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Update: 2/10/2020 - Well that didn't long! No sooner had we published this article did we learn that Konami is indeed bringing Silent Hill 4: The Room to PC. In fact it's available right now via GOG (Galaxy Of Games), so head on over and check it out.
Konami is hedging its bets on re-releasing Silent Hill 4: The Room for PC, if this newly discovered rating is anything to go by.
It might not be everyone's favourite entry in the series, but it experimented with the formula of Silent Hill and it got points for that. Set in the fictional city of Ashfield, Henry Townshend has been trapped in his apartment for five days, his door chained closed, and plagued by nightmares. Inexplicably, a hole appears in his bathroom, and through it he travels to alternate dimensions. The sections of gameplay in his apartment are in first-person perspective, whereas the trials he undergoes in these alternate dimensions are in the more traditional third-person perspective.
These changes, which also included new combat mechanics, fewer puzzles, and only one save point, received mixed reactions, but it showed that Konami was willing to go out on a limb with Silent Hill. That's pretty vital to keeping a horror experience fresh and enticing for long time fans. It's like placing a rotting carcass on a luxurious, goose-down filled cushion in a beautiful gallery rather than a slab of concrete in a dark and dingy abattoir. The core creepiness is still there, but tell me you're not more intrigued by the first image compared to the second image. Exactly.
Silent Hill 4: The Room released for PC in 2004, but, with the speed with which this industry moves, it's at risk of being lost to the mist. Last week, Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance were re-released onto GOG.com, as well as a Castlevania & Contra duo. It's plausible that Silent Hill 4: The Room may be on its way too, due to the appearance of this mysterious rating.
Ratings are a fairly reliable bet when it comes to announcements: the Entertainment Software Rating Board let the cat out of the bag for Void Bastards' PS4 and Switch launch, and a Korean ratings board revealed that Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition would be launching sometime in spring 2020.
Yet, it is important to not get ahead of ourselves here, seeing that Konami is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to Silent Hill. Well, we'll have our fingers crossed for a Silent Hill, 2, 3, and 4 re-release bundle in time for the spooky season, and let you know once we know more.
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