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E3 2011: Silent Hill Downpour, HD Collection and Book of Memories will haunt you

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Silent Hill Downpour

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.

Read [Gamasutra] Also Read [Team Xbox] Site [Konami]

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  • Jonathan Gronli

    I'm just wondering why the Silent Hill HD Collection doesn't also include the original Silent Hill.

  • Jenni Lada

    It's already on the PlayStation Store.

  • Jonathan Gronli

    With a HD overhaul like 2 and 3 are getting or just a pixel/polygon for pixel/polygon port?

  • Jenni Lada

    It's just a download of the PS1 game that can be played on a PSP or PS3

  • Jonathan Gronli

    It would've been cool if they actually revamped the graphics of the first game into current generation standards as well, especially they're revamping it's direct sequel.

  • Jonathan Gronli

    Something else that's a bit confusing is this. They're releasing something that has been typically multiplatform (Silent Hill) for one platform, yet they're releasing something that's typically Sony-only for PS3 and Xbox 360 (Metal Gear Solid). It's just a bit weird in terms of the continuity.

  • Jenni Lada

    1st: The original Silent Hill did get a "reimagining" with the Wii/PS2/PSP game Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. I'd doubt Konami would issue another remake/reimagining so soon after that.

    2nd: While Silent Hill is a multiplatform series, it's appeared more often on Sony platforms than not. Silent Hill (the original) was a PS1 exclusive. Silent Hill 2 was on the PS2 three months before it hit the Xbox. Silent Hill 3 was only released on the PS2 and Windows PCs. Silent Hill: Origins was only on the PSP and PS2. Finally, Silent Hill: Book of Memories will be a Vita exclusive.

  • Jonathan Gronli

    Yeah. The original Silent Hill did get the ridiculously shoddy and substandard reimagining. It was a cool idea, but was poorly executed.

    Also, Silent Hill the original was not a PS1 exclusive. If you count the play novel adaptation, it was also on the GBA. The only ones that are solely exclusive to a PS[insert number or continuation of the name here] would end up being Origins (PSP and PS2), The Silent Hill Experience (PSP) and Book of Memories (PSVita).