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Silent Hill (PlayStation)

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Description

Harry Mason, an average man, is driving to the town of Silent Hill with his daughter. Upon approaching the town, a cop speeds by on a motorcycle. When Harry gets closer to town, he sees that same motorcycle sprawled in the middle of the road. Harry also spots a woman standing in the road, but due to the dense fog, he can't stop in time, so he swerves to avoid her, crashing into a railing, knocking him unconscious.

When Harry wakes up, his daughter, Cheryl, is missing. Sensing that she would head to the town to seek help, Harry sets out on a journey, not knowing what to expect from this eerie town, enshrouded with fog.

You play Harry Mason, a normal man, with no powers or training of any kind. You must search through the town of Silent Hill, looking for your daughter. You will come across many people, some friendly, some not. You must visit many different areas, such as the school, and the church.

Will Harry find his daughter and safely get out, or is there more to this town than a simple fog layer?

Screenshots

Silent Hill PlayStation Friend or enemy ?
Silent Hill PlayStation After you regain consciousness from the first attack, you'll meet Cybil and gain a gun.
Silent Hill PlayStation Bloody scenes will never lack, especially not in the hospital.
Silent Hill PlayStation Some puzzles will require a little more than just luck, for example the bird-piano puzzle.

Alternate Titles

  • "寂静岭 " -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SH1" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Jijing Ling" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

The fear of blood tends to create fear for the flesh NeoJ (428) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Above everything else, a really smart game. Zovni (9367) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Nearly Flawless Jon Collins (13) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
An amazing Survival Horror game, deep and disturbing. AxelStone (34) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
"Dahlia Gillespie!" MasterMegid (897) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
The most scary experience ever... and I can back up that statement Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Some fears are worth experiencing. MAT (70038) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
DO NOT PLAY IN DARK ROOM TwoDividedByZero (149) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Resident Evil can say "Baaaaaaaa" Indra is here (19673) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Scariest Game on the Playstation! SamandMax (61) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Super Play Aug, 1999 93 out of 100 93
VicioJuegos.com Jul 19, 2003 91 out of 100 91
Just Adventure 2000 A- 91
VicioJuegos.com Jan 27, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Gaming Target Apr 21, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution Mar, 1999 B+ 83
Gamekult Oct 11, 2000 8 out of 10 80
GameGenie 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 11, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited May, 1999 7.1 out of 10 71

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Opening sequence is brilliant 4 Adzuken (702)
Sep 09, 2013
1st person mode 13 Ace of Sevens (4229)
Aug 11, 2007

Trivia

When Silent Hill was first announced, press releases indicated that there would be two playable characters with different scenarios, like Resident Evil 2, but we all know that the retail version has only one playable character: Harry.
Apparently, Cybil was originally intended to be a playable character, and another side of the story would be viewed from her perspective.

Cybil's scenario was not completed, but not all the clues were taken out of Harry's scenario. On the map it would seem most places marked out in dark pink are significant to you on your adventure- HOWEVER: There is a shop on Simmons St that doesn't open. There is also a boat below Indian Runner that you cannot get to.
The door of the diner next to Norman's Motel is only locked, not jammed.
In the school Chemistry Equipment Room, there is Glucose and Distilled Water —These are among the ingredients needed to make bombs, but you are told you have no reason to take them.

Cybil as a playable character would later appear in the Japan-only GameBoy Advance text-adventure remake of the game, Silent Hill Play Novel.

* This info has mainly been taken from Gunsmith & BlackCat's Silent Hill walkthrough.

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Grant McLellan (545) added Silent Hill (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Jeff Hazen (92) and GTramp (31154)