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31 Days - Day 22: Shattered Memory


Hello everyone and welcome to the 22nd installment of 31 Days. Today’s song is:

Silent Hill Shattered Memories: Devils Laughter

Shattered memories for those of you who may not know is almost effectively a Wii exclusive Silent Hill game. It was a reimagining of the first Silent Hill, which I find to be often over shadowed by its sequel (Silent Hill 2). This new perspective on Silent Hill 1 wasn’t all that bad all things considered, but the gameplay felt disjointed and sort of pulls you out of the horror. There are 3 main bits of gameplay, and only 2 of them work well enough together. Those bits are safe puzzle solving areas, the nightmare chase sequences, and therapy sessions. I admire the team’s willingness to try something new but it just doesn’t work all that well together. It’s like chocolate cake and ketchup, each of them is delicious in their own right, but they don’t complement each other. As a result you don’t quite feel like you’re in Silent Hill. The Safe areas partially undermine the games horror element because there ends up being little risk involved where as in other games that wasn’t exactly the case. At the very least you faced the constant threat of monsters all around you.

Still Shattered Memories manages to hold its own for the most part. It has great atmosphere and its gameplay is interesting and different enough from the mainline series to give series veterans something new. For one thing there is no combat and instead you have to run from a single set of enemies that chase you down and attempt to suck the life out of you. To some this may seem off putting but I found these sequences to be rather fun. The downside is that there are no other enemy types and this is pretty much all the action you’re going to see since the game has no combat. Other than that I will say the game works fine and at it’s definitely worth a look if you have the time.

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango


This is a commission I had done for me by Inquisitive Ravenclaw. You should check out his site if you like the following piece

Link: https://theunknown1-arts.tumblr.com

I also got a musical piece made for me by the incredible Alphadeus. A little history behind this:

My musical piece came as part of the Songs for Gamers album DLC pack 02. Alphadeus has been making songs for the members of the destructoid community for years already. This past year he opened submissions and I applied. For my meagre efforts I received this lovely piece:

You can find him on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFs2UhJYPVITYWCiqMk-z3w

He also has other venues listed on his profile here, take a look if you are so inclined:

The community is full of people with all kinds of talent and I'm very pleased to be a part of it along with all of you (yes, you too fair reader).