Was the horror too much for Silent Hill HD Collection?

March has been a big month for Silent Hill. Silent Hill: Downpour released this month, and now the second and third games in the series are getting a reissue in Silent Hill HD Collection on the PS3 and XBox360. But the latter title may be running into trouble.

Numerous reports have surfaced of serious issues with Silent Hill HD Collection. Website DefaultPrime claims that the famous rape scene involving Pyramid Head has been edited for content in the HD Collection version of Silent Hill 2. The original scene was not exceptionally graphic in any sense- indeed, the assertion that the scene involves an act of ‘rape’ at all is an inference drawn by fan interpretations of the body movements of nonhuman creatures, making it difficult to determine why the scene would have been edited at all.

Another website, Gamerzines, is calling the PS3 release of the  HD Collection “broken”, reporting that the game has issues with stuttering and freezing that make it “for some (…) unplayable”. It is unclear what is the cause of these issues at this time, since the reports are anecdotal.

Finally, and perhaps most damning of all, website Slashgear is carrying a story stating that Masahiro Ito, art director of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, is calling the presentation of the games “Really poor”. For a member of Konami`s original Team Silent to criticize the rerelease of the games publicly is cause for extreme concern by gamers.

While it remains to be seen how the Silent Hill HD Collection will be received over time, for those of us who played the games in their original incarnations, these reports are distressing. Though the original versions of the games are not exceptionally rare, extreme demand has driven the price point of the original versions of the games significantly higher since the release of the first Silent Hill film. The PC versions of Silent Hill 2, 3, and 4 in particular have risen in price astronomically since 2006 when the film was released. I had hoped that the rerelease of the games for PS3 and XBox360 would allow new players to experience two of the best horror games ever made at a reasonable price point, and I still hope that will be the outcome. If the reports above regarding technical problems with the games are true, they could be addressed by Konami with a patch to fix the technical errors as well as to restore any excised content to Silent Hill 2 that was present in the original versions of the game. I would advise my readers to take these reports with a grain of salt as they would any ancedotal evidence, but also to be informed consumers when deciding where to invest their gaming dollar.

I will, of course, update RedgoateeRob`s Horror Pages with any news about Silent Hill HD when such news becomes available.

~ by Redgoateerob on March 24, 2012.

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