Zavvi are currently selling Shattered Memories for £17.95 as part of their Mega Monday promotion. This is a great deal for both the Wii and PS2 versions of the game but the PSP edition can be found for a couple of pennies cheaper at Asda Entertainment. The next best price for the game on Wii is £23.97 from Tesco Entertainment, while Shop To is the runner up for the PS2, meaning that Zavvi's deal will save you £6 or £4 depending on your choice of console.
- Click here to buy Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for £17.95 from Zavvi now (Wii)
- Click here to buy Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for £17.95 from Zavvi now (PS2)
You may want to hurry to take advantage of these deals as they last 24 hours only and stock is likely to go fast.
At first glance the game looks to be a straight remake of the original PSX Silent Hill and, indeed, it starts in near indentikit fashion with protagonist Harry Mason crashing his car and then regaining consciousness to discover that his daughter Cheryl has disappeared. However, once these beginning scenes are dispensed with the game takes a radical turn. The town presented here is a barren and icy wasteland and scenes in a psychiatrist's office are added to those taking place in Silent Hill itself. Thankfully, the new story is perhaps as deep and emotional as that of the original and, coupled with the taut, chilling atmosphere, offers a haunting experience and moments that may leave you slack jawed and awed.
It is not just the narrative that has taken a sharp detour. The clumsy combat of old has been dispensed with and now you will not need to fight at all, just run for your life. Furthermore, this is the game that "plays you as much as you play it", meaning that the choices you make during the psychiatrist's office portions of the game reflect upon your experience throughout the rest of your time with Shattered Memories with changes made to the monsters you face and the appearance, behaviour and even gender of the NPCs that you encounter in your journey through the icy wasteland that is this game's vision of Silent Hill.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is very well paced, keeping you engrossed in the action, even as you notice the slightly formulaic nature of the gameplay, but ultimately ending far too quickly. The graphics are great and help to create an, at times, truly disquieting atmosphere, bolstered by Akira Yamaoka's excellent soundtrack. The puzzles are clever and engaging and interspersed with nerve shredding chase scenes that leave you breathless. Despite its short length the game has surprising longevity as you will want to go back to it to see the different results and ending that you can achieve through small alterations of your own behaviour.
If you have the option, it's highly recommended that you go for the Wii version of Shattered Memories as the graphics are better and the game feels great to play, as if tailor made for the motion sensitive controls.