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Silent Hill 4: The Room

See Henry Townshend. See Henry Townshend be in the wrong place at the wrong time. See Henry move into the crappiest apartment ever known to man. It's up to you to help him out! Just be sure to steer clear of double-headed giant baby things, ghosties, GIANT BREATHING GOOGLY-EYED HEADS and of course, crazy dudes with long hair and some form of weaponry.

ORIGINAL U.S. RELEASE DATE: September 7, 2004
SYSTEMS: Playstation 2, PC, Xbox
MAIN CHARACTER: Henry Townshend

I know SH4 was a polarizing game and lots of people either loved it or hated it. What did you think of it? And are you playing it again this month?



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Jan. 14th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Man, of course this one is played when I don't have access to a copy of the game, lol! xD

I know a lot of people really dislike this one, but honestly, I don't understand why some hate it so passionately. I mean, I admit that the gameplay and mechanics were pretty lacking compared to the other games (or, at least 3, since it was the latest in improvements). It actually took me about two playthroughs to really want to play this game for fun and not just completeness-sake. Henry still frustrates me to no end with the way he doesn't seem to stop running when you tell him to. The movement and attacks just feel a bit clunkier than 3. Also, It's kind of sad when the escort character feels more powerful than the player character. (I've seen Eileen take down Walter by herself TWICE. IN A ROW. Girl's got balls of steel. o_o;)

But what makes this game my favorite is the story. First of all, I seem to side more with the "detached" SH stories, as in the ones not actually connected to the Alessa plot, like 2/4/Homecoming. So that's a bonus with this game. I'm not the biggest fan of Henry, but the other characters really shine. Eileen is charming, and she's such a sweetheart that I kind of don't mind lugging her along everywhere... most of the time. xD And I just adore Walter, he's such an interesting character. I'm a huge sucker for him and I feel kind of like, "He really needs a hug, like NOW," while at the same time you really can't help but want to choke him a bit. The "batshit insane" quality bumps him up my list of favorite characters too. /fangirl tangent

The whole story is pure Silent Hill tragedy, and the atmosphere of the game is dark and ugly just like the rest of the series. Even if it's not set in the town itself, it's still spooky as hell.

I dunno. I think people give this one a bit more crap than it deserves. Sometimes I wonder if James will always be the only "outsider" to make his way into the hearts of some fans, haha.

...wow, I can't believe I rambled that much. "OTL
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