Best Silent Hill Games, Ranked (2022)

Quiet, quiet, BANG!

Since the original Silent Hill first graced our console screens back in 1999, the horror franchise has continued to scare us rigid everywhere from our handhelds to the big screen. But with more than 10 gaming outings across a plethora of platforms and a laundry list of developers, there were always going to be hits and misses. If you want to dive into the series or fill in some gaps in your collection, these are the best Silent Hill games, ranked.  

5. Silent Hill: Origins (2007)

The idea of porting a survival horror game built around scaring players to a handheld was a tough sell. And some of the gameplay elements suffered accordingly. But the story, filling in vital historic gaps from the earlier games, made it worthwhile. And yes, it is still scary even on a small screen.

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4. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (2009)

The tale of the Wii is littered with missed opportunities, but somehow this departure from the Silent Hill norm worked. The story has the hallmark survival horror tropes and a twisting plot line filled with atmosphere, alongside a refreshing reimagining of a proven formula. Flawed, but worthy.

3. Silent Hill 3 (2003)

For some, this was Silent Hill’s finest hour. Graphical improvements ramped up the terror, and three different endings added replayability. But at just about five hours of gameplay, it needed that for the wrong reasons. And it was a little too dark and unrelenting for some.

2. Silent Hill (1999)

The original, and for many still the best, Silent Hill set new standards in the action-adventure horror genre. Creepy and unnerving, this was a genuinely scary game, especially enhanced by the Dual Shock controller's heartbeat effect. But it was a little flawed in the control department, which could lead to frustration breaking the atmospheric spell.

1. Silent Hill 2 (2001)

Silent Hill 2 did what the best sequels do, keeping the highlights of the original and building on them. The storytelling, sound, and graphics saw significant upgrades and there was enough of an uptick in gameplay quality to quiet some of the earlier critics. No Silent Hill game was ever perfect, but on release, Silent Hill 2 delivered as much as anyone could’ve expected.

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Chris Marling is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience across newspapers, magazines, and websites. Based in the UK, he has written professionally on everything from tech to tearooms. But his real passion is gaming, going right back to the Atari 2600 - and especially RPGs and MMOs. He cut his teeth on games such as The Realm and Anarchy Online. But 20 years on still gets excited about exploring each new world. When not online, you'll find him gaming analog-style around the table. Chris has had five of his own board games published, including Pioneer Days and Armageddon.

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