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Silent Hill 3

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
85
4.1
Windows
72
4.0
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Description

In Silent Hill 3 the player controls Heather, a simple teenage girl. One fine day she goes shopping, but suddenly finds herself trapped in a strange, terrifying place - the eerie town Silent Hill. She hears footsteps; disgusting, creepy monsters attack her, and she has to defend herself. Exploring Silent Hill - and her own past - Heather must find a way to escape the dreadful town.

The third installment in the Silent Hill series is similar to its predecessor visually and gameplay-wise. Like the previous entries, it is a survival horror game combining action-based (predominantly close-ranged) combat and puzzle-solving. The game is somewhat more combat-oriented than the preceding installments. Heather is able to side-step and block some attacks, but in general shares with the other protagonists of the series their relative ineptitude in combat.

Screenshots

Silent Hill 3 Windows ...And this is the point where things start to get officially f*cked up.
Silent Hill 3 Windows When Harry Mason woke up from his nightmare in SILENT HILL 1, he was greeted by a foxie of a cop girl called Cybill... and I have to do with this filthy bum excuse for a detective?
Silent Hill 3 Windows Yo, Harry Mason! THIS is how you hold a gun, you pathetic wuss!
Silent Hill 3 PlayStation 2 It all started with an appearance of a strange detective that needed to speak with you (note that the shirt Heather's wearing can only appear once you've finished the game).

Alternate Titles

  • "寂靜之丘3" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "寂静岭3 " -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SH3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Jijing Ling 3" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Dammit, get out of my nightmares SH3. Windows Kadath Bird (619)
A masterpiece of Survival Horror and the last real Silent Hill. PlayStation 2 AkibaTechno (228)
Hands down, the greatest horror atmosphere in the series. But this dreadful Capcom-ish feel is growing within... Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (588)
And I thought parking was a nightmare. PlayStation 2 Terrence Bosky (5237)
With the heart of Silent Hill saga. PlayStation 2 MAT (66266)
Back in town Windows Cronos (4)
creepy, very creepy. PlayStation 2 David Bryan (25)

The Press Says

games xtreme PlayStation 2 Jul 07, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 May 22, 2003 9 out of 10 90
IGN Windows Dec 11, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameDaily PlayStation 2 Dec 31, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Captain PlayStation 2 Jun 01, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Aug, 2003 8.25 out of 10 82
GameZone Windows Dec 18, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Play.tm PlayStation 2 Jul 22, 2003 68 out of 100 68
ActionTrip Windows Nov 21, 2004 65 out of 100 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Mar, 2004 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Trivia

Budget

The budget was US$3Million.

DVD

A DVD was also released on the same day the game was released, called Lost Memories - The Art & Music of Silent Hill. The DVD includes illustrations, sounds, trailers, production materials, and the hidden endings of all the Silent Hill games - all in all 200 minutes of footage. The disc also features unlockable hidden bonuses.

Extras

The US and Japanese version ships with a bonus soundtrack CD which features music from the game. The CD has five tracks, which includes a track that was not used in the game.

Graphics

In the PC version of Silent Hill 3 the rendering resolution can be increased up to 4096 by 2048.

References

  • The game starts with a nightmarish sequence, after which Heather —the main character— wakes up at a diner, in a shopping mall. When she gets out of said diner, we can see its name: "Happy Burger". In Silent Hill 2 there was a local called Happy Burger, in the corner of Sanders St. and Neely St.
  • Two of the stores encountered in the mall are named after women from Goethe's Faust: Boutique Marguerite and Helen's Bakery.
  • Near the end of the game, the player will encounter areas identical to the end of Silent Hill. This includes camera positions, captions and even notepads (used as a save point in Silent Hill). These notepads have messages on them from Silent Hill's protagonist, Harry.
  • The game features numerous references to Silent Hill 2 (2001), including several small Silent Hill 2 posters in the Mall. When playing the game with a Silent Hill 2 save game on the memory card, other references appear:
    • In the Mall, you are given the option to retrieve something from a dirty toilet. When doing so, Heather will crouch and hesitantly move her hand towards the toilet, accompanied with suspense music. At the last moment she comes to her senses, turns to the camera and says "Gross. Who would do something like that anyway?". (In Silent Hill 2, the player had to retrieve a wallet from a clogged toilet).
    • When examining your mailbox in the apartment building, Heather comments that there is no mail, not "even from a dead wife". Silent Hill 2 starts with the player receiving a letter from his wife who has been dead for three years.
    • When examining the fence on the roof of Brookhaven Hospital, Heather says "it doesn't look like it's about to break". James from Silent Hill 2 was thrown through the fence off the roof.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – Scariest PS2 Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze, Karthik KANE and Tiago Jacques

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