The “lucky”? few Playstation 4 owners who braved through the terrifying hall of endless hallways, I applaud you. I’ve watched about a dozen different iterations of the demo played through, and every time it was different, but every single damn time I was absolutely terrified! I am absolutely 100% excited for this game. As mentioned in blogs prior, I haven’t experienced much along the lines of Silent Hill since producer and composer Akira Yamaoka left the company, but now that the twisted minds of Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid) and Guillermo Del Toro (The Strain, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) are involved…
I am sold.
Even though P.T. states that the demo doesn’t directly reflect the finished game, who is to say that the fear factor will be any different? Apparently hints at this project started back in April when Kojima tweeted that he wanted to make a Silent Hill game and specifically named Norman Reedus and Ryan Gosling as potential cast members. Reedus was actually featured in the official ending to P.T. during the cinematic, walking through a run-down, burning town with his flashlight to guide him through the mist. SO. 1 out of 2 names isn’t so bad, so far! I am so very excited for this game. When will it come out? 2016 I am guessing, at best–but it’s hard to say. We do know that Kojima Productions have been hard at work for several years with Metal Gear Solid V, and if this is just a taste of what is to come, I will wait as patiently as I have to for the masterpiece.
Note: the demo on average has taken players around an hour to complete, sometimes more, and often times the ending is not triggered. This has made some gamers upset, but others have dug deeper into the demo to find its secrets to unlock that ending.
The question now is: How much more brain-teasing action are we going to get about the game?
One of my favorite things about Hideo Kojima is that he is great with riddles. Once the game was over reddit was littered with lots of information about secrets hidden in the game.
- 7780 Studios was the false name they used when originally releasing the game. It first appeared as an unknown title under “P.T.” by this studio on the Playstation Network. “7780s” refers to a location in Japan which is called “Quiet Hill”. It was the first hint dropped and one of the last for puzzle-solvers to realize.
- If you listen closely to the radio (without…*cough* interruption) there is a language broadcast that plays behind some static. That broadcast happens to be the Swedish broadcast of Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds which begs the question of the species of the “creatures” being aliens. Aliens, as most Silent Hill fans know, have been a recurring theme in the games, offering alternate endings which feature extraterrestrial beings making an appearance in one way or another.
- In the beginning of the game, there is some text that reads: “The only me is me. Are you sure the only you us you?” Running right on top of the lines of science fiction, discussions about parallel universes have surfaced when P.T. is mentioned. I won’t give away too much, since it is definitely something to see for yourself. But when you realize that someone is watching you, someone may be following you, slamming doors, peeking through the cracks… just remember these words.
- Related to parallel universes, Silent Hills pluralizes the original title to the game, which can lead one to believe that there are more than one nightmarish experiences for one to come across. As you pass through the door you believe is the exit, it brings you back to the beginning. Even though, at first, it looks as if nothing has changed, there are changes from minuscule to extreme if you’re paying attention.
So many theories have come about and while some of them are mere speculation, some reach a little bit too far–some are actually pretty plausible which makes the backstory of the game even creepier and Kojima’s genius level raise a notch each time.
You can bet your assets that I’m going to try and cover every detail about this game as it unfolds and maybe possibly, probably I can get some of the In-CTRL folks involved in some Silent Hills action as well.
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