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WayForward released Silent Hill: Book of Memories for the Vita last year, but its first experiments with Silent Hill began on the DS in 2006.
WayForward built a tech-demo which borrowed assets from Silent Hill 2, including the game's protagonist James Sunderland. It offered a single room and was built as a proof of concept. WayForward recently showed off the never-before-seen demo during a 24-hour live stream.
You can check out the archived stream here, where the Silent Hill chatting and showcasing begins around 6 minutes into the stream. WayForward also discusses its original ideas for Book of Memories. The original concept would have had the player switch between the traditional over-the-shoulder view usually seen in Silent Hill and the overhead view that was seen in the final game.
For our review of Silent Hill: Book of Memories head here, and to learn more about Wayforward, head here to read our developer salute feature covering the studio.
Our TakeIts always interesting to see these abandoned and cancelled projects. It's fun to imagine what could have been. I realize the final game likely would have abandoned James Sunderland as its protagonist, but it would have been cool to see a new game follow his further exploits. The game's ending certainly leaves the story open for further explanation.
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Well, it looks terrible; but it's a DS game so that expected. What I'm curious about, is how it plays.
I found the issue with Silent Hill happened after they took out combat as being essential defense and made it straight up story-adventure. From there their stories fell flat: I just couldn't get into it anymore. I own SH series up to 4, and played a few after that but it just didn't feel like SH anymore.
Ahhhhh nuts. The DS, and the 3DS now, would really have benefited from this. My biggest problems with the 3DS right now is a lack of Western flavored titles, action games, and horror games. Now, I want this revived. Strangely enough, the DS had quite a few horror titles on it, including Resident Evil, Touch the Dead, and Dementium.
A Silent Hill port or remake for the 3DS would be absolutely mind blowing. Think of Pyramid Head lurching out from the waters in 3D...
Konami please note: this would be a great way to reinvent classic horror. Survival Horror + Stereoscopic 3D = a brand new way to terrify gamers.
I love Silent Hill! The DS version looks bad though.
I just don't understand it. One of the scariest games of the last game era turned into a dungeon delver.... well suppose next year we'll get the silent hill rts. Zerg rushing with the nurses