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Which Silent Hill games are good and what's the best way to play them?

#1TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 11/1/2013 8:01:17 PM
I've been somewhat interested in the series for a long time, but never took the time to research it.

Regarding the second part of the question in the title, I'm mainly wondering if I should play them on PC or if I should use an emulator. Also, I read a comment somewhere saying that the controls aren't very good on PC. Are the PC versions compatible with a gamepad (Xbox 360 controller)?

Also, what should I expect from the series?
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#2SpazH3dPosted 11/1/2013 8:08:27 PM(edited)
You should deffielephantly play the first 4 games. The rest are rotten and smelly.

PS: I would tell you how to play the first one on PC, but I'd get modded.
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#3RPGMattPosted 11/1/2013 8:08:29 PM
1-4. On a PS2.
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#4KabtheMentatPosted 11/1/2013 8:13:08 PM
RPGMatt posted...
1-4. On a PS2.


Correction, SH2 on the Xbox.
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#5TheC0ndemnedOne(Topic Creator)Posted 11/1/2013 8:24:15 PM
KabtheMentat posted...
RPGMatt posted...
1-4. On a PS2.


Correction, SH2 on the Xbox.


I don't have an original Xbox and there are no good emulators for it, so that's out of the question. I do, however, have a PSone and a PS2. I know that the first game isn't on PC, but the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th are. Why are they better on PS2, exactly?
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#6jake-sfPosted 11/1/2013 8:25:38 PM(edited)
Its a little bit more trouble to get SH 2-3-4 on PC to work perfectly, but you can. I'm not sure how much controller support they have, but at worst you can emulate it. Those games don't really require any precision at all, so using something like XPadder is far good enough, if thats required.

The only thing I'm not sure they have is proper joystick support. All this means is that you would have digital (8 directions) control at worst even if you use a joystick. Hardly a big deal if you ask me, but thats me.

SH 1 works perfectly emulated, but again needs a little setting up.

I played them all on PC and I'm very happy I did, but mind you, I played them all on keyboard. And I mean keyboard, no mouse. I'm crazy like that.

Its up to you.
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#7TimePharaohPosted 11/1/2013 9:35:31 PM
SpazH3d posted...
You should deffielephantly play the first 4 games. The rest are rotten and smelly.


If you read anything other than this, just go ahead and mentally ban that user from your consciousness because they're beyond derp.

And I'm pretty sure deffielephantly is now my new favorite word
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#8akuma634Posted 11/1/2013 9:55:08 PM
You can get part 1 for I think 7 bucks on PS3's PS1 classics download section and it's awesome. Silent Hill 2&3 are best on PC. SH2 will take some work to get running right, the first problem is you'll need to fix the audio loop glitch, the solution I found was to use notepad and copy some code then name it as a config file. Then you'll need to use task manager and go to set affinity (I think zero works best.) There's also a 1+ gig download on torrent sites of a HD mod, nothing illegal just a large mod that would probably take years to download on file hosting sites. After that you have Silent Hill 2 looking freaking stunning in 1080p. Silent Hill 3 runs very easily on Windows 7, just install it then in a config file change it to the resolution you want, I got with 1920x1080 and the game will run at that resolution which looks gorgeous, you wouldn't even know it was a 10 year old game. Also SH2&3 will work with any controller instantly. With a 360 controller you'll have to make a few minor adjustments like get pause and map as back and start (by default it's L3 and R3.) The first 3 games are the most debated as which one is the best, they all have their fans. Silent Hill 2 has the strongest fan base. I'm a SH1 kind of guy.

After the first 3 games, it's up to you. SH4 The Room didn't appeal to me, it's vastly different from the gameplay and setting of the other games. The story mostly revolves around Walter Sullivan, a enigmatic serial killer you can find notes on in SH2&3, part 4 is more about a new character forced to unravel the mystery of this guy because his apartment is haunted and making him walk through hellish worlds to solve the mystery. On PC the game is playable but it will only display in a 4:3 aspect ratio and the resolutions are all low, there is no mod to permanently fix it, all you can do is use a specific editor and go through the same process every single time you play the game, it does force the game to higher resolutions but it does also stretch the display because it was made for old tv displays. You could play it on PS2 and get the same exact experience.

After that the devs left to do the Siren series. I haven't played, I'm not too interested. I've heard mixed reviews of Homecoming. Silent Hill Origins does sound interesting though, it's years before SH1 takes place so that's a cool idea for a game. Shattered Memories on Wii is a reimagining of the first game, critics complained that the game divided between exploration and monster sections, instead of a hell world this world freezes and when that happens monsters show up, in that game you can't fight back so you run like hell but suspense was hurt because you know monsters will only show up when the world freezes. Then the last game I've heard was ok but very combat oriented which isn't what the series is best known for and it did have its fair share of things holding it back.

The good news is that Konami really wants Hideo Kojima to make the next game. If anybody could restore the series to its former glory, I think he could do it. I haven't played all the MGS games but he's a very weird guy who can do some mind bending stories. He seems like a good fit.
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#9akuma634Posted 11/1/2013 9:57:56 PM
TheC0ndemnedOne posted...
KabtheMentat posted...
RPGMatt posted...
1-4. On a PS2.


Correction, SH2 on the Xbox.


I don't have an original Xbox and there are no good emulators for it, so that's out of the question. I do, however, have a PSone and a PS2. I know that the first game isn't on PC, but the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th are. Why are they better on PS2, exactly?


Silent Hill 2 greatest hits version on PS2 has the extra content of the Xbox and PC versions. But Silent Hill 2 on Xbox is compatible with Xbox 360. It's no substitute for the PC version because with days work you can get it running perfectly in 1080p and looking better then the official "HD" Collection.
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#10TimePharaohPosted 11/1/2013 10:00:10 PM
akuma634 posted...
SH4 The Room didn't appeal to me, it's vastly different from the gameplay and setting of the other games.


It's really not. Minus the trips back to your apartment, gameplay is pretty much identical. The setting is obviously different, but going "X location" or "Y location" from the apartment instead of "school" or "hospital" from the town isn't that much different, outside of less exploration in the "hub".

None of the complaints that it's "too different" would exist if people didn't know it wasn't originally supposed to be a SH4. Resident Evil going into 4, that was a mechanics change. SH3>4, just some new additions.
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