Welcome to Silent Hill.
Do you remember the first time you saw that sign, shrouded in mist and ash as Akira Yamaoka’s incredible score played over it? We here at AndyErupts certainly do. That was 1999, if you can believe it.
Now, we are in 2012 and the franchise, despite some stumbles, is set to show that it has bags of life left in it as we prepare for the release of THREE new Silent Hill titles before the end of Q1 2012.
Back in September 2011, Johnny Organ brought the news of the next release in the Silent Hill series Silent Hill: Downpour. At the time the expected release date was November 2011, this unfortunately was not the case and it has now been announced that the game will be released in the UK on the 16th March 2012.
But wait, there’s more…
For those of you who no longer have the PS2 and are missing out on all the old school Silent Hill fun, you will be delighted to hear, as I was, that the 16th March release of Downpour will coincide with the release of Silent Hill: The Collection for the XBOX 360 and PS3. The Collection consists of the original Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams and Silent Hill 3, both re-mastered to HD with updated voiceovers and soundtrack.
With the PS Vita having just been launched in the UK, Konami have decided to deliver us one final treat in the new additions to the series by releasing a PS Vita exclusive, Silent Hill: Book of Memories. This game differs from the others in the series, as it is the first to allow a multi-player option. In fact, this seems to be the games main focus, based more on the puzzle aspects of the game and working together to solve them, although there is a mention of characters from past games making an appearance (including good old Pyramid Head).
The basic plot of the game is based around a mysterious book which you receive containing everything about your life up until that day. You quickly discover that by altering the book you can change the past and therefore rewrite history… and obviously it all goes horribly wrong from there.
Silent Hill: Book of Memories is currently scheduled for a UK release date of 23rd March 2012.
Keep an eye out for the reviews that will undoubtedly follow…