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Silent Hill 4: The Room Member Review for the PS2

GENRE Action/Adventure 
M Contains Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes

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Open The Door To Evil

Oh Henry, time to get up! You start the game by being locked in your room! (Given me an idea for a prank :P). So you've woken up to a ceiling fan whirring, and you're in first person view looking around a standard apartment...oh but wait! Someone's chained the sodding door shut from the inside! With a blood-written message saying, "Dont go out! Walter!"

Henry Townshend (your Silent Hill player for today!) doesn't react to it strongly...this sort of thing may happen to him all the time. But you soon learn he's been locked inside for 5 days now (I bet he's aching for a subway right now). So intrigue kicks he a freakin' psycho?! Or has he actually been tampered with by the forces of the unknown and underworld? Well guess what...YOU get to find out!

The plot in this game is excellent i think, not as good as the 2nd Silent Hill, but this plot is more gripping. After you've searched around your apartment for a while, you eventually come across warpholes that give you access to the demonic and twisted worlds that were all used to in SIlent Hill games. Each of the worlds are like chapters, once you have finished a world, you come back to your apartment; and can save etc. Plus as you progress you learn much more about the plot and what the **** is happening to your man Henry!

That's pretty much the gameplay too; apartment, 1st world, apartment, 2nd world...etc etc. It's not repetitive however, each world is very very spooky, creepy, and other adjectives of that nature. Each with its own little plot that adds up to the main plot, its very gripping and keeps you on your toes! You play as you always have been in the outer-room 3rd person view. The action is still slow, and you still keep all the cool weapons such as a pipe etc from the previous games. And of course, you still have all the same mood settings that make you shiver, screech, maybe even plod your pants? Makes you nervous for sure! The enemies are even freakier than they have been, one that really gives me the creeps is a two-headed baby-monkey thing! and it cries like a baby when it attacks you...i mean Geezzz! You have an energy bar this time round too...which is much easier.

One thing thats annoying is the fact that you have limited iventory slots!! GOD DAMMIT! Henry isnt as masculine as harry, james, or even need to pump those guns henners! i think the limit is 10 items. and you keep everything you collect in a massive trunk in your apartment. So if you need to get something and you left it in the trunk, you have to walk all the way back - it's very frustrating! Especially when groaning, floating zombies are after your flesh. Much like the bit in Silent Hill 2 where you have to store everything in that white cupboard so you can go on the elevator...anyone remember?...well....yeah.

The graphics are awesome, the best yet in the series i reckon. They've still got the fuzzy screen that makes the image somewhat distorted and eerie...much like the game. But they've lost the fog - hurrah! - not that it annoyed me. Each monster has finely tuned blood streaks and specks of intestine etc! And a lot of detail has been implanted. It's great to look at. My favourite feature of the game is that your apartement gradually becomes like the worlds you visit as you progress. After the 5th world your apartment isn't much of a safe haven like it was before, and after a while you even get enemies in your room! Holy Shit!!! At least when it was clean you could spy on the outside world and on your neighbour through a little hole - now monsters can see you perv!

The music is pretty limited in this game! Just like the previous titles again. The only decent melodic ensembles you get are from cut-scenes...some of which are very touching! I wont spoil it for you though. The rest of the game are groans of eerie sounds, bass moans, and sounds of zombies and dogs aching for braaaaaains! It's very clear sound, and good quality...even though the voice-overs are shoddy! Henry's the calmest geezer i've ever come across! A rabid, insane, psychopathic dog eating at his leg and he's all, "shut the **** up!" with a cool kick of the leg which the dog is grabbing.

The controls are easy to handle...not many actions are needed, just ATTACK and walk. Reaction time is VEEEERY slow as you will know if you've played previous silent hill hasn't changed! But you get used it just as long as you dont play something high-paced in between this, such as Viewtiful Joe, or Devil May Cry!

Overall, this game is worth buying. Its gripping plot and gory detail (if you're into that sort of thing) is amazing! IT's just a shame they had to add in the new inventory system. But it's definately a worthy Silent Hill game. Possibly my second favourite of the 4. I just hope i dont get too hooked on it and become locked in my room for a week!

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