Silent Hill offers the quintessential psychological horror experience in gaming. But not every entry into the series succeeded in capturing the original’s unique feel. With nine entries into the series, the same formula can get boring when done repeatedly. However, there are a few unique Silent Hill games that stray from the formula. Down below is every Silent Hill game ranked.
9. Silent Hill: Origins
Silent Hill: Origins is a prequel to the first game, Silent Hill. It was first released on the PSP but later ported to the Playstation 2 in 2008. Its story is lackluster, and all of the gameplay elements feel copy-pasted from previous entries. Although Origins is a decent portable Silent Hill, it fails to earn its place among Playstation 2’s library.
8. Silent Hill: Homecoming
Silent Hill: Homecoming is the sixth installment in the series and the first HD Silent Hill game. The graphics and environments were impressive at the time, but the unoriginal plot and cliche characters keep this game at the bottom of the list.
7. Silent Hill: Book of Memories
Book of Memories is a Silent Hill spin-off that offers a unique take on the iconic Silent Hill gameplay. It is a dungeon crawler that has players slaying monsters, solving puzzles, and leveling up. It’s a fun game, but it strays too far from Silent Hill’s roots and fails to create the powerful sense of dread fans expected from the series.
6. Silent Hill: DownPour
Released in 2012, Silent Hill: Downpour is the eighth installment in the series. The game was plagued with technical issues and bugs at launch that turned many players away from the title. It’s another mediocre Silent Hill entry that is pulled down further by its technical issues. If you pick up Downpour today, the technical issues may be fixed, but its dull music and lackluster gameplay are not.
5. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Shattered Memories is another unique entry on this list, as it’s a reimagining of the first game. It takes place in the same town as the first game but is set in a different universe with different characters and a completely new plot.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is an innovative game, with a lot of gameplay being the main character in a psychotherapy session. The game features zero combat and heavily relies on the Wii’s motion controls. Although the motion controls were neat at the time, it doesn’t hold up well today.
4. Silent Hill 4: The Room
Silent Hill 4: The Room was the first Silent Hill game that doesn’t take place in the town of Silent Hill. The Room’s gameplay is hindered by a few small tweaks that separate it from previous titles. The game features an inventory limit, making managing your inventory feel like a chore most of the time. The characters in this entry are great, with the main villain being an especially fantastic adversary.
3. Silent Hill
The first psychological horror game and is arguably the best to do it. Silent Hill immerses the player in a town that would make anyone feel uneasy and filled with despair. Its monsters are unique, and the game never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat. Silent Hill changed the way people looked at horror games and changed the gaming landscape forever.
2. Silent Hill 3
Silent Hill 3 is full of fantastic horror elements and offers a familiar story. Many consider it the last great Silent Hill game created by Team Silent before they disbanded after Silent Hill 4. The game is on the shorter side, but it’s still a fantastic game to check out.
1. Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 2 improves upon the original in almost every way possible. It’s the quintessential proof that video games are an art form, and the developers created a story filled with metaphors and symbolism. Silent Hill 2 is a game every horror fan needs to check out if they haven’t already.