|System: Xbox 360*, PS3|
|Release: March 20, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-720p||Blood and Gore, Violence|
For the most part, the survival horror genre has faded since these games released. A few remain, like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and the recent Silent Hill: Downpour, but the genre has since evolved toward a more action-based approach. Both of these titles are examples from when the survival horror genre was at its prime. They're incredibly well-made games, crafted with a loving attention to detail and a fantastic sense of atmosphere. They easily stack up against some of the best horror games of this generation.
Famed series composer Akira Yamaoka has since left the series to work with Goichi Suda (aka Suda51) and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami on Shadows of the Damned and the upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw, but his fantastic scores are still here. Silent Hill: Downpour and next week's Book of Memories each have soundtracks scored by Dexter composer Daniel Licht. While Licht's work is equally as amazing as Yamaoka's, returning to a Silent Hill with Akira's ambient, muted industrial tunes playing softly in the background just feels good.
The most disappointing thing about this bundle is it lacks any extras. There's no artwork, music tracks, featurettes, or anything to cater to the fans that have stuck with the series for so long. It's strange because this series is so iconic, its history rich with some of the most interesting characters in video games. There are years of content to mine from, so the fact that there's nothing here outside of the option to watch the credits is more than a little disheartening.
If you've been patiently waiting for the ultimate version of Silent Hill 2 and/or 3, this is it. What it lacks in extras, it more than makes up for in some of the best visual upgrades I've seen in a re-release and some truly fantastic new voice work. Whether you're a fan of the series or simply looking for an opportunity to get into Silent Hill, this is a collection you shouldn't miss.
Date: March 22, 2012