Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Hands-On

We take a trip through the PSP version of the latest Silent Hill game.

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The Wii version of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories received widespread praise for its reimagining of the original Silent Hill, as well as its new take on the Silent Hill formula, particularly the way characters confront the town's ghoulish denizens. Instead of whacking enemies over the head or pumping them full of holes with any sort of firearm, Harry Mason (the game's main character who's looking for his missing daughter) can only hope to evade them--either by running in a different direction or throwing various objects to the floor while running away--or throw them off his back by gesturing in various directions with the Wii Remote. The motion controls also come into play during puzzles as you grab cans and tip them on their sides to retrieve keys or as you move various objects into position to find a secret number used to open a locked door. And, of course, you can also use the Wii Remote to move Harry's flashlight around much as you would an actual flashlight.

Of course, the PSP has no such technology; thus, it has to make do with its single analog nub, face buttons, and shoulder buttons. Surprisingly, the controls seem like they've been adapted pretty well. When enemies cling to Harry, he can simply throw them off by pressing one of the designated face buttons that's prompted at the bottom of the screen. As for moving the flashlight around, you can't do it while Harry is walking (as you can in the Wii version). So, instead, the PSP version lets you hit the right-shoulder button, which takes you into a first-person view that gives you a closer, first-person view you can manipulate with the analog nub without moving Harry around. As for puzzles that require grabbing objects and rotating (or moving) them around, you can solve them by grabbing the object with one of the PSP's face buttons then rotate it using the left- or right-shoulder buttons.

Naturally, other concessions had to be made to accommodate the PSP's hardware, but one aspect of the game that hasn't changed much at all is the visuals. The PSP version of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories looks nearly identical to its Wii counterpart, but there are some slight differences. It seems like you can't see quite as far into the distance in some scenes. There are also some textures and areas that aren't clear as those found in the Wii version. The PSP version of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is scheduled for release on January 19.

Discussion

61 comments
Gaz08
Gaz08

i love my daddy..!!

Danishaslam
Danishaslam

The real fun of this game to play with earphones.. lol .. Really Scary OMG..

kdawg88
kdawg88

Haven't really played much in the way of horror so I will be taking a look at it. Can't imagine it having 'near identical' visuals to the Wii though.

triggercy
triggercy

I use my new headphones and I can't play it alone lol.

willow576
willow576

the best in the series. i remembered back with the original PS, stil had that eerie feelings. good graphics. try using your headphones if you dare

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

For a game on the PSP, this definitely has one of the best visuals on the system, though there are occasional but minor framedrops.

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

The Wii version was ok, I just felt really disappointed with the lack of weapons. Even a knife or a 2x4 would have completely made a big difference.

Pufixas
Pufixas

This game is really cool, much of minigames, godd graphics, nice game play, i think is little bit better then origins

SeanChan10
SeanChan10

this game is great on the psp but if you own a wii get that version

jericho_s83
jericho_s83

sounds boring no weapon if i was stuck in silient hill i wouldnt just cary a flash light i would find a tree branch or anything to grab as a weapon i mean monsters ya fleaing works but any one would still have some self defence around even if they didnt use it but whatever its different cant dis it till i try it who knows it might kick a$$ and graphics do look good

MagicKaitou
MagicKaitou

I have it , and it´s awesome , just wait till you have to run , you will pee your pants !!!

iCollatz
iCollatz

I love this game! It's my PSP's rescue!

jakeradske1
jakeradske1

This game was horrible it sucked so bad

SWIFFT
SWIFFT

Time to dust off my psp ;)

CraigNinten
CraigNinten

I am not a SH fan, however, I will take a good look after the game released. graphic looks nice

Greymon
Greymon

awesome! can't wait till i get my hands on this one

athzem
athzem

I already finished Origins for 3 times and I enjoyed it. I am sure I will buy that game and play.

timmytom15
timmytom15

This game looks great ,i wish i can be playing it right now ,i can't wait to buy it .

FFadikt
FFadikt

Hehe it comes out on my birthday! But the Wii version seems totally unique so I might get that version instead, hope the PSP version does well too!

Se7en18sHiNoBi
Se7en18sHiNoBi

hmmmm i dont know if......i should b...... interested

Gaz08
Gaz08

its like max payne with hugging enemies..

kisame2013
kisame2013

I am squirming in my seat looking at this

Vargasr
Vargasr

Really looking for it

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

Wii version was awesome. This looks to be awesome as well.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

PSP: The roadblock of series continuity. Hate having to play the console versions, then struggle through a needless PSP "exclusive" to fill in the story gaps. I couldn't even get through Portable Ops and that's a pretty significant segment of Metal Gear lore.

qpitty
qpitty

I Liked Origins on the psp and I really wnat to play this one. I hope it is as good.

2mrw
2mrw

i want a PS3 version.

thetravman
thetravman

This sounds good for a portable. I'm curious in why this would come for Ps2 thought. Heck, I still wonder why the Ps2 is still alive 3 years into the Ps3s life.

herdvoorje
herdvoorje

am i the only one who thinks this looks like maxpayne 1 :P

Skargamer
Skargamer

graphics look damn good for such a gaming device.

BFKZ
BFKZ

@ ihaveabu Completely agree...

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

@Godofnerdyness Have I played it? No, I haven't. The fact that this preview adequately conveys the information I need to make an educated decision from those who HAVE played it is good enough for me to NOT bother with the game. That's what previews are for, you see, they clue you in to what to expect from the game. Therefore I don't HAVE to play it in order for me to know I won't like it. Very simple concept to understand. Thank you for your concern, though, unwarranted as it may be.

ihaveabu
ihaveabu

i still think it's retarded they decided to make a good silent hill for a console designed for mothers and little kids...

AlmightyMax
AlmightyMax

I adored the Wii version of this game - so immersive, so terrifying. I have doubts that the PSP's hardware is capable of delivering the same experience.

kikitube
kikitube

The graphics are great for PSP. But I believe, for the best Silent Hill experience, you should try Wii version.

brain20035
brain20035

I've been waiting for this for a long time! hope they start making Silent Hill 6 now

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Looks like the version had came along nicely. Can't wait to pick it up next week.:D

rpgisforme
rpgisforme

I was a big RE fan for all except 4, I didn't care for it that much. Never even finished it. RE 5 however I loved, was amazing. I have always adored the SH series. The best survival horror games ever made. I do have to say though that I couldn't wait for the PSP version and didn't want a PS2 version ... I'm still trying to figure out why there was no PS3 version... but anyway. I bought the Wii version and am not impressed with the running away thing. I wanna bust out my pipe and beat em over the head. I wanna stand and fight, not run away like a scared little girl. Not happy!! It's still a good game though.

guyhammel
guyhammel

id see silent hill any day of the week R-E is just numbskull action

pooyanh
pooyanh

@crimsonblade28 Resident Evil 1-3 had a chance. 4 and 5, no way in hell.

Sabbatboy
Sabbatboy

@crimsonblade28 Resident Evil is an action flick. Silent Hill is actually horror.