Survival horror like Silent Hill?

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I've been hooked on the Silent Hill series, having played Xbox's SH2 & SH4. Am planning on buying a PS2 to play the original and the 3rd SH. (I'd wait for next year's PS3, to combine backwards compatibility with the next gen's capabilities, but used PS2s are being offered up at EBGames for $100.)

So are there any other series out there, or single games, that play like Silent Hill's combination of thoughtful, psychological horror, fetch & place puzzles, and combat? Have read about, but haven't played Clock Tower 3, Cold Fear, The Suffering & its sequel, the Resident Evil series, etc. Wondering if I just chanced across the crown jewel of survival horror, or if there's something even better out there.

almondjoy, Thursday, 29 September 2005 15:27 (eighteen years ago) link

Alone in the Dark(first one)?

kingfish superman ice cream (kingfish 2.0), Thursday, 29 September 2005 15:38 (eighteen years ago) link

The new resident evil is completely amazing... a much better game than any of the silent hills.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Thursday, 29 September 2005 15:42 (eighteen years ago) link

The more atmospheric and intelligent w/ its internal mythology, the better. Another plus is the soundtrack - Silent Hill's scores have been consistently good.

Alone in the Dark, that sounds familiar. Thanks, and also for the RE recommendation. I figured, buying a PS2, I'd get at least one of the RE games, after reading the RE thread on ILE. Has the series been consistently good, or are there REs to avoid?

almondjoy, Thursday, 29 September 2005 15:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Polyphonic OTM-- Resident Evil 4 is one of the best games I've ever played, and it's both scarier and more fun than any of the Silent Hill games. The Suffering is boring and disgusting and has a name like a black metal band.

antexit (antexit), Thursday, 29 September 2005 17:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Silent Hill: The Room had maybe the best opening movie of any video game I've ever played, but the gameplay was so monotonous.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Thursday, 29 September 2005 17:23 (eighteen years ago) link

RESIDENT EVIL... FOUR! and the first Alone in the Dark are the only horror games anyone will ever need. Though Silent Hills 2 and 4 are quite good.

adam (adam), Thursday, 29 September 2005 17:44 (eighteen years ago) link

nightbreed: the interactive movie

rio natsume, Thursday, 29 September 2005 18:10 (eighteen years ago) link

I thought Fear Effect on the Playstation was rather good, but I've not played it in a very long time. Was actually thinking of starting it up again last night, but didn't get round to it. Maybe I will tonight.

melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 29 September 2005 18:13 (eighteen years ago) link

I love Resident Evil 4 as well, but I couldn't really call the internal mythology of any of the RE games consistent.

Resident Evil was something I was thinking about recently as regards good not being the same thing as influential. RE1 has a fantastic core idea, that changed gaming completely, but it's wrapped in layers and layers of rubbish - almost any game that is based on it improved it.

For all that it started on the PS1 (and started the PS1), the best game in the series are on the Gamecube: Resident Evil Zero, 4 and the reworking of the original.

Fear Effect is about as far from Silent Hill as you can get within the framework: there's no real room for wandering around and retracing your steps, it's setpiece setpiece setpiece.

Personally I'd recommend Fatal Frame/Project Zero. There was another one where you control a couple of kids, one of whom has the power to see through the eyes of the enemies. It was supposed to be quite good.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 29 September 2005 19:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Actually working through Fatal Frame at home. I'm almost done with the 3rd night. I'm liking it, though the camera and controls are a bit sticky. I wanted to complete it and see if I liked it enough to pick up FF2: Crimson Butterfly. Right now, I'm thinking I will, if I can find a cheap used copy.

I hadn't heard of Project Zero. Will look that one up. Good RE advice, too. And x-post, agreed on The Suffering, based on the X-box mag game disc demos.

X-post again, Nightbreed, I like the concept (and the movie), but the graphics seem a little too pixelated for total immersion. Unlike, say, the graphics in Doom 3 - bought that and liked it, though the "monsters hiding behind secret doors" bit got old quickly.

almondjoy, Thursday, 29 September 2005 20:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Fahrenheit, Fahrenheit, Fahrenheit!!!!!

It is very good. And very very addictive.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 29 September 2005 20:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, Project Zero is just the European name for Fatal Frame.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 29 September 2005 21:01 (eighteen years ago) link

Silent Hill 3 is a bag of wind if you ask me. The original is great though with some really creepy moments, the second one I also enjoyed but it lacked some of the surprises of the first.

I could never get used to the control system for RE on playstation, I preferred just to watch my mate complete them. The second one is fantastic, but the fourth one is due out soon on PS2 isn't it?

Alone in the Dark seconded, similar to the RE games.

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 30 September 2005 07:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Fatal Frame 1 & 2
Clock Tower series
Blue Stinger
Eternal Darkness

But really, no other series can compare to Silent Hill and what it offers. Nothing.

nutrasweet glider, Sunday, 2 October 2005 15:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Silent Hill 2

Best videogame of all time IMO

nutrasweet glider, Sunday, 2 October 2005 15:49 (eighteen years ago) link

Ooh, Eternal Darkness is a great choice.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Sunday, 2 October 2005 17:07 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
"Silent Hill", the movie - site's now open.

scamperingalpaca (Chris Hill), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Uwe Boll?

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 20:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Christophe "Brotherhood of the Wolf" Gans!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 23:36 (eighteen years ago) link

The stills (follow the links for the poster art contest) look very faithful to the game. The shot of her alone on the foggy Silent Hill street is GREAT. A few "hmmmm" ones (Radha Mitchell menaced by the monster arms, Deborah Kara Unger looking like a swamp woman), but balanced by all the other shots, it still looks very, very promising.

scamperingalpaca (Chris Hill), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 23:55 (eighteen years ago) link

six years pass...

March 13th, double dose of Silent Hill. Am more stoked for the SH2/SH3 HD update (SH Anniversary) than SH Downpour, mainly due to Homecoming's letdown. It would be great if all the fingers pointing at SH2 as the success to duplicate have had any influence, but it seems combat is preferred to atmosphere.

Silent Hill Revelation also comes to theaters sometime this year. Hoping it's not as disjointed as the last Resident Evil 3D pic.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 24 February 2012 14:34 (eleven years ago) link

three years pass...

Anybody else play SOMA? Been digging it so far, even if it does mesh its PKD transhumanist bits with a _lot_ of James Cameron/John Carpenter/Cronenberg bits and just a touch of Harlan Ellison.

Darkest Cosmologist junk (kingfish), Friday, 19 February 2016 09:18 (seven years ago) link

deadly premonition

sweaty palms, Friday, 19 February 2016 20:18 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

Silent Hill franchise announcement coming Wednesday. Speculation on SH remakes (after the RE remake success), maybe a new game or more than one new game.

Christoph Gans also has a third SH movie in development, which I didn't know.

If a SH2 remake, really hope they go for atmospheric dread over combat.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 18 October 2022 19:04 (one year ago) link

Much SH joy. Two new SH games (SH f - set in Japan which looks gorgeous and gives me Fatal Frame / Siren vibes and SH Townfall, trailer of which has Ringu atmosphere), a remake of SH 2 (PS5/Steam exclusive for a year, as are these others I'm guessing), and SH Ascension (a "live, real-time interactive series". With a trailer of semi-literate texts flying by, players commenting "oh shi oh shi oh shi", no thanks for this Gen Xer). Also Gans' "Return to Silent Hill" movie, using SH 2 for the plot.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 20 October 2022 13:07 (one year ago) link

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