Fright Fest 2017 Review: Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 4

Table of Contents

Fright Fest 2017 in a Nutshell

Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams Review

Silent Hill 4: The Room Review

Fright Fest 2017 in a Nutshell

For those who don’t know, Fright Fest at Lumpz Media is a time-honored tradition typically livestreamed in the month of October. Featured games are typically renowned titles in the survival horror genre, but there are times where I get a little more obscure.

This year has been a slog to complete the event to be completely honest, what with PRGE 2017, famililal duties, as well as shipping and equipment snafus getting in the way. However, as of November 20th, 2017, I’m pleased to report that I completed not one, but two, ginormous Silent Hill titles!

Despite everything, I’m pleased to report that Fright Fest 2017 is not only a wrap, but a rousing success. Thanks to Restream, I was able to simultaneously stream to both YouTube and Twitch and join both chats on stream for both channels, so nobody was left out.

The total runtime for both streams goes well over 20 hours, and Silent Hill 4‘s immense playtime alone demanded a 2-part stream to complete it! I can’t wait for next year, and I’d like to personally thank everybody who turned out, especially CaptainSuperCool17, Kevin Bhall, and Adam of ReplayAbility! You guys are the best!

So now, without further ado, here are my reviews for both Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams and Silent Hill 4: The Room! Spoilers have been covered for your convenience.

Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams Review

First off, I’m no stranger to Silent Hill 2, but this time around, I had the distinct pleasure of playing the so-called definitive edition for the original XBox, Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams. This version not only gives players the option of removing the static filter mostly associated with the PS2 release, but also the option of playing the Maria sidequest, Born from a Wish.

The subscenario delves into the backstory surrounding Maria’s supposed chance meeting with James at Rosewater Park later on, which

Spoiler

sees her trying her best to connect with an elusive man named Ernest who hides behind a door. After some item finding, jaunting down ominous hallways, and cryptic puzzles, Maria finally opens the door to Ernest’s room and finds it completely empty, which implies that he may have been a ghost and by association, Maria as well.

Walking down an alleyway, Maria contemplates suicide one last time, but throws the gun away and makes her way to Rosewater Park, despite Ernest’s warnings that James is “a bad man”.

[collapse]

Do I feel that this relatively small scenario adds value to the game? Absolutely. You get to see a side of Silent Hill that is both new and familiar, from the creeptastic Baldwin Mansion to the Blue Creek Apartments. If you’re a damn dirty completionist like me who needs answers before sleep, Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams is definitely worth a look.

If you have some spare time and want to know how to accidentally get the Maria ending after doing everything humanly possible not to, my complete run for Fright Fest 2017 is included below.

Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams was released in North America for XBox on December 20th, 2001, and is known as Saigo No Uta in Japan and Inner Fears in Europe.

Even more odd, this definitive version was ported back to the PS2, where it was subtitled in Europe as Director’s Cut. And what about North America? It was thrown under the Greatest Hits banner with no other indication that it was different from the original release! Weird, I know.

And what of more recent releases? Restless Dreams was also included in 2006’s Silent Hill Collection, but was only made available for the European and Japanese market. Other titles included in this collection were Silent Hill 3, and Silent Hill 4: The Room. Konami would later release the Silent Hill HD Collection for the PS3 and XBox 360 in 2012, but glaringly absent was Silent Hill 4. Ugh.

To make it easy for those looking to get their own copy, here are some of the best deals I’ve found for Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams on XBox and Playstation 2, as well as Silent Hill HD Collection for PS3 (I’m not including a link to the XBox 360 version due to unresolved bugs).

Do bear in mind that the PS2 Greatest Hits version has gotten pretty steep in recent years, and that the XBox version is significantly cheaper.

The images below will take you to an Available Offers page for each respective release.

 

Silent Hill 4: The Room Review

When I first announced that I would be playing Silent Hill 4: The Room in its entirety, I had no idea what I was in for. I had beaten this game before, but that was over the course of a few months 2-3 years ago. I was finally able to complete it during a long weekend, but I had forgotten how truly big this game is…

How long, you may ask? Sites like HLTB and GameLengths would have you believe 9-10 hours is the norm. As for me? Try approximately 14 hours.

Do note that this was me not only watching every second of every cutscene, but also dying three times, backtracking to the room because I forgot shit, and checking every single door in every single dungeon.

Long story short, Silent Hill 4 is about Henry Townshend, who finds himself locked in his apartment, with no way of escaping save for an ominous hole in his bathroom. Throwing caution to the wind, he climbs through and not only finds himself in a twisted version of a nearby subway station, but also

Spoiler

smack in the middle of Walter Sullivan’s current murder spree. It was already noted in Silent Hill 2 that Walter had committed suicide in his jail cell, so how is he alive and back at attempting to complete the 21 Sacraments?

[collapse]

Along the way, Henry finds

Spoiler

NPCs who all come to variably messy ends, from straight-up stabbings to slow, painful electrocutions. Even worse, these murdalated victims return as

[collapse]
persistent ghosts who endlessly pursue him through tight, disorienting environs. So how do you stop them? Beat them up until they fall down, then run a Sword of Obedience straight through their back.

Seems simple, no? Check this out.

Video courtesy of Tipsain

That video was sped up about x2 from its original speed, so it’s safe to say that it can take upwards of 8 minutes to sufficiently incapacitate a ghost long enough to stab them down for good. Good Lord…

After a convoluted story that sees Henry

Spoiler

attempting to rescue his neighbor and would-be victim, Eileen Galvin, from a twisted hospital,

[collapse]
he navigates back through the twisted worlds in a desperate bid to kill Walter for good.

So how does one kill a supposed undead serial killer? Using these three simple steps:

  1. Use a rotten, 30-something year old umbilical cord on the large monster in the room.
  2. Run around the room collecting eight separate spears to run into said monster’s chest.
  3. Kill the now vulnerable Walter as fast as possible.

Why “as fast as possible”?

Spoiler

Eileen is slowly walking towards the spiked, spinning apparatus in the center of the room, which will surely eviscerate her, thus negatively impacting your ending. The damage she has absorbed up until this point determine how fast she walks towards her death. Luckily, she can be healed with a Holy Candle before picking up the Umbilical Cord in the Superintendant’s Room, so be sure to have one on hand before going in.

[collapse]

So what do I think of Silent Hill 4? I think it’s a welcome addition to the series, and introduced new elements such as item storage and first-person perspectives. Further, SH4 does an amazing job of making the player uncomfortable by not only robbing them of the security of a safe room, but also having to witness some of the most gruesome cutscenes in video game history.

From bloody goodbyes to shattered hope, Silent Hill 4: The Room is an epic, emotional journey that leaves you drained and deeply satisfied. SH4 was originally released for PS2, XBox, and Windows in 2004, and later in 2006 on the aforementioned Silent Hill Collection.

Here are some of the best deals I’ve found for Silent Hill 4: The Room on Playstation 2 and XBox. The images below will take you to each release’s respective Offers page. As with Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams,┬ádo note that the XBox version is significantly cheaper than the PS2 version.

PS2
Xbox

If you’d like to see my complete run, the 2-part series will be included below once it’s uploaded. Bring the popcorn!

 

Want to go back where it all started? Check out my run of the original Silent Hill here!

So what other spoopy games have I played in Fright Fest’s past? Watch them all here and make a movie night out of it!

Leave a Reply

Specify a Disqus shortname at Social Comments options page in admin panel