I'm in the process of writing a script for a comparison video of Silent Hill and Silent Hill 2, the blog will be updated as I continue working on the script.
So far the categories are:
Best Silent Hill
Best Supporting Characters
Best Boss Fights
Best EndingsRead more >
-Warning: Sensitive Material Ahead + Spoilers-
Okay, so I've gotten a number of questions from friends about how I can like Silent Hill if I'm a Christian, due to Silent Hill apparently being anti-religion. Well, is Silent Hill anti-religion?
Short answer: Not anymore than it's anti-family.
Long answer: Well...
The reason a lot of people claim this is they can see the similarities between the Cult and Christian beliefs - and there a lot of them! The god leaves/dies, similar to the Christ's Ascention, and the god's return seems to be based off of Revelation's desciption of the Apocolaypse. Not only that, but the god is born from a "holy mother" who is a virgin. The chapels seem to be very Judeo-Christian-like as well, and just like the Order's …Read more >
Hey everybody justa quick messgae I would like to gve out to everybody but there are 2 things I am really looking forward to. #1 Silent hill 9. This game looks amaxing and will be coming out in 2015. the 2nd thing I cant ait for is the movie Silent Hills. And guess who the actor is.... Norman Reedus. The guy who plays as Daryl in AMCs poular show The Walking Dead. Norman Reedus also is acting as the main character in Silent Hill 9 also. Makes you wonder. I didnt know He was into this stuff.Read more >
I don't know if you guys have read the Moviepilot article regarding Silent Hills and the series in general, but parts of it are nearly nauseating to read. here's the link: silent-hills-what-does-the-future-hold
On the whole, it's a decently written article, but certain things are unforgivable. Here we go.
Apparently, the author thinks the movie had "no ties to the video game storylines," and "was its own identity."
Furthermore, this individual also claims Revelation was "the first time in Silent Hill history, the storyline had a direct sequel", also complaining that "Heather is dressed exactly as the character from Silent Hill 3" clearly unaware that the character in SH3 IS Heather. Though they also claimed to have no interest in the plot of sai…Read more >
Hey, guys. In this game Lakeview Cabin, a dead woman who follows the player may based on Lisa from Silent Hills as you recognize blood on her stomach. Also, the fetus that chases after the player after killing the dead woman could be based on the Baby.Read more >
Hey guys, it's been a while. I had an idea for something they should do in Silent Hills if they decide to use med-kits. I'm sure this has been mulled over before, but oh well... I think that they should do med-kits like they did in MGS3:Snake Eater, where you literally have to operate on yourself. Depending on the damage and where it is located, you have to find the right things to heal yourself. And then you would actually show it! Something like that could be a great and creative twist on the older ways, right? What do you guys think?Read more >
Did you guys knew about this interview? Anyone knows a link to the interviews given by Takayoshi Sato, mentioned here by Cihi?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhyT4gjDHM8Read more >
Part of my series of analyses on Silent Hill 2. To read more, check my website, the4thfloor.atwebpages.com.
The end of the hospital level introduces us to a motif which will become a staple of the end of the game: the descent downwards. The beginning of the game draws comparisons to Dante’s Inferno and walking through the gates of hell; now, we’re descending into its bowels, further and further into darkness and unreality. Once both rings have been obtained, James and Maria return to the Lady of the Door.
As I explained in the riddle section, this is a symbolic marriage for the two characters, with the exchange of rings by a holy figure. Giving the angel the rings unlocks the door, which leads to yet another staircase, much like those the…
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So, by now everyone knows the big news about the new game and fact that it will be produced by Kojima. It is also known that some former team silent member work in Kojima Productions but the intent with this petition is to include possibily the two most influent people in SH on this project. So if you guys think it's worth it then please sign and spread the word.
https://www.change.org/petitions/hideo-kojima-bring-hiroyuki-owaku-akira-yamaoka-and-mashahiro-ito-as-the-core-creative-team-onboard-for-silent-hillsRead more >
Everyone, a teaser trailer for a new and upcoming Silent Hill has finally been released! I squeeled in excitement after watching it! I am absolutely stoked.
What are your thoughts?Read more >
This is my first blog post as a huge silent hill fan i thought it would be intresting to see what other fans thought of the series such as what they thought of each installment and also what there first experiance with silent hill was like, ive been a fan for awhile now and had never played the games until a friend sugested i play silent hill 2 so i bought the hd collection since it was the easiest way for me to play the older installments and played 2 and 3 back to back and after that i was hooked since then ive played all the other installments save for silent hill 1 and book of memories and i have also watched the movies and read the comics and while i know that some fans have certain games that dont care for and some fans dont like the…Read more >
Hi everyone. As you guys know Silent Hill as come a long way since it's origins in 1999. The world was a different place, the gaming industry was also different and in that year came this game "Silent Hill" which was a product of the developers intentions of making a survavel horror along with the tecnological limits of the time and several other factors...
As time as passed we saw the original team stop working on the series and other developerscoming trying to continue the narrative, first by making a pre-quell, then with a new story supposedly after the events of SH3, then with the reimagining of the original and finally with Downpour... Throughout this games (I mean all of them, not just the recent ones) many things changed and by this …Read more >
This is cross-posted from my website, The 4th Floor, a site that contains all my analysis and critique of the Silent Hill games series. Thice is the beginning of a longer analysis of the entire Silent Hill 3 game.
The story begins with a dream – much like another Silent Hill title, in a way. The first game opens with a dream-like sequence as well. It involves Harry moving between consciousness and unconsciousness, never sure which is the dream or the reality. Both the first and third games deal heavily with this idea of dreaming and the gray area between being awake and asleep.
But Heather has a very unique dream. Hers is a premonition, a warning of future danger. She enters the Amusement Park to find it already transformed into the Otherwo…Read more >
I've been thinking about it for a while, and I was wondering whether anyone else would be interested in reading a Silent Hill anthology comic. Provided it's not written by Scott Ciencin, it seems like it could work fairly well. Since Anne's getting her own comic, this might be a possibility depending on how well it sells (how much of a market IDW sees for Silent Hill material in the future). If it's connected to the main games, it would even let us fill in the parts of the map we haven't been able to go to or have a discrepancy with. What kind of things would people want to see from this? Personally hoping for more female protagonists, and maybe a parent.Read more >
Still no verification that another installment will even occur (but with all the Kojima talk, I find it likely), but recently, a hopeful interview was given with Akira involved regarding whether or not he would be willing to compose more music for the game; let's face it, Licht received not the best- albeit not the worst- reception in the world. I do believe Akira's return would at least be one positive factor a future SH has for it, and though I'm not gonna be getting my hopes up too high, it's a happy possibility!
Check it out here.Read more >
Hey guys and welcome to my weekly blog where I'll be posting news, reviews, info, anything I find interesting and to add to the interaction with you guys I will have a Q&A about anything gaming related or film related, so if you're stuck on something just let me know on my blog, profile or pm me. I will also add a section for my reviews and Q&A on the discussion page for extension. Overall I like to try and keep this interesting but starting a blog is always going to be bland anyway.
If you've read my profile then there's my introduction into my life; I'm an actor, author, avid gamer, critic and I've done some singing. I love animals, I just love them...I mean animals are just one of those things in life that when you're down they make you …Read more >
I'm a huge fan of the soundtrack of SH2. But one of the ending songs I never really thought 'fit' with the ending was Angel's Thanatos with In Water. I understand Thanatos is a Freudian term about the "death instinct" which makes it fit with In Water due to Jame's suicide but the hard-rock was a bit of a turn-off for a, in my view, a very haunting, tragic yet beautiful sort of ending.
My thought is right, if you could change the ending songs of SH2, what would you change them to? You could put in an actual existing song in place, switch the actual ending songs around or even make an idea for a new song. For example, one ending song I think which would really fit with the In Water ending is Hemorrhage (In My Hands) by Fuel:
The reason I think…
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Hey guys! I think we can all admit that the background colors on some of the templates are, well, shit. (And yes, I'm the one who made these particular templates. So blame me.) I want to change the colors to something acceptable without stepping on the colors of the not-awful templates. I'd like to hear your ideas for good template colors. :)
The craptastic templates are:Read more >
Hey everyone! It's been awhile!
Let's get straight to the point, shall we?
This is a leaked image discovered by Gamereactor and has no backing information or a reliable source nor has it been confirmed by Konami, but with Tomohiro Uesugi recent promotion to president and his statement about focusing on Konami’s biggest franchises when he said:
“We will focus on our talent and iconic brands as we continue to provide innovative products for even deeper and more enjoyable experiences to our customers.”
Another interesting part is, I've found another leak from the same source. In this case, Dishonored 2: Darkness of Tyvia.Read more >
A lot of Silent Hill fans think that Lisa Garland is a weak and useless character , but in my opinion Lisa has a very important role in every game/comic/movie she appears in .
In every game , Lisa plays the role of the nurse in Alchemilla Hospital who takes care of Alessa, but none of us know how did she come to Silent Hill and why did she come to Silent Hill ? Why is she a nurse and not something else ?
Little is know about Lisa's Life before arriving to the town , but I know that she worked as a nurse because her family has a very know history of nurses and doctors in Silent Hill .
Lisa was someone who is abused; but also someone who enables the abuse of another . Guilty , but innocent.
No one is fully guilty , but no one is fully innocent…
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(Originally posted to my Silent Hill site, The 4th Floor .)
The symbolic importance of both Mary and Maria are entirely wrapped in one another: they are mirror images, reflections, and understanding one necessitates understanding the other. They come with a dual context that makes exploring their symbolism jointly very important.
It also requires, to some extent, discussing James, in relation to these two women; and to a greater extent, aspects of the Bible and Christianity, which were drawn upon for this game. Symbols and themes from the Christian Bible are strewn throughout Silent Hill 2, and in many ways its primary female characters are easily relatable to some of Christianity’s most important women.
The most obvious would be Mary, as i…Read more >
In the trailer of Silent Hill (1999), I found a beta version of the Larval Stalkers. They look solid like a body rather than ghost-like. In the final, they were now ghost-like appearance. The reason why is they were to much like children (same way as Grey Children as they were replaced by Mumblers in Europe and Japanese version), so they make them like ghosts and cannot be killed. At 1:32 and 1:38.Read more >
No one really knows when Silent Hill: Downpour actually happens.
There are a lot of theories. Fans have scoured the game for clues, and their devotion has given us an opening of almost a decade wherein Downpour could’ve happened. The theories range anywhere from 2004 to 2016.
Can we determine when the game happened? I think so. In fact, I’m certain I know exactly what year the game happened in - and I reasoned it out by exploring Silent Hill’s mythos and the way it presents time.
It all comes back to this question: How does Time work in Silent Hill?
So much is open to interpretation in Silent Hill. The games don’t give us concrete answers for most anything. Like, how exactly did the town come to exist? What power fuels it? How much belongs to th…Read more >
After noticing the voting section on the main page of the wiki, like most others I decided to check out Insert Coin's Silent Hill Apparel. Upon seeing the choices available, I pre-ordered the Lakeview Hotel shirt (I plan on having fun messing with people who don't know about Silent Hill, telling them I stayed there, at the Lakeview Hotel, on Toluca Lake, and that it was a lovely place heh). Well, I finally recieved the shirt and I gotta say the quality is incredible. Between the materials, the stitching and the Logo. Anyone who's still on the fence about ordering any of it, I can tell you with full confidence to just order. You won't be dissapointed with their work. I'm planning on picking up the Historical Society t-shirt now as well, and…Read more >
EDITED: Moved it to Alvanista since I just read that posting content not related to the main series will be moved to the Silent Hill fandom wikiaRead more >
I haven't been able to get back to playing SH2, so I haven't finshed my SH2 symbolism series just yet. But, I thought I'd share something I wrote about SH4 in the meanwhile. Enjoy!
Silent Hill 4 is a strangely told story. It lacks a great deal of the themes and motifs of previous games; locations are transient and are returned to repeatedly; puzzles, as they were before, do not exist; the loneliness of previous games is relieved by the large cast and the presence of a bustling town outside your window, though the feeling of isolation is still strong.
These alterations make this a story that is hard to understand, especially because half of the tale has already happened. By the time Henry is involved, 15 of the sacraments have occurred. …Read more >
OKAY FIRST NO ONE FREAK OUT AND SCREAM "OH MY GOD IT'S COMING TRUE."
THIS IS MORE LIKE A QUESTIONING BLOG SO CALM YOUR JIMMIES.
So, today I heard from Silent Hill Paradise that IMDb has "verified" that SH9 is due for release on September 29th, 2015, with Hideo Kojima as director. You can see it here.
Now I'm pretty sure 99% of us know that IMDb is not a very creditable site, seeing as anyone can edit it. In just a few clicks, someone could've updated it to prompt pointless excitement just like that. However, I certainly wanted to bring this up, mainly to see if any of us here have heard this same news from a more reliable source?Read more >
It's been confirmed by Tomm Hulett on Silent Hill Heaven's facebook page that none of the monsters in Downpour have anything to do with Murphy Pendleton. They are all manifestations of Anne. When asked about how the monsters could be hers, Tomm replied "Maybe she's afraid of people". He then said, "Dolls are loss of innocence". He went on to say, "Every monster has a potential Murphy meaning amd an Anne meaning. Murphy is a "wrong place" character who can be redeemed. Anne is the typical damned SH protag who must either be redeemed through Murphy (her Mary) or murdered - which damns Murphy".Read more >
Wikia Guided Tour covers horror in video games, including interviews with admins on various wikis related to the genre. Myself, AlexShepherd and Riley Heligo were all interviewed for this article. The article is a look into the horror genre, and why people like it so much.
http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Pseudobread/Guided_Tour:_Horror_GamesRead more >
Hey there Horror Fans!
I just wanted to let you know of a potentially cool opportunity. Bethesda Softworks is helping Wikia host an Evil Within Sweepstakes. If you make some fan art or similar creation, you can win a video card or an Evil Within poster signed by Shinji Mikami, the mind behind Resident Evil.
Check out the sweepstakes right here!Read more >
Attention all readers and editors:
The wiki is currently undergoing a new, darker theme. As such, a lot of templates will be required to be recolored and adjusted to match the color scheme. This process may take about a week or so. Some renders will need to be cropped more because white edges are more noticeable.
If you have any suggestions regarding the overhaul, or site design in general, or have any comments, please comment below. Thanks~Read more >
Once he escapes the apartments, James finds himself in the fog-filled streets of the town again. It is here he meets Laura for the second time. When first we saw her she stepped on James’ hand, taunted him, and ran off in the apartment building. In both situations there is distance between her and James. In the apartment, there were cell bars between them; in the street, Laura is up on a concrete wall. Later, in the hospital, a wall of tables will separate them, and only when Laura willingly leaves that circle will she and James interact on the same level.
Laura has been described as bratty and annoying by gamers; I feel as if these people have completely misunderstood this story. Laura is an eight-year old who, for some reason, was …Read more >
WayForward recently showed off an old Silent Hill DS demo made for Nintendo. Skip to the 8:30 mark to see it. http://www.twitch.tv/wayforwardtv/b/467255670Read more >
(Cross-posted from my tumblr .)
Part One: Welcome to Silent Hill, Please Enjoy Your Stay
All of Silent Hill is subject to interpretation, and this one is mine.
In this massive project, I walk through the entirety of Silent Hill 2, connecting imagery, dialogue, level design, puzzles, notes, music, and everything else to certain messages, symbols, and meanings from literature, religion, folklore, and the larger canon of the Silent Hill series.
Since this is my interpretation, that means it is my opinion, and in no way is my word law. Feel free to critique or question my connections because this was written after a three day Silent Hill spree in which I, obsessed and sleep deprived, refused to stop typing words.
That said, if you are interested…Read more >
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*spoilers* cross posted from SHC.
I only played through this game once and it was years ago. My memory may be completely wonky about it. But I do remember a lot of crucial details. It started from viewing this thread, when it all hit me.
If anyone recalls the older works including many biblical and Abrahamic themes. Mostly from Catholicism and Jewish mysticism. I think Homecoming is deeper than people give it credit for.
It started when Homecoming was announced and the names of Alex's parents were revealed. Adam and Lilian. They seem at glance to be nothing, but there is a myth of Adam and Lilith.(Something at the time I commented on.) However, Lilian is not etymologically related to Lilith. (See "Lilith" and"Lily" for more info.) But it's co…
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Cross posted from SHC, spoilers a foot!
Watching a lot of Slayers has opened doors to me on mythos in Asia, specifically Hindu, Buddhist, and Japanese folklore. I'm beginning to think the "false" god motif of the Eye of Night or "God" can be explained.
In Japanese myths, taken from the Hindu/Buddhist concept of Asura (another set of gods, later translated as "demons".) and Devas (gods), mazoku literally means "demon race" or "evil race". These beings, which higher level ones can be as powerful as gods, are beings that thrive on chaos. They feed off of negative emotions of people. Their opposites are the shinzoku, or literally "god race" that benefit from worship and positive emotions. Both races are from chaos.
I am thinking the "god" in Sil…
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A cross post from SHC with spoilers!
First off the descent of God is not a literal myth. Its based on several mythologies, mostly Aztec in Silent Hill's case. (looking at the rituals to God and the references in the Lost Memos about human sacrifice to the sun, I am pretty sure its from Aztec rituals.)
In the beginning, people had nothing. Their bodies ached, and their hearts held nothing but hatred. They fought endlessly, but death never came. They despaired, stuck in the eternal quagmire.
Myth - "2. Birth" 2. Birth
A man offered a serpent to the sun and prayed for salvation. A woman offered a reed to the sun and asked for joy. Feeling pity for the sadness that had overrun the earth, God was born from those two people.
This means that God w…
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Note: This is a cross post from my Tumblr. Spoilers are abound for Silent Hill 1 and 3!
I bring this up because it’s not noted by anyone else and many people in feminism seem to use it to focus on negative rather than some positive examples. While there are many games which have female protags and it’s something that’s been around for awhile I think SH3 was ground breaking in this area for several reasons. Heather, the main character, should be highlighted in the video game arena more for being one of the best written female video game characters.
Many games, when having female protagonists, are still geared towards a male audience. (Yes, SH3 isn’t the exception here, but hear me out.) This usually manifests itself in over-sexua…
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Well first off, I started playing the games in late 2012 for the first time. I started with Silent Hill 2. My first impressions on the game was that it was different from any other horror game out there. My opinion on Silent Hill 2 is that I thought it was pretty awesome. I just loved the story with James and Mary. I also enjoyed Maria's Sub scenerio Born from a Wish. Born from a wish to me was very interesting to me. I liked the character Ernest Baldwin a lot, and I felt sorry for him. I loved the music in Silent Hill 2, in my opinion, "Theme of Laura" is one of the best songs in Silent Hill 2, because I like the beat and tempo that the song has. I liked the characters in Silent Hill 2. In my opinion all the characters were developed well…Read more >
I have recently done a blog about potentially remaking Silent Hill: Origins and what could be done to it to make it properly successful and in line with older games. Now, I have decided to do the same for what is arguably the most divisive Silent Hill game – The Room.
Most people will agree that it was one of (if not the most) experimental instalment of the series, one which was interesting, but with flawed execution. Thus, here are my best ideas of what I think will update the game for the modern times, letting its story and ideas shine in the modern day without being hampered by the design issues like before.
P.S. If you were amongst the people who couldn’t read the earlier blog because of its size, rest assured: this one is two times smal…Read more >
I've seen talk about what kind of path SH9 should follow; should it try something totally new, should it place like the recent titles, or should it revert to the style of the original trilogy?
I think it'd be fun to consider several elements that the developers could put into it to make it the next great Silent Hill.
Things such as:
- Types of characters
- Male or female protagonist (we haven't really had a female one since Heather. I wouldn't necessarily count Eileen or Elle).
- Horror elements (jump-scares, suspense, shock, or mixtures of them?)
- The type of otherworld. (What theme would be cool to showcase this time? We've seen blood, rust, mirrors, water, fire, and rain. Wonder what could be done next?)
- The types of monsters.
- The length. Do we want a…
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Recently, I have made the outline of what I think could be done to Silent Hill: Origins in order to allow it to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the same would be worth for the Homecoming, because of several important issues that I haven’t yet seen anyone answer successfully.
I’m not talking about the appearance of the Pyramid Head/Alex becomes Pyramid Head ending (that can be easily overwritten) or the superfluous character of Wheeler or even the weak pseudo-romance Elle arc (TVTropes provides surprising amount of evidence for him being gay). No, I’m talking about the following things:
I) The children are to be sacrificed every 50 years. The ritual has been done several times and all four parents (Martin Fitch, Sa…Read more >
I've just finished Silent Hill 4 and I'm interested in hearing everybody else's opinions on those who have played and/or completed it before.
Now this would be the fourth game in the series I've completed, having played Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. Now I actually thought it was a really good game. It wasn't as good as the first three games in the series in my opinion, having noticably less story and writing with the characters, but the atmosphere and music was still brilliant. But that said, I still thought the story was good, just not as good as the original trilogy.
My main gripes were the gameplay deviations from the other games such as the 10 item limit and having to constantly go back to Room 302 in order to drop off su…
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Last year we have had four important Silent Hill releases, and generally speaking, all of them were found wanted. The Revelation movie was universally panned, HD collection was famously bugged for a long time , Downpour also had its share of technical issues and bland design ... Book of Memories could almost be considered a success, since it at least never claimed to be horror. Now there is a (hopefully temporary) hiatus and we have seen some speculation here about what the next Silent Hill game could be and what would be the most feasible development for the franchise.
Leaving the non-game media alone (though that is also an interesting subject: some game series did manage to regain their lost standing through the tie-ins), I think that fo…Read more >
This was apparently received in an email response from producer Don Carmody's official website email. If this is true (and the title matches the title of emails I've received after contacting Don through his official site), I'm not sure whether to be happy or scared. NO BASSETT PLEASE!!!!Read more >
Hello Wikians (Wikites?), I'd like to suggest a change in how articles are set up. Some of our articles are quite long, and many of them include dozens of images in their galleries. This may make page loading difficult for people with slow browsers. My suggestion would be to create tabs for the long articles, particularly the gallery sections. It would also help keep things better organized than one super massive page that stretches into infinity. The coding itself is very simple, and would go on the article's main page. An example of what a tabbed article looks like is the Albert Wesker page on the Resident Evil wiki.
However, there is some work involved with creating tabbed pages. Pages would need to be split into multiple smaller pages t…Read more >
From the title, you can tell what this blog is going to be all about. This is about why I think, out of the main eight games, why I think Silent Hill: Homecoming is the worst. Now, I don't want to randomly get attacked and bashed for this. I want anyone who is thinking about randomly saying stuff, to chill down and read why I say Homecoming the worst out of the main franchise. Main franchise meaning Silent Hill 1, 2, 3, The Room, Origins, Homecoming, Shattered Memories and Downpour.
1. To start, it doesn't really seem like a survival horror feel. Now by saying this, I mean Alex has handled a gun before and he knows what it's like to fight! Harry, James, Heather haven't even done something like that! They weren't prepared or expecting what wa…Read more >
Oh, that's right, I meant to make this blog a really, really long time ago. Well, anyway, a couple months ago, a complete stranger from the internet (oooooWEEEEooooooooo) bought and sent me a copy of Silent Hill: Homecoming! (Don't worry, I made him show a video of his face so I could recognize him if he ever tried to find my address) I've been playing it nonstop ever since I got it until I had just about everything completed.
Now, I guess this is kinda-sorta a review and kinda-sorta not; lemme just say, I've heard a LOT of people complain that Homecoming was a bad game, the worst of the main series even, and I completely disagree. Having played the game to the fullest extent, I completely disagree. I've heard comments that are somewhat acc…Read more >