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Silent Hill HD Collection
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Dissapointment from Silent Hill fans in 3... 2... 1... Time flows... nobody knows.... of this shoddy port!
Genre(s): Survival horror
Platform(s): PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release: NA: March 20, 2012
JP: March 29, 2012 (PS3)
EU: March 30, 2012
AU: April 5, 2012
Developer(s): Hijinx Studios
Publisher(s): Konami
Country: United States
Series: Silent Hill


Silent Hill HD Collection is a compilation of remastered ports of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Original games were developed by Team Silent and ported to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by Hijinx Studios.

Why It Should Stay Silent

  1. No Silent Hill 1 or 4 in this collection!
  2. The game is prone to crashing and freezing, sometimes even when entering new areas or picking up/using items. These problems are especially noticeable in SH3.
  3. Entire rooms do not load at all sometimes, leaving the player trapped in an inescapable void.
  4. Lag and frame-rate drops.
  5. Lag upon receiving trophies/achievements.
  6. Lots of graphical errors.
  7. Bad sound loops.
  8. Audio glitches, even to the extent of seconds of audio missing. Sometimes, the background audio may stop entirely and there will be a few seconds of silence.
  9. Missing sound effects.
  10. Missing character shadows, and the ones that are actually present are extremely pixelated.
  11. The game is way too dark, even with the in-game brightness at maximum.
  12. Fog appearing where there should be none.
  13. Glitchy depth of field.
  14. Blurry scenes where there should be no blur and vice-versa.
  15. Inaccurate textures.
  16. The game has some voice acting changed and become worse, you can switch between the original voice acting and the new voice acting in Silent Hill 2 but in Silent Hill 3 you only have the new one.
  17. Erratic walking speed, rendering the game virtually unplayable at times.
  18. The game runs before the loading screens are cleared (potentially allowing players to take damage or miss the first bits of many cutscenes).
  19. As a one final kick in the nuts, the collection was eventually patched and most of the above issues are fixed... on the PS3 version only. Sadly, there's no patches for the Xbox 360 version. To make matters worse, Konami gave out free games for those that bought the Xbox 360 version to make up for this mess.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Low framerates and glitches aside, the gameplay in both of these games is as solid as ever.
  2. The collection was reasonably priced at launch, with the price being $30.
  3. Even though it was only fixed on the PlayStation 3 version and not on the Xbox 360, the collection was at least improved at all.

Reception

It is often criticized by long-time Silent Hill fans and cited to be one of the worst HD remasters and ports created in the history of video gaming, not only due to technical problems, but also due to artistic changes from the original presentation.

As such, many fans consider the HD Collection to be inferior to the original releases and recommend playing the original releases instead, and only play the HD Collection as an extreme last resort.

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