As of today, Silent Hill is one of the most recognize survival horror video game series. The game was released on January 31, 1999, exclusively for Sony’s PlayStation. The game was created by a Japan game designer Keiichiro Toyama. Silent Hill was very successful due to the way it would terrify users in an instinctive style.
So, what makes the game so scary? While similar horror games make players jump, Silent Hill’s game atmosphere automatically creeps people out. The plot is simple to follow, the user has to play Harry Manson a father that is traveling with his young daughter Cheryl. During their travel, they unexpectedly get into a car accident due to the foggy town of Silent Hill. The daughter goes missing during the wreck and that’s where the frightening fun begins because the player must find the daughter in spooky town. Trouble begins as soon as you enter the town where you find horrifying monsters everywhere you go. The only survival weapons that you have is a radio that gives a signal when danger is near. The use of darkness and fog works so well to enhance fear to the player.
Due to the success of the first game, Konami the publisher company decided to release more additional series, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4: The Room, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Silent Hill Downpour, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and Silent Hill: Book of Memories.
In 2006 director Christophe Gangs brought Silent Hill to the big screens as an adaptation of the first, second, third and fourth video game series. The director decided to change Harry Manson the main character from the video game to a female actress Rose Da Silva. Despite the film changes the movie top U.S box office tickets.
Silent Hill created a new type of Horror for Video games fanatics and this year it marks the 18th year anniversary.
Author: Sharon Salazar