One of the things I like to do in my free time is read up on mythological creatures and monsters of legend. I find them and their lore fascinating. Same thing applies to created monsters from games and other media. I find it enhances my overall experience with a game and gives me new insight regarding the games world. So today I wanted to highlight a monster that is often over looked within its own franchise:
Pyramid head often takes all the glory when it comes to Silent Hill, but there are plenty of great monsters in the series and I feel Asphyxia is one of them. From my playthroughs of Silent Hill Home Coming she was the one I remembered the most for the unique way in which you kill her. After you’ve done enough damage you pry open her hands forcing Asphyxia to breath (which kills her). This also ties in thematically since Asphyxia is a manifestation of her mother’s sin and guilt for having murdered her daughter by suffocating her, probably in her sleep.
I also really like the design. A series of human torsos fused together into the insect like horror of limbs that crawls in and out of fleshy holes in the wall waiting to strike you down. It makes my skin crawl, which isn't helped by the way it moves around. It's unsettling in my opnion which makes it great for a game like Silent Hill.
It’s a shame however that we most likely won’t get anything like this in the near future. The most exciting development for silent Hill in the past couple of years was a bomber man cameo by pyramid head.