Resident Evil and Silent Hill went head-to-head this week, as both Capcom and Konami reveal the future of their horror game series, but only one won
Resident Evil schooled Silent Hill on running a horror game
Horror game stalwarts Silent Hill and Resident Evil have turned out to be rocking this week. Konami and Capcom both put out online presentations for each of their series, which gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what’s next, whether it’s announcing new games and movies, or what we already knew. was on the way. One of these productions clearly did, in my opinion, a better job of winning over its intended audience.
Before diving into this, Konami’s new Silent Hill games are apparently in the very early stages of development, which are Capcom’s Resident Evil Village DLC and Resident Evil 4 Remake, so I’d totally consider these streams as effective presentations. I’ve been looking, and won’t judge them based on gameplay footage alone, as that would be unfair.
Resident Evil completely schooled Silent Hill, though, really. The overall production value and pacing of Capcom’s presentation make it a much better experience than Konami’s showcase slogan. While Konami is not the lead developer in any of its upcoming projects, it did host the showcase, which lasted 35 minutes; Yet despite being only seven minutes longer than Capcom’s, it felt like an eternity.
I understand that Konami didn’t have much to show, but that only makes me question why the company chose to talk so much. The Silent Hill 2 Remake and Silent Hill F trailers looked amazing, so instead of focusing on them, there was just downtime of people on the green screen saying mostly nothing. Much could have been cut from that.
The worst offender ever was Silent Hill: Ascension. It’s touted as a “new interactive video streaming experience,” and Konami hasn’t even once explained what that means, despite talking about it for five minutes. The concept sounds cool, but if you don’t want to say too much, they don’t say anything you don’t need. You can shape the canon, watch with friends, and decide, but what it really means remains a mystery, turning an interesting idea into a defunct balloon.
Worst JJ It was ‘quote’. Abrams, who read as his assistant, wrote it at 3 a.m.
“The Zenvid Experience presents a wild, epic, and innovative new way to immerse yourself in the horrors of Silent Hill.” If the study of plain English has taught me anything, it isn’t much.
Again, I don’t want to own any of these games, Silent Hill: Downfall sounds very interesting, and the trailer and behind-the-scenes look were not out of place. That said, Capcom did it so much better.
The Resident Evil Showcase was designed with The Duke of Resident Evil Village walking around a huge hall describing each game showcase. It showed a lot more creativity than some on the green screen and, while Capcom did show some talking heads, they worked in addition to what was being shown and didn’t feel like a substitute for the timing.
Resident Evil also had the distinct advantage of not having the series return after a long decade and being able to focus on the previously announced games instead, but that makes me think Konami should have trimmed its performance if He didn’t have much to show. It’s perfectly okay not to have a lot, but don’t put your showcase off if that’s the case.
I don’t think Konami’s performance is a bad omen for the return of the Silent Hill franchise—those games are clearly in development (the movie still seems to be concept art) and the trailers for each were really good. It’s just a shame that the attention was diverted from them for spending too much time talking about small substances head-on, instead of showing off the showcase lean and meaning that Silent Hill stuff could have been shown.
Silent Hill and Resident Evil are both going to come out swinging at least in the near future, and hopefully, we’ll get some healthy competition between the two that motivates them to get better. It would be good for everyone.
If you want to learn more about these games, we have the Resident Evil 4 system requirements for you, and it looks like you’ll want to be able to pet the dog in the remake. We also have Silent Hill 2 Remake system requirements and a breakdown of Konami’s event.