Silent Hill Wii-make Will Make You Wet Your Pants All Over Again
Posted by Damien McFerran
Konami lifts the lid on a radical re-imagining of a horror classic
The latest issue of US magazine Nintendo Power has exclusive details relating to Konami's rumoured remake of its 32-bit Playstation horror classic Silent Hill.
Entitled Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, the game will make use of the Wii's unique controls and according to Konami producer Tomm Hulett, it's going to be much more than your typical remake:
This is a reimagining of the first Silent Hill...it’s not a remake or a port. That’s an important distinction. It really feels like a new game. The characters play different roles, things don’t necessarily happen in the same order, and the story is taken in lots of new directions. You still play as Harry Mason, you’re still looking for your daughter, and you’ll see familiar elements, but they’re all twisted to betray your expectations.
One of Shattered Memories’ most significant and intriguing additions - your answers actually affect how the game unfolds. And it doesn’t end there. the game “watches” you constantly, and your behaviour throughout can determine when you’ll meet certain characters, which scenes you’ll witness, and a variety of other factors. In Silent Hill games, the town always gets inside the protagonist’s head, but now, it’s getting inside YOUR head.
Hulett also explains how the Wii Remote would be used:
We’re using the Wii Remote to interact directly with the environment, so the puzzles are all based around that idea. You’re not just hitting buttons to choose things. Longtime fans of the series will also be delighted to learn that there’s a way through every locked door; no more checking dozens of entrances only to find that 90% of them are permanently barred shut.
It's great to see that Konami isn't being lazy with this release; taking the original premise and putting a new spin on it is a wonderful idea and should get hardcore fans salivating with expectation.