Horror recreation giants Silent Hill and Resident Evil have come out swinging this week. Konami and Capcom each had on-line displays for every of their respective collection that gave us a peek behind the scenes of what’s subsequent, whether or not that was saying new video games and a movie, or exhibiting extra of what we already knew was on the way in which. One in every of these displays clearly, in my view, did a a lot better job of profitable over its meant viewers although.
Earlier than diving into it, Konami’s new Silent Hill video games are clearly in a a lot earlier stage of growth that Capcom’s Resident Evil Village DLC and the Resident Evil 4 Remake, so I’m purely these streams by way of being efficient displays, and gained’t be judging them on gameplay footage alone, as that may be unfair.
Resident Evil completely schooled Silent Hill although, actually. The general manufacturing worth and pacing of Capcom’s presentation lends itself to a a lot better expertise than Konami’s slog of a showcase. Whereas Konami isn’t the important thing developer on any of its upcoming tasks, it did host the showcase, which lasted for 35 minutes; But regardless of solely being about seven minutes longer than Capcom’s, it felt like an eternity.
I perceive Konami didn’t have a lot to indicate, however that solely makes me query why the corporate opted for a lot speaking. The Silent Hill 2 Remake and Silent Hill F trailers appeared beautiful, so as a substitute of drawing focus to them there was simply downtime of individuals on a inexperienced display screen saying what largely amounted to nothing. A lot of that would’ve been minimize.
By far the worst offender was Silent Hill: Ascension. It’s being touted as a “new interactive video streaming expertise,” and never as soon as did Konami clarify what that meant regardless of speaking about it for 5 minutes. The idea sounds cool, however when you don’t need to say an excessive amount of, they don’t say something you don’t have to. You may form canon, watch with pals, and make selections, however what that truly means stays a thriller, which turned an fascinating thought right into a deflated balloon.
Worst of all was the ‘quote’ from J.J. Abrams, which learn like his assistant penned it at 3am.
“Genvid’s expertise presents a wild, epic, and revolutionary new approach to immerse your self within the horrors of Silent Hill.” If the research of plain English has taught me something, that’s an entire lot of nothing.
Once more, I don’t need to besmirch any of those video games themselves, Silent Hill: Townfall appears very fascinating, and the trailer and behind-the-scenes look didn’t outstay its welcome. That mentioned, Capcom did it so a lot better.
The Resident Evil showcase was framed by somebody strolling round a large corridor with Resident Evil Village’s The Duke narrating every recreation showcase. This confirmed a lot extra creativity than simply some folks on a inexperienced display screen and, whereas Capcom did exhibit some speaking heads, they acted as an addition to what was being proven and didn’t really feel like an alternative choice to time.
Resident Evil did even have the distinct benefit of not being a collection’ return after a protracted decade, and was as a substitute in a position to concentrate on already introduced video games, however that simply makes me suppose Konami ought to have trimmed their showcase in the event that they didn’t have a lot to indicate. Not having a lot is completely positive, however don’t grind your showcase to a halt in that case.
I don’t suppose Konami’s showcase is a nasty omen for the return of the Silent Hill franchise to be clear – these video games are all clearly early in growth (the film simply appears to be idea artwork in the meanwhile too) and the trailers for every have been truly actually good. It’s only a disgrace that focus was pulled away from them to spend an excessive amount of time on speaking heads of little substance, as a substitute of the showcase being leaner and meaner with what Silent Hill stuff might be proven.
Each Silent Hill and Resident Evil are going to be popping out swinging within the close to future not less than, and hopefully we get some wholesome competitors between the 2 that pushes them to be higher. That’d be good for everybody.
If you wish to know extra about these video games, we’ve bought the Resident Evil 4 system necessities for you, and it seems to be such as you need have the ability to pet the canine within the remake both. We even have the Silent Hill 2 remake system necessities, and a breakdown of Konami’s occasion too.