In an industry that advances at such a rapid rate, it's logical to think that many older technologies may not have been pushed to their true limits and have likely been forgotten about. Well, here I am to refresh your memory and show you a masterful relic of late-2000s arcades: Silent Hill The Arcade Game.
This on-rails coin-op shooter is a far cry from the best in VR horror game ever, though it is pretty terrifying in it's own special way.
Prepare to be dazzled by the brilliance of Konami's vision. That is, if the vision is to make a game that's so bad it's kinda irresistible, especially for fans of this legendary horror franchise.
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In the trailer for the Silent Hill: The Arcade you only get glimpses of the cliché-filled full game experience:
I kinda love it. The music fits nicely for the first half, then takes a weird James Bond turn before reaching an odd climax... with a grunt and a sigh of relief.
I guess Pyramid Head just does it for some people.
But don't stop at the trailer. The gameplay only makes the experience creepier, and not in the scarily effective way the original games managed. From the cacophony of generic monster-noises to the painful dialogue, the more of this mess I watch, the more I wish I could throw in a quarter and jump into the action.
Just think how great it could be: grab a bunch of friends, get a load of snacks, and take a shot every time you reload... ok maybe not that last one if you actually want to finish the game without passing out after ten minutes.
But if you can't find an arcade nearby and you desperately want to see what this Silent Hill gem is like, then here's a playthrough:
So is it actually a good game?
Well, remember the other games that came out in 2008 were pretty good:
GTA IV, Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, MGS 4...
...ok, really good. But the point is as long as you personally enjoy a game, can you really consider it bad?
Can it somehow compare to the other Silent Hill games? Tell me what you think in the comments below!