Huh? Radio? what's going on with that radio? - Let's Play Silent Hill (1999)

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Silent Hill is the first installment of Konami’s amazing survival horror series Silent Hill. It was originally released on the Playsation in January 1999 in North America, March 1999 in Japan, and August 1999 in Europe.

Single dad Harry Mason heads to the Lake Resort town of Silent Hill in hopes for a relaxing vacation with his seven year old daughter Cheryl. The pair had a late start due to car trouble and didn’t reach the town limits until well after nightfall. Unfortunately just as the two were entering Silent Hill a female figure walks onto the road and forcing Harry off the road and through a guard rail an an attempt avoid a collision.

Upon waking from the crash Harry is alarmed not only to find that has Cheryl has run off but that the town is deserted and foggy with snow falling out of season. Where did everyone go? Why are the streets crawling with monsters…and most importantly where did Cheryl go?

I had so much fun making my Deadly Premonition deep dive that I was eager to try my hand at making some more let’s plays and was inspired to make a new dedicated Youtube channel. To start things off I just had to go with the game that’s not only a long time favorite, but the game that cemented my love for the survival horror genre all those years ago.

During this Let’s Play I will discuss the game’s development, show all the endings/weapons/items, and all the cool movie/music/literary easter eggs scattered around town as well!

I don’t mind spoiler discussions within the thread since this is a nearly 20 year old title but please keep these discussions under a spoiler tag to not ruin any surprises for anyone who might be new to the story. :slight_smile:

I also welcome any questions or comments you may have about the game or the LP. I’ll be recording and uploading as I go so I’ll be able to address anything you guys may bring up between the updates in the next video.

PART 01
PART 02
PART 03


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The alleyway scene is probably one of my favorite moments in a horror game. The buildup in the intro is great in general, but they pack a lot into the alley itself. And the camera angles are fantastic as well, can’t forget to mention those.


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At first I really disliked Silent Hill for a long time, starting with the alley sequence. I was used to fighting monsters in games like Doom and Quake where you get a gun and just mow down every slimy, grimy thing you see.

Putting the player in a position where you are unarmed, helpless, and have to die right off the bat to progress was weird and confusing to me. I found the severe camera angles jarring, in a “you got cinema in my video game” kind of way. What I failed to appreciate is that this radically different style of gameplay was working. When I found a safe area, I was always scared to leave it since I didn’t know what was out there waiting to chomp on me, and that was kind of the whole point.

Today, it’s probably may favorite game of the series[0] because my opinion on survival horror has matured. The disorienting effect is intentional, of course. The first few minutes of the game are an effective way to inform the player what’s in store and to set an appropriate tone for the rest of the game. This game really does contain violent and disturbing images that may not be suitable for some players. If you aren’t lured in by the events in the alley, Silent Hill may not be the right game for you. It doesn’t pretend to be something else for the first half of playthrough and then suddenly shift gears and I respect that.

Thanks for starting this LP, Whitney! I’m really excited to see what’s next. I’m already learning things I never knew about the game, so this is going to be fun to explore a town I already thought I knew inside and out.

[0] After many years, I’m starting to warm up to Silent Hill 2, but that’s another LP.


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It’s one of my favorite little scenes as well! Thank you for checking out my new LP it was always nice to read your comments about my DP one!

It’s actually a bit surprising to hear you disliked Silent Hill at first! I’m happy to hear you’ve warmed up to the series though but consider me even more surprised that you are still warming up to SH2 considering that is the darling of the entire series. (It may actually be my next LP considering the poll results on my twitter lol) I’m also happy you and Fefnir are enjoying the series thus far. The second episode is almost done! Lot’s a cool reference info and I think this might have been the most editing I’ve done for a video thus far…I had to make a lot of graphics to help explain things :slight_smile:


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Part 02 is now online!


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Part 03 is now online!


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“It was foretold by gyromancy” is my favorite line in the game.

The fourth floor trick is also extremely good. Possibly a little frustrating, sure, but a clever idea for a horror game.