Silent Hill 2 is arguably the highlight of Konami’s psychological horror series. While the PC version wasn’t quite as well received as the PlayStation 2 version, it is miles ahead in quality of the recent HD Collection.
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Those who bought Silent Hill HD Collection on the Xbox 360 will be spitting chips after Konami announced earlier today that they will not be releasing the patch to fix many of the game’s shortcomings. A similar patch was released on PS3 a couple of weeks ago.
“Plans for an Xbox 360 title update have been cancelled due to technical issues and resources,” announced the publisher. “Understanding the issues some users are experiencing, Konami issued a title update for Silent Hill HD Collection (PS3), which fixed frame rate issues as well as audio-synching and other reported issues. Konami apologizes to any players who are continuing to experience these issues on the Xbox 360 SKU.”
It is believed the patch was cancelled because Konami refused to pony up the money that Microsoft charges developers to issue patches (believed to be around $40,000).
A patch for the PlayStation 3 version of the Silent Hill HD Collection has been released via PSN, addressing many of the issues plaguing the recent re-release.
As a result of unfinished versions of Silent Hill 2 and 3 being used to port across to the Xbox 360 and PS3 (Konami lost the complete source code), the Silent Hill HD Collection was released with numerous bugs and problems that left purchasers with a bad taste in their mouths. Konami announced a patch to fix these issues for both versions of the title a few months back, however it seems Xbox 360 owners are being left waiting a little longer.
Fixes included in the patch:
- Improved frame rate
- Voice synch is greatly improved
- Missing sounds have been fixed
- Missing music has been addressed
- Fog density issues are resolved
- Other minor visual/audio improvements
With the patch now available, now might be the time to revisit Silent Hill. Well, unless you are a Xbox 360 owner.
Usually when you say “fan film” in my presence, I shudder uncomfortably. Fortunately, this upcoming Silent Hill fan film looks okay, mostly because it’s based heavily on Silent Hill 2, which was the strongest entry in the series.
The film will be out on October 25.
Konami has revealed that the Silent Hill HD Collection, which includes Silent Hill 2 and 3, will be released on the PlayStation 3 in either September or October. At this stage, the collection will be exclusive to Sony’s system, but that’s not set in stone.
The developer of the collection was revealed to be Hi Jinx Studios, who produced the recent XBLA release Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment for Konami.
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