I’d heard that there were problems with the recently released Silent Hill HD Collection, but I didn’t follow the complaints closely. The collection contains Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, and is supposed to be a high definition remastering of those games. I heard a bit about about the fog being broken and the voices re-recorded for these titles, and that was enough to make me avoid the release.
After seeing this video I am glad that I did. The video (and, amazingly, the follow-up) explore the problems with Silent Hill HD Collection in extreme detail, clocking in at over two hours of complaints (I’ve skipped the first 20 minutes in the links above, but it’s worth watching to the end of the first video at least). The problems are numerous: visual effects are broken or missing, sounds have been modified, removed, or completely replaced, and changes to the presentation (such as camera position and blur effects) reveal key information in the games that was supposed to be obscured. Not only that, the ports appear to be full of bugs!
The other fascinating thing about this video is that there are numerous comparisons between the Silent Hill HD Collection that came out this year and the Silent Hill 2 and 3 releases for PC that came out a decade ago. The PC releases look better in every scene!
Look, I’m not a rabid Silent Hill fanboy, but these are genre-defining games. Konami picked these titles ostensibly to please fans of the series, but the ports are so low quality that no fan is going to be satisfied; most will be enraged. Do yourself a favor and avoid the Silent Hill HD Collection at all costs.