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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Platform(s): PSP, PlayStation 2, Wii
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Climax
Release Date: Dec. 8, 2009 (US), March 4, 2010 (EU)

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'Silent Hill: Shattered Memories' (ALL) Reveals Characters, Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 12, 2009 @ 4:41 p.m. PST

Harry Mason wakes up after a car accident to find that his daughter Cheryl is missing. He'll wander the snowy streets of Silent Hill searching for answers of her disappearance, but when the world freezes over, he will need to escape the lumbering demons that haunt his steps.

While the game shares its twisting plot with the original PlayStation game, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories takes a different path in many, many ways. Characters can be approached but will offer different responses and be found in different places, while new clues and gameplay paths can be followed. The title follows Harry Mason, as he attempts to unravel the mystery of his missing daughter, Cheryl. A broken man, Mason’s investigations lead him to the mist-shrouded, snowy streets of Silent Hill: a malevolent town where the shadows play host to a wealth of evil, misshapen creatures.

Designed to make full use of the Wii’s unique controllers, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories uses the Wii Remote as a torch and cell phone as Mason looks for clues. The torch is vital for scouring the darkened, abandoned buildings of Silent Hill, while the phone acts as a secondary user interface, allowing the player to access maps via its GPS capabilities and take pictures of interesting elements. Likewise, the Wii Remote also can be used to pick up, examine and manipulate items to solve puzzles along the journey. Such technology was not available when the original Silent Hill was released in 1999, and its inclusion showcases Konami’s determination to enhance the playing experience with new, available technology.

New character details:

  • Harry Mason - While driving through the spooky streets of Silent Hill, Harry's car skids on a patch of ice and veers off the road into a ditch.  Upon waking from the crash, he realizes his daughter Cheryl is missing and sets out into the dark, freezing night to find her.
  • Cheryl Mason - Harry's daughter who has mysteriously disappeared, causing him to brave the streets of Silent Hill.  She's a cheerful girl who loves her father very much.
  • Cybil Bennett - After years on the police force, Cybil has seen a lot of crazy things, but she's not quite sure what to make of Harry Mason. She decides early on to keep an eye on him, and their paths cross repeatedly.
  • Dr. K - A friendly, relatable therapist who shows up periodically to evaluate the player.  His therapy sessions consist of interactive psychological test which players will actually take part in.
  • Michelle - Michelle meets Harry at her High School reunion, however he doesn't remember it.  Tired of waiting to meet up with her boyfriend, she decides to aid Harry in finding his daughter.
  • Dahlia - A tough, street-wise young girl, Dahlia seems to know quite a bit about Harry.  The fact that he can't remember anything about her confuses Dahlia as much as it does Harry.
  • Lisa - Lisa is a nurse at Alchemilla Hospital. Although she's young, lines of experience are already evident on her face.  Despite her cynicism, Harry finds himself protective of Lisa and offers to lend her a hand.

Also new to Shattered Memories is a psyche profile element, which monitors every aspect of player’s reactions – from where they explore first, items that have been examined, and their reaction to those they meet. Small visual elements will also be altered slightly, adding to the oppressing atmosphere where nothing is what it seems. The psyche profile will adapt Harry’s actions as and when he meets normal-looking people or the game’s many inhuman denizens.

While the PSP and PS2 will feature a more familiar control system, both games will boast the new additions, and are certain to entrance hardened fans of Silent Hill and newcomers alike. All three games are being developed by Climax, the team behind the acclaimed Silent Hill: Origins for PSP and PS2, and will also feature an all-new soundtrack by series creator Akira Yamaoka.

Features:

  • A re-imagining of the original Silent Hill that turns everything you thought you knew on its head.
  • The game watches you and adapts to your actions to create a unique experience to each player and intensify their fears.
  • Implementation of a cell phone as the user interface, which acts as a story telling device, map, puzzle helper, and camera that provides seamless flow with no interruption in gameplay.
  • New nightmare sequence focus on escape and evasion rather than direct confrontation.
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories will feature an all-new soundtrack by acclaimed series composer Akira Yamaoka.

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