Silent Hill HD Collection

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Silent Hill HD Collection
Developer(s) Hijinx Studios
Publisher(s) Konami
Producer(s) Devin Shatsky
Artist(s) Mike McAdams
Writer(s) Hiroyuki Owaku
Composer(s) Akira Yamaoka
Series Silent Hill
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release
  • NA: March 20, 2012
  • JP: March 29, 2012
  • EU: March 30, 2012
  • AU: April 5, 2012
Genre(s) Survival horror
Mode(s) Single-player

Silent Hill HD Collection is a compilation of remastered ports of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Features[edit]

Since Konami lost source code for both games, Hijinx Studios had to work with unfinished versions of Silent Hill 2 and 3.[1] The core play mechanics and story for all games remained mostly the same with some artistic changes in the remastered versions. For the remastering, both games have had a graphics overhaul to allow them to support modern 720p resolution on consoles, as well as run at locked 30 frames per second. Both games also feature an alternate voice dub, as well as PlayStation Network Trophies and Xbox 360 Achievements. Players have the option to switch between the original voice acting and the alternate voice acting for Silent Hill 2, while the re-dub is mandatory for Silent Hill 3 because it lacks the original voice acting.

Reception[edit]

Silent Hill HD Collection received an average score of 70/100 from Metacritic for the PlayStation 3 release[2] and 69/100 for the Xbox 360 release, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3] According to Play, "Technically the collection is lacking, but there's no denying the quality of the games."[2] The Official PlayStation Magazine stated: "As an exercise in Playstation fear, it doesn't come any purer than this."[2] Conversely, GameTrailers expressed disappointment with the collection, writing: "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."[4] The new voice acting drew a range of reactions, from praise as a general improvement over the originals,[5][6][7] to mixed results.[8][9][10] Several reviewers commented on the absence of other Silent Hill games, such as Silent Hill 4: The Room and Silent Hill: Origins.[7][8][10] Glitches[11] and issues with the lip-synching were also noted.[4][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ vg247.com: Silent Hill HD Collection ported from incomplete code, 2012-05-28 (retrieved on 2016-10-06)
  2. ^ a b c "Silent Hill HD Collection Critic Reviews for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Silent Hill HD Collection Critic Reviews for Xbox360". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Silent Hill HD Collection Text". GameTrailers. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  5. ^ Dyer, Mitch (2012-03-19). "Silent Hill Hd Collection Review". ign.com. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  6. ^ Turi, Tim (2012-03-12). "Silent Hill HD Collection Review: Old Nightmares Reborn". Game Informer. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  7. ^ a b McGee, Maxwell (2012-03-05). "Silent Hill HD Collection Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  8. ^ a b All Game Guide. "Silent Hill HD Collection". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  9. ^ a b Minkley, Johnny (2012-03-30). "Silent Hill HD Collection Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  10. ^ a b c Sterling, Jim (2012-03-24). "Review: Silent Hill HD Collection". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  11. ^ Peterson, Blake (2012-04-02). "Silent Hill HD Collection Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-02-05.