Posts Tagged ‘Silent Hill’

Husk is a first-person tribute to the horror of Silent Hill

As survival-horror town names go, “Shivercliff” is really skirting the edges of self-parody. But that’s what the creators of Husk [official website] have gone with. It’s a first-person psychological horror game that they’re describing as a tribute to classics like Silent Hill. Set in the dreadyear of 1995, you’ve been in a train crash outside the mysterious town but there’s no sign of your daughter and wife. You’ll be navigating the abandoned settlement, shining a torch at things and looking for your loved ones. Is that them, up ahead? No. That is a twisted and monstrous manifestation of all your emotionally repressed fears. Pull yourself together, mate.
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Resident Evil 7 And The Lure Of Short-Form Horror

Resident Evil 7’s [official site] demo, Beginning Hour, isn’t available on PC but the final game will be in January 2017. I’ve played through the demo several times and have some doubts as to how it’d translate into a longer game, but I also think it’s the most exciting thing to happen to the horror series since Resident Evil 4. The key to it all is found footage, an often maligned term thanks to the many movies that treat a handheld camera or webcam as a stand-in for a decent script. In Beginning Hour, however, VHS tapes hold the promise of something truly startling and sinister.

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Allison Road Cancels Kickstarter, Snags Publisher

The cancellation of Silent Hills becomes more distressing every time a new piece of information emerges. Guillermo del Toro’s tweet stating that horror manga maestro Junji Ito would have collaborated on the game was a cruel blow and anyone who has encountered his work will understand why. When I first looked at Allison Road [official site], I hoped it would live up to the legacy of PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills that caused such a stir. Now, the Kickstarter has been cancelled before reaching its target but that’s because Worms developer (and indie publisher) Team17 have stepped in.

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The Park Wants To Feel Like A Stephen King Novel

MMORPG specialists Funcom have revealed more details about their ominous theme park-set single-player outing The Park [official site]. Although it’s the studio’s first solo-playing venture in nine years – Dreamfall: The Longest Journey in 2006 being the last – The Park takes place in The Secret World‘s wider universe.

The latest trailer asks ‘What is The Park?’, before taking a behind-the-scenes peak beyond the rope barrier as it arrives at an answer.

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Text, Lies And Videotape: Her Story Interview

Sam Barlow has one of the most impressive CVs in gaming. By my reckoning, he only has six releases to his name but two of those games are comfortably inside my list of all-time favourites – the experimental interactive fiction of Aisle and the masterful Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. The latter might never come to PC but hopefully it’ll arrive in digital download form on the Wii U’s eShop sooner rather than later.

Barlow’s next game, Her Story, has elements of true crime, police procedural and confessional monologue. During a sprawling conversation last week, we discussed how it continues to play with interactive storytelling techniques, and how it has as much in common with Alan Bennett as True Detective.

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Silent Hill Source Engine Fan Game Alchemilla Released

BOO! GHOST CAR!

What’s a Silent Hill game without combat? A moody adventure game where you spend too long kicking around a hospital, hoping you won’t see more of those awful twitchy nurses. At least, that’s what I’ve seen so far of Silent Hill: Alchemilla, a free fan game/Source mod which has all of the puzzling and rust without any of the stomping-on-squirming-things. It’s relatively thoughtful puzzling too, and I only stopped playing to write this post because I was stumped. I’ll return later though, as I want to see more of its unarmed first-person take on Silent Hill, and maybe more of those frightful nurses. I do like them really.

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Letters From Nowhere: Silent Hills

James Sunderland reflects on his situation in Silent Hill 2's opening scene

Dear RPS,

There’s a place that I sometimes go to but I rarely talk about it. I can’t find the words. Maybe the only way to tell you is to go back there and to write everything down in a letter. So here I am. The first time I came to this place, this special place, I didn’t have the courage to remain there alone…

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