Silent Hill: The Arcade
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Silent Hill: The Arcade (サイレントヒル アーケード Sairento Hiru Ākēdo?) is an arcade game spin off of the survival horror video game series Silent Hill developed by Konami. The Arcade was first revealed at the 2007 Japan Arcade Operator's Union trade show by Konami.
Being a rail shooter, Silent Hill: The Arcade is a large departure from the normal survival horror mechanics of the main series.
Silent Hill: The Arcade deals with two characters, Eric and Tina, who have entered the town of Silent Hill and must battle monsters while uncovering the mystery behind Eric's nightmares about a girl and a steamship.
The gameplay in Silent Hill: The Arcade is similar to the House of the Dead series in which players use light guns to aim and shoot at enemies. Shooting away from the screen reloads the player's gun.
The Arcade has a multiplayer element, where each player can choose to be either Eric or Tina. A second player can join the game at any time. Progress can be saved by using the e-Amusement pass.
Eric: The protagonist of the story. A quiet, inquisitive 21- year old college student currently studying the occult, he is a resident from Portland. As a child, he used to live in Silent Hill but moved. His parents died before him and he currently resides with his aunt and uncle. His grandfather, the captain of the Little Baroness, disappeared on Toluca Lake so Eric has taken an interest on investigating the rumors circulating around the area.
Tina: Another protagonist of the story. Tina is also 21. An outgoing, optimistic character, she is a college student from Portland intending to become a teacher. To this end she has therefore enrolled in the department of education. A pen-friend of Emilie, she has come to Silent Hill to meet her.
Bill: A friend of Eric and Tina. At the beginning of the game he is wounded by monsters. He isn't seen again after that.
Jessie: Another friend of Eric and Tina that travels with them to Silent Hill. After the attack on Bill, she disappeared but Eric and Tina can find her in the hospital, after a fight with Pyramid Head in the Otherworld.
Emilie: A 9- year old girl who commutes back and forth to Midwich Elementary and is the daughter of the Historical Societies' chief librarian. A friend of Tina's, she sends her e-mails during computer class. She is seen throughout the gameplay running and surviving from ferocious attackers.
Hanna: Born in 1910, she is a sickly girl who seems to be resented by her own mother. As a result, she tragically dies in the accident that held on the Little Baroness. She is the antagonist in the game wherein she is physically transformed as a creature with only a head and tentacles. After she is defeated, she turns back to her original form and is saved by Eric before she departs along with the Little Baroness in the good ending.
Other people with Eric and Tina are members of the school's occult club that came to Silent Hill with them. The day after they arrived, they went missing. The player has the choice of saving them.
The game was given a negative review by Destructoid who regarded it as "an extremely unnecessary spin on the classic survival horror series."
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- Official Silent Hill: The Arcade website (Japanese)