Konami Promises Silent Hill HD Collection and Downpour Patches Are Coming to Town
What a mighty coinky-dink. I just acquired a copy of Vatra’s Downpour last night. The game is a sight better than reviews and jilted fans would have you believe, but after a handful of hours guiding Murphy Pendleton through the rainy, foggy streets of the Hill, it quickly became evident who the real villain of the show is: the terrible, glitchy coding.
The HD Collection suffers a worse fate given that gamers already have a bug-free precedent established in their minds when it comes to how SH2 and 3 should play (I’m being told that the audio actually syncs with the action in the PS2 originals – still waiting for confirmation). The ports and new sequel share overlapping fuck-ups such as frame rate slowdown and jarring crashes whenever trophies are earned. In my playthrough, Downpour is specifically prone to freeze in place during auto-saves, and the targeting system goes positively ape-shit the moment more than one enemy threatens you.
All in all, I’m confident Konami doesn’t care to have these titles out there like this, which is why they’ve released word on how they intend to rectify this horror:
“…development teams are currently creating online patches for both games, which will fix the frame rate issues, the audio-synching in Silent Hill HD Collection, and the Auto-Save issues in Silent Hill Downpour.”
Since the patches are still being brewed, the company states we’ll see them in the next few weeks. Remember when games weren’t broken out of box? No? Yeah, my memory’s a bit foggy, too.
Silent Hill HD Collection Nudged to Late March, Riots Expected
Konami has rescheduled their HD stroll down memory lane, unfortunately, folks. Originally slated for March 6th, the Silent Hill HD Collection likely lost nerve when faced with the simultaneous releases of gaming juggernauts Mass Effect 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken. Now the PS3/360 collection suffers its (hopefully) final delay, dated for release on March 20th.
The horror franchise’s other two entries dated for this month remain firmly locked in place with the full-on sequel Silent Hill: Downpour arriving March 13th and the Vita spin-off Book of Memories following on March 27th. And I’m pretty sure the 3D film Silent Hill: Revelations is due for release in the coming months.
Now Konami has precisely matched Capcom’s three game and a movie scheme they’re using for Resident Evil this year. It’s the best and quickest way to empty a horror fan’s wallet without having to point a gun at them or force Bruce Campbell to sign autographs, and these companies damned well know this.
Pyramid Head lunch boxes are soon to follow (hopefully).
Earlier in the week, Konami promised ETA’s for all three Silent Hill games planned for 2012 and they’ve made good. I figured the publisher would’ve wanted to spread their best-selling horror franchise out among the proceeding months, but they seem to think cramming all three titles into one month is acceptable. Goddamn them for knowing what I want.
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From October to January to March, the Silent Hill HD Collection has been season hopping in an attempt to keep good HD survival horror the hell out of your hands.
But Konami seems sure of March so tentatively jot that down in dry erase until we get a solid date. Konami promises “definitive dates” on all three jaunts to Silent Hill sometime this week. I presume by all three that, besides Downpour, they’re referring to a locked down date for the mutliplayer spin on the series, Book of Memories, out for the PS Vita this year.
And by “locked down,” I mean keep your dry erase marker handy.