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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game. Don't let the controls scare you.
This game ise a follow up of the first Silent Hill and it will answer MOST of the burning questions you have about the game. The story is great and features plenty of plot twists. As for the game itself... it's scary... play this in the dark if you're brave. You'll be making your way through som truely disturbing moments, things that you might only see in a nightmare of...
Published on Jun 19 2005 by Seth Gates
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - not as good as 1 and 2 though...
There's something missing from Silent Hill 3. Silent Hill 1 was ground breaking for it's time and a great game. Silent Hill 2 took things further with better graphics, it made the PS2 look like a very powerful console. Silent Hill 3 is the weakest of the 3 games. It's by no means bad, it simply fails to impress as much as the other 2. Silent Hill 3 the intro is not so...
Published on April 28 2004 by Kirt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game. Don't let the controls scare you.,
This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)This game ise a follow up of the first Silent Hill and it will answer MOST of the burning questions you have about the game. The story is great and features plenty of plot twists. As for the game itself... it's scary... play this in the dark if you're brave. You'll be making your way through som truely disturbing moments, things that you might only see in a nightmare of your own. It's that scary. The controls... people have alot of bad things to say about the controls, but honestly, they're a hell of alot better then Resident Evil's ever was. That's all you need to know right? Besides, the game isn't about pulling off fancy moves, it's about making you shake in a pool of your own fear sweat. And that's exactly what this game WILL do.
If you don't get scared, and i'm being 100% serious about this, you should go see a docter or something, because you obviously are way to desensitized.
5.0 out of 5 stars They're Back,
This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)First off, let me warn you that reading some of these reviews gave away the ending (::glare::), so I would be careful which you read if you haven't finished the game.
I'll keep this short and simple. You can get the detailed description from another review below, I'm sure. In short, we return to Silent Hill with a character named Heather, a 17 year old girl who flashes between the hellish nightmare of a world and the "normal" Silent Hill. The monsters are back, and for me, more terrifying than ever.
There are slow monsters you will want to outrun, and fast monsters you will have to stay and fight. Something I love about this game is it's ability to lower the action or riddle setting. I have my action setting on easy because I'm not so good with a gun =), but I have my puzzles on hard so it can still be fun for me. It's made to be adjustable to fit every person.
I bought the second Silent Hill 2 when I bought my PS2, and I didn't enjoy it at all. But once I started playing this one, I really got into it, and thus got into the second one. I haven't played the first yet, since it's difficult to find (I plan on buying it on ebay), but from what I've read the first is the best. This is not to say that this game doesn't stand on it's own and is enjoyable in it's own ways.
Heather has many dark secrets, and some of them may surprise you. If you're a fan of the series, defiantly buy this game. If you've never played a Silent Hill game- rent it first. I warn you that it can be very, very scary and gruesome. I don't normally enjoy gory games/movies, but this one had thrills of it's own, playing with music and lighting.
Overall, I highly reccomend this game. It is not only fun to play, but enjoyable to watch. You will dread the next corner, but will be too intrigued to turn back. Welcome back to Silent Hill...
5.0 out of 5 stars great game in a great series.,
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This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)ritual abuse, guilt, greif, loss, pesona, morality, theology, fear lurking in the commonplace just beyond our senses, these are some of the issues that have come up in the silent hill series... it's obvious to me that video games are growing up... when you can tackle issues like dealing with the loss of a terminally ill loved one with a straight face in a game... wow... these games are creepy, surreal, and really produce a sensation thats pretty rare in any medium and thats some jump-up-in-your-seat fear. there are times when it's like watching a car wreck... you feel like it's a little to scarry but you want to find out what happens next... buckets and buckets of blood. but beyond that silent hill was first celebrated as a "cinematic" game and while some people are critical of the gameplay (it's essentially an old school adventure game where you solve puzzles to get to the next part of the story.) if you give them a chance they are very immersive. the people behind silent hill didn't leave it devoid of story, and even beyond story theres allegory and metaphor... theres some depth beyond killing and gore. certainly not for everyone...
i was totaly engrossed for three or four days and just finished silent hill 3 last night... theres a point in the game when the sleazy charachter (vincent) is berating your charachter (heather)... "don't look so smug your the worst person in here." he accuses her of enjoying all the killing shes been doing in the game "you get exited when you club them to death and hear their screams." (these aren't exact quotes) anyway he's chiding you for doing what you had to do to get to this point in the game... what you have to do in alot of games... kill stuff... heather tries to defend her actions by saying they were only monsters... "oh, is that what they looked like to you?" says vincent... the monsters are interchangeable, robots, enemy soldiers, it's virtual killing and we get exited...
this is a strange meta-meta thing and seems very tongue and cheek and self aware for a video game... also theres the part where your in a house of horrors in an amusement park... your in a house of horrors in a horror video game... essentialy what the game itself is... you go from room to room, from scare to scare, although theres an appearance of freedom your really confined by the items and thier functions and their interaction with certain other items... find the key, open the door, another scare.
also the importance of sound as a tool of immersion and fear is incredibly well implemented... this goes for all of the games... i remember in the first game there was a door that led into and empty room and then suddenly theres an abrupt loud and freaky sound that bleaches your skin... nothing happened... you walked into an empty room... but the sound made it significant... theres alot of throbbing gristle style background noises that give different enviroments the tension they need to be frightening... sound holds the whole enviroment together.
to be honest there was some content that was hard to follow even if you had played the other two games. they did a pretty good job of tying it up in the end so that you wouldn't feel so lost but even some of the dialogue is very confusing.
also i felt that some of the grit grom the earlier games is sort of going away. in earlier games you found weapons that related to your surroundings or that you could imagine finding in the toolshed.. hammer, crowbar, board with nail in it, kitchen knife. in this game she finds a machine gun on the floor. not very beleivable but whatever it IS a videogame. the monsters are alright exept for the numb bodies and the flying pendulums, they don't really seem to fit in. and they're the same monsters over and over which i guess is much like the old formula.
i get frustrated with these games but there are enough moments unlike any other that make me say this is the best game i've ever played... they have the crapiest controlls and a linear storyline but i can't get enough... i can't wait to see the next one which apparently primarily takes place in a single room.
4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Hill 3,
This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)SH3 is about a 17 yr old girl named Heather who was shopping at a mall. She is being followed by a strange man who says he is a detective, so she ducks into a bathroom. Upon escaping into the mall she was shopping in earlier, she also stumbles upon Silent Hill. I have not yet finished this game because it is so scary. It is very fun and hard. You meet characters like Douglas and Claudia. Claudia is the daughter of Dahlia (from SH1). I recommend this game to anyone who can take it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not as good as 1 & 2, but good.,
This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)I have played SH2 and 3, and read up on 1. I hear the first is the best, only with obsolete graphics. I liked this game fine; it was a bit scary and fairly entertaining. This has the best graphics so far, but that's not all there is to a game. The new monsters aren't very scary looking at all, but they do have strengths and weaknesses to keep a variety in fighting them. For example, the Mandarin is big and slow, but does a fair amount of damage and takes more hits to kill. The double-headed dog thing is fast and tough to hit unless you shoot it, but it does less damage. Each monster gives some of a challenge, and you may dread hearing the radio squeal because of it. The bosses were not very challenging for being the big battles of the game. They didn't have any weaknesses or anything like that; you just dodge and shoot. A few of them are a giant worm and a guy with big knives for arms. Oooh, that's almost as creepy as the Teletubbies. A few of the monsters are somewhat scary, however, such as the nurse. I guess because it was once human, or because it is fairly powerful and may wield a gun. I was worried every time the radio went off and hid in a corner with my gun until the creature came to me, but I am something of a chicken... The music in this game is enjoyable; I especially like the song at the beginning. I actually listen to it outside of the game. There is a CD with music on it that comes with the game, most of it is music without much lyrics or just gibberish, but it's more than you normally get. The music adds a good effect during cut scenes and when you're in a scary room. Some of it sounds like monsters or screaming. There are nice little touches in the game, such as the connection to the first and second games. The plot is based partly on the first game and there are posters and conversations between Heather and herself that refer to SH2. Also, you get special weapons for playing through the game once or twice, for example, the beam sabre (for fans of melee weapons) and the flamethrower (for playing through the game 3 times, I believe). I am currently playing the second time for things I missed, such as the katana (an efficient Japanese blade) and I want to get the flamethrower near the beginning in my third play through. The extra weapons are fun, but they deduct from your total points at the end if you use them. There are also ways to make the game easier, especially for playing multiple times. If you die 3 times (?) then you can have a beginner mode, which is quite easy. You can also increase ammo yield from each box (x2, x3, etc.), after playing through. The documents you read during the game are usually interesting, with hints or dark tales. The characters are not very interesting, with Heather yelling at random people instead of getting help from them, and Claudia repeating things and making no sense. But the plot does get revealed, and it is fun along the way. This series is great; it has hidden meanings and disturbing stories. This game lives up to that, if not completely. The controls are pretty much the same as SH2, and can be a little difficult. But you can change between 2D and 3D controls. If in doubt, rent this game. But I was happy with owning it. And get the other two games if you can. By the way, I had this up as anonymous, but I decided to put it up under my name.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig deeper into the realm of Silent Hill.,
This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)Silent Hill 3 is a direct sequel to the original. The hole story is about a girl named Heather who you will come to remember as the game goes along (i'll give you a hint she has something to do with Harry Mason). This game is by far the best and creepyest game you will find on the PS2, its sick, ultraviolent, and one of the most blasphemous games you will come across. But here's one of the best things about this game, there's a room that you will enter and not know what to do because there's nothing there but a huge mirror im not going to spoil it for you but its the coolest room ever trust me. I recomend this game to fans of the series and to people who want a game that will make there nightmare's come to life.
1.0 out of 5 stars poor controls - too bad,
This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)I'm not sure if I would have liked the game or not - the controls were so poorly implemented, that I quit the game after an hour of extreme frustration. I've been playing first-person and third-person games since Doom 1 days, using a PC. The basic mouse/keyboard control has long been perfected, but the game designers just don't get it. I routinely purchase a good made-for-pc first/third person game and _start off_ on the hardest level and enjoy the game immensely (Deus Ex I and II, all the unreal games, all the doom/hexen/heretic versions, all the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series, Halo, etc, etc.) These games all have one thing in common: a GOOD adjustable interface. This game simply does not -- I tried various combinations/settings, but it's goofy indirect interface does not work for me. I just wish _someone_ had told me _before_ I WASTED $30 on it. I'll be adding KONAMI to my list of "AVOID THESE" ....
2.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed Review, New Opinion,
This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)What with all the excellent reviews of SH 3 floating about the web, I decide dthat my previous 3-star review clearly didn't take all aspects of the game into account. So I went and bought a walkthrough guide, took three days and completed everything.
And I'm sorry to say, I now think less of Heather and her ensemble cast of cliched characters than I did before.
SH 3 is a game only to be played by fans of the series, and even then, only if those fans can get it cheap. It follows the story of Heather, a young girl thrown into a nightmare world of androgynous, ambiguous creatures and hellish ocations, in the search for who killed her father. Of course, there are plot twists, but only those of us that have completed SH 1 will understand them fully - and even then, they're about as predictable as a wino with a $10 bill outside a liquor store.
This game is all mouth and no trousers - or, in game terms, all graphics and no substance. I guess that criticisms against the PS 2 are fairly levelled, then, when people say Sony's developers aren't concentrating on originality anymore.
SH 1 (on the PS 1) is a magnificent title, and, despite the now-poor graphics, still packs a creepy, dramatic punch, full of melancholia and tense atmosphere. Silent Hill 2 (PS 2) is an Opus, going far deeper into the psychology of fear than many films and novels do, and show exactly how affecting a Survival Horror game ought to be. It wasn't action-heavy, but was all the more affecting because of that.
SH 3 does none of the above. It takes some highly-accomplished character models, throws them into anonymous backgrounds that lack character and originality, poorly-designed, and rehashes some of the best-loved levels from the prequels (as I remember, SH 1 had 2 hospitals listed on the map - why are we still stuck in the same one now??) and really pointless characters. Where are the endearing, innocent Cheryls and Lisa Garlands? The morose, powerfully enigmatic Angela Oroscoes? The magnificently disturbing James and Marias?
Missing. And what we're left with is Heather (consummately annoying), Douglas (hopelessly underdeveloped as a character) and Claudia, a cult member whose total lack of reason and sense of purpose is matched only by the weakness of the game's 'explanation' of her raison d'etre.
Controls do nothing new, Survival Horror in this incarnation will always be a slightly flawed system, but does the job just fine. Sound is good, too, with the voice acting being of a slightly higher standard than before. Shame the script is so awful, then.
I have played Silent Hill 2 repeatedly. I will not play Silent Hill 3 again. Five times through this mess is enough for anybody. If you're into gorgeous graphics without any substance or atmosphere, knock yourself out. If you're looking for something a little more mentally challenging, get Fatal Frame 2 or wait for Silent Hill 4.
Very poor indeed.
2.0 out of 5 stars Konami didn't try hard,
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This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)This game was bad, had no new story and the graphics remained the same. Enviornment still remains to be unfinished, lack of charecters and no new weapons. The list could go on but the bottom line is that the game sucks. 4/10.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense,
This review is from: Silent Hill 3 (Video Game)Me being the avid horror fan I am, I had to pick up this installment of the Silent Hill series (Have the other two, and absolutely love them). The gameplay is some what similar, but the story is the absolute best of the series. It feels kinda like The Wickerman with the whole religious cult thing. This is the best horror game ever outside of Resident Evil 2. Highly reccomended, whether you're a horror fan or a hardcore gamer.
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Silent Hill 3 by KONAMI AMERICA INC. (PlayStation2)
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