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ccrogers15
03-26-2013, 04:02 AM
What Silent Hill game was the one that made you love this series?

For me: Silent Hill 3
That was because, i was at gamestop in 2004, and was buying Resident Evil Outbreak that had just released that day. Well, i was recommended that Silent Hill was a similar series, so i also bought SH3.
I absoluetely loved it. It was amazing. The music, voice acting and graphics were superb. I made 2 good choices.
RE Outbreak and SH 3 are both amazing games. Shame we will never have games that good again!

My second SH experience was SH4. I bought it on the release day new.
It was awesome. I remember the demo, had me having nightmares for a week. The biggest scare was the dude coming out of the wall, the other was that unexpected moment when this popped up:
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/1867/17003344.png
I mean just... wow. :nervous:

Darkmoon
03-26-2013, 05:17 AM
Silent Hill 1. I was a big RE fan at the time, and the similar gameplay style made me intrigued. Although I was stumped at the first puzzle...it never occurred to me to look in the doghouse. I was captivated by the town, and the size of the place. And fortunately a friend pointed out what I'd been overlooking.

I played Silent Hill 1 a lot. I used to be able to beat the whole game in an 1.10 or so, or 45 minutes with the UFO ending. Honestly, I don't think I've played another game as many times.

Bianca
03-26-2013, 05:40 PM
Silent Hill 2, definitely. I mean, I played SH1, and I adored it, but the story wasn't nearly as gripping as SH2's. That game completely changed my perspective about video game storytelling, and I remember just lying in bed, some nights, caught up in all those thoughts about the characters and how much I had grown to care about them. I never had that experience before... SH3 was a great experience, too, but it didn't move me the same way.

Dracarys
03-27-2013, 04:04 AM
I do not love the series, is highly overrated. Homecoming would be my pick as favourite, the only game besides Book of Memories where the combat isn't complete arse.

Canas Renvall
03-28-2013, 04:38 PM
^ Overrated? Eh, not particularly. Just the combat is a bit meh, even with the "they're just normal people" argument. The rest of the gameplay and story especially is top-notch.

For me the game that I got hooked with was 1. When I was 14 or 15 (5-6 years ago) I finally caved. I had beaten REmake a couple times and decided to keep looking for more stuff, and someone kept mentioning Silent Hill. Looked it up, saw it for PS1 and decided to track it down. Once I had a copy from a garage sale I ended up using a backup on ePSXe (for the added pretty textures) and played through it. Was pretty fun so I looked up 2 and found the PS2 Greatest Hits version for like $12 at Gamestop used. Took longer to find 3, but again Gamestop came through. Since then I've been loving the series. Downpour was awesome, and it's a damn shame Vatra closed shop. It was the best game since the original trilogy by leaps and bounds, and that's coming from someone who enjoyed both Shattered Memories and Homecoming.

News Bot
03-29-2013, 11:12 AM
SH1 has an absolutely impeccable atmosphere. Was hooked from there but bailed after The Room. Wouldn't mind the franchise just dying.

MeanBob
03-29-2013, 11:47 AM
Definitely the first Silent Hill. I think it was around 1999 or 2000 where I wanted to explore more survival horror games. I was around 9 or 10 years old at the time and I finally manned up to play Resident Evil 2 after playing Dino Crisis - it was still scary for me at that age lol.

I watched my brother play the first Silent Hill, not completely since I was still afraid to play through it, but one day I finally decided to sit down and give it a whirl one day when I was out of school and sick, so I took it from my brother's room and started to play it. He even had a guide that he printed out from GameFaqs. It was different from Resident Evil because it felt more supernatural and psychological. From there on out, I became a fan and we couldn't wait to get Silent Hill 2 on the Xbox (he owned that and we didn't have a PS2 at the time, which I ended up getting for Christmas in 2002). Silent Hill 2 was also the one I replayed the most!

From there, I enjoyed Silent Hill 3, but Silent Hill 4 left a bad taste in my mouth the first time around. A few years later I bought it off of Konami's website at $20 to try it again. I bought because, for one thing, it was hard to find in my area at GameStops, but when I did find it, it was pretty expensive because that was when the first movie came out. Naturally they raised the price :/. That time around, I kind of grew to like it more. Maybe I didn't appreciate it as much the first time around, but I liked it. Maybe I have to give it a whirl again

To this day I still love the classic Resident Evil and Silent Hill games and I consider them at a tie at my most favorite franchises.

ProjectNight
03-30-2013, 06:13 AM
Silent Hill 1.

RaccoonSurvivor
04-02-2013, 09:39 AM
SH1 when I was 8 yrs old..
SH2 is my fave so far.

SH4 wasn't even suppost to be a SH game originally - so that's why it was so different.
Homecomings just tried to cash in on the ''success'' of the films and was a blatent copy - hated it SO much.
The series has lost it's horror ways - with every developer trying to redo SH2's atmosphere and characters

The only modern SH that was even close to classic was Downpour - it was OK at best, but the music wasn't the same since Akira left the series :(
It seems to be all action and no horror or suspence - much like how Resident Evil has gone downhill after the REmake and Zero.

Evidently, the rubbish games have always been the ones that have ''left'' Silent Hill itself and are set elsewhere..
They need to focus not so much on character psyches and more on the town itself and the powers it holds.. Downpour did this well I feel. Anne was the only decent character though, that I felt sorry for .. Murphy not so much

We need a female lead I think for the next game - SH3 was more spooky this way I feel .. you felt more vunerable (not to sound sexist here but it works in horror)

REmaster
04-02-2013, 09:52 AM
Silent Hill 1. I was a big RE fan at the time, and the similar gameplay style made me intrigued. Although I was stumped at the first puzzle...it never occurred to me to look in the doghouse. I was captivated by the town, and the size of the place. And fortunately a friend pointed out what I'd been overlooking.

I played Silent Hill 1 a lot. I used to be able to beat the whole game in an 1.10 or so, or 45 minutes with the UFO ending. Honestly, I don't think I've played another game as many times.

Same here. I remember having a really hard time with the Piano key puzzle. I first started playing it because it reminded me of RE, but scarier. The best way I could describe the scare factor to my friends was something like, "In Resident Evil there are physical fears and while there are plenty of physical fears in Silent Hill as well, the latter carries more of a mental fear. In Resident Evil, you're afraid of getting eaten by zombies or killed by a hunter. In Silent Hill, you're afraid of losing your soul." To this day, one of the most special and relaxing "safe" places in any game for me is the school bus. I don't know why, but there's something so haunting and yet peaceful about it, for me it beats any save room in RE. I never wanted to leave that bus.

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100804002148/silent/images/b/b7/Schoolbus1.jpg

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100804002212/silent/images/7/7c/Schoolbus2.jpg

Akimbo
04-02-2013, 04:28 PM
SH1, my dad bought it around it's release and I played it years later when I was 9, got freaked out by it and didn't play for a while after but I researched about it and watched playthroughs of SH2 and 3. I eventually beat SH1 with the best ending, I've got SH1, 2, 3, Homecoming, Origins and Shattered Memories, although I haven't really played SM at all.

Graco
04-02-2013, 07:40 PM
Silent Hill 2 was the game that piqued my interest. The apartment complex is one of my favorite areas in a survival horror game. Aside from the multiple endings the symbolism in the game kept me playing it for months. I liked 3 but didn't replay it much. And after the 4th game I lost interest altogether.

ccrogers15
04-12-2013, 09:34 AM
I do not love the series, is highly overrated. Homecoming would be my pick as favourite, the only game besides Book of Memories where the combat isn't complete arse.

Your mistaken. Silent Hill is UNDERRATED.
While every game after 4 was pure trash, the original 4 were perfect survival horror games. Had my sh*tting myself.

Ohmycod
04-28-2013, 01:55 PM
Sh 1. I first played the demo and that bit where the city suddenly changes and those bears come out of nowhere really scared me! The whole demo gave me the creeps constantly. When it finally came out I bought the full game and was hooked for weeks, not to mention constantly frightened of it! Out of all the silent hill games I still think 1 has a slightly better scarier ambience and darker soundtrack than the more popular 2 and 3.

Sh 2 was the next one I played, and whilst Pyramid head really freaked me out for quite some time, I don't think the game was quite as scary as 1. The first time I played it it did freak me out, but looking back on it now I think sh 2 is actually slightly overrated.

Sh 3 was the next one but it wasn't as good as 2 imo. It didn't really scare me much, and heather was an annoying brat. But I will say that if it's one thing that did worry me it was the creature that is blocking the exit of the office building. Whilst it never does anything the noise it makes and it's presence really scared me..

Sh 4 was the first sh game that tried something different, and for me it worked. I find sh 4 to be quite underrated, and it also featured quite a lot of Team Silent before they split for good, I actually found sh 4 to be better than 3. Not only did it scare me mentally more than once, but I liked the storyline of it too, and the soundtrack was really haunting if you'll forgive the pun. The first time I saw the Cynthia Ghost freaked me out, and those sounds of her gurgling in the distance when you run off *shudder* Then of course there are also the hauntings *shudder* I might even go as far as to say that 4 is by far the most disturbing out of the 4 games.

But still Sh 1 will always be the one that got me hooked and is in my opinion the best of the 4. The voice acting may not be on par with the later titles but the atmosphere and the creepy ambience created in the game will always be superior to the others.

SinValentine
05-30-2013, 04:04 PM
Silent hill 2! The music was great, I used to play the OST depending on how I felt lol--like pyramid head music when I was mad xD

Marvin
06-04-2013, 01:39 PM
defenately SH1 at its full graphics. I do remember one negative first feel - I died on this first action scene and I powered off psx and thought how I can fight those stupid things if I dont have a weapon. It was some time later I realized I had to die there! Shame! But other than that it is best in series and music (or should I say killer loops) also best!

chrism3784
06-06-2013, 01:45 AM
Silent Hill 1 of course. Was the only one out at the time I started playing it. A friend got me into it. Resident Evil lead a lot of people to that game. Like Resident Evil, only the first 3 games were the best. Went downhill after. I tried SH4, I did not like the fact that the character would get weak towards the end of the game and easily die, or was it the girl (been a while). Near the end of the game the character was so weak that there was no way to go on past the prison, I did not like that and never played the game again. This was right after it came out I got it.

Code_R
06-08-2013, 04:42 PM
Hooked is a strong word. SH2 got my interest, SH4 killed it.

Enigmatism415
06-12-2013, 07:23 PM
I've never played Silent Hill before. Could someone here recommend a title that will likely hook me?

DONNIemo
06-16-2013, 09:26 AM
The Demo that came with Metal Gear Solid was enough to get me excited for Silent Hill 1, then i bought it, i remember staying up late at night after school playing it with the blanket around me in the dark on my old tv playing it. Scared the shit outta me. I then got all the others. 2,3,4. I really disliked Homecoming, a Shattered Memories. But I like the Vita one. its not great but it is ok. Nothing beats the first 3 though....

Ohmycod
06-21-2013, 07:03 PM
In fact I will actually go on to say that sh1 is and always will be the best for me. Looking back on 1999 and gaming, what the hell has happened?! I don't even really play games anymore frankly. I am eagerly awaiting 1.5 because it will be great to play a re game again.

I just wish I could go back to those days and re live my glory gaming days again, it's true that I can still play sh but the first time will always be the most memorable.


The Demo that came with Metal Gear Solid was enough to get me excited for Silent Hill 1
Yes I remember the demo well, it was the school with the dark lights and child zombies that looked different to the finished version. Instead of what I used to call teddy bears, they actually resembled children a lot more!

Broom
07-09-2013, 08:46 PM
For me silent hill 1 I remember being 7 when playing it 2000 and I had nightmares and no game gave me nightmares to this day but this one I love it so much, when my friends played it today he hated it and said it wasn't scary maybe it hadn't aged well but it's a shame that many people will not see this game like we did when we played it.

Ohmycod
07-19-2013, 07:34 AM
Yes it is. I also think the music is scarier too than any of the later games bar 4. I found the soundtrack just as disturbing in 4 perhaps a bit more so.
Loads of people say sh2 is the scariest and best, well I don't think so. Sh1 scared me the most when I first played the demo, and then later the release. I think of it like the argument between terminator 1 and 2. T2 has better effects and more action, but T1 has more horror and is considerably darker. Sh1 is definately a darker game.

Renard
09-02-2013, 05:58 AM
The first Silent Hill game I played was Silent Hill 4: The Room when I was 9. It gave me some pretty messed up nightmares lol.

Graco
09-02-2013, 03:41 PM
Walter Sullivan should have been in SH2. He was the only villain I ever really cared for in that series.

BrionIrons
09-02-2013, 08:40 PM
Silent Hill 1 hooked me. Its still my favorite one out of the whole franchise.

90s Gamer
10-24-2013, 06:15 AM
Although I only played the Silent Hill demo which came with Metal Gear Solid, it was Silent Hill 2 that blew my mind. I still regard it as one of the best games ever made...somewhere in my top 10 of all-time...

VGBB
11-01-2013, 12:10 AM
I got hooked with Silent Hill 2. Probably the best in the series by far. Shame that this series is nothing but "B Grade" now. It used to be "A Grade", if you get what I mean.

90s Gamer
11-05-2013, 03:23 PM
I got hooked with Silent Hill 2. Probably the best in the series by far. Shame that this series is nothing but "B Grade" now. It used to be "A Grade", if you get what I mean.

It's indeed a shadow of it's former self. Last Silent Hill title I enjoyed was Shattered Memories on the Wii.

Without Akira Yamaoka there's nothing Silent Hill left anymore...

drunkdog
01-23-2014, 10:28 AM
Silent Hill 1 scared the shit out of me when it came out ha, that game is still amazing. Silent Hill 2 and 3 are both great as well, The Room is alright...... It's the last real S.H. game. I stopped caring after that.

BSAA . Org
03-06-2014, 05:02 AM
I first played Silent Hill back in late 2002. Yeah, yeah. It was out in 1999 but I was a bit later in trying it. God, what a game. Then shortly afterwards I got to play Silent Hill 2 which was one of the most graphically brilliant games on the PS2 at the time. Hard to believe that less than 5 months later, I got to play Silent Hill 3 when it was released in May of 2003. In later years, there was gaping spaces between new Silent Hill releases, with me not even able to play Homecoming or Origins immediately due to the fact they were on formats I could not afford to buy. But as for what got me hooked, well I guess it was probably the first one. I've not even completed Downpour yet.

jimmyjoejangles
03-10-2014, 01:39 PM
the first silent hill I played was the original. I really like the first three but the room just confused me and I never got into it

BradVickers780
03-12-2014, 09:34 PM
For me it would be 2 because it was so awesome with the soundtrack and the characters and Maria!!! ( I think thats her name.)

BSAA . Org
04-29-2014, 05:33 AM
I think a lot of fans say Silent Hill 2 was the best. I love the opening scene. How scary was the part where James and Maria are running towards the elevator to get away from Pyramid Head? What an epic moment.

Johan Liebert
05-07-2014, 06:33 PM
For me it's 2 since it was the first game in the series I played. The thing that struck me was the de-emphasis on combat which heightened the sense of tension in the whole game as the game did everything in its power to make your character feel fragile.

SheyGrell
05-14-2014, 10:01 AM
Although my favourite in the series is the second, I'd have to say that the first one is what got me into the series. Sure it had it's problems (Though to my mind, not really anything gameplay related), but like the first Resi Evil, it was something new & pretty unfamiliar for the time.
Also, that beginning section was pretty damn memorable.

SilentS.T.A.R.S
08-14-2014, 05:51 AM
For me it was the original Silent Hill. I remember like its now walking into the game store just to check out what they had. Not even knowing I was about to change my perspective on horror period. I seen the game showcased on to tvs. All it was showing was the title screen demo loop. I was intrigued and it seemed like a worthy purchase. It was only out for a day at that moment. I remember even the cover being so unique it just captures my attention. I ran home and I was a husky kid back then I was about 15 maybe. I instantly started it up. It was like 2pm. I got to the part where you are about to first encounter the lil kids. The way the camera would shift with action blew me away. I was a diehard RE fan at the time so the fact it had completely 3d enviornment blew my mind. By the way the intro was dope andopening theme had my hair standing up.

I think by the time I got to the first puzzle I waif sold that this is going to change my feelings on video games being scarier than film. RE was horrifying. I can stress that enough. However SH I couldn't play unless I was with someone else and there was light. It gave me nightmares. The atmosphere has not been matched till this day. The use of sound is superb. The fact that its a whole town and you can't leave and its dark and you can't see to far in front of you mentally just threw me down a long flight of steps. The way it goes between messed up world to f**k I don't wanna investigate what's down the hallway. Yet I still want more. SH2 I sold every ps2 game I had at the time about 15 or so just to buy day 1. My cousin came over for the weekend and was talking shit saying its a weak franchise and yadda yadda. I got tired of his hating put it on and said play it 10 minutes with the lights on. He bit*he'd up immediately. The graphics were top notch still even till this day on ps2 with regular cables on a modern tv set.

In my opinion SH1 is the best but 2 is just as much of a masterpiece. SH3 I didn't get to play till way later. I like it a lot as well. It has some really great parts and themes. I also like that its a sequel to the first. SH4 I bought day one and it was horrifying as well. I know it wasn't to be a SH game at first but I still like it a lot. It was a different experience and had a lot that really allowed it to stand out. I never played SH Origins. I played through Homecoming. It was..... I think that the combat was always fine in my eyes. It didn't hurt to change it up. It had some SH feeling to it. I would like to try Shattered Memories but definately no rush. Also Downpour looks like it is worth owning but I'm a sucker for SH anything. I also enjoyed the first film but couldnt get into the sequel. For the record I haven't played P.T. but I did watch a lit about it. It looks like a masterpiece if Silent Hills plays like it and uses a lot of its tones. Super stoked. Here's to the next game in the series we all been waiting for. One done right.