- Silent Hill: The Short Message is receiving negative reviews from critics, with a 50/100 average rating on Metacritic.
- Fans of Silent Hill may not be bothered by its short length, but critics have criticized its story, dialogue, and chase sequences.
- The negative reviews of Silent Hill: The Short Message are not indicative of the future of the franchise or the forthcoming Silent Hill 2 remake.
Unfortunately, Silent Hill: The Short Message is getting some bad reviews from critics. Silent Hill: The Short Message was shadow-dropped as part of the latest PlayStation State of Play event. Made available shortly after the event’s conclusion, Silent Hill: The Short Message is exclusively available for PlayStation 5.
Released completely free of charge and made as an experiment, Silent Hill: The Short Message is, as its name suggests, very short. Players can expect to wrap up the first-person horror game in 1-2 hours. With it being a completely free game, Silent Hill fans may not be bothered by the game’s short length, but it seems that the game has some more serious issues beyond its brief runtime.
Silent Hill: The Short Message – How Long to Beat & Chapter List
Silent Hill: The Short Message was revealed during Sony’s State of Play and is available to download now.
Reviews are coming in for Silent Hill: The Short Message since its recent shadow-drop, and they don’t paint a pretty picture. 11 reviews have been counted for Silent Hill: The Short Message on Metacritic at the time of this writing, leaving the game with a 50/100 average rating. Out of all the critic reviews counted to date, 18% are positive, 36% are mixed, and 45% are negative. Critics have taken aim at the game’s story, dialogue, and chase sequences with GameSpot giving it 3/10 and Push Square scoring it 4/10. User reviews for Silent Hill: The Short Message are slightly more positive, with a 6.6 overall rating so far. It’s entirely possible that the game’s overall review score will fluctuate as more reviews are counted, but it seems unlikely that it will stray too far from the 50/100 mark.
Silent Hill: The Short Message Reviews
While Silent Hill: The Short Message being hit with negative reviews may cause some fans to worry, it doesn’t really mean too much about the future of the franchise. As previously mentioned, the first-person horror game was made as an experiment by the developers, which is why it was released for free as opposed to being sold as a commercial product. The other Silent Hill games in development may not take any inspiration from Short Message, and its quality really has no bearing on what future projects are bringing to the table.
That being said, there are some fans who are worried about the Silent Hill 2 remake. While there are many who are excited that Silent Hill 2 is getting the remake treatment, complete with revamped graphics, there are those who are skeptical about it being able to live up to expectations after seeing the latest gameplay trailer. The recent Silent Hill 2 remake gameplay trailer was perhaps a little too focused on action as opposed to the kind of experience fans expect, but they won’t know how the game stacks up until they get to play it for themselves.
Silent Hill is a series of survival horror games best known for its original trilogy. The first three games stood out with how atmospheric they were, along with their engrossing storylines that were often told through symbolism and metaphors.
Silent Hill 2 is set to be remade by Bloober Team, a game that could reignite the franchise.