I just wanna know the opinion on how'd you feel about Shattered memories. Me, honestly i found it terrifying( Its the first SH game i played) and so effed up in every psychological way.. I loved it, even with the tedious running.
I didn't find it scary at all, but I still really enjoyed it. The best version is without a doubt the Wii version. I loved the Ice World, as well as the music, locations, characters, story. The only real issue I have is replayability. After you beat the game 3-4 times, there's not as much to discover, and no real challenge. I found the game way too easy. So yeah, fear factor, difficulty and replayability are my only issues.
I loved SM, even though at least to me it was the boldest leap Konami took with the series (there's no denying how different it is from all the other installments). The whole psychology is absolutely brilliant, and I find it incredibly enjoyable. They weren't kidding when they say the game plays you. However to me it lacked the essence of fear, albeit it was something I didn't really mind too much since the strength of the story made up for it. God knows it hits me right in the feels when you reach the labyrinth with the replaying video. ;-; Which brings me to another thing I love so dearly about it: You really get to see that Harry loved the shit out of his daughter, even though his overall personality clearly changes depending on the player. And the ending when you see who the true patient is... wow. I loved the game, however I do agree with Alex that the difficulty and ability to be replayed aren't the best.
I was kinda in the neutral factor, the story behind it was a great idea and the gameplay was good however it didn't really seem there was much variety in the psychology factor excluding some dialogue and clothing differences, I'm not counting the endings the music was pretty good but honestly the game was incredibly easy and there was hardly any replay value, at no point did I jump or go "Gee that's scary".
I would love another installment in the Shattered Memories world though, with Cheryl as protagonist, or major character in the sequel. Because SHSM is a re-imagining of 1, the sequel could be a very loose re-imagining of 3 (but we don't need another Revelation though). Here's my basic idea:
5 years after the events of the Love Lost ending (set in 2013), a 30-year old Cheryl (also the same age Harry was when he died) has moved on from her past. Cheryl's hair is much longer, and is tied up in a ponytail (a nod to Alessa). 75% of the game is set in a dream-like Otherworld, and has Shattered Memories flashlight mechanics, but with combat. The other 25% is set in Silent Hill's south vale in reality, and is an open-world city full of people, and Cheryl can investigate and interact with people. In these detective-like segments, Cheryl is accompanied by a 25 year-old male OC whose inner demons seem to be related to the Otherworld. Cheryl has learned some psychology from Kaufmann, and tries to help him. While the first game's themes were family and memory, the sequel's could be focused more on dreams, friends, connection, and inner strength.
Ah, that'd be nice to see! :D I'm sure some fans would freak the hell out about South Vale actually having people, but nevertheless I personally think it'd be cool to see this unique angle. Nice, Alex!
Thanks! I have lots of Silent Hill/survival horror ideas. For the reality segments, I was thinking of something along the lines of Alice: Madness Returns, Alan Wake or Heavy Rain. Silent Hill is a populated city in SM, it's just that everyone is indoors due to the freak snowstorm, and also because the city likely overlaps with Cheryl's mental state.
People might say that having lots of residents wouldn't be scary, but it'd only be 25%, and not everyone is necessarily talkative/friendly. It's possible to be surrounded by people and still feel lonely. Plus Cheryl already has a negative reputation in the city, and perhaps some of the people mentioned in the voicemails could be met in the game.
No prob! (: And good point, that actually escaped my mind last comment about people being indoors due to the record snowfall.
Very true as well, and damn, now you're really making to want to see this game... I can just imagine Cheryl walking through the streets, and on completely random occasions you may have someone call out "Slut!" or something along the lines. And even with this male protagonist with her, it's so easy to see that the longer you play the game, the "less" people you truly see... not literally, but just figuratively. The more alone Cheryl begins to feel again as remnants of her past sneak up on you. I certainly see the potential of a great game in your proposal! Ha, ever thought of being a game designer?
And this is a bit off-topic so I'll make it quick, but Alice: Madness Returns... I want to play that game beyond what I can explicate. The Tim Burton remake of "Alice in Wonderland" is actually my favorite movie, and I've watched PewDiePie play a majority of the game on YouTube. Looks amazing.
I might flesh out the idea later on my profile or in a blog post. I would loooove to work on a Silent Hill/survival horror game. You have good ideas on how to make a player feel alienated. I think another good moment could be where Cheryl encounters a hobo, and you can decide whether or not to give them change, and the game monitors your morality choices (it would still have its own Psych Profile).
Also, I highly recommend you refrain from watching any Alice LPs because there is SO much worth experiencing yourself! The Dollhouse is my favorite domain, and if I watched someone else play through it first, it would spoil and ruin the magic of discovery for me. I also work on Alice Wiki (link to it on my profile).
I also highly recommend you watch 1988 Alice, because it's one of my favorite all time surrealism movies, and it also helped inspire Silent Hill 2.
That would be really nice; especially if it were to be a continuation of SM, the psych profile would be a great keep!
And oh yeah, shoulda mentioned that last comment... I soon stopped watching them exactly for that reason. After seeing snipits of various domains towards the beginning, I decided to quit it as I didn't want a great game completely spoiled for me. And awesome, I'll check look into checking both out! :D
Alex: very, very nice idea of your version of another Shattered memories game. Although you didnt find it scary...i did actually. Since it was the very first SH game i played and i found them Larval stalkers pretty disturbing....mostly the one thats sitting in the blood stained cabin(shudders) and the ice world man! i loved the ice world! It was dark and always had a eerie atmosphere, the ice world almost seemed to look like a dream actually. and in the normal world,where you're safe i was still on edge...Climax and Konami did a GREAT job at it...... but once you play it more than 5 times, the fear gets lost...though its still fun to see Harry run.
Ozz: I absolutely LOVED the story:) the characters felt so real, the music kept the mood and the story never lets up...And the psych profile thing was cool too.....And seriously i shed a tear in the Wicked and weak ending where Dahlia slaps Harry:( I also liked the ability of Harry being able to hear dialogue said by other people or take pictures of left over energies of people, all adding more to the Supernatural touch of the town.
Riley: Come to think of it yeah it was pretty easy, but the story is good though..
Emmy: Who doesnt have a burning passion for the SH games?:)
Hey, it's more understandable as your first SH game. (: Like for me, first SH1 playthough? I've almost no doubt it would PROBABLY be at least a tad bit less scary for someone who'd already played a game and therefore knew what to expect. Even if SM was very different, it's nevertheless still a SH game and hence you at least have the slightest idea. And I loved the ability to use your phone for various purposes, too. :D Pretty cool!
Yeah, now when i play that again i already expect where the Larval stalkers will come out. and one time, just for the hell of it i listened to " Dont stop me now" by Queen while Harry ran. Jogging music.lol.
I found this game really fun to play. Personally i liked how it had a different feeling than the other silent hill games. It was exciting for once not to have weapons. I dont understand why some SH fans dont like it. I also liked the doctor scenes and such. :)