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Silent Hill
Silent Hill video game cover
Genre Survival Horror
Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
(specfically Team Silent)
Publisher(s) Konami
Composer(s) Akira Yamaoka
Series Silent Hill
Platform(s) PlayStation, PlayStation Network
Release Date PlayStation
NA January 31, 1999
JP March 31, 1999
EU August 1, 1999
PlayStation Network
NA September 10, 2009
EU March 19, 2009
Mode(s) Single-player
Ratings
ESRB:80px-ESRB Mature 17 .svg - Mature
PEGI:60px-PEGI 16.svg - 16 and older
ACB:90px-OFLC small MA15 .svg - 15 and older
BBFC:50px-BBFC 15.svg - 15 and older
ELSPA:15+
Media disc, download

Silent Hill
North America
Silent Hill video game cover
Japan
Sh1 japanese version
Europe
Sh1 european version

Silent Hill is a survival horror video game for the PlayStation, and is the first installment in the Silent Hill series. Developed by a Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo group known as Team Silent and published by Konami, the game was released in North America in January 1999, and in Japan and Europe later that year. Silent Hill uses a third-person perspective, with real-time 3D environments. To mitigate limitations of the hardware, developers liberally used fog and darkness to muddle the graphics. Unlike earlier survival horror games that focused on protagonists with combat training, the player character of Silent Hill is an everyman.

Set in the eponymous town, the game follows Harry Mason as he searches for his missing daughter in various alternate dimensions. He stumbles upon the town's religious cult conducting a ritual to revive the malevolent deity it worships. Five game endings are possible, depending on actions taken by the player, including one joke ending.

Silent Hill received positive reviews from critics on its release and was commercially successful. It is considered a defining title in the survival horror genre, moving away from B movie horror elements, toward a psychological style of horror emphasizing atmosphere. It generated a direct sequel, three indirect sequels, a prequel, and a film adaptation. A reimagining of the game, titled Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, developed by Climax Studios and published by Konami Digital Entertainment, was released in December 2009.


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