Silent Hill Shatters Memories this fall

by: Sean Colleli -
The Silent Hill series has been running out of steam (read--scary) in recent years, so Konami is rebooting it on the Wii, PS2 and PSP.  Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is a remake of the very first game and still focuses on Harry Mason and his search for his daughter, but reworks the gameplay to really push the psychological aspects.  Supposedly the game creates a psych profile for the player based on the actions he or she takes and adapts the gameplay accordingly.  I love this idea because previous survival horror games like Resident Evil 4 did something similar but not nearly as deep.  I'm particularly interested in the Wii version, because we'll finally get to use the Wii remote as a flashlight in a dark room.

It's about time the Silent Hill series was brought back to its former glory.  It's also one of several games this year that are pushing the Wii library beyond lame minigames, and I applaud Konami for finally applying the Wii remote to survival horror.  If Shattered Memories does well, maybe another survival horror game will get its dues: Winter.  The in-limbo n-Space project takes a lot of inspiration from Silent Hill and has some spectacular ideas on how to use the Wii creatively, so maybe now it will get the publishing deal it deserves.

Konami Announces Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for Wii™, PlayStation®2 System and PSP® System



Popular Survival Horror Series Resurrects True Terror With
Debut on Wii


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - April 6, 2009 - Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. today unveiled the latest iteration in the popular Silent Hill franchise scheduled to launch this fall on Wii™,  PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Featuring an interactive user interface, improved puzzle system, and a psych profile that changes the experience based on the players' gameplay choices, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories conveys the most fluid and realistic gameplay of the series to date.

"Silent Hill: Shattered Memories returns to its roots in this re-imagining of the original Silent Hill with the most interactive and frightening installment of the decade-old series," said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "With a deep storyline, eerie music and a psych profile that watches its players and evolves to expose their innermost fears throughout the game, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is sure to evoke fear in both franchise newcomers and longtime survival horror fans."

In this terrifying survival horror experience with an all-new soundtrack by acclaimed series composer Akira Yamaoka, players follow Harry Mason, the maladroit protagonist who is searching for his missing daughter, Cheryl. While Harry wanders the snowy streets of Silent Hill searching for clues of her disappearance, he must face twisted creatures from the depths of his frozen nightmares.

In the Wii™ version, players will be drawn into the mysterious town using the Wii Remote™ as a flashlight and cell phone as they search for clues. The cell phone can also be used by players as a user interface which acts as a story telling device, map, camera and much more, providing seamless flow with no interruption in gameplay. Additionally, through a very unique feature in the game, an advanced psych profile watches and adapts to players' actions to acclimatize Harry and the people he meets, the places he visits, and the enemies he encounters to create an intense and gripping experience like never before.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is scheduled to launch this fall for the Wii™ video game system from Nintendo, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.
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