“In my restless dreams, I see that town – Silent Hill.”
Hello. We’re back after a two-week period. And so begins the second part of Season 3 of My Favourite Game.
And it begins tonight by looking back at possibly one of the best horror games ever, if not the best horror game ever. Lets be real here: Silent Hill as a series is in a state of flux. After several games of an underwhelming nature, the series seemed to spark back to life in the biggest and best possible way with P.T., which would be revealed to be a teaser for Kojima and Del Toro’s Silent Hills.
That spark has since been extinguished, however. Earlier this year, Konami removed P.T. from the PS Store and even delisted it so if players end up deleting their original copy, they could no longer download it again. That came on the heels of confirmation that Silent Hills was canned amidst growing turmoil between publisher (Konami) and its biggest name (Kojima). Although not official as yet, reports suggest Kojima left Konami in October, though the latter insist right now he is taking a holiday.
But with P.T.’s growing legacy as not only a short demo but perhaps a game in its own right, it’s perhaps a little easier nowadays to remember Silent Hill’s glory days. Especially in the era of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3.
Tonight, My Favourite Game returns with a look back on Silent Hill 2 with freelance writer Carli Velocci. Discussed at length, James Sutherland as a protagonist and his mental well-being through the game as well as perverse ambitions, the tone and nature of the game, the relationship between James & fellow central character Maria and how Pyramid Head may have ended up helped the player instead of being the game’s primary antagonist.
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