The PlayStation Vita still hasn't had a real system-seller for me (I'm also kind of hoping for a price drop before this holiday season...)
, but when games were being announced before the portable's release, I definitely perked up when I saw that Silent Hill: Book of Memories
was on the list. The title's similarity to the last good Silent Hill
game I've played, Shattered Memories
, immediately had me hoping for the best.
So imagine my disappointment to learn that it's actually a co-op multiplayer game instead of the usual survival horror. As time went on, I still sort of thought that maybe it might end up being okay, but every time I see screenshots of it, that feeling fades further and further away. I mean, it just looks like Silent Hill: Diablo
to me. I mean, that's clearly what they're going for, but when I play a Silent Hill
game, I want creepy survival horror that gets under my skin and freaks me out. If I wanted to play Diablo
, I'd play Diablo
Also, the quality of these graphics are kind of disappointing. Is it me, or do these look like PSP-quality? I know the Vita is capable of more. I've seen it. Just not here.
In the vast world of video games there are several series that never stray too far from their roots and up until now Silent Hill was one of them. But with the upcoming release of Silent Hill: Book Of Memories the series is going head first into unknown territory - that of the dungeon crawling RPG. I’ll admit it I had my reservations when I walked up to the demo station but let me tell you, it works, it works great.
You play the game from a third person isometric view point similar in style to Diablo. As you explore rooms you will find various pieces of equipment like tools, keys, health packs and weapons to use against the roaming mobs of enemies. Unfortunately the demo I played at E3 did not feature the game’s much vaunted 4-player co-op but, even in single player mode, it&rs...
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has had a rather, shall we say, "interesting" ride. After the disbandment of Team Silent - save for Akira Yamaoka, who stayed on board through Shattered Memories - the series has found itself as a kind of international foster child. Our UK buddies at Climax gave us Origins
and Shattered Memories
, while America created Homecoming
. Now, after being sent off to the Czech Republic for Downpour
, Silent Hill
once again finds itself in the moist womb of liberty - that magical, capitalist wonderland of infinite freedom,
and anyone who would tell you differently is a communist, an atheist, and probably a homosexual
- America. For the purposes of Silent Hill: Book of Memories
, this includes the freedom of the new developer, WayForward
, to push the game back to October.
Casting aside series conventions,
Left 4 Dead: iPhone Edition Book of Memories
takes a multiplayer-centric approach, and favors an isometric perspective over the classic Silent Hill
fare. While I'm not exactly crying a sea of tears over its delay, I'm guessing there are those looking forward to the newest installment in the Silent Hill
franchise, particularly with the Vita's relatively small library (given the console's relatively recent release)
, and the fact that the game was originally expected
to be released in March of this year. While Amazon currently shows
a release of October 31st, this should be taken with a grain of salt. Konami stated
to IGN that "We've targeted an October release date for Silent Hill: Book of Memories, but we have not announced a specific day." According to Game Informer
, the delay has been chalked up to "timing and development."