Horror title Silent Hill: Shattered Memories will be hitting shelves on December 8th for the Wii. The launch date of the PSP and PS2 versions of this game should be announced soon.
Shattered Memories is based on the original Silent Hill and sees the return of protagonist Harry Mason. He still searching for his daughter in the ghostly town of Silent Hill, meeting disturbing characters, and generally being terrorized by horrible creatures and/or circumstances.
It's not old news, though. Shattered Memories features a new "psych profiling" mechanic that analyzes player actions and bases some gameplay on the unique psychology of each player. Also: There will be no combat. You won't be fighting anything; you'll just be destroyed.
I love this series and have hope for this game, in spite of the last few, lackluster forays into the Silent Hill universe. But I'm not sure the whole "no-combat" thing is a step in the right direction. I'm probably the only person on earth who liked the combat in the first few games. Yes, it was terribly unwieldy, unsatisfying, awkward and usually futile, but it fit with the story. You're a real guy in a terrifying situation; why would suddenly be an expert at hand-to-tentacle combat or an crack marksman? How often do you just happen to find boxes of bullets lying around in real life? I thought making it look like you're giving players the option of battling baddies, but making it ultimately depressing, weird and terrible, was an interesting choice on the part of the developers. But, hey, I could be wrong. Maybe the fighting mechanic wasn't made that way for creepifying effect; maybe the combat just sucked. Either way, I usually fought as infrequently as possible in the older Silent Hill titles.
I checked this game out at E3, and the demo level was solid. Patrick Klepek went a little more in-depth at E3. Read his preview here.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to this title, or am I the only one?