Silent Hill

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation
88
4.1
PS Vita
...
5.0
PlayStation 3
...
4.6
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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 The lighthouse
Silent Hill PlayStation Main menu and main title.
Silent Hill PlayStation Your way to underground
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 PlayStation NeoJ (428)
Above everything else, a really smart game. PlayStation Zovni (9329)
Nearly Flawless PlayStation Jon Collins (13)
An amazing Survival Horror game, deep and disturbing. PlayStation AxelStone (34)
The most scary experience ever... and I can back up that statement PlayStation Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (584)
"Dahlia Gillespie!" PlayStation MasterMegid (897)
DO NOT PLAY IN DARK ROOM PlayStation TwoDividedByZero (149)
Resident Evil can say "Baaaaaaaa" PlayStation Indra is stressed (20015)
The true meaning of survival horror – what Resident Evil wished it could have been. PlayStation りき Hideto (22888)
Some fears are worth experiencing. PlayStation MAT (97902)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic PlayStation Oct 11, 2004 A 100
VicioJuegos.com PlayStation Feb 29, 2008 94 out of 100 94
GameCola.net PlayStation Dec, 2005 9.3 out of 10 93
VicioJuegos.com PlayStation Jul 19, 2003 91 out of 100 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation Feb 23, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Retrogaming.it PlayStation Feb 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation Feb 24, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Freak PlayStation Apr, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Gamezilla PlayStation Mar 11, 1999 83 out of 100 83
GameGenie PlayStation 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Opening sequence is brilliant 4 Adzuken (818)
Sep 09, 2013
1st person mode 13 Ace of Sevens (4227)
Aug 11, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PS1 version of Silent Hill appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Bloopers

This game features a "blooper reel" that can be seen upon completion of the game.

Censored content

The Pal release of Silent Hill is slightly censored, specifically it's missing the deformed child-like enemies that appear in the school and other places of the game. For this release they were replaced with the "Clawfinger" monsters (which only have a minor appearance late in the original game).

Development

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

Cybil's scenario was never 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.

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

References

  • Most of the street names in Silent Hill are names of sci-fi or horror authors: Finney - Jack Finney, author of "Time and Again" Bachman - Richard Bachman, Stephen King's pseudonym Bloch - Robert Bloch, author of "Psycho" Matheson - Richard Matheson, author of "I am Legend" Ellroy - Jack Ellroy, author of the "Black Dahlia" Bradbury - Ray Bradbury, author of "Something Wicked This Way Comes" Levin - Ira Levin, author of "Rosemary's Baby" Sanford - John Sanford, author of the "Prey' books Simmons - Dan Simmons, author of "Song of Kali" Sagan - Carl Sagan, author of "Contact" Crichton - Michael Crichton, author of "Sphere" Koontz - Dean Koontz, author of "Phantoms" Wilson - F. Paul Wilson, author of "Nightworld"
  • Blood marking a garage door across from the church spells out "Redrum", a reference to Stephen King's "The Shining"

Sonic Youth

The teachers on the register in the school, Moore, Ronaldo, and Gordon are the three main members of the band "Sonic Youth", Kim Gordon, Lee Ronaldo, and Thurston Moore. Also, the school section ends with you picking up the "K. Gordon" key and going to her house!

Information also contributed by Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze, hydra9, Lain Crowley, Tiago Jacques, and Zovni

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Contributed to by Jeff Hazen (92), GTramp (42886) and Grant McLellan (544)