E3 2012 Hands-On – Silent Hill: Book of Memories

Konami hands down had a solid booth this year with some big name titles, but tucked away in the back were the PlayStation Vita stations next to the giant Frogger Pinball.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories was one of the two Vita titles on display. Book of Memories had a few problems which kept it from coming out earlier this year with Silent Hill HD collection and Downpour. It was pushed back to October. In this new title, you are given a book that allows you to change events in your life, but for some reason Silent Hill is the key. Yep, definitely not a book I would want to change.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories is a complete step away from any previous title. The game becomes a dungeon survivor similar to Gauntlet. Earlier in the game, it goes into a 3rd-person ceiling view looking down as your characters runs around various rooms, collecting keys and other items.

The enemies will be in rooms and will randomly appear as you begin your quest. Like in Silent Hill Downpour, you’ll have the ability to equip a weapon in each hand or use a two-handed weapon. The weapons will break after a while, but luckily, you’ll have a backpack that is perfect for extra items. You never know if you’ll come face to face with another enemy around the corner.

Enemies are in rooms or randomly appear if you are doing a quest that awakens them, and you have the ability to equip a weapon in each hand or a two handed weapon just like in Silent Hill Downpour, however these weapons will break after use but you will have a backpack that will allow you to have back ups ready in case you come face to face with an enemy after taking one down before hand.

You can play by yourself or with 3 other players (locally or WiFi/3G), but the demo build had me face the horror of Silent Hill by myself. If you have played games like Diablo, Dungeon Siege or Gauntlet, you will already get used to the game. When a deadly nurse, monster or boss comes at you, it will all come down to timing your attacks, by pushing the square or triangle button, and having healing items ready. You will also have a chance to change classes, with each having their own unique abilities and skills.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories is a step in a different direction. Since I do love playing dungeon explorer-type games with friends, I still find this game fun. The art style, music, and dark atmosphere does immerse you into the world of Silent Hill, but the overhead camera view really takes away from the survival-horror experience. So right now I’m not sure how I feel about the game yet, and I still need to have a chance to play team co-op mode.

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