Everyone expected Konami to show off Silent Hill Downpour for the PS3 and Xbox 360 at E3 2011, but nobody expected an additional two Silent Hill games to also be appearing at the show. And yet, there they were! The Silent Hill HD Collection will bring improved version of the PS2 games Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 to the PS3 and Silent Hill: Book of Memories is coming to the PlayStation Vita.
Konami’s big E3 Silent Hill Downpour announcement introduced us to Murphy Pendleton, the anti-hero of the game. Murphy is a convict, who’s apparently been imprisoned for good reason. While the initial information doesn’t tell what he was sent to prison for, it had to be serious. They don’t transport harmless criminals to secure facilities. Murphy doesn’t make it to that other prison though, as the transport bus he’s on with the guards and other prisoners crashes. He finds himself with the opportunity to escape and winds up in the nearest town – Silent Hill. For the first time in the series, players will be able to explore the town’s underground transport tunnels and play the game in 3D when the game comes out in Q4 2011.
It turns out Q4 2011 is also when The Silent Hill HD Collection will be released. Konami’s been hard at work at making both games prettier. There won’t just be trophies, HD graphics and new voice actors this time around. Supposedly there’ll be some other tweaks as well. So while James Sunderland and Heather Mason’s story will be the same, there may be some new features or extras that you didn’t see the first time around.
Silent Hill: Book of Memories is the most surprising announcement, as it’s not only a Vita game, but it’s also a multiplayer game. If you want a chance at escaping Silent Hill on the handheld, you have to work with a friend. If you can’t cooperate, then maybe a monster like a Mannequin or Creeper could get you both.
You know, even though I have a backwards compatible PS3 and can pop Silent Hill 2 or Silent Hill 3 in any time I’d like, I’m still excited about that The Silent Hill HD Collection. Silent Hill 3 was my favorite entry in the series, and I’d really like to replay an enhanced version of it. This is also the most mysterious of all the announced games, as all Konami has confirmed so far is that it will have players going through a whole new adventure in the worst resort town in the world.