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Konami's E3 Event Shows off Silent Hill 5

Zonk posted about 7 years ago | from the that-is-freaking-creepy dept.

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Konami's press conference was short and sweet, but the focus was on the unveiling of Silent Hill V . There's almost no information about it out yet, though there is a singularly unhelpful trailer available online. From the press release: "Building upon the series trademark foundations of atmosphere, adventure and storytelling, Silent Hill 5 introduces players to a frightening new experience. When confronted by the perverse incarnations of evil that roam Silent Hill and Shepherds Glen, players will be able to utilize an enhanced combat system and execute a number of offensive and defensive maneuvers as they experience every terrifying encounter with the games numerous nightmarish creatures. Players will also have to solve a variety of puzzles as they progress through the highly atmospheric game world, using cues from the environment to unlock Silent Hills darkest secrets. Continuing the series tradition of standout music and sound design, Silent Hill 5 features an original soundtrack by famed composer Akira Yamaoka."

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The "trailer"... (4, Insightful)

badasscat (563442) | about 7 years ago | (#19841597)

...is not promising. It utterly fails to capture the Silent Hill mood. It's probably at least partly the voice acting (not that that bodes well either), but it's also the script that leans heavy on the military aspects of the main character's background, and supposedly that's something Konami also played up at their press event. I get the feeling that, in the hands of a new western developer, they're going to go all Resident Evil on us. Which is pretty much exactly the opposite of what most Silent Hill fans want. Silent Hill is the anti-Resident Evil.

Anybody remember the initial previews of Silent Hill 2? (And the final game did live up to that promise.) How still and quiet they were, how the acting was always slow, wistful... "In my restless dreams, I see that town... Silent Hill. You promised me you'd take me there again someday, but you never did... I'm there now, in our special place, waiting for you..."

Gives me chills just thinking about it. There's no such magic about the teaser that was released yesterday.

Still, I'm sure I'll buy it. Hell, I bought SH4 and it was terrible too.

Ah, SH2 (1)

subl33t (739983) | about 7 years ago | (#19841727)

The scariest game I have ever played, loved it.

Hope #5 can line up to it.

SimChurch (3, Insightful)

Petersko (564140) | about 7 years ago | (#19841737)

" I get the feeling that, in the hands of a new western developer, they're going to go all Resident Evil on us. Which is pretty much exactly the opposite of what most Silent Hill fans want. Silent Hill is the anti-Resident Evil."

Well, the opposite of Resident Evil would be SimChurch. Silent Hill would better be described as Resident Evil's sublime second cousin.

Re:The "trailer"... (1)

ACS Solver (1068112) | about 7 years ago | (#19843123)

Not to mention the whole thing with attacking and defensive moves. Silent Hill (or at least the first two games) were about having limited combat possibilities and being unable to easily shoot all enemies. SH3 beefed up combat with adding some more powerful weapons, looks like SH5 might just have a kickass protagonist. Which isn't good for SH.

The "ammo"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19843435)

Beefed up? Oh please. Only when you unlocked unlimited ammo. Just try going up against the last boss with a sword* when you ran out of ammo from killing all the rest that buzz, leap, or crawl around you.

*and let's not get into the fact that a FPS character has better reflexes than a Silent Hill character.

Re:The "trailer"... (1)

Red Pointy Tail (127601) | about 7 years ago | (#19844949)

The atmosphere is really good .. but the game sucks. The control is sucky, and the gameplay... which is mostly traipsing about hunting for Key C to fit in Lock C... no thanks!

Xbots Crying Over Metal Solid 4 (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19841705)

Isn't it funny how badly the Xbots wanted MGS4 on their crappy little underpowered and defective console?

And Kojima walks out on stage yesterday and gives the pathetic little Xbots who have been desperately posting or making up rumors for over a year now a big FUCK YOU LOSERS.

PS3/BluRay/Cell/RSX for the MOTERFUCKING WIN.

Re:Xbots Crying Over Metal Solid 4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19842237)

Yeah you're right! Pixelation Station 3 for the win! I used to like reading comments in the daytime because all the kiddies were at school, but its obvious... schools out for summer :(

Re:Xbots Crying Over Metal Solid 4 (1)

R00BYtheN00BY (1118945) | about 7 years ago | (#19843431)

wow who cares

Re:Xbots Crying Over Metal Solid 4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19843485)

Awesome! After all the begging and pleading for the game now they are trying to pull the "we never wanted it anyway" bullshit!

So wonderfully sad and pathetic!

Re:Xbots Crying Over Metal Solid 4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19843569)

i dont even own an xbox nor do i care about metal gear solid but ok

Horrendous voice-over (3, Insightful)

Kelbear (870538) | about 7 years ago | (#19841731)

If that's the main character's voice acting this game will be a rental at best. Silent Hill's critical acclaim has been the immersion and atmosphere it creates. Using some random guy off the street to voice the protagonist completely destroys that. If this was a plan to save money it was not thought out very well. They need to get a real voice actor like what the japanese versions of media get. This is too important to the game to forgive. Silent Hill dialogue and script have been its weak points, but using terrible voice acting is just rubbing salt in the wound.

Lame. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19841969)

Lamest. Trailer. Ever.

I hate trailer text (1)

halcyon1234 (834388) | about 7 years ago | (#19842057)

Players walk around and fight monsters by using attacks against monsters that they encounter while walking around.

Arg, it's like trying to read the back of a movie at a rental place. Please stop letting your ADHD marketing drones masturbate out the preview-text.

It hardly "shows off" SH 5... (2, Interesting)

flitty (981864) | about 7 years ago | (#19842081)

It was a 30 second trailer of the logo! I don't care what the press release says. SH 4 sounds like a great game on paper too. To make a slashdot post about this single game that had a 30 second trailer is strange to me. Anyone care to explain why this game gets it's own post, when this game possibly has the least amount of information around it from E3?

3 Rings! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19842193)

I see 3 red rings in the teaser trailer. 3 red rings and it will be out on X-Box 360.

I'm very afraid ;-)

Does anybody remember? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19842997)

Does anybody remember the pre-release reviews of the first Silent Hill?

I distinctly recall them mentioning that the children looked liked children but that they were being changed into what we are now familiar with because it was too creepy. Was there ever a release or mod that allowed you to play with the children as originally envisioned?

Well, at least... (1)

Red Mage 13 (791885) | about 7 years ago | (#19843229)

Well, at least I'll still be able to enjoy the soundtrack...

American Developer (1)

ludomancer (921940) | about 7 years ago | (#19843719)

The Collective is developing this one, though I can't think of a single effin' reason why you'd hand over a successful mega-franchise to an American developer. :(

Why don't we just skip this one and move on to part Six?

The Collective (1)

LKM (227954) | about 7 years ago | (#19847387)

For reference: [collectivestudios.com]

  1. The Da Vinci Code
  2. Marc Ecko's Getting Up
  3. Some Star Wars games
  4. Indy and the Emperor's Tomb
  5. Buffy
  6. A Star Trek game
  7. "The Game of Life" (seriously)
  8. MiB

Not looking too great.

pleasebegoodpleasebegood (1)

Tol Dantom (1114605) | about 7 years ago | (#19846425)

I think people are being a bit hasty to criticize based off a 30 second spot of a logo which clearly shows that they have no assets yet. Also, people who are afraid of SH4 should pay attention because they basically say they're going to try to copy SH2.

That being said I'm hardly confident about this next effort. They say they're going to capture the atmosphere of Silent Hill, but apparently they're going to do it with multi hit frame advantage combo system and gravity gun puzzles. This is a lot better than finding rooster keys and firing your biggest gun till it runs out of ammo but it really sounds like they're missing the point. Silent Hill is ripe for a new kind of gameplay and narrative structure (actually the narrative was one good thing from sh4). SH was satanic resident evil because thats what the technology allowed, but why are we still yoked to the same basic system of exploration and combat 10 years later? Silent Hill got to 5 because the mythos is excellent even though the games are crap to play. Can we please change one and keep the other and be done with this? I keep waiting for this series to finally reach its potential or flame out.
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