When I finally had an opportunity to read about the upcoming title Silent Hills, several months had already passed since it was announced. But I was intrigued, to say the least, and couldn’t wait to start reading actual news pertaining to the project. However considering it’s being helmed by Hideo Kojima, the creator behind the successful Metal Gear franchise, and famed writer/ director Guillermo Del Toro, it’s all but certain that they’re going to be developing a finished product that is worth playing.
“Originally, we were thinking of making a game that would make you pee your pants,” Kojima said. After further discussions with Guillermo Del Toro, Kojima said, “we are aiming for a game that will make you shit your pants.”
Kojima has said that he’s well aware that video games aren’t like movies, the experiences are completely separate. If you’re watching a scary movie and it gets to be too much for the viewer, you’re able to close your eyes until the moment passes. However the goal of a video game is to immerse the player into an engaging experience, which means you’re more likely to stop playing the game if it gets to be too much.
“So be it. We don’t care,” Kojima said. “We are aiming for a game that will make you shit your pants. So please make sure you have a [change of clothes].” He then joked, “The limited edition [ofSilent Hills] will probably include a pair of trousers.”
In terms of the bigger picture, very little information has actually been revealed regarding the upcoming game and what we can expect to see. Aside from the fact that Norman Reedus, who stars as Daryl in The Walking Dead, will be playing the main character. Well… that was until I stumbled onto the demo released under the banner 7780’s Studio, this was released as a free-to-play game on PSN entitled P.T. This title was released under the radar and was essential a test of the FOX engine, they scaled down the rendering capabilities to make it seem more like this had been produced by a much smaller, lesser known development company.
Even though P.T. was released to be a buzz generating marketing tool, meant to get the community talking. It’s proven to be so much more than that, it’s easily the creepiest gaming experience I’ve ever encountered.
The game begins as you’re regaining consciousness outside, unaware of anything that may have transpired, you pick yourself up off the ground and venture inside the door. From there you find yourself in an impossibly perpetual hallway, where a set of stairs and a doorway lead you back to the beginning of the hallway. Every time you pass through the doorway, you’ll find a new puzzle that needs to be figured out in order to unlock the necessary series of events. If the door at the end of the hall is closed, you haven’t solved the entire puzzle for that section. You’ll really need to pay attention to all of the sights and sounds of the game to figure out where you’ll need to focus your attention. Every piece of the puzzle adds to the general creepiness and back story of what occurred within these walls.
Throughout the game you’ll find yourself listening to the unsettling sounds of; your own footsteps, a crying neglected baby, tortured screams, radio broadcasts the provide you with the back story of the house, the opening/ closing of doors, and creaking floors as if someone/ something else is in the house with you.
The mood of the house can be felt as you progress through the story, this is evident in everything from the; lighting changes, framed pictures, cracks that seem to form and grow on the walls, and the overall texture of the walls, etc… Everything in this game is intentional and goes into the development of the mood and story.
I consider myself to be something of a connoisseur when it comes to the horror genre, I love it in all it’s many forms and I devour it regularly. With that being said, everything in this game comes together to create an experience unlike any other that I’ve ever encountered. This was truly the first time I’ve ever found myself with goosebumps, brought on by anything other than the cold.
If the experience provided by P.T. is any indication of what we can expect to see from Silent Hills, fans of the horror genre are truly in for a treat. Check it out for yourself and watch our first 2 videos above, be sure to check back for our final 2 videos. Our 3rd video can be found here…
If you’re feeling brave enough, download it for yourself on PSN.
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