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Hard Mode Speed Guide by Ghidrah
Version: 1.1 | Updated: 03/05/08
SILENT HILL HARD MODE NEXT FEAR SPEED GUIDE Version 1.1 Title: Silent Hill Producer: Konami For: Sony Playstation WordPad Created: 8/16/02 Modified: By: Ghidrah Submitted: EMaul: Ghidrah_@hotmail.com Revision Date: 3/25/08 If anyone wishes to use this guide on their site, I would like to know. I don't have a problem with its use by others on gaming forums, FAQ sites or being copied for personal use. I'd like to know if it's to be used on a site, just so I could drop by to ensure it hasn't been altered. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- MENU 1. Introduction 2. Insights 3. Controller 4. Contractions 5. Amendments 6. Walkthrough 7. Comments ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Introduction If you're a speeder, there's no need for character or weapons intros. If you're reading this at all, you're looking to cut more time off your game. You're hanging around 45 minutes and more this may help. Are you slamming into walls and debris? Are you killing more than 3 Uglies not including Bosses? Are you taking too many hits from uglies? Do you pick up too much junk? Have you eliminated all unnecessary backtracking? These are the best places to look for cutting time. Maybe I found junk you missed or haven't considered. If you have something slick I missed, please e-mail me and let me know, if I can duplicate to verify, I'll put it into the guide, giving the sender full credit for the tidbit. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. INSIGHTS This guide is for a Hard Mode 9th Next Fear Game. I assume the few differences in AI position and actions from lower "Next Fear" games are common to the difficulty mode evolution in the game. All the bonus junk is useless. All the killing tools minus the SG are counter productive in a speed game eh! As for the 1st rendition of the SH1 speed guide, at the time, I though it was pretty good with enough detail to allow everyone who used it success. However, picking the game up 5 to 6 years later I discovered I suck. I used my guide and considered it lacking. I'm changing some junk; (routes, pick-ups and combat) adding significantly much more detail as in Flashlight (L2) use and baiting Uglies. The effort is producing a faster game and longer guide. I finally completed all the endings, (after all those yrs. YEEESH!). Maxing the Bullet adjust to 6X helps a lot. Minus the 6 to 7 pistol rnds on the Dac in the Cafe, all ammo use is SG. I pretty much have the SG ammo use down to a low of "61" to a high of "81" rnds. I use walk more. This change has lowered med use, and the need for "HD" pick- ups. I'm counting on this translating into a faster game. Due to the frequency of "WALK", I highlight it in quote marks and caps. 1. There isn't much walking in Silent Hill! Always run, rarely walk. 2. Whenever you have to do an about face, use the (L1/R1), we're talking a second plus for slow turns. How many turn rounds in this game? 3. Ignore all pistol and rifle ammo in the game. 4. Flashlight use: You need FLO to unlock doors and pick-up important junk. How you use the light can mean the difference between damage and none, translating into saved time. Flipping it on and off at strategic moments most times allows one to continue running. 5. (L2/R2) for Boss combat, I have grown accustomed to using it on Deryll, Larry and Sammy, Harry's movements are simple and holding (L2) helps me secure the controller. It allows you to see Sammy when he begins to spark. As for Mothra, one trick to avoid damage (it's a problem for me) as soon as you XCS on the roof for the event, use "Menu Access Trick", enter options and change to reverse view. This allows one to clearly see when Manny is rotating in to face Harry giving the cue to SSL/R opposite its rotation. Exit options and press continue to return to the roof. Once complete, return to menu, options and switch back to normal view. No time is lost in menu/options before using continue. 6. Menu Access Trick; press and hold all 4 shoulder buttons, Select and Start at the same time and you jump to the Game Menu. 7. There are tonza Cut Scenes in Silent Hill, get used to XCS, although a few are unavoidable. 8. Always try for the leading edge of doors; it may only save a 10th of a second per door, but consider you've already passed through doors 75 times upon exiting the school to the church. 45 can be hit on the leading edge translating into savings. There's a crap load of doors in this game hitting every door possible on the leading edge may scrape half a minute off the game. 9. An immediate brutal truth, being away for so long means I suck at playing SH1. The PSX console is 9 yrs. old and the only remaining controller is long in the tooth and way sloppy to boot. So, I bought a PS2 but I don't like the controller the towers get in the way of the Inventory and Select buttons. I clipped off the towers, I like it better. 10. A line from an old Burns poem, (To a Mouse), "The best laid schemes of mice and men often go astray!" As good an axiom as there is. With all the added detail provided here, you may/will suffer. The hard mode next fear game has more AI with heightened aggression and agility. The game also allows for slight variations in AI positioning, so be off a smidgen and you'll take a stabbing and lose precious time. 11. (L2), (L2) is very useful for navigating through debris and tight rms., Hlwys and locating and orienting to objects. When camera angles blow chunks and or you need to make a pick-up. It can help you locate doors and line up for items better than the 3rd person view. The one drawback is that when you approach AI and or object the game deems interesting the camera focuses on it instead of your intended goal. So, be steadfast push through the visual confusion to your goal and reap the time saving benefit. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. CONTROLLER This is how I have the PS2 controller set for SH1. Everyone has their preferences, this works best for me Brightness -7- It doesn't seem to matter much. Setting the TV's bright to the max didn't have any effect at all. I had hoped it would improve FLOF running Controller Config -type 1- Walk/Run Control -Reverse- It took a bit to get used to, however, it frees up a thumb and hitting "SQUARE" when I need to walk wasn't hard to adjust to. A second benny of the reverse set-up is the Side Step; it's at a run now which comes in handy for some maneuvers. Bullet Adjust -6X-. Sony controllers are too small for my manly hands. I'm all cramped up after 20 minutes of playing making intense speed play frustrating at best. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. CONTRACTIONS An alphabetical listing of oft used words and phrases residing in front of the walkthrough the list simplifies things for me at least. Black Key= "BLKKY" Ceiling Clicker/s= "CCLKR/s" Ground Clicker/s= "GCLKR/s" Crazed Zombie Knifer/s= "CZK/s" Cut Scene/s= "CS/s" Dac/s= "Dac/s" Double Doors= "DDs" Flashlight On= "FLO" Flashlight Off= "FLOF" Floor= "Fl." Hallway/s= "Hlwy/s" Health Drink= "HD" Phantom Stabber Baby Thing= "PSTBT" Phantom Squeaker Baby Thing= "PSBT" Sidestep Left= "SSL" Sidestep Right= "SSR" White Key= "WHTKY" White Pedestrian Crossing Lines= "WPCLs" X the Cut Scene/s= "XCS/s" ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. AMENDMENTS 12/30/07 Long story short, haven't played SH1 since writing the first guide. I just ordered SH4, (I know, what took me so long! Cheap, lazy, heard it vacuumed, all the above.) I began thinking about SH1, and whether there was any way for me to brain out more time. I've heard of a few peeps killing the game time, so I pulled SH1 out, began playing again, and discovered a few time saving refinements. Not a lot, but enough to slice "X" off the speed game. An (*) will appear at the beginning and end where the change takes place, to eliminate confusion, the old route will be edited out. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. WALKTHROUGH Put the CD and memcard in and start up the PSX/PS2. Load a Next Fear. RESIDENTIAL SILENT HILL CAFE XCSs Arm Harry with the pistol and move left to the right end of the counter for the Map, Flashlight and HD. Turn left, if you stay along the tables on Harry's left, you'll get a better line up with the knife and HD at the opposite end of the counter. Turn right and run to the door. The unavoidable cut scene will move Harry back to the table with the Radio, once free, shoot the Dac. Take the radio and exit the Cafe. OUTSIDE THE CAFE (Route change) (*) XCSs, you're on Bachman Rd., turn right and run to the corner of Bachman and Finney. Turn right, stay on the sidewalk run to and down the alley on the right to the chain link fence and enter. Use (L2) to locate and retrieve the Key, (L1/R1) and return to the alley and then back to Finney. Turn right on Finney and continue to the Police cruiser on the bridge for the 2nd Key. (L1/R1) once you have the Lion Key run back to Elroy, cut left over the grass to the sidewalk. Remain on the sidewalk till you pass the second parked car then gradually cross over through the Elroy/ Matheson intersection. Cross over Matheson, once past the Dac press (L2) to line up with the plank bridge, release run and begin fast pressing action about 3 running steps from the end of the plank to the 3rd Key in the mail box. (NOTE) Momentum will carry you to the mailbox. (L1/R1) Return to Matheson turn left, cross over the sidewalk into the street, and continue running along the edge of the street. I prefer to stay on the left side of the street, no Uglies. Note the WPCLs as you cross Bachman Rd., once you pass over the 2nd set of WPCLs at the intersection of Levin and Matheson slide out to the right side of the middle of the street, the "Doghouse/Levin" pages are coming up. Press (L2) and hold after crossing Levin, to locate and line up with the pages. Once lined up and about 4 running steps from the pages release (L2) and begin fast tapping Action for the pages. (L1/R1), head to and turn left at the corner of Levin and Matheson. Stay on the right side of the sidewalk; ignore the dog on your right. Once passed the dog press and hold (L2), turn toward and line up squarely with the doghouse, release (L2) and begin fast tapping Action about 4 running steps from the doghouse. Once you have the key, press and release SSL. You'll shoot up over the steps onto the platform, press turn and enter the house. (*) (NOTE) Depending on your skill level, this change from my original route will knock a couple minutes off the clock to the Dog House. Originally, I believed you needed the School messages to access the same. Recently, I began to consider that the next fear game assumes the school pages are already acquired. So, only the Levin/doghouse info is required to access the house and school. Run to the rear of the house, quickly unlock the back door and exit the house. (Unavoidable cut scene) Exit the yard through the gate leading to the alley. Enter the alley, turn left and stay to the right side of the alley. There's a Dac and 2 dogs before the 1st intersection. (NOTE) It doesn't matter whether you cross Matheson to Midwich or continue running along the alley and cross over at Block St. the distance is virtually the same to the School entrance if you utilize nice straight diagonal lines through the streets. Both routes have Dogs and Dacs. As you turn onto school grounds, avoid the 2 Dogs and occasional Dac. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- MIDWICH SCHOOL GOLD MEDAL Run through the Lobby into the Reception/Infirmary Hlwy. (CONTINUE POINT) Take the DDs in the Reception/Infirmary Hlwy to the Courtyard. Cross to the opposite side of the Courtyard; run between the 1st, (on the right) and 2nd CZK, (on the left) on your way to the other DDs and the 1st Fl. Hlwy. FLOF, Enter the Hlwy, as soon as the rm. begins to appear press Forward/Left to avoid the 1st of 2 CZKs and start running along the left side of the Hlwy. CZK#2 will now be in front and to your right at the Storage Rm. end of the Hlwy. Run to and through the DDs. Diagonal right to the 2nd fl. stairs. FLO, 2nd Fl. Hlwy; run to and through the DDs on the left to the Chemistry Hlwy. Ignore CZK#1, angle left and enter the 1st door. Get the Acid, exit the Storage Rm. with a hard left to the Chemistry Rm. Stop squarely in front of the Hand and use the acid. XCS take the Gold Medallion turn and run to exit the rm. FLOF Enter the Hlwy at a run, angle out left to the opposite side of the Hlwy "JUST" into the big opened area with the benches. Stay on the right side of the Hlwy and continue running toward the lockers. 2 CZKs will come into view on Harry's left as he approaches the far corner of the open area. Do a gentle swing left back into the Hlwy grazing the Lockers on Harry's right and proceed to the end of the Hlwy. FLO Swing wide right to the left side of the Hlwy and run along the benches. Look for CZK#1 approaching, (most times) same side along the benches. Once identified, FLOF, move to the right side of the Hlwy along the lockers and continue running past CZK#1. Remain on the right side of the Hlwy, same line as the lockers. Most times CZK#2 is advancing from the leftish/middle of the Hlwy. If you maintain a tight and straight line you'll pass CZK#2 cleanly. FLO Descend the staircase to the 1st fl. Watch out for the CZK on your left, bear right and pass it for the DDs to the Reception/Infirmary Hlwy. Unlock the DDs and enter where you began the school horror. The Hlwy is still empty, exit to the courtyard; put the Gold Medal into the left side slot at the Clock tower, turn left, press and hold (L2) while running to orient to the stairs and return to the Reception/Infirmary Hlwy. SILVER MEDAL FLOF Once back in the Hlwy, turn left, pass through the DDs, to the opposite wall, slide right along the wall to the stairs and return to the 2nd Fl. Enter the 2nd Fl. at a run, a CZK will be ahead and to the right leaving ample rm. to pass it by sliding along the Lockers to the Music Rm. Hlwy DDs. There are 2 CZKs about midway and together. Stay left along the wall and run to the Music Rm., (sometimes one is close enough to swing the knife). FLO, Enter the Music Rm., move to the piano access the keyboard and press the keys in following sequence from left to right. "2nd White Key, 6th White Key, Last Black Key, 5th White Key, 1st Black Key". XCS; Get the Silver Medallion and approach the exit door. FLOF Exit Music Rm., turn right and run along the wall on the left side of the Hlwy. The 2 CZKs, (the majority of times) will pass on your right; once past, move back into the middle and exit through the DDs. Press and hold "Forward/Right/WALK" as you enter the Hlwy, release "WALK" and slide past the CZK along the lockers and head for the stairs. Enter the 1st fl., at a run and quickly bear right at the base of the stairs avoiding the CZK to the DDs. (NOTE) Infirmary Hlwy, 2 CZKs. CZK#2 will almost always be advancing from the middle/right side of the Hlwy and kind of lined up between the two exterior DDs. CZK#1 can be pretty much anywhere on the right around the Courtyard DDs. Most times CZK#1 is close on the right just past the lockers at the corner. There's no safe method but this one works most of the time. FLOF (L2/Run), enter the Infirmary Hlwy, move to the right, slide along the lockers, You may see CZK#1 in front moving away from and or turning left from the corner back toward Harry, turn hard right at the corner and slide by CZK#1. Jumbled visuals; continue to hold (L2) and begin pressing "Action" for the DDs. FLO Turn hard right once in the Courtyard promptly place the medallion in the right side slot on the Tower and return to the Reception/Infirmary Hlwy. Enter the Hlwy, As soon as the rm. begins to appear angle left and run between the 2 CZKs to the DDs. FLOF Enter the Hlwy at a run, swing wide right to the opposite wall and run past the 2nd fl. stairs to the basement stairs. BOILER RM FLO Down into the basement, enter the Boiler rm. on the right and activate the boiler. Exit the Boiler rm, and return to the 1st fl. FLOF (L2) enter the 1st fl. at a "WALK", turn right and locate the CZK. As you advance on the CZK it will begin turning right to track Harry. Release "WALK", run to the left and past the CZK along the lockers to the DDs. (NOTE) Follow the same route and instructions as on the 1st pass this direction through the Hlwy. Exit to the Courtyard and enter the Clock Tower. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALTERNATE SCHOOL (Continue Point) COURTYARD KEY CARD DOOR FLO Turn right and run to the courtyard DDs. 2 CZKs, (*) Bear right to the Cockroach door and enter. (*) This rm. is full of cockroaches, hard right, ignore them and run straight for the exit door. Enter the Hlwy, access the 1st door on the left. (L2)/Hard right entering the rm. for the Key/Picture Card at the end of the table and then approach the next classroom door. FLO, (crazy I know, but it seems to work with (L2). 4 CZKs (L2), enter the Classroom at a run, continue forward till you pass "CZK#1" on the right, bear right past CZK#1 and CZK#2 will appear ahead and to the right. Pass between it and the chairs to the door. (Push past the jumbled visuals. You should easily miss CZK#2 on the right side of the rm. unless you spaz out) Once through the 2nd DD, run into the Hlwy, stay left of center, swing right between Dopey and Grumpy. (Try not to run into the wall near the court yard doors, Grumpy likes to stab). FLOF Swing left toward the Reception office and to the wall to the left of the Office doorway. Squeeze by Sleepy as he exits the Office and continue to the door at the rear of the Office and pass enter the Lounge. FLO Once inside, move to the "CARD" door, use the Key/Picture Card on it and enter the Hlwy. Two Bathroom doors in front of you enter the one on the right. Grab the Shotgun from the stall. (L2) and head for the door. Back to the Hlwy; run to and enter the 2nd door on the left, the 1st Teacher's Rm. Run to the next door on your right and enter. (L2)/Run diagonally across the 2nd Teacher's Rm. to the door on the opposite end. At the door, quickly press "X", "START", (L1/R1) and run back to the door. (*) Exit the rm. and run straight across the Hlwy to the DDs. Make a hard left into the Rubber ball Rm., acquire the ball and exit back into the Hlwy. Make a hard right and pass through the DDs. Hit the opposite wall, slide right to the 2nd fl. stairs and make your way to the roof. (*) ROOF TOP Run and bear right after passing through the roof door, locate the key in the drain and then move to and plug the 2nd drain with the ball. (To minimize Inventory usage arm with the SG as you enter Inventory and then access the Ball.) Move to the valve and run the water. Exit roof and return to 2nd Fl. Hlwy. 2ND FLOOR Hlwy At the 2nd Fl., turn right and get HD on bench. (NOTE) Slide along the benches and begin pressing "Action" about 4 steps from the HD, it keeps Harry lined up with the door on the right and he won't miss a step to it. Enter the rm. to the right, stay left, along the wall avoiding the CZK to the next classroom door. (L2), cross the rm. diagonally to the SG ammo chair, take the ammo and move to the exit door. (NOTE) Taking the SG shells here allows you to ignore the SG rnds in the Basement. FLOF Exit to and cross the Hlwy to the DDs and enter the Music/Locker Rm. Hlwy. Stay right, slide along the wall till you pass the CZK on your left. FLO Enter the Locker rm, open the blood covered locker, XCS move to blood stain/Red spot on Fl., take Library Reserve Key from the corpse and head for the Locker Rm. door. FLOF Exit rm., turn left and stay along left side of Hlwy, (avoiding the CZK) on your way to the DDs. Exit to the Hlwy and run wide right around the CZK. FLO Locate the door on the left at the end of the Hlwy. FLOF Enter the classroom at a run, there are 4 or 5 CZKs in here, 4 at this end of the rm. and CZK#1 is in front of you. Proceed into the rm., pass the metal shelf; once CZK#1 is located move right back to the wall. Pass CZK#1 to the door. FLO Exit the classroom. (NOTE) It's very important to hit your mark on the door, otherwise prepare for some serious stabbing. Turning FLO "AFTER" passing CZK#1 is dangerous but makes hitting the door much easier. This rm. has 3 CZKs, turn hard right hugging the wall all the way to the same door you used on your way through here to the Locker Rm. Use the staircase and return to the first Fl. 1ST FLOOR 3 CZKs at the base of the stairs bear right off the stairs to and through the DDs. (This is the Hlwy where you acquired the Rubber Ball) From this door, CZK#1 will be ahead at the corner on the right, (before the DDs) or further left out into the Hlwy. In either case, decide which side to pass it on to the DDs. Exit to the Courtyard and get the Classroom Key at the drain. Return to the 2nd Fl. Chemistry Hlwy by backtracking through the Rubber ball Hlwy. Enter the Hlwy from the Courtyard and hit the opposite wall, turn left and slide along the wall to the DDs. Pass through the DDs, hit the opposite wall at a run and slide right to the 2nd Fl. Stairs. 2ND FLOOR Thankfully the 2nd Fl. Hlwy is clear to the DDs. Chemistry Hlwy, 2 CZKs, stay left of center, swing right, passing between CZK#1 and 2, swing back passing between CZK#2 and the wall. (Try not to hit the corner of the wall, it invites a stabbing) Enter the Library Reserve, exit to the next rm. and pass through it to the Hlwy. In the Hlwy, unlock the 1st door on the left. Enter the rm. at a "WALK"; take 4 steps into the rm., come to a full stop to sucker the CZKs and book. Keep Harry's left side to the wall and begin running the perimeter to the next classroom door. Hold (L2) to the opposite door, diagonal across the rm. and exit near the staircase. It's now a clear run down to basement. (*) Once in the basement enter the Boiler Rm/New Valve Puzzle Rm. (*) (L2) enter the rm. at a "WALK" to the left valve and turn it "RIGHT" once and exit. SSR to the right side valve, turn it left twice. Take the elevator to sub basement, jump the cut-scene. DERYLL THE DRAGON (Continue Point) (*) XCS As soon as you're free press run and move up tight to the left side of the central hub. (At the 9:00 o'clock position) Press and hold (R2/Fire) and begin firing. Quickly press and hold (DOWN) as Deryll approaches Harry and complete the six rounds into his face as you back away. (NOTE) Deryll will walk into the Hub slowing him down and giving you time to shoot all 6 rnds. For this to work you must stay close to the hub and Deryll. Likewise, when he stops advancing, stop retreating. After you release the 6th rnd, Deryll will stop advancing and begin drooling white junk onto the floor. Release and press (R2) and move up to his Maw. While holding down (R2) ready both thumbs over the (X) and (DOWN). As Deryll begins to open up, press (X/DOWN) and pump 2 more rnds into his big pink thingy as you back away. Move back to his face and repeat the aforementioned process again at the 2nd opening. If you're playing a 9th next fear or higher be very alert, he has a stronger faster lunge and will gobble Harry up. When Deryll opens up for the 3rd time 1 rnd will do the trick. (*) Deryll 0:0:22, (low 0:0:20.5) 11 rnds, -0- meds (Continue Point) XCSs pick up the Gordon House Key and exit the school. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- RESIDENTIAL SILENT HILL GORDON HOUSE Exit the school, run out to the street and diagonal right over the crosswalk to the other side. Once on the other side of the street, stay to the left on the sidewalk along the grass edge. Take the first alleyway on your left. Move to the right side of the alley along the storage buildings. Continue straight till you see the dog run at you, run between it and the garage with the blood on it into the short alley on the right. Enter the Gordon's backyard. Enter the house, exit the house. Run southeast to the intersection of Bradbury and Levin. A tres aggressive Dac may pursue Harry, (sometimes halfway down the next ally). Continue east till you approach the 2nd bench on the left side of the street and turn left into the ally. Move to the right side of the alley along the structures and run north till you get to Bloch St, you may be hassled by 2 Dacs; the 2nd one is most aggressive and may dog you out into the street halfway to the Church. Turn east, run to and enter the Church. XCSs get the key, Flauros, (L1/R1), exit the Church and head east to the bridge. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- BUSSINESS DISTRICT Move out into the street along the sidewalk, once past the intersection you'll likely be hassled by one to two Dacs to the Control Rm., the street affords maneuvering room. Just before the Control Rm. there's a break in the railing to squeeze through. Run up and into the Bridge Control Rm., get the HD, use the Key, start the bridge moving and exit. Continue crossing the bridge to Central SH; stay on the sidewalk. Once off the bridge you may be severely dogged by at least one Dac wrecking your running time. Diagonal right on Crichton St. and run diagonally across Crichton to Koontz St., turn onto Koontz swing over to the right side of the street and enter the Hospital gate. Run to and enter the Hospital doors before the dog things get you. (1/17/07) My best time from the Cafe to the Hospital save pad is 0:14:14. I'm in the green. The 1st speed game file was a continuous run from start to end, so I don't know where the old time stands against this revision. More often than not I take a stab at the school and or a smack from a Dac to the Hospital. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- HOSPITAL (SAVEPAD) (14:14) Once inside the hospital; locate Kaufmann in the Examination rm. and quickly XCSs. (L1/R1), (L2), Proceed to the 1st Fl. Hlwy via the Medicine rm. Once in the Hlwy, hard left, head for the third door on the right, (the Doctor's Office, now in front of you). Pass through the 1st Office and into the Conference rm. Tap "WALK" as you round the 2nd corner of the table near the shelves for control. Pick up the Basement Rm. Key from the table. Return to 1st Fl. Hlwy; hard right to the (Kitchen), the next door on the right. Get the Bottle, (L1/R1), (L2) and return to the Hlwy. Next door on right, (Director's Office), press "WALK" as you round the far end of the desk to stop in the liquid, (any flopping around here kills time). Put the red liquid in Bottle, exit and take the next door on the right to the Basement and enter. FLO Turn HARD left enter 1st door on left, (Generator rm.), run straight to the generator, start it, (L1/R1) and exit to the Hlwy. Enter the Elevator, Hard left to the control panel each time you enter an elevator. Check out the Double doors on floors 2 and 3 (in that order) rattle each DD. This unlocks the hidden 4th Fl. Enter the elevator and press for the 4th Fl. 4th Fl. ALTERNATE HOSPITAL (Continue point) Once the music stops in the elevator begin pressing "START" to XCS of Alessa and the Antique shop. Exit the Elevator; pass through both sets of DDs, to the stairs and descend to the 3rd Fl., Enter the 3rd fl. at a run, turn right and go through the DDs. 3rd Floor Turn right, enter first door on the right, (Bathroom), (L2) and get the Turtle block. (L1/R1), (L2) exit at a run, turn right and pass through the DDs. 1st door on the right, (L2), run left between shelves 2 and 4 and up between shelves 3 and 4 for the "BLOOD PACK". (L2), return to the Hlwy reversing the route. Exit to Hlwy at a run; turn right, run to the wall and around the missing parts on the fl. to the door on the right with the schlumping Zombie Nurse. (NOTE) (Danger point) If she's in front of but not between the door and you; slam her and enter the rm. If she's between you and the door, there's no way to remove her before the other nurse moves in for a Grab & Stab. Use a "Continue" from the 4th fl. elevator. Take the Cat block, (L1/R1), (L2), exit, turn right, run to and unlock the Elevator doors. Take the elevator down to the first Fl. 1st Floor Hold (L2), exit the elevator at a run, and bear left around the debris and release. Locate the Zombie Doc and the door to the "DIRECTOR'S OFFICE" and enter. Maneuver around the desk to the Queen Block. Tap "WALK" as you reach the far corner for control to the block. Exit, turn left, run to and through the DDs separating the two sides of the 1st Fl. Run to and up the stairs to the 2nd fl. 2nd Floor Turn right at the top of the stairs and pass through the DDs. Enter the Hlwy at a run/hard left, (to scrape along the wall to the 1st door on the left. Run straight to the operating table; (start pressing action before you get to the table) quickly; grab the lighter, (L1/R1) run past the Nurse and exit the rm. (NOTE) It's important to hit the quick turn the nurse could still be to the left, behind the gurney, directly in front of and or bearing down on Harry. The slow turn gives her too much advantage. Once she's in front of Harry there's not enough time to decide whether to bear left or right to the door so you'll have to wing it. Once back in the Hlwy, run/hard left to the last door on the left at the end of the Hlwy. Stop just pass the 1st set of beds in the Worm Rm., access Inventory, use the Blood Pack and get the Hatter block. (L1/R1), (L2) to the door and exit the rm. Hard right out the door and enter 1st door on the left, "The Block Rm.". (L2) and run square into the blocks door. Quickly enter inventory, (in order for insertion, Red, Green, Blue and Yellow). Quickly select the Red block from inventory, hold down (Up/Left) and begin fast tapping Action. The block will shoot diagonally up and into the upper left slot. This type of action works for all the blocks and probably shaves a couple of seconds off the event. Exit the rm., ignore the Nurse, and enter the DDs in front of you. Run clockwise up to the nurse blocking the DDs. Fire 2 rnds into her and push her back. (NOTE) About 25% of the time this combined action pushes the nurse back far enough to run past her to the DDs, otherwise, she falls forward pushing Harry back. Enter the door, quickly run straight to the table, ignore the Nurse and take the Basement Store Rm. Key. (L1/R1), return to the Hlwy. On your way to the Hlwy, the Nurse might still be there; although 65% of the time she's not there. If there, you'll have to spank her again. Once back in the Hlwy, make a tight swing around the nurse and enter the next door on the right. Get the Alcohol from cart, (L1/R1) and exit the rm. Exit to the Hlwy, turn right, run to the left of both nurses to the Elevator's foyer doors and unlock the doors. If you slow down for any reason you're in for a Grab-N-Stab Elevator, to the Basement Basement I exit the elevator with (L2), run out and around the 1st nurse, and then release (L2). Locate, run to and unlock the 2nd door on the right. Press and hold (L2), run to the opposite end of the rm. and left around the metal shelving to the movable wooden shelf, quickly release (L2) and tap Action. Move the shelf for the hidden door and enter the next rm. Pour the Alcohol on the trapdoor, and then light it. Enter sub Basement Sub Basement Very slow Nurses waiting in the next two "Hlwys". Pass the first nurse to the right and swing left past the 2nd one; enter the door beside her on your left. Stay to the right, pass both nurses to the last door on the left for the Examination Rm. Key. XCS Take the key, (L1/R1); pass through both doors to the narrow Hlwy. Press and hold (L2,) run back up to and through the secret basement rm. to the Store Rm. Take the SG ammo and exit the Store Rm. Locate the door to the stairs and climb to the 1st floor. Turn left and run to the Medicine Rm. door. As you approach the door take note to the position of the Doc, if it's closer to the corner than the DDs swing wide around its back side to the Medicine Rm. door. If closer to the DDs then swing a tight right to the door and enter. Enter the rm., ignore the slow doctor and enter the Examination Rm. (Jump the FMV and CSs). Grab the Antique Shop Key from the desk on your way out. Stop at the Save pad. (SAVE PAD) (18:07) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- BUSINESS DISTRICT ANTIQUE SHOP (*) Once outside the hospital quickly exit through the gates at the leading edge and turn right onto Koontz St. Run diagonally across Koontz and turn left onto Wilson St. Continue running diagonally across Wilson to Sagan St. Turn right onto Sagan and run diagonally across to Simmons St. Turn left onto Simmons, cut out into the street in front of the car and run Diagonal across to the right side all the way to the Antique Shop. Try to stay in a straight diagonal line out in the street until you hear the irritating noise signifying the Dac and Antique Shop. (*) The Antique Shop is just a bunch of CSs X them out ASAP! Run to and through the Shop door. FLO Run to and move the wooden shelves at the rear of the shop. XCSs, (Cybil and Lisa add more detail to the story). Enter the Secret Church behind the wooden shelf XCSs to the alternate shop floor and exit to Simmons St. Hold (L2), swing left out of the Shop's street level door; avoid the Dry Humper near the door and the dogs near the Mall entrance. Cut hard into the Mall entrance, continue to hold (L2), locate and climb the escalator, quickly XCSs. (L1/R1), (L2), run to and up the right side of the escalator. Bear left at the top of the escalator, pass the Jewelry Shop and the bench to the broken Fl. where the 2 mini larvae are mouing on Mr. Corpse. LARRY THE LARVA (Continue Point) (NOTE) Listen for the sound Larry makes as he begins to rise out of the sand, it's an imperative to avoid damage. Larry appears to rise 180 degrees behind Harry on the 1st confrontation; (98% of the time, so far) however he can rise up from most any direction if a 2nd set of rnds is required. Do not run off either side of the damaged flooring. You must be directly in front of Larry for the head shots to post max damage. Drop through the floor. XCS (*) You start out facing the rifle, turn right toward the future "EXIT POINT", line up lengthwise with the flooring and wait for the sound. After the 3rd beat Larry begins to rise, immediately run to and stop at the end of the flooring. (L2/R2/Fire); press "X" as Larry advances and back step while completing 5 or 6 SG rnds into Larry's larvae head. Larry goes fetal curling up into a cute ball; wait for the screen to blink then press "START" to take control of Harry. (*) Larry 0:0:11 6 Rnds (Best 5 rnds) -0- meds FLOF Exit to the street, turn right and begin running. It's a long dark run back to the Hospital, dogs, Dacs and Humpers are all over the place. FLO As you approach the windmills, turn right onto Sagan St. Quickly drift left over to the edge of the grated street close to the buildings. FLOF The street lamps should come into view on your left, gently drift left so that the street lamps are now on your right maintain that line to Crichton St. Endeavor to remain in a straight line, don't waver left or right. Flip the flashlight on and off to verify location only. Look for the "Galaxy" store front sign, shortly you'll be turning left onto Crichton St. at the intersection of Sagan and Crichton. Maintain Lights out and a straight line, there can be 2 or 3 Dacs coming up at the corner of Crichton and Koontz. Once on Koontz run diagonally across to the Hospital gates and enter the Hospital. Run into the Examining rm., XCSs with Lisa, exit the room and the Hospital for the Post Office roof and to the Manny. MANNY THE MOTH (Continue Point) (NOTE) Manny is the superlative boss of SH1, the hardest to kill, (absorbing the most rounds and time to kill) and the most dangerous, (can't afford med use). You may take a spray during the entire event, but no significant damage; you won't be still long enough to be stung. I once used the rifle, (about 2 rnds less than the SG) but the refire rate is too slow and the time used to pick up the ammo in the Jewelry shop is saved. If you flip back and forth between SSL, SSR too much you'll likely zigzag yourself into a stairwell or corner. So, every 4th set of "SSs" just run past him fire and then repeat the SSL and SSR maneuver. Never fire more than 1 round. Regardless of the firing method, the best time is never below 00:00:41:5 The main objective is to stay away from the stinger and the best way to do this is to side-step in the opposite direction of his rotation. Once he begins spinning toward Harry he's committed to that direction. To maintain quality targeting and minimize time consumption do not move far from Manny. If you can see his entire moth body move back into thorax licking range. Do not run into the moth, you waste time pushing it around instead of shooting allowing him to line up quicker for a sting or spray. As soon as you hit the 2nd set of stairs to the Post Office roof, XCSs. (*) Run at Manny and to his right, fire 1 rnd, SSL, for 1 rnd and then SSR for 1. SSL and SSR 4 times, firing between moves then run past Manny; spin around behind him for rnd. and then repeat the process. If while in a fire position I see the full side of the penthouse I will SSR and fire or SSL and fire 4 or 5 times in a row to circle him. (*) Manny 0:0:42 20 SG rnds -0- meds Exit the roof. Run to the Bridge cross it and reappear at the Water Pump Sta. Examine the lock, shoot it off with the SG enter the enclosure and drop down into the sewer. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- RETURN TO RESIDENTIAL SILENT HILL 1ST SEWER (Continue Point) Get a jump on the sewer, press and hold run after you XCS then bear right into the first tunnel section. The Sewer Access Tunnel is straight with 3 arch segments; at the end you must turn left at the waterway. There are 2 GCLKRs #1 is to the left and #3 is on the right. (Hence known as Ground Clickers from the sound they make on the stone Fls. These puppies can book so don't flop around or run into junk. They're numbered in the order you meet them.) (NOTE) "FLO/FLOF" doesn't seem to change the odds enough to notice. 1. (50/50) once you pass under the 3rd arch move over to the left side of the tunnel, as you bear left out into the sewer area; remain pointed diagonally to the right, if GCLKR#1 is out of position just a smidgen, you can push by unharmed and continue running. 2. (9/10) just after passing under the 3rd arch, move over to the left side of the tunnel. About 3/4 through the last segment FLOF and drop to "WALK" stopping just before the tunnel exit, (you can see the change in the flooring). GCLKR#1 and 3 will converge at the mouth of the tunnel, #1 most often appears 1st and passes in front of Harry providing the room to continue left into the Sewer. Continue running to the corner ahead, bear left and then wide loop right over bridge#1 after it comes into view on your right. There are 3 bridges in this sewer level. From this point, it's safe to the peg board for the KEY, (ensure that you swing around the 1st sewer pump and between the 2nd pump and the waterway. (NOTE) Be aware that travel from the Peg board through the next 3 gates and bridges will likely be quite frustrating, so, you may elect to use the "SAVE PAD". SAVE PAD 00:23:51 There are no discernable absolutes passing through the next 3 gates and bridges. The info used works most of the time, about 70%, better if you assume GCLKR#2 is on the other side of bridge #1. Use the key on the gates, once through the 2nd gate tap (L2) to orient. Pass by bridge#3 for #2, cross over bridge#2, bear hard left and run toward bridge#1. (NOTE) There are two Clickers waiting for you one hanging above the bridge and one on the other side of it. GCLKR#2 can be pretty much anywhere across the bridge ranging from the edge of the bridge to past the corner. (Trick) Once you've crossed over Bridge #2 listen for clicking. If you hear clicking halfway to Bridge#1 don't drop to "WALK" at the edge of Bridge#1 keep running GCLKR#2 is away from the bridge. (Otherwise) One step before bridge#1, drop to "WALK", turn hard left, take no more than 2 steps onto the bridge staying tight to its left side and resume the run. GCLKR#2 will either remain on the opposite side far enough away allowing you to pass it, or in most cases it will charge onto the bridge out of attack range. Ahead GCLKRs#1 and #3 sit on either side of the tunnel entrance that brought you to the waterway. Run along the narrow passageway as soon as you see the wall bump-out, FLOF, pass the bump-out drift right to the wall, pass GCLKR#1 and hook left back onto the narrow passageway. Stay tight to the left edge of the narrow passageway as you cross the Sewer Access Tunnel opening. Turn diagonal left as you approach GCLKR#3. Slam GCLKR#3 pushing it back to the open area. If lucky you may slide past GCLKR#3. Less lucky, (more likely), you should only take one hit pushing it back before getting free. (NOTE) If Harry approaches with the FLO GCLKR#3 charges Harry. So far with FLOF he rarely charges. To date, I believe it is worth the damage received during the push for the time saved in shooting or baiting. FLO Continue over to the chain link barrier, unlock the gate and pass through. FLOF Press (L2) to orient with the narrow bridge. Continue over the narrow bridge, count to 4 and FLO. Bear right across the floor avoiding the cockroaches on your way to the ladder and climb out of the lower sewer. XCS 2ND SEWER SSR to the corner and begin running. You'll complete a right and then a left across the large tunnel to the long straight and narrow tunnel section. (Yellow splotches on floor). Maintain a straight line in the center of the tunnel, after passing under the 3rd arch FLOF. Once up the short ramp FLO, (L2) and ready for the turn ahead. Turn right at the end of this tunnel; avoid the roaches and one more right at the end of the short tunnel. A short run to the 1st of 3 gates, try to stay FLOF as much as possible to avoid the cockroaches. An actual bite kills time and Harry's health. The 1st gate is on the right, pass through it and diagonal left to the 1st of the narrow blue grated bridges. Cross back over to the right side of the tunnel for the 2nd bridge and remain on this side to the 2nd gate. Run diagonally left and remain on this side for the 3rd and last gate to the "KEY". Once through the 3rd gate proceed to the end of the flooring and stop on the red spot on the floor and press action for the Key. Once you attain the key the place will be crawling with GCLKRs. The 1st 3 are relatively easy to out maneuver. (L1/R1) and run, there's one more GCLKR in this area blocking your path to the gate you just went through. You must loop right around it and then left to avoid the chain link fence to the gate. Once you've retraced your steps back through the three gates, continue on to the "EXIT" gate. There are at least 3 GCLKRs in the area one guarding and one near the gate. Swing wide right after passing through the 3rd gate, this sometimes draws the Gate GCLKR away clearing it up for your exit from the sewers and your return to the street level. If not, you may take a hit before passing through the gate. I'm still in the green; I took a hit from GCLKR#3 and heard at least 2 munch sounds from roaches, but was never held up by them. Locate and climb the exit ladder to the streets of the Resort area of Silent Hill. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- RESTORT SILENT HILL Press and hold RUN before the CS ends, run out and right brushing by the fence onto Bachman Rd. Diagonal left across the road toward the intersection lights and continue across Craig St. Enter the parking lot for Annie's bar, avoid the Humper to the front door of the Bar and enter. Kaufmann is getting jiggy on the floor with a skinless thingy. Skip the horror, pick up the Key, receipt and exit the Bar. Bear left out of Annie's, scrape the hedges as you turn onto Bachman Rd. Bear left at the end of the hedges into the Park. (L2), cut right through the middle of the 3 bushes as they come into view. FLOF Stay close and just to the right of the low Yellow thing, there may be a Dac and then pass the benches on your right to the walkway. Once out on Weaver St turn right onto the street side of the sidewalk. Continue to hold (L2) as the door comes into view turn toward the wall and begin pressing Action for access to the Security Pad. Quickly press the numbers 0886 and enter the building before the Dac gets you. I enter at a run and press "WALK" as the scene clears for the magnet on the sofa. (L2), turn left, tight loop into the Office area and to the exterior door. Exit, turn right, then tap (L2) to orient and run to rm. #3, (Kaufmann's Rm.). Push the bureau; use the magnet to get the Key. Return to the Office and the sitting rm. in the rear. (L2), enter the Garage, swing around the bike and press "WALK" and turn into the bike and use the Key on the bike. XCS Exit the Garage, hard right to the exit door head South on Weaver then west on Sandford St. Cross over the bridge and XCS through the Event change. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (Continue Point) ALTERNATE RESORT SILENT HILL BOAT, DOCKS AND LIGHTHOUSE (NOTE) It's pretty much a convoluted back and forth run to the Light House all the while being harassed by Humpers, dogs and one or more Dacs. You'll need to flip the flashlight off and on a number of times in an attempt to avoid the Dacs. Stay in the middle of the road; note the wide solid lines crossing the grating as you run, once I reach the 3rd line I give the directional pad a slight nudge left. It sort of has Harry drift slowly left over the road. When the end of the West Garage comes into view adjust to cut in front of the corner and head south to the long pier. A Dac and one or two dogs will harass Harry down to the docks and barge. As soon as you start running down the steps to the Barge gangplank press and hold (L2) until you've entered the barge's aft doors. Once on the gangplank press hard left, it allows Harry to slide off the bulkhead. As you begin to slide along the bulkhead, quickly press "WALK" and hard right for a controlled turn to the doors. Enter, continue to the pilot house XCSs, exit the pilot house and make your way to the top of the pier. Once off the barge, FLOF and hold (L2) until you are back up on the pier. (NOTE) Continue to flip the flashlight off and on as needed to confuse the Dacs/Humpers/Dogs till the Lighthouse is in view. Run forward to and down the stairs ahead and on the right. Traverse the floating docks to the next pier section. As you turn onto the last plank heading back to the pier hold (L2). Press hard right off the end of the last plank to avoid hitting the pier's bulkhead and the barrels, continue to hold (L2) till you see the next set of steps up to the top of the pier. Once back up on top of the pier you'll produce an "S" turn to the next set of steps back down to water level. At the base of the steps turn south again to the next set up that will bring you to the base of the Lighthouse. (NOTE) As you climb the spiral staircase Harry flakes and may stop running. A very slow and frustrating event, however, if you press and hold "WALK" for second or two as he's running, he will straighten up and appear to run faster. XCS at the top of the lighthouse then return to the base. I'm saving here so I can make a 2 runs for Cybil, the cheat and dealing with her. SAVE PAD 00:30:26 Exit the Lighthouse, holding (Ready/Forward) and chunk the leaping dog as you move out onto the steps with 1 rnd. Return to the barge, XCS and leave the barge for the pier. As you exit from the aft doors press and hold (L2) until Harry is on top of the pier. Press hard left to the gangplank and then hard right off it to avoid slamming the pier bulkhead. Once at street level, move left over to the railing. FLOF Return to the street, take a left and angle across the street to the fenced in area. FLO Enter the fenced in area and the last sewer run. FINAL SEWER (Continue Point) No need for the map here, the Uglies are few and spread out. A simple right, right and left gets you into the last tunnel, once in the last, you'll make a right, left, right series of jogs past missing floor grating to the manhole in front of the Park. Sometimes there can be one of those skinless mini Wolverine things before the 1st jog. While running in the sewer, look for the telltale yellow splotches on the Fl., this is your cue to turn. AMUSEMENT PARK (Continue Point) (NOTE) I'll be giving the route and times for personally dealing with Cybil and the PSBT cheat. The Dealing; Enter the Park; bear right keeping the fence to the left and the empty blackness to Harry's right till you spot the Octopus Merry-Go-Round on the right. Bear left, (about 11:00) the building with Magic written on it appears in front of you; pass to the right. A lamp post appears, stay to the right side of it and drift right. Do a gentle curve right, the Carrousel will appear in front of and to the left of Harry. Enter it, press start three times to bring up the Cybil event. Once free from the CSs, run right at Cybil, access inventory and chuck the Apple Glottis at her. Jump all the CSs to nowhere. The Cheat; Enter the Park and proceed as if you're going after Ms. Cybil MacMuffin. Bear right through the gate, and then left around the missing floor grating. There will be 2 PSBTs, one on the right near the fence; and the one you want on the left near the missing floor grating. Run into it and quickly press Inventory grab the bottle and use it. Once done begin fast pressing START to XCSs, when completed, you end up in the Examination Rm. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- NOWHERE The game and everyone else that plays SH calls this "Nowhere", so for a change who an I to argue! X out the junk, head for the elevator. CXS and end up on the first Fl. Hlwy. Turn left at the corner for the last door on the right, "Basement door". Pass through the classroom, for the door on the left and collect the hand tools. (L1/R1) and return to the 1st fl. Hlwy. 2 slow Nurses, turn left; backtrack to the door to the right of the DDs separating the two sides of the 1st Fl. Press "WALK" just before contacting the door to avoid sliding past it. Enter and hold (L2), orient to the oddly placed plumbing and use the Pliers for the Ophiel key. (L2), turn and exit. Once in the Hlwy turn left, for the Ophiel door on the right, (just past the Nurse). Run to and enter the 2nd door on the left. Hold (L2) aim for a corner between the Bull and either of the other signs then press walk to stop at contact. (NOTE) After stopping, ensure that you turn left or right to access the rear "Twins" or "Centaur" signs 1st. I prefer right to left 8, 4, 6 and Time Stone. Take the stone, hold (L2), turn, exit and run to the DDs with the ALERT puzzle. Do it and run through both rms. for the star. (L1/R1); exit the rm. and XCSs with Lisa. Once back in the Hlwy, (L1/R1), and go through the 2nd door on the left. Turn left enter the Antique Shop door, last one on the left; press and hold "WALK" as you enter the rm. for 2 steps and turn to the clock. Do the clock and take the Hagith Key. Exit, turn right and run to and through the DDs to the elevator foyer. Enter the elevator, third Fl.; go to the left side door. 1. Top grid: Upside down triangle left 2. Bottom left: Backwards L 3. Bottom right: Arrow, pointing lower left corner Enter the rm.; press and hold (L2), locate and pick up the Bird Cage Key on chair and then return to the elevator and press for the 2nd Fl. Once on the 2nd fl. Hlwy enter the third door on the left, blocked by the Nurse, pump 2 rounds into her and enter the "Jewelry Shop". Press and hold (L2) until out of the Jewelry shop. Round the front counter and weave between the 2 rear glass cases, for the Ring of Contract, turn and stop at the front counter for the Crest of Mercury and exit the rm. Exit, turn left and go through the DDs at the end of the Hlwy. Head straight for the next set of DDs in front of you and unlock them. This brings you back to the 1st fl. Hlwy. Turn left, run to and enter the Birdcage Rm.; it's the last door on left before the DDs. (L2), run squarely to the cage and press action for the Phaleg key. Exit hard right out the door to and unlock the Phaleg door. Quickly go to the door immediately to Harry's right, "Hospital Kitchen". (L2) to the fridge, take the Dagger of Melchior and use the Ring of Contract. (L1/R1), "CS" and exit, hard right and slide along the wall to the next door on the right. (There are 2 "PSTBTs" just left of the door) Enter, (L2) and navigate through the shelving to the Jelly Beans. Take the Bethor key from the beans, (L2) to the door and exit. Run straight across the hall to the EYES Rm. XCS, get the Ankh and exit. Exit at a run straight across the hall and run a large loop right to the Bethor Door. Turn the Generator off, exit back to the 1st fl. Hlwy and enter the (Antique Shop) SAVE PAD 00:34:59 If you've taken hits and are not slow green pick up the MP on the other side of save pad. Exit, hard right and enter the DDs on the right. (NOTE) Reason for the above save. The next bit is/can be the most frustrating event in the entire game, much more frustrating than the 1st sewer. There are 3 PSTBTs; PSTBTs#1 & 2 are quite predictable. The starting position and movement of PSTBT#3 however is not, having the widest range of all AI in the game as far as I can tell. Basically, PSTBT#3 could be moving anywhere between the far end of the Hlwy to just a few steps behind PSTBTs #1 & 2 depending on your route and timing. With this maneuver PSTBT#3 is about 8 steps behind #1 & 2. Enter the Hlwy at a "WALK" hard right into the corner. Turn left so that Harry is positioned diagonally with his back in the corner and facing the corner to the left of the DDs across the Hlwy. Hover your forefinger and thumb over (L2) and "Run" and wait for PSTBTs 1 & 2 to appear in your field of view. Once you start running, you'll hold (L2) until you pass through the last door on the left. As soon as the PSTBTs pop into view press and hold "Run" then (L2) and left to scrape along the opposite wall. Bear left just before the debris slipping between it and PSTBT#3. Swing right around the debris, locate and enter the last door on the left. This works most of the time, (85%) and eliminates any shooting of the PSTBTs. (L2) locate the wall plate and use the screwdriver to get the key. (L1/R1) and head for the door. FLOF Exit bear a lazy right into the Hlwy, (sliding along the missing flooring on the left) and then back between PSTBs#1 & 2 to the wall. (NOTE) (Sounds mental but it works, I think it's because PSTBT#1 is facing away from Harry when he passes) FLO Exit the Hlwy, turn left to the Phaleg door. FLOF Enter the Phaleg door. Bear right scraping along the wall to the 2nd door on the right. FLO Once at the 2nd door on the right hard left to the opposite side of the Hlwy to swing around the debris and enter the last door on the right. XCS; run around the chair, tap "WALK" as you turn left to the bed, pick up the last artifact on the small bedside table, (L1/R1), (L2) and exit the rm. Run across the Hlwy enter the rm. and set all the artifacts in the door slots. Enter, XCS and take stairs to wherever. SAMMY THE FINAL CONFLICT Jump the CS with the girls and Kaufmann. After you X through all the cut scenes and are being transported to the final conflict, press and hold (L2) and run. You're going to charge Sammy for a few feet before stopping at the floor grid line about 8 feet in front of him. You want to be close enough to clearly see the splatter. (L2/R2/Fire), if you passed over the line back step to the line as you send lead up to Sammy. Ensure that you keep count of the rnds fired so that you can release and enter Inventory after the 6th rnd. Take 1 or 2 HDs and exit. Be holding (L2/R2/Fire) for your return, you may get up to 3 more rnds off before Sammy hits you with the 1st series of lighting bolts. Continue to hold (L2), release, repress and hold (R2), absorb the full jolt and continue firing off another 6 rnds. Enter inventory as the 2nd jolt hits Harry. Take all 2 or 3 remaining HDs exit Inventory, (L2/R2/Fire) and absorb the 3rd strike. Once Harry has absorbed the 3rd strike he'll begin firing the next salvo. To date it has never taken more than 18 rnds to chunk Sammy. Sammy, 00:00:22 to 0:0:26 15 to 18 rnds 3 to 4 "HDs" ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 7. COMMENTS To date, I have brought the time down to 00:36:21 using the above route, maneuvers and Cybil cheat. I still botch things, pressing action too many times and getting the ever pissy quote "There's nothing of interest here!", or any other dreary statement reminding you that you've already picked something up or missed it by a pixel. Oh and there's always, "#&%@!!! I slid past another @$&!*^# door", or bumped into another zombie whatever thing." So it could always be better. I'd like to think I could do a 00:36:00. Bear in mind it took 5 saves spread out over the game. Each save was the best out of 5 to 6 tries each. I'm dimes to dollars "I" couldn't come close to this time in a straight or 1 save run, too many things to go wrong at the pace this game was run at. I made the one save at the Lighthouse so I could do the 2 Cybil events. Doing the Cybil cheat shaves 25 seconds off the game time. That said; this time could be easily accomplished in 3 or 4 saves. Cybil Cheat Time: 00:36:21 Cybil Non Cheat Time: 00:36:46 Saves 5 Continues 2 61 items 4 HDs 3 boxes SG ammo All but 7 of the 61 items, keys emblems and medals are necessary to complete the game and ensure the Good + ending. (NOTE) I picked up a 3rd box of SG ammo at the Hospital for the Moth combat, I can't tell if the approximately 3 seconds saved dealing with Manny is worth the time used for the pick up.