Friday, April 25, 2008

New Silent Hill In September

If you're a Silent Hill fan like myself you'll be pleased to know that the upcoming Silent Hill 5 has been given the name Silent Hill: Homecoming and will be released in Australia as early as September on XBox 360 and PS3.

The development company involved is unfortunately a bit horrific; Konami has outsourced the creation to The Collective, the perpetrators of such titles as The Da Vinci Code and Mark Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. In my mind's eye I picture the franchise chained in their basement and only getting fed once a week. Sometimes when it cries they beat it with a stick.

We're also gettting the PlayStation 2 port of the underwhelming Silent Hill Origins in May, which removes one of the few remaining reasons to keep your PSP charged. It's entirely possible if you get Origins and Homecoming together they may add up to being almost a real Silent Hill game.


Chris said...

Hmmm.... hard to be enthusiastic about this news.

I loved "Silent Hill", and "Silent Hill 2" was a fascinating piece of work (although less my kind of game than the original).

Since then, the series has gone downhill for me. 3 was a shameless pandering to the gamer hobbyists, and annoyed me. My wife and I gave up midway in 4 because we were so bored.

I'm sorry that this franchise hasn't been able to keep its momentum, and disappointed that Konami seem to care so little about it.

Best wishes!

Greg Tannahill said...

Personally I see Silent Hill 3 as the high point of the series, with 4 as a fascinating, if imperfect, attempt to move the genre forward.

I've never really seen what everyone likes about 2; for me it's the one where they were experimenting to see how to make a good game - the teacher gave it a B minus and wrote on its box "Shows promise".

Julia B said...

Why must you crush my hopes and dreams?

Greg Tannahill said...

Because it amuses me to do so. Observe as I laugh heartily at your misery.