|Developer(s)||Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo |
(specfically Team Silent)
|Platform(s)||PlayStation, PlayStation Network|
|Release Date||PlayStation |
NA January 31, 1999
JP March 31, 1999
EU August 1, 1999
NA September 10, 2009
EU March 19, 2009
Silent Hill is a survival horror video game for the PlayStation, and is the first installment in the Silent Hill series. Developed by a Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo group known as Team Silent and published by Konami, the game was released in North America in January 1999, and in Japan and Europe later that year. Silent Hill uses a third-person perspective, with real-time 3D environments. To mitigate limitations of the hardware, developers liberally used fog and darkness to muddle the graphics. Unlike earlier survival horror games that focused on protagonists with combat training, the player character of Silent Hill is an everyman.
Set in the eponymous town, the game follows Harry Mason as he searches for his missing daughter in various alternate dimensions. He stumbles upon the town's religious cult conducting a ritual to revive the malevolent deity it worships. Five game endings are possible, depending on actions taken by the player, including one joke ending.
Silent Hill received positive reviews from critics on its release and was commercially successful. It is considered a defining title in the survival horror genre, moving away from B movie horror elements, toward a psychological style of horror emphasizing atmosphere. It generated a direct sequel, three indirect sequels, a prequel, and a film adaptation. A reimagining of the game, titled Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, developed by Climax Studios and published by Konami Digital Entertainment, was released in December 2009.
Silent Hill series
|Main games||Silent Hill - Silent Hill 2 (Restless Dreams) - Silent Hill 3 - Silent Hill 4: The Room - Silent Hill: Origins - Silent Hill: Homecoming - Silent Hill: Shattered Memories - Silent Hill: Downpour - Silent Hill: Book of Memories|
|Spinoffs||Silent Hill: Play Novel - Silent Hill: The Arcade - Silent Hill: The Escape - Silent Hill: Orphan - Silent Hill: Orphan 2 - Silent Hill: Mobile 3|
|Other||The Silent Hill Collection - Silent Hill Collection|