Sony had been teasing a new survival horror game in the weeks before Gamescom where they finally revealed something called “P.T“, which had a playable trailer ready to go on the minute the announcement was made. So people rushed to their PS4′s to see what the game was about. To their surprise, it was
a brand new Silent Hill game by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro starring Norman Reedus.
As you played through the fairly creepy demo you might’ve thought that P.T was just some strange first person survival horror game by a previously unknown developer called 7780s Studio. In the demo, you escape a spooky house while
spooky things happen to you. As you escape the house you get a cutscene revealing that you are going to have to deal with Norman Reedus’ face throughout the experience. Gladly they
also show the reassuring names Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. Finally you are greeted with the text “Silent Hills“. The extra “S” is there to show you that this ain’t your grandma’s Silent Hill, which honestly could be both a good and a bad thing.
To be completely honest, the demo was actually quite cool. There were a couple of jumpscares, but it managed to create a great and eery atmosphere. Like in the good Silent Hill games (1-3), it managed to create a feeling of going insane. The vortex of the unknown swallowing you while you can do nothing about it. Like in the good Silent Hill games, you aren’t bombarded with enemies and monsters. It manages to use silence and emptiness to create feelings of true fear. It seems to have taken the most important things that made Silent Hill a fan favourite, so there is definitely hope.
What worries me is the whole re-invention-philosophy. That can always go two ways. It might make the fans of the originals feel raped (though they’ve felt that for a decade now), or it could actually breathe new life into the franchise by changing things up! If there is one person who I would trust to make a scary Silent Hill game, it would definitely be Guillermo Del Toro. I have nothing against Hideo Kojima and I’m interested to see how he views the project and what he aims to do with it. Norman Reedus I do not get. I do not hate the guy, but the way they’re advertising it makes it look like he’s getting the top billing. Like this is Reedus’ game, which just confuses me. Is he really that good?
I’m also interested in the first person viewpoint. The good Silent Hill games are very much character pieces. Who they are and what they’re like is a huge part of those games. Hell, Silent Hill 2 was basically a game all about the main character and his mind. Literally putting you into the main character’s shoes might provide challenges, but it can also open up new possibilities. I’m cautiously optimistic, but I have to admit that hearing that old school Silent Hill music start up at the end of the trailer gave me chills. I eagerly anticipate more footage of this game.