Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Common Sense Media says

Lack of weapons ups scary ante in survival horror game.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall, you are running from evil (without weapons) and solving puzzles to uncover what happened here in the town of Silent Hill. While there's some adult content, this game doesn't promote a bad message.

Positive role models

The main character, Harry, is a good role-model because he's trying to find and protect his daughter and solve a mystery surrounding this creepy town. He doesn't use weapons to fight enemies -- rather he solves puzzles and runs away from combat.

 

Ease of play

The game is fairly easy to pick up and play on the Nintendo Wii  (the one we played).

Violence

As with past Silent Hill video games, this sequel involves demons that chase you -- but unlike its predecessors, Harry doesn't fight back as he has no weapons. He just runs, but is quite terrifying. The violence is seen if the creatures attack you (opposed to the other way around). Blood can also be seen smeared on walls and floors.

Sex

A couple visual, audio, and text-based references to sex ranging from posters and mannequins with half-naked women (no nudity) to explicit graffiti (e.g. "cheerleader whore" scribbled on the bathroom wall, near a cartoon drawing of a topless woman) to sexual questions the player must answer in a psychiatric exam ("I enjoy role-playing during sex," etc.)

Language

Some inappropriate words can be heard including "s--t," "assh-le," "bitch," "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drug references on posters including references and imagery related to cocaine and marijuana. At the start of the game, a man pours liquor into a glass and sips it. One flashback sequence shows a girl smoking a cigarette.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the survival horror game Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is filled with creepy imagery that can terrify kids and thus is intended for players 17 and up. The creepy imagery -- ranging from blood-smeared rooms with shadows running past you to twisted pink demons who gyrate towards you to nightmares with little children in trouble or a hanging teenager -- make it not appropriate for kids. But parents should know the main protagonist does not carry any weapons and so he must run for his life when pursued by creatures. There are references to sex and drugs in the game, too, as well as foul language.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

If you thought the Nintendo Wii was all about cute cartoon mascots and arcade sports games, you might be surprised to boot up Konami's SILENT HILL: SHATTERED MEMORIES, a \"Mature\"-rated horror game that will likely send chills up your spine. It's definitely one to play after the kiddies go to bed, but fans of the series (or scary movies) will be pleasantly surprised the Nintendo Wii (as well as PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable) can deliver chills and thrills. Shattered Memories might be considered a spin on the original 10 year-old game, where the game's protagonist, Harry Mason, wakes up after a car accident outside of the spooky town of Silent Hill, only to find his daughter Cheryl is missing. From a third-person perspective, he wanders the snow-covered town to find answers but in doing so, discovers a chilling secret about the town, its inhabitants, and how he fits into this story. The unique aspect of this game is that Harry has no weapons, so his is constantly on the run trying to avoid the demons.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Yes, it is. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories works on a number of levels -- including the story, pacing, combat, controls, and production values. Armed only with a flashlight and cell phone (for information, camera, map, and more), Harry must avoid nightmarish creatures while navigating through abandoned malls, amusement parks, hotels, fishing docks, and wooded areas. The Wii Remote is your flashlight in this dark game, which helps create atmosphere and tension (including haunting nightmare imagery), while escaping demons who jump out of the shadows or chase you down icy streets -- without you donning any weapons -- is downright frightening. Plus, this sequel challenges you to think, too, as it's packed with adventure game-like puzzles and encourages exploration to help solve this epic mystery. While it's adult content means it's not for players under 17 years of age, gamers who want a mature experience on the Nintendo Wii won't be disappointed with one of the last games to debut in 2009.

Note: Despite some differences in how the game is controlled, the Nintendo Wii, PS2 and PSP versions of the game are the same.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how much scarier this game is compared to other survival horror titles because you don't have any means to fight back. Doesn't it add to the fear factor that you are unarmed yet in a town crawling with demons? How can you solve this nightmarish mystery without any tools other than a flashlight and cell phone?

Game details

Platforms:PSP, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:December 10, 2009
Genre:Survival Horror
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Sexual Themes, Violence (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP)

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byabrahm March 12, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bym.logan June 6, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

ITS FINE

it is very suitable for ages 7 and above because it had no sexual scenes or bad language so it is fine and i would recommend this for children that do not have nightmares.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byuinyad April 3, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Really common sense you guys overate games so badly its so stupid and normally rate films. why? This game is not that violent and whatever game exept for the halo series that is rated M you guys say its no kids. People come to this site too see different ratings than the esrb and not just the same thing. Anyway this game has almost no violence but it is scary for younger kids so I dont recomend it for younger kids. It has a lot of language but no f words. It has sex references. Overall 12 and up in my opinion
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Too much violence
Too much swearing

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