Before the swarm of press could get their hands on all the games at Konami Gamer’s Night, Konami had a presentation showing off some of their bigger game titles coming out later this year. Nothing better than seeing a presentation on games that you won’t get to actually see the same night!
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii [shown], PS2, PSP)
Shattered Memories still sees Harry Mason as he’s trying to find his lost daughter in Silent Hill. One of the big changes to Silent Hill is how "natural" the controls feel on the Wii. If you’re going to open the door, you’ll actually perform that motion by reaching out with the nunchuck to open a door. If you see something of interest in the game, just "look" at it with the Wii Remote. If Harry has something to say about whatever he’s looking at, he will. You won’t have to stop to investigate objects, Harry will say what’s on his mind, and you can still move about the room.
Another big change for the series is the use of a cell phone. There’s no inventory menu that takes you out of the action, as everything is done through the cell phone in Shattered Memories. Harry will use his right hand to hold up the cell phone, and the flashlight goes into his left hand. You’re free to move around while holding up the cell phone, and you can utilize it for various tasks in the game.
The first and most obvious thing you can do with it is call phone numbers; you can call 911 and any number you come across in the game. You can’t actually get through to 911, but the other numbers will come in handy in telling the story in some way. Another feature of the cell phone is the handy GPS feature; you can pull up your current location and the entire map of Silent Hill on the phone. You can even draw on the map to mark key locations.
The last function we got to see with the cell phone was the camera feature. There will be certain hotspots that you can find thanks to the infamous static noises (which now comes through the Wiimote speaker), but you won't be able to see what's at the hotspot with the naked eye. By holding up the camera to the hotspot, you’ll reveal whatever was once there. In the demonstration, Harry took a picture of a swing set, and image revealed a sad little girl. This also triggered Harry to receive a voicemail which was a recording of something the little girl had said when she was at that swing set, trying the two things together.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories looked great running on the Wii. Even more impressive is the fact that there’s no loading at all as everything is seamless. Fans will also be happy to hear that Akira Yamaoka is composing the score once again for the game.
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