Hello everyone! This week, my Flashback Friday is a game that you’re all probably sick of hearing me talk about…
Silent Hill 2. The game that sparked a revolution in the horror genre. It set the bar super, super high for many horror games since it’s release – and is considered one of the best horror games created.
Silent Hill 2 was created by Team Silent and published by Konami in 2001 for the Playstation 2. But don’t let the name mislead you into thinking that Silent Hill 2 is a direct sequel of Silent Hill 1 – as it is a completely different story, with a new set of characters to obsess over.
James Sunderland, the main protagonist, heads to Silent Hill after getting a letter from his deceased wife, Mary, saying she is waiting for him in their ‘special place’. James, as a character, comes across as a loving, caring and devoted husband to Mary – but as the story unfolds you see that James has hidden, dark secrets. You soon find out that James had killed Mary and was resentful of Mary’s medical condition.
The game was well received by critics and Silent Hill fans alike, and still continues to capture peoples hearts to this day. The static camera angles have gone down in history among survival horror and is a staple piece of Silent Hill’s history. Along with this, the atmosphere that Silent Hill creates is so unique and special – it makes you feel totally alone in the nightmare you’re watching play out before your eyes.
Silent Hill is home to one of the worst game mechanics too. The controls are incredibly hard to use, and even though I’ve mentioned the static camera angles, they kind of become a bit of an issue when walking or running around. I found myself constantly running backwards or the wrong way! It can be pretty hilarious to watch me play sometimes, but a lot of the time it’s frustrating because I’ll be trying to dodge attacks and I’ll be running in all directions which means I get hit constantly. Irritating.
But in all, it’s one of the best games I’ve ever, ever played. I know I have always expressed my love for Silent Hill 2 and the Silent Hill genre in general, but I couldn’t resist writing about it for this weeks Flashback Friday. If you haven’t played it and you want to play a game that will really mess with your head, this is the game for you.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks Flashback Friday! What was your favourite Silent Hill game? Let me know in the comments!