Game site GoNintendo confirms the rumors that have been floating around for awhile now–Silent Hill is getting a remake on the Nintendo Wii. The latest issue of Nintendo Power features news and screenshots on the new version, currently titled Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.
Producer Tomm Hulett tells the magazine that the new game will be different in numerous ways.
"The characters play different roles, things don’t necessarily happen in the same order, and the story is taken in lots of new directions," Hulett says, noting that you'll still play as protagonist Harry Mason and will run into familiar characters from the first Silent Hill."
He then adds, "One of Shattered Memories' most significant and intriguing additions—your answers actually affect how the game unfolds. And it doesn't end there. the game "watches" you constantly, and your behavior throughout can determine when you'll meet certain characters, which scenes you'll witness, and a variety of other factors." "In Silent Hill games, the town always gets inside the protagonist's head," say Hulett. "But now, it's getting inside YOUR head."
This is pretty intriguing, if only because it sounds like Konami is adding an Eternal Darkness styled "screw with your head" element to the game. This should probably be expected, since Konami also blew player's minds with that whole Psycho Mantis fight in the original Metal Gear Solid.
Maybe the best news of all though, is this:
Hulett also notes that the solution to a puzzle is always in the immediate vicinity, and assures us there's a lot less backtracking then in previous games."
"Longtime fans of the series will also be delighted to learn that there's a way through every locked door; no more checking dozens of entrances only to find that 90% of them are permanently barred shut."
I'm all for less backtracking—so kudos on that.
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