I completed 'Silent Hill Downpour' on the PS3 a couple of months back and with a lot of 'Silent hill' related stuff coming out around this time, I decided to pick it up again.
So I turned off the lights, shut my curtains and turned up the volume to immerse myself in what is 'Silent Hill' and I have to say I was petrified. The game makes an amazing atmosphere that makes you paranoid in the world around you. If you hear a noise in real life you panic, the games atmosphere is unsettling to say the least. These types of games create atmosphere that you are unlikely to see in modern gaming.
This is probably the most unsettleing thing about this game, that these types of games are soon to die. 'Silenth Hill Downpour' is terrifying and this is due to making the player feel alone; they feels defenceless against the enemy, place a gun in his hand and 100 clips of ammo and the fear suddenly wears off.
Games like 'Resident Evi'l seem to have gone down this route, I found 'Resident Evil 4' scary, It was tense and the environment you were surrounded by seemed unsettling. I have played 'Resident Evil 5' and that isn't as scary. There are cheap scares here and there that make you jump but the game isn't tense and that is what was missing. You had a large amount of ammo and you didn't feel like the enemies were overwhelming because you had guns, oh dangerous, brutal guns. I cannot comment on Resident Evil 6 as I have not played it, but by all accounts it is an action game that is not 'Resident Evil'.
So I understand there isn't a large demand for horror games, today's gamer likes the FPS genre, but why should we suffer because of that? We see about 3 or more military shooters a year and we are lucky to see one survival horror game. I would like to see another I.P.that embraces the atmosphere of the horror genre. The Creator's of 'Slender', 'Parsec Productions', gave a glimmer of hope for the horror genre. But where will this genre end up, hopefully it will survive for a little longer before losing all it's lives...