to take you away. And if that still doesn’t draw you into the series, then I’m glad I wrote this article.
1) The Soundtrack – One of the things Silent Hill is known for is the music. Every second of game play is accompanied by unsettling ambient sounds intertwined with songs stripped down to guitars and drums. Later soundtracks, like Silent Hill 3 or 4, even have lyrics and mainstream Japanese pop included. Another great thing about the soundtracks is the cost: if you don’t get the soundtrack for free with the game, a ten dollar purchase gets you almost twenty songs. That’s a good deal.
2) The Storyline – What can I say about the storyline? It is simply mesmerizing. Each game has a separate, unique storyline that adds to the flavor of the series while expounding on its history. When I played the games the first time through I could not set the controller down and half of it was because of the story. It leaves you wondering what will happen around every corner and, especially with Silent Hill 3; you need to replay the game just to get all the references to the past two games.
3) The Graphics and Creatures – Silent Hill features some of the most renowned villains and creatures in video games. Pyramid Head is absolutely terrifying and as well as the distorted Leonard character. While these creatures are disturbing, they are also enchanting. Where else can you pick up a controller and begin killing manifestations of your childhood nightmares? Besides that, everything looks pristine. The detail that went into each shop, street corner, and house in the Silent Hill games is simply breathtaking. Combined with the clever blanket of fog, the game looks impressively realistic, even though it’s on older generations of game consoles.
4) Behind All of That – This part is if you are like me and you wonder about the explanation for all of this. How do people encounter a town that is hopelessly deserted yet filled with people at the same time? The game provides a few hints as to how the environment comes to be but most of it is up to your interpretation. That’s right, you and me. Some people have written articles on its psychological factors and merely thinking about it gives you that wow factor that you normally get from watching movies like Inception or reading scientific journal.
In the end the decision to go out there and buy a Silent Hill game is up to you. I would recommend any of the games in the series from 1-4; the original four remain the best but the others aren’t too bad either. The choice is up to you but I can guarantee that it won’t hurt.