I got my hands on the new Red Pyramid Thing statue by Toymunkey this week! Check out my video review and interview with Toymunkey Studios below!
Silent Hill Downpour is the eighth core game in the Silent Hill series and it follows Murphy Pendleton as he tries to escape the horrors of the town after his prison-transfer bus crashes nearby. This is the second game released on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 systems and was promised to be a true return to the form and styles of the Team Silent era of games. I had very high hopes for the title after two hands on previews and I’m happy to report that despite some technical flaws the game has lived up to the hype and is one of the best post-Team Silent games to date!
Please note while I do not spoil the story there is a very minor gameplay spoiler for an optional sidequest!
I found the Silent Hill HD Collection to be a big disappointment. It is broken, lacks serious polish, and is not the upgrade we were promised. Instead Collection is a major downgrade.
Daniel Licht’s Downpour soundtrack is a different beast from Akira Yamaoka’s previous Silent Hill scores. If you were hoping Licht would be Akira 2.0, blindly copying Yamaoka’s style and calling it a day you will be sorely disappointed. Instead, Licht an accomplished composer of his own right, blazes his own trail with Downpour’s soundtrack and the result is nothing like what we’ve heard before in a Silent Hill game.
Hi guys sorry this is so late…but here’s my review of Silent Hill Past Life #3!
Silent Hill fans if you haven’t picked up the Past Life comic series, what are you waiting for!? Issue #3 is out and continues the Foster’s fun filled adventures in Silent Hill.
In this issue things the creep factor has jumped up a notch and we are treated to the real horrors from Jebediah’s, “Hell Rider” past. I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, but let’s just say he worked hard to earn that outlaw name! It really makes me wonder how such a nasty man was able to win over such a nice woman like Esther.
Along with Jebediah’s past we also make some startling realizations about many of the Silent Hill townsfolk we’ve met so far, including an interesting tidbit on our Post Master friend Howard Blackwood! Turns out he may have be lured to the town due to some dark deeds of his own and has me wondering if his current situation is related to a punishment or self realization of his own. I’m definitely eager to see how his story continues in Silent Hill Downpour if this Howard Blackwood is the same postman we saw in the the E3 2010 trailer.
Like the past two issues Menton3′s continues to wow especially the page compositions depicting wet work from Jebediah’s violent past. These scenes are quick but it captures Jebediah’s just how cruel a man Jebediah really was. I think however my favorite piece of art from this issue included small cameos of Past Life writer, Tom Waltz, the artist himself, Menton3 and even Silent Hill: Downpour Producers Devin Shatsky and Tomm Hulett!
Past Life continues to be a phenomenal read and you will be left on the edge of your seat for the series conclusion in issue #4!
This is a repost of my review over on Hell Descent! A big thanks goes out to Tom Waltz for sending me the preview
Silent Hill Past Life #2 is the second installment of Tom Waltz’s four part Silent Hill comic picks up shortly after the end of issue #1.
Jebediah “Hell Rider” Foster is still reeling from an encounter with the old and crazy Native American who trespassed into the Foster’s home just the night before. Her gift of a bloody knife and casual mention of Jebediah’s Hell Rider past has the outlaw questioning whether or not he can really be a good man for his wife, Esther, and unborn child. I’m sure the powers of the town will help him with those fears! Hit the jump for the full review of Silent Hill: Past Life #2
My thoughts on the early Silent Hill comics
As a big fan of the Silent Hill franchise I’ve been quite disappointed with the past Silent Hill comic series. With the exception of Sinner’s Reward, the rest of the Silent Hill comics have left a sour taste in my mouth.
In the comics we see some familiar creatures and places but overall the connection to the Silent Hill franchise seems to me to be in name only. The stories are pretty superficial and the style of artwork made the plots at times very difficult follow. Seeing cheerleaders fight Pyramid Head (Paint in Black) and listening to a foul mouth Christabella (Dying Inside) certainly didn’t feel like any Silent Hill game I played and furthered my dislike for the comics in general.
Despite my overall distaste for the comics my opinion warmed slightly after reading Tom Waltz’s, Sinner’s Reward. It was really the first time I could see “Silent Hill” in comic form and it was the first real glimpse of the games I know and love.
Silent Hill Past Life
When I learned that Waltz was returning to not only pen the 4-part Silent Hill Past Life comic but also has a hand in writing the upcoming Silent Hill 8 my interest in this comic went through the roof! I got to say after that after reading this first issue, Waltz does not disappoint! Silent Hill fans you are in for a real treat! We have a direct tie to the upcoming game and we get to see a bit of the mysterious past of Silent Hill.
Seriously, what’s not to love?
It’s 1867 and Jebediah “Hell Rider” Foster and his new bride Esther have left their home in the Dakota Territory for the town of Silent Hill. Esther has inherited her uncle Benjamin Munroe’s farm and with a baby on the way the couple hopes that the distance from Jebediah’s past as an murderous outlaw will help them start a new life with a clean slate. Unfortunately for the Fosters dark pasts and Silent Hill can have hellish results and actually obtaining that clean slate will be a lot harder then expected.
The Fosters on route towards their new life in Silent Hill.
After their arrival into town the influence of Jebediah’s dark past immediately brings forth the town’s darker side. Jebediah catches glimpses of strange creatures and people in the corners of his eyes and significant items from his dark past mysteriously appear and trigger thoughts of his criminal past. The Fosters may have only just entered Silent Hill but it’s clear the town is already gearing up to make them face the shadows of their past.
Silent Hill 8 Connection
The Fosters run into the friendly Howard Blackwood right outside of Silent Hill. Much to their surprise Howard, who is a black man, has the job title of Postmaster only two years after the Civil War! It seems that Silent Hill is a head of the times concerning equality which Howard attributes to the town not caring “…much ’bout what’s on the outside of folks.”
This is in no way confirmed but I’m convinced that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Howard! Remember the mumbling postman Murphy meets during the Vatra E3 2010 trailer? I think they are one an the same and that Howard here is the mysterious character shared between the game and the comic. I say we should keep an eye on this cryptic postman him in future issues, he’s definitely more than what he seems…especially if he’s still alive after so many years in Silent Hill 8!
Menton3′s drawings are beautiful
The artwork in Past Life is the best I’ve seen front a Silent Hill comic to date! Menton3′s style really captures the mess and disturbing visuals we see in the games but without going over board like so many of the previous comics did before. I love how the characters are rendered very realistically for once! The brown/yellow/black/white color scheme really gives the comic the overall look of being an old story dug up from the past.
I think what I like most about Menton3′s artwork is that even though it can get messy at times I haven’t once felt lost while reading. This was a big problem for me with the earlier Silent Hill comics where the art style often left me confused about what was actually going on panel to panel. I also think it’s great that Menton3 doesn’t just focus on drawing the characters and spends the time to create some fascinating backdrops and environments. In my opinion it is the inclusion of real background that I consider a HUGE improvement over the previous comics. It was hard to follow many of the previous comics when the backgrounds consisted no more then splotches on the page.
Speaking of which…
Make sure to pay close attention to the details in those lovely backgrounds! It’s unknown at this point whether this has any relevance to the plot but I’ve noticed in several panels share a similar text and circular symbols hidden within the backgrounds. I can’t make out what a lot of it says but since it’s repeated from page to page it makes me wonder if it will have some significance in the future!
The consistency of the art style in Past Life is another big plus in the comic for me. The only time a significant difference is seen help show a shift in narrative. In previous comics the art style varied issue to issue just because there was a change in artists with no other real purpose.
A non headache inducing art style change seen in Past Life issue #1
So Silent Hill fans, the Silent Hill inspired comic you’ve been waiting for is finally here! If you’ve been hesitant to pick up this series the due to disappointments in the past… don’t be! The writing is top notch and the artwork is phenomenal. Past Life is gearing to be the best comic series yet so don’t miss out!
Past life Issue #1 goes on sale November 3, 2010! (source)
Big thank you goes to Tom Waltz for sending me a digital copy of Past Life #1 to review on my site. Totally made my week