The Legacy of Silent Hill: The Past, the Present, and the Future
In this After Hours episode, The Fuboo is joined by CCS’s newest recruit, Katie B, to talk about one of survival horror’s biggest titles: the Silent Hill series. They discuss why Kojima’s P.T. (or “Silent Hills”) game seemed promising, and then take a look back into the history of the Silent Hill series as a whole.
As hardcore Silent Hill fans, Fuboo and Katie believe that only the first 4 titles should be considered ‘true’ Silent Hill games, and they examine the essential components needed to make a game really fit the ‘Silent Hill’ label. They also discuss the often misunderstood importance of the mysterious cult that operates in the town, and why a focus on the occult is crucial to making a Silent Hill game work.
After all, many people are confused about what the powers of the town actually do. The backstory of Silent Hill is basically about a spiritual power that becomes tainted by the horrible practices of the cult. Before the cult arrived, the area around Toluca Lake was inhabited by Native Americans, who worshiped the spiritual power as a god. It was Alessa’s 7 year long torment under Dahlia’s spell that turned the spiritual power into something nasty. The underlying cause of every game is the spiritual power and the way it influences the psyches of the characters. Silent Hill is not a ‘mystical judge’ who seeks to torment those who have done wrong until they confess to their sins, as many have been lead to believe. This was only the plot of Silent Hill 2, but Fuboo and Katie speculate about why it was this particular plot that stuck with everyone, rather than the events of the other 3 games.
The idea that only the first 4 games are ‘real’ Silent Hill games is a topic of hot debate among fans. Do you agree with the ladies of CCS? Or do you think the newer titles have something great to offer in their own way? What do you hope to see from the next Silent Hill title? Let us know below in the comments!