Silent Hill: Book of Memories

Common Sense Media says

Survival horror series veers off track, adds bloody action.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The story explores notions of greed and self-interest from the player character's perspective. It doesn't promote these ideas, but instead shows how others can suffer when you always put yourself first. It also sensationalizes gory combat, offering thrills through violence.

Positive role models

The game's primary character -- who can be male or female depending on player preference -- is often only interested in what's best for him or her, regardless of the consequences. As a result, other characters end up missing out on promotions they deserve or sitting on the losing end of a love triangle.

Ease of play

This game can be extremely hard, especially when playing alone. The interface -- a mix of traditional and touch screen controls -- is precise, but the difficulty level sometimes verges on extreme. And with death often meaning a trip back to the start of a dungeon to begin all over again, it can prove quite frustrating.

Violence

Players engage in graphic combat against fantasy creatures and humanoid monsters. Weapons range from shotguns and pistols to baseball bats and meat cleavers. Crimson blood spatters with each hit and pools on the floor. Body parts occasionally fall away from defeated foes. Some creatures are suspended from the ceiling by chains in torturous boxes.

Sex

Some female characters wear lightly suggestive clothing. The word "slutty" appears in the game's dialogue. One chapter is about winning a romantic interest away from another character.

Language

Infrequent swearing, including "s--t" and "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy and safety concerns. When playing online, kids can either select from pre-written messages to send to co-op players or opt for open voice chat. The latter opens the door to potentially inappropriate language and topics of discussion.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Silent Hill: Book of Memories is an action horror game with plenty of gore and blood. It takes place almost entirely within the lead character's nightmares, which have a predictably dark and spooky vibe. Players spend almost all of their time bloodily hacking and slashing at creepy creatures with knives, chainsaws, and other found objects. Vague references to sex play a part in a mature story that focuses on changing history for selfish reasons at the expense of others. Parents should also be aware that this game has an online component that facilitates communication with other players, including strangers.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Silent Hill: Book of Memories wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

SILENT HILL: BOOK OF MEMORIES, the first game in Konami's venerable horror series to arrive on PlayStation Vita, takes the franchise in a bold new direction. Players take the role of a young woman (or man) who receives a strange book on her birthday. Inside the book is written her entire life, and she discovers that changing what's written will change her own past -- assuming she can survive the nightmares that follow. Rather than a traditional survival horror experience, it offers something closer in look and feel to a dungeon-crawling role-playing game. Action is presented from a raised perspective, with players running through mazes of rooms looking for treasure, keys, and puzzle pieces, fighting hordes of weird beasts along the way. Online multiplayer and ad-hoc local wireless modes allow several players to adventure through these nightmares together, each moving forward his or her character's own story.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This quirky little experiment in action horror genre is a middling success. Its narrative concerning the consequences of changing one's past -- perhaps at the expense of others -- is a bit disjointed but also fairly original and weirdly compelling. And while the maze-based action quickly grows repetitive and can be frustratingly difficult, it can also be satisfying when you're on a roll, in possession of powerful weapons, and properly managing your limited inventory of medpacks and repair tools. 

But even when things are going well it's hard not to feel some disappointment that Konami has taken its beloved horror series in this strange new direction. Franchise fans will likely long for the Silent Hill games of years past, which delivered more dramatic pacing, some truly frightening sequences, and took place in extraordinarily creepy settings. Silent Hill: Book of Memories is far from terrible, but it's distant from the highs of the series' past.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about online safety. When is it OK to use voice chat in gaming forums? What sort of signs and behaviors should you be on the lookout for in order to avoid bullies and predators?

  • Families can also discuss the concepts of sympathy and generosity. Have you done something for someone else at great cost to yourself? How did it make you feel? Was it worth it?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation Vita
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:October 23, 2012
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation Vita)

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  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bySteveJ0bsV October 24, 2012
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

BEST FOR KIDS

My cousin LOVES this game, says its educational. I think so too! My brain was whizzing with maths as soon as I played this game on his PS Vita.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byCm20014 January 6, 2013
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Thinking of Buying It For My PsVita.

Im Thinking of buying this with my birthday money cuz i played the demo and it was awesome, this game though is not as gory as Silent Hill 4, Homecoming and Downpour,

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 16 years old Written bywillman72 December 1, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

dungeon hunter= silent hill ps vita

this game is exactly like dungeon hunter on the ipod touch and vita it is nothin like its previous title violence is the regular blood there and action here but its is birds eye view so not as violent as other horrors i recommened it for the dungeon hunter rating 12+

What other families should know
Too much violence

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