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If the greatest of Video Games were compared to the greatest of films where would the video games stack up?
That’s what we’re trying to find out with this new feature. If us geeks/nerds/whatever they call us are anything, we are varied in our interests. If you’re reading this, then you a video games: some enjoy film, others watch movies, and many watch anime. And then there’s those, like myself, who partake in all of these things, finding commonalities and comparisons across media.
And I thought I’d point them out! For each game in a series, I’ll match a film, show, etc. and use one paragraph to describe them both. This edition: Silent Hill and Movies!
Silent Hill = The Thing
Released pretty close to a similar product and not considered the better title, time revealed what made it superior: in this case piss your pants, throw the remote, sleep with a teddy bear terror. Cult followings were made, trusting other people is a little scarier and you will never take be comfortable with isolation and reduced visibility ever again.
Silent Hill 2 = Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The first was great. You love it. But it doesn’t compare with its first sequel. Better twists, more intricate story, more people you care about, and a new view on the villain. Also, unstoppable villains that chase you relentlessly are the freakiest thing in the world, but everything after this will feature some shameful design ripoffs, so it’s not all glory and happiness.
Silent Hill 3 = Scream 3
Three rules to survive the last chapter of a horror movie trilogy: One: “You’ve got a killer who’s gonna be superhuman.” Check. “Anyone, including the main character, can die.” Well, not the main character, but true. “The past will come back to bite you in the ass.” Yay! Successful horror trilogy! Until the cash runs out and we get a fourth one. Liars.
Silent Hill 4 = Judge Dredd
Awesome property, without a doubt, but this version ain’t what we know. The story isn’t up to the standard, the characters are less than great and although it’s kind of enjoyable, it’s a big step down for the series. There’s enough there that we know what series this is, but it should have been its own thing.
Silent Hill: Origins = Hannibal Rising
We love to go back to the beginning and learn where evil first takes its roots, but as it was for Star Wars, the hype was bigger than the story. The thing that scares us now was not always as impacting. Underwhelming, unrefined and making us wish things happened faster and a little more surprising than what we already assumed.
Silent Hill: Homecoming = The Chronicles of Riddick
First one was scary, dark, and filled with monsters trying less to kill than the people were and survival was the key objective. Then we got this combat heavy, better lit, less horror-influenced mess that appealed more to American expectations of action violence and overused genre cliches than its more impressive, more creative origin story.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories = A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
If the original didn’t exist, you would have loved this: great premise, story that works well, and some lines that give you chills. Unfortunately the original exists, and in trying too hard to be unique, the new production team lost the things we loved about the original. Namely the great villain, but you know it’s more than that.
Silent Hill: Downpour = Les Misérables
I haven’t experienced this yet. It’s sitting in my room, waiting for the right time to shine. I’ve heard the music is solid, but not what it should be. I’ve heard the story is great, but I know enough plot points to ruin some surprises. I have also heard I will be disappointed, but I’m always willing to give a shot to new experiences. We’ll find out soon, I suppose…
Silent Hill: Book of Memories = Halloween III: Season of the Witch
This is not what I paid for and I find it offensive. Clown shoes. Get it away from me.
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