Akira Yamaoka Silent Hill
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EphemeralEternity
February 26th 2017


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can you elaborate on unreleased? you mean this sorta thing right
http://www.firebrandx.com/shcompletesoundtrack.html

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2017


15198 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

As an album, this isn't worth half the praise a lot of you guys are giving it. Outright 5 if we're talking about it being in the game, but as an album it's far from perfect.

EphemeralEternity
February 26th 2017


3232 Comments


that's the curse of video game (and to some extent film) soundtracks innit
altho the sentimental value attached to them kinda countervails that for a lot of people.
difficult to rate tho because they're created to enhance the gameplay not as standalone pieces as such


DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2017


15198 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I disagree about a "curse", I think there's a lot more great soundtracks, that can be heard as actual albums, than ones that feel like a crutch on their own. A prime example is SH 2-4, which are fantastic records that can be enjoyed on their own merits, as well as enhancing the games; this one just lacks focus imo.



Still a groundbreaker of a score, just not great to listen to on its own, because, as you said, it relies too heavily on boosting the gameplay its writing for.

rabidfish
February 26th 2017


4892 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Are other SH OSTs an improvement on the original? arguable. Are they more convetionally enjoyable? Sure.



But SH1's it's probably the most important horror-game soundtrack and one of the most important gaming soundtracks of all time. That's a 5.

Digging: Haruomi Hosono - Hochono House

EphemeralEternity
February 26th 2017


3232 Comments


but think about how much greater those soundtracks could be if they weren't confined to 3< minute tracks (more natural flow, less disjointed etc) . Obviously I still enjoy listening to them in this form but I think particularly with ambient, lengthy tracks are definitely beneficial in creating that hypnotic atmosphere that you can get lost in. In my opinion All SH soundtracks can be a little bit too along the lines of 'this is a creepy piece', 'this is a mysterious tack', 'this is intense chase music' 'this is a random rock ballad' but i'm sort of preaching to the choir arent I.

rabidfish
February 26th 2017


4892 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well duh, of course. It's a SOUNDTRACK, not a music album. Someone composed it to serve a greater purpose than itself, in this case, make a scary game more scary. There are going to be genre preconceptions and formulaic moments here and there, but I don't hear them more here than in any other horror game/movie/whatever.

EphemeralEternity
February 26th 2017


3232 Comments


i know i'm just sayin that's why it's hard to rate soundtracks coz you've got to decide whether to judge them in abstraction from the game itself vs how judging in the context of the game. So this could be either a ~ 5 or a 3 for me . First world problems eh

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2017


14996 Comments


An album with all songs with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn would be nice.

Digging: Elizabeth Colour Wheel - Nocebo

rabidfish
February 26th 2017


4892 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ephemeral Yea, I wouldn't lose my sleep over it, lol



@Dewinged never liked Mary all that much, tbh

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2017


14996 Comments


That's alright, I do ;)

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2017


15198 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Well duh, of course. It's a SOUNDTRACK, not a music album. Someone composed it to serve a greater purpose than itself, in this case, make a scary game more scary. There are going to be genre preconceptions and formulaic moments here and there, but I don't hear them more here than in any other horror game/movie/whatever."



You say that, but when it comes to constructing it into an album it can still be made more engaging than just slapping it on to disc -- there you go. 2-4 are a lot more cohesive and feel more fleshed out as a whole. Of course 2-4 are more rock oriented, but they still take it to a different level than this.

rabidfish
February 26th 2017


4892 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

u keep judging it by how each songs works on the whole and not as a WHOLE.



But whatever man, I get u dig 2 and 4 more, they are better in many aspects.

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
February 26th 2017


909 Comments


"can you elaborate on unreleased?"

i just mean the music that's in the game that didn't make it to the official soundtrack. there's a bevy of unofficial soundtracks but the one generally considered the best is the one third down on this page: http://www.silenthillmemories.net/music/sh1_csts_en.htm

it's just music ripped straight from the game, and it's incredible

EphemeralEternity
February 26th 2017


3232 Comments


a bevy lmao (its colloquial for beer in australia)

i'm getting the dreaded 404 , but im pretty sure that link i posted is the same thing



rabidfish
February 26th 2017


4892 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Google it, It's pretty dope.

I feel you Round bro, the 'oficial' release of SH1 soundtrack isn't the best one by any means.

Supercoolguy64
October 9th 2017


8794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that warping noise that plays when you get outside after you beat the hospital caught me off guard when i played for the first time

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2017


14996 Comments


The whole game was terrifying at the time (I bet still is). I used to lose my shit every time the world transformed.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2017


15198 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can confirm, even with its graphical handicap, it's still terrifying.

Gyromania
October 10th 2017


26585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just watched a let's play on youtube for silent hill 1 and 2 a few days ago, and they're still very creepy games. the atmosphere is still there. in fact, it's honestly better than the vast majority of modern day horror games.



i love how dense the fog is, and overall how dark the game is - developers used to be so good at only showing you so much, leaving a lot of the terror to your imagination.



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