Konami UK have announced that two pretty sweet Silent Hill titles will be coming to Playstation Vita. The massively under-appreciated Silent Hill: Origins and series reboot Silent Hill: Shattered Memories are getting a re-release for Sony’s handheld. The titles will be priced £7.99/€9.95 each and offer decidedly different experiences.
Silent Hill: Origins tells the story of tortured trucker Travis Grady. Playing out as a precursor to the Silent Hill series, Origins focuses on the catalyst for the events of the first game – a young girl named Alessa Gillespie. Trapped in a burning house, Alessa is rescued by Travis. What follows sets in motion a series of events that foreshadows the story of Harry Mason in the original Silent Hill as well as a journey into Travis’ own personal nightmares.
Shattered Memories, originally released for the Wii and ported to the PS2, is a very different Silent Hill experience. Unlike other titles, this entry completely drops the combat present throughout the series. Instead players will have to run and hide from foes and use stealth wherever necessary. The gameplay polarised fans but I was a huge fan of the more subtle and nuanced mechanics 0n offer in Shattered Memories.
The games story is a re-imagining of the original Silent Hill game with players dropping into the shoes of Harry Mason – a man desperately trying to find his missing daughter in the town of Silent Hill. The games narrative is told through psychiatric interviews which examine players personalities and adjust the games style and difficulty based on their psyche evaluation.
Both are fine entries into gamings most famous psychological horror franchise and it’s great to see them getting a re-release. Hopefully now more players will get to play these oft-forgotten gems, even on the go.
What do you think? Excited to play these again… or for the first time, even? Is it just another cash-grab re-release?
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