‘Silent Hill’ series coming to Wii

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Konami’s classic survival horror title is coming to the Wii this fall.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories will also be available for PlayStation 2 and PSP, but the Nintendo version will be designed to make full use of the Wii’s unique controllers.

The Wii Remote can be used as a torch or a cell phone in the hands of Harry Mason as he attempts to unravel the mystery of his missing daughter, Cheryl. A broken man, Mason’s investigations lead him to the mist-shrouded, snowy streets of Silent Hill: a malevolent town where the shadows play host to a wealth of evil, misshapen creatures.

Can you hear me now? Aaaarrrgggh!The torch is vital to Mason as he scour the darkened, abandoned buildings of Silent Hill for clues, while the phone acts as a secondary user interface, allowing the player to access maps via its GPS capabilities and take pictures of interesting elements. Likewise, the Wii Remote also can be used to pick up, examine and manipulate items to solve puzzles along the journey.

The game is billed as a “clever reimagining of the now out of print first Silent Hill title,” which was released for the original PlayStation in 1999. While the game shares its twisting plot with that title, Shattered Memories takes a different path in many, many ways. Characters can be approached but will offer different responses and be found in different places, while new clues and gameplay paths can be followed.

Also new to Shattered Memories is a “psyche profile” element, which monitors every aspect of player’s reactions — from where they explore first, items that have been examined, and their reaction to those they meet. Small visual elements will also be altered slightly, adding to the oppressing atmosphere where nothing is what it seems. The psyche profile will adapt Harry’s actions as and when he meets normal-looking people or the game’s many inhuman denizens.

An exact release date has not yet been announced.

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