Review by hamstar

Reviewed: 06/08/03 | Updated: 06/08/03

An Unbiased Review

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INTRODUCTION:
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Silent Hill 3, just another survival horror game for the survivor horror fans out there. If you have previously played the other installments of the Silent Hills series you are probably just on your way to pre-ordering this DVD-ROM. If you are a fan, this game is what you want. If not, I strongly suggest you rent or borrow this game.

The plot starts off with a young girl named Heather. She's about 17, short-blonde teen who wears a white cargo vest with a skirt. The game starts off with a unexplained nightmare sequence and then rushes toward the mystery of Heather's origins. Just like previous Silent Hill games, you are in suspense for what is to come...

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Graphics: 7/10
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The graphics are an improvement compared to Silent Hill 2, but does not use the graphic displaying potential of the ps2. Granted the polygonal skins are smoother, they are still not unlike ps1 games like Parasite eve 2 and other Resident evil games. I was actually disappointed in this game after playing Resident evil 0, another survival game, since it's graphics were much smoother and made Silent Hill look a lot more blocky and painful to the eyes.

Another disappointing factor was the fact that there were only 3 or 4 original monster designs in the game. The developers CLEARLY cut corners here and there and did not use effort to develop variety! The diversity of monsters came from using different sizes of the exact same monsters!
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Sound: 5/10
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Aweful, just aweful. Most of the music is gloomy and mixed with that ''snow sound'' you get when your TV is not getting any reception. The intro to the game of course is a decent rock song... Some relaxing guitar solos here and there, nothing speacial. Can you say MUTE!?

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Gameplay: 7/10
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I honestly didnt have any fun playing this game. Most of the time you are running away from monsters to conserve ammo and health for the tougher times. Worst aspect of the game being the fact that there are just so many doors that are there, yet you cannot OPEN! Not to mention the lack of weapons in this game. You get the token handgun, shotgun and some aweful looking sub-machine gun if you are lucky enough to find it later on in the game. Other weapons included the Melee weapons such as knife, pipe(how creative), katana, maul, stun gun. All the other goodies in the game (flamethrower, beam sabre, 10 costumes, infinite ammo+machine gun, Heather beam), were only accessible after completing the game at least once.

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Terror factor: 10/10
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This is undoubtebly the scariest of all horror games.... Aside from the fact that the monsters are disgusting, buildings quickly transform into nightmares, resembling something from a Tool video on MTV. Walls bleed, breath and change form to keep your heart pounding. The imagery in this game is so grotesque, it resembles something like the depths of hell. This game is clearly for the mature adults and maybe some children that are smart enough to obtain a copy of it. This game is very disturbing.

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STORY:8/10
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This part is really subjective so I'll just say that in my own humble opinion, it was far more better than its predecessors. The plot is linear and develops quickly yet you are always in suspense wondering what the truth at the end of the tunnel is.

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Replay value 6/10
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This is where the game dies.. You can unlock 90% of the special features in this game by simply playing through the game once on EASY!! (if you know how that is) Getting the 'secret weapons' like flamethrower, beam sabre, Heather beam, machine gun and costumes might keep you motivated to play it over and over (maybe).

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OVERALL RATING
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comes to approximate rating of 7/10.
I'd say rent first before you are disappointed by Konami's latest sloppy job.

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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