A friend of mine and I have a recurring
argument out-and-out-brawl polite discussion about the survival horror genre. The crux of the topic is that he likes to beat things to death with a lead pipe in Silent Hill, and I don’t. Now don’t get me wrong, bashing a thing with a lead pipe is one of life’s greatest joys – videogames or otherwise – but whenever he talks about how cathartic it is to vent some steam (get it? Steam? Pipes? I crack me up) on the penis monsters roaming the streets of Silent Hill, I can’t help but think that’s missing the point. (Not to mention, the combat mechanics tend to straddle the line between “boring’ and “actively bad”.)
Luckily, it seems someone at Konami agreed with me.