Rank The Significance: Silent Hill Edition
Silent Hill 2 - This is just one of the best games ever made, horror or otherwise. Everything in this world just so much significance to why you're there, even down to something like enemy design. Memorable and unsettling characters and once you find out what really happened... It's such a punch to the gut. Plus, Pyramid Head.
Silent Hill 3 - Although the tie-in to the first game was probably unnecessary, I'd say this game is actually the scariest in the franchise. There's so many moments that have stuck with me for such a long time that I can't help but love this one.
Silent Hill - The game I've played the most and I'll be honest here - I don't think it holds up particularly well these days. Placement here is based solely on the legacy it created.
Silent Hill: Homecoming - The narrative that was around when this game released was that Silent Hill wasn't what it used to be. While this game could never take the place of 2 or 3, I actually liked most of this. The major slight I have against it is the inclusion of Pyramid Head as fan service. Granted, he was already shown off in the movie as well, but I really wish they would have left him where he belongs, in 2.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories - Haven't played this one but it seems to be a fairly competent reimagining.
Silent Hill: Origins - I also haven't played this one and know even less about it.
Silent Hill: Downpour - The only Silent Hill game I've started that I did not bother to finish. Whenever I look back on it, I feel nothing, just like the industry did at its release.
Silent Hill 4: The Room - I actively hate this game. While the idea of having an apartment that gradually changed and got more creepy as time went on was great, everything else in this game is just awful. Characters, ugh. Combat, woof. Running away from... ghosts? GHOSTS?! It also was the first time the series removed any notion of being able to achieve a UFO ending. I put this game on par with Resident Evil 6, if not worse, as it represents the absolute worst ideas of the series.
Sentinel Beach last edited by
I think it would be nicer if people would say at least a few words of every game, but sure, it's not required. Another thing: why participate at all if you haven't played the games? What does your list add to anything then?
jipostus last edited by
I've only played the 1-4, and have seen playthroughs of Shattered Memories, Origins and Downpour. I have not personally had any experience with Homecoming other than reviews and what I've heard. So keep that in mind before complaining too much about my rankings.
Silent Hill 2 - One of the best narratives in gaming. I don't need to say anything more. If you haven't already, play it. You likely won't regret it. (Unless you're one of those CoD junkies that can't stand anything without twitchy action at all times or something like that)
Silent Hill 3 - This one legitimately scared me more than few times. And it's great. Not as good as 2, but definitely up there.
Silent Hill - It's definitely more flawed than 2 or 3 (mostly gameplay wise), but it still holds up pretty darn well.
Silent Hill 4: The Room - It dropped the ball few times, but it's still pretty good.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories - This one is interesting... It's not bad, but it's definitely not nearly as good as it could be. But if you happen to have a Wii lying around and find a copy of this for reasonable price, might be worth checking out.
Silent Hill: Origins - I don't know... There's some good in here, but it seems to have some serious problems.
Silent Hill: Homecoming - As I have no personal experience with this, I still want to check it out at some point. Unlike:
Silent Hill: Downpour - This is just sad. I still think that Jim Sterling is out of his mind for liking this game. Nothing I've seen has convinced me to touch it. While Shattered Memories, Origins and Homecoming have problems, there's at least something worthwhile in them, yet I can't see anything good in Downpour. It's just plain bad game.
DIPSET last edited by
I wanna get into this series eventually. If you wrote the systems I can play each game on, that'd be great. Somebody has helped me out with this before but I forgot to record it. I've heard there are various versions and some you should avoid, etc.
Good thread for a newcomer like me to join into.
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1.) to participate
2.) to throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings.
SabotageTheTruth last edited by SabotageTheTruth
@GoTaco I'll do my best from what I know!
Silent Hill - PS1, available as a download on PS3/Vita.
Silent Hill 2 - PS2, there's a PC version (port) and a PS3/Xbox 360 remastered with SH3 (avoid this remaster).
Silent Hill 3 - PS2, there's a PC version (port) and a PS3/Xbox 360 remastered with SH2 (avoid this remaster).
Silent Hill 4 - PS2/Xbox, PC port.
Silent Hill: Origins - PSP, PS2 (port).
Silent Hill: Homecoming - PS3/Xbox 360/PC.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories - Wii/PS2/PSP.
Silent Hill: Downpour - PS3/Xbox 360
Really the only thing I outright recommend avoiding is the HD remaster of 2 and 3. The original source code was lost for both games so there's a lot of changes many fans don't care for. Some weird website called GameTrailers said this about it, "The inconsistent presentation, compromises to the original developer’s vision, and lack of any interesting bonus features make this compilation’s $40 price even more unnerving than its games."
@jipostus I may be mixing up my internet personalities, but I think Huber has also said he didn't think Downpour is a bad game. Madness!
Sheria last edited by
While I don't see an issue with KyB. I think votes by users who don't know the games harms RyS. I'm genuinely keen to see how people rank these series of games, and that just doesn't work with people who just post for the sake of it. The significance based on what someone may have heard is just as bad imo.
@Sheria I honestly don't think it has presented an issue so far. We have very few people participating in these lists (usually 12 or less) so to lock people out would cause less discussion overall. All of the final lists have been very indicative of what fans tend to enjoy in a franchise, ie. Resident Evil 6 didn't come close to the top due to the trolls, Downpour is doing poorly as expected here, etc.
jipostus last edited by jipostus
@Sheria I don't personally think it matters too much, if you at least have some opinion on the game. Also, if only those who have played all games in said series could rank games, only few people could be able to answer, and in some cases, none may be able to answer. But one can make a opinion on a game from the things heard from someone else. And that is what in my opinion makes games more or less significant, if you can either see bits from here and there and hear opinions from someone else, you are able to rank it high or low. And that where you rank one game based on what you've heard whether it's high or low does say something about the game. In case of Silent Hill: Downpour, even without playing it, many has ranked it low, does say a lot about it. Also, we're not here to review the games, we're ranking their significance. There's a difference there.
Also, this is why I personally feel like addressing why I rank titles high or low.
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Just wanted to hop in and say the first Silent Hill is a masterpeice. It's the only one I've played, so I'm not gonna rank everything else. But hoo boy Silent Hill is a good one.
@Ringedwithtile Drop everything you're doing and give SH 2 a shot. I have a feeling it'll become One of the Greats soon.
DIPSET last edited by
I have screenshotted this post! Thank-you for the details. Thank goodness for the PS3 store.
@GoTaco No problem, glad I could help. The world needs more Silent Hill fans.
And we are closed for this week. No surprises here.
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 3
Silent Hill 4: The Room
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Silent Hill: Origins
Silent Hill: Downpour
Next week we'll be tackling something a little different from a franchise, but there's still some spooks to be found.