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Konami releasing all the Silent Hills in March

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March 2012 may very be the greatest month in recorded time for Silent Hill fans, as Konami today announced its plans to release three Silent Hill titles that month.

That's right! All of 'em!

Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. Nonetheless, March 2012 may very well be the greatest month in recorded time for Silent Hill fans, as Konami today announced its plans to release three Silent Hill titles that month.

First up is the Silent Hill HD Collection, which contains the HD, remastered versions of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 (along with new voiceovers). The HD collection hits shelves March 6 after being delayed a couple of times, most recently from its Jan. 24 date.

Exactly one week later, on March 13, Silent Hill Downpour (above) is slated to horrify players with the story of ex-con Murphy Pendleton as he finds himself trapped in Silent Hill after a bus crash. Konami is touting Downpour as its "most expansive" Silent Hill to date.

If that isn't enough Silent Hill for you, you'll have to agonizingly wait another two weeks before Silent Hill Book of Memories launches on March 27. The PlayStation Vita-exclusive title has a pretty interesting concept: a book that contains your life story and all of your memories. The twist? You can rewrite your own history to alter the past. Cooperative multiplayer will also be making its series-first appearance in Book of Memories.

If that's still not enough Silent Hill for you, well, you just clearly have issues.

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Staff article by Jonathan Davila (January 12, 2012)

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EmP posted January 12, 2012:

Even Konami is desperate to pretend Silent Hill: The Room never existed.

Don't blame them a bit.
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JoeTheDestroyer posted January 12, 2012:

I'm still surprised I went all the way through that crapsterpiece....twice!
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zippdementia posted January 16, 2012:

I only ever beat Silent Hill 2 (got the shitty ending) and Silent Hill Shattered Memories (which was actually very memorable and yet boring enough I will never ever play it again). Silent Hill 1 creeps me out to the point where I have difficulty playing it, though I think I got about half way through last time I booted it up. The cutscenes add a nice bit of humour to everything. It's like they got their cousins to do all the voice overs.
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Suskie posted January 16, 2012:

I'll be preoccupied on March 6 with you-know-what, but I can't wait to check out a series I've heard so many good things about and have so little experience with. Which reminds me, I still need to pick up Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.
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JonDavila posted January 16, 2012:

I'll admit I'm too much of a sissy to play Silent Hill games. Never played one, likely never will. :(
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Masters posted January 16, 2012:

I wish they'd give the first game the update it deserves.
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honestgamer posted January 16, 2012:

That would be too much like a good idea, Marc. Konami seems to have a self-imposed limit of good ideas. Also, Konami seems to have exceeded that limit a few years back and is now waiting for its supply to replenish. So maybe we'll see the first game remade in 2017, if Konami is still around?
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JoeTheDestroyer posted January 16, 2012:

I've noticed a growing trend with Konami in regards to coming up with bad ideas. A Castlevania rail shooter and Silent Hill game without weapons? Lemme guess, we'll soon see a Suikoden 3D fighting game...

Or worse: Contra World Cup Racing.
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JonDavila posted January 17, 2012:

I would play Contra World Cup Racing... with Bears.
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zippdementia posted January 17, 2012:

I would also play Contra World Cup Racer... but only if it was Contra versus Mario World Cup Racer.

As for Silent Hill without weapons, I actually think more Survival Horror games could benefit from taking away a player's ability to fight effectively, if they did so and maintained strong level and scenario design. After all, camera angles and poor controls did this back in the 90's and that's what made the original games tense for me, not to mention fatal frame (which was damn near unplayable because of its sucky controls) and Resident Evil (which became a lot less scary when they moved everything into the daytime and gave you access to submachine guns).

I wrote something to this effect a long time ago for Lewis' mag.
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JoeTheDestroyer posted January 17, 2012:

If it was Contra Extreme Racing or something with explosions, sure. But I'm talking plain Jane vanilla by-the-books racing without explosions.
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zippdementia posted January 17, 2012:

Then it wouldn't be Contra Racing ;)
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JoeTheDestroyer posted January 18, 2012:

Precisely. :D

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