Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Review

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Gaming
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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is a Silent Hill game released on the Wii, PSP and PS2 game consoles. It’s labeled as a re-imagining of the original Silent Hill game, but I want to be really clear on one thing. The game is nothing like the original Silent Hill game. In fact, it plays nothing like a Silent Hill game at all! If you changed the name of the game and characters, you wouldn’t be the wiser that it was somehow connected to the Silent Hill Franchise.

Now, just because the game is different, doesn’t mean it sucks though! In fact, I found the game to be quite enjoyable! Right up until the end, which was a huge letdown! However, every minute leading up to that letdown was great experience, and one that I don’t regret.

Now, at first I was disappointed. I was hoping for basically a remake of Silent Hill, since I have been wanting to play it again, but utterly detest the original Playstation. So, when I began playing and saw, that aside from some of the names, it had nothing to do with the original game, I felt a tinge of disappointment.

After awhile though, that all Changed. I began looking at the game as a standalone title, and not tossing it into the Silent hill pot, and found myself enjoying it on its own merits.

One of the features of this game, is that there is absolutely no combat! So, if you are expecting your typical “shoot at things that make you jump” type of Survival Horror, you should probably look elsewhere. What this has instead of combat however, is much more unique and interesting! It has “Creature Chase” sequences. When the world will freeze over, and the monsters will come out. The game then switches to a frantic chase game. You have to run from the monsters until you reach a safe area/puzzle room.

So, is it good or bad? Well, as I said, it’s nothing like Silent Hill, so if that’s all you are craving, then steer far away from this game! If however you want a survival horror game that’s different, I highly suggest you check this out!

So, if it’s not like Silent Hill, then what is it like you ask? I suppose the closest game I can think of, would be similar to Alan Wake, except good! It’s basically what Alan Wake should have been! The similarities are too numberous to count. Sure, I have always said Alan Wake reminded me slightly of Silent Hill, however Alan Wake and Shattered Memories have more than just small similarities, at least in my opinion.

The part of Shattered Memories that stands out most for me, is a scene where you are asked to color in a picture of a house. The idea of coloring isn’t very outstanding, true. However the results of that coloring session is! After you Color in the picture, the scene shifts to a house. The house is colored however you colored it in the photo! Right down to the color of the mailbox, and the color you choose for the husband and wifes clothes.

In terms of graphics, this game is amazing! Sure, it may not be able to stand up to Alan Wake, or the God of War games, but keep in mind, this game is on the Wii, PSP and PS2! These aren’t exactly systems known for the best of graphics! In fact, the PS2 is a last gen console! You can hardly expect it to live up to current gen console standards. So, taking into consideration that game consoles limitations, the games graphics are amazing!


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