Silent Hill 3

Silent Hill 3
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 2
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Team Silent
Genres: Adventure / Survival Horror
Release Date: November 21, 2003
Game Modes: Singlepalyer

18_1Aesthetic of the grotesque, by Team Silent.

Though Resident Evil is often credited with starting the “survival horror” genre, old-school PC gamers will remember the true originator was Alone in the Dark from 1992. And unlike Resident Evil, Konami’s Silent Hill 3 has all the successful trademarks of that series – It’s a classic, exploration-heavy adventure game with plenty of tension, scares and splattered blood. It’s 3-D, but with strange camera angles that seemingly popup at the most inopportune times to lend extra tension to a scene.

The game puts you in the stylish shoes of the teenage-ish Heather, who’s appropriately pissy when dealing with adults and jaded enough not to freak out over the fact that her world just turned into a living nightmare. Silent Hill 3 is set in a lot of everyday locations – malls, subways, amusement parks, hospitals – that get a whole lot creepier when the nightmare world creeps in, turning everything into a horrific, decayed and bloody alternate reality crawling with eerie monsters.

You do all that good survival horror stuff when the nightmare world seeps in, which is always there in some form or another contorting reality. Weapons and resources are sparsely scattered throughout the world, odd flesh monsters stalk you and you’ll get to explore some of the most bizarre, horrific scenes ever coded into a computer game. It doesn’t quite approach Silent Hill 2’s level of morbidity as far as subject matter, but the game has its shockingly gruesome highlights ( anyone remember the scene with the dying fetus? ). Both monsters and environments are impeccably designed in evoking terror, so kudos to Japan for keeping things nice and twisted.

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An occasional seemingly normal human character will popup to try and explain some sort of plot – why you’re there, why you’re important, and why there’s blood everywhere – but most of your understanding of it will hinge on whether you’ve played the first Silent Hill game (which was never released on the PC). The story and dialogue might therefore be more than a little incomprehensible for new players, but half of that craziness is what gives Silent Hill its bizarre edge. You don’t need to know the full story to appreciate Silent Hill 3, but it does add to the experience somewhat.

9_1To its considerable credit, Konami didn’t just bring the PS2 version over to the PC. A thorough improvement over Silent Hill 2, this port has mouse support, remappable keys, it plays almost as well with the keyboard as a gamepad, and there are a number of high-level graphic options that make the game look absolutely stunning. In fact the game looks stunning everywhere, whether you’re in the nightmare or ‘normal’ world.  And unlike the PS2 release, Konami added the ability to save anywhere instead of just at certain places marked by a special symbol.

There’s no logical reason for Silent Hill 3 to be as effective as it is. It’s a disjointed tale that’s hard to follow, yet it’s exactly that nonsensical quality that lends it a more hallucinatory feel. There are ambient sounds that creep you out, and special visual effects make scenes look grainy and distorted, greatly increasing the sense of dread. It’s all atmosphere and, particularly when you’re talking about horror, that’s more than enough.


System Requirements: Pentium III 700 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB Video, Windows 98

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32 Comments

  1. Edgar says:

    Click On Dev-sih3, Scroll Down And Click On AutoRun And Install

  2. Fan says:

    Wrong disc inserted while I put the Disc I View in Alcohol120%:(. Someone got any idea?

  3. MisterSatan says:

    So, I used the DL link and got a fucked-up RAR file with a password. Great! Ended up being subscription bait. So I figured paying the fee on my mobile network would be worth it, and used my own number, subscribed, and paid. Cool. No fucking password. So, please supply me with the password, before facing a plethora of criminal charges.

  4. MisterSatan says:

    Downgrading WinRAR does not work. There are survey passwords. This site is about as legitimate as skinny Americans.

  5. Ok dude. Here’s the thing. None of these files have a password. None of them need subscriptions. I have no idea what you (and several others) are talking about. You want me to make a video demonstrating how I download a file, extract, and don’t get a password error in WinRar?

    I sent a message to your mail btw.

  6. MisterSatan says:

    Sorry dude. Turns out FireDrop was the culprit. If you get redirected to a torrent, don’t download it. Just refresh the FireDrop page, and try the download again. You should get the working REAR and not the false positive.

  7. JujitsuLipshits says:

    Download link seems broken on firedrop…

  8. It’s fine for me, try again later or tomorrow

  9. Starhog says:

    Greetings!

    I downloaded this game and extracted the files using 7zip but now I have files that look like this:

    Silent Hill 3 cd1.nrg

    Please advise how I can open these files. I don’t know what program to use. Thank you!

  10. IlCaneFatto says:

    You need to google nocd silenthill3 if it says “wrong cd or insert cd” to download the crack and to open the nrg files i suggest you ultraiso

  11. You don’t need to download anything else.

    The game works as it is

  12. Typhon says:

    Tried to install it, said something was missing and I sure have extracted it all. So this file is corrupted, it seems.

  13. Typhon says:

    Everything seemed to go so fine till at the end of the installation, this goddamn file was missing. How irritating. Extracted all the 5 .nrgs but still it said something was missing. Do you have any idea what went wrong? And did it work for everyone else? Just want to play this game so hard now. At least it didnt seem to be any viruses and stuff in this, so positive.

  14. Had this game for over 10 years. You’re doing something wrong or it just doesn’t work on your OS. Or you didn’t copy the crack… if it has one (i think it does). In any case, the game file is NOT the problem. I made the screenshots using it on my playthrough. I do that with 99% of the games you see here.

  15. Typhon says:

    Okay. When Im trying to run the installation after extracting the nrgs, it says “sound 3.cab” is missing and blocks the installation. Wonder what that might be(?)

  16. Typhon says:

    It seems the problem is something with there being sound3.cab both in nrg4 and nrg5 and that this installationshield cant somehow read both(?). If someone has some hint, i appreciate a lot. Or some other way to do it.

  17. Typhon says:

    “The file _E04A8152189A4AA89A1801D71902AA” cannot be installed because the file cannot be found in cabinet file ‘sound_3.cab’…”

  18. Installed fine on Win7 using poweriso. Get no error. When you said extracted I assuming you extracted the NRG from the RAR file, not the stuff from the NRG files.

  19. Typhon says:

    Oops. I had made a embrassing mistake. So this was all my fault, not the files. Now the game seems to work perfectly so thanks a lot for the uploader! 🙂

  20. ksfanatic says:

    what about the sound_3 error?there are 2 files with this name and it needs both but only one works.i tried merging them but it won’t work.any ideas?(merged files where .CAB but it doesn’t recognize it)

  21. No idea what you guys are on about

    It installs fine for me

  22. ksfanatic says:

    i opened the file cd 1 with powerISO and tried to mount it but it doesn’t work.

  23. ksfanatic says:

    it worked with winarchiver and cab files but the error 1334 appears which says that one of the sound_3 files are missing and when i tried to merge them it didn’t recognized it.any idea?

  24. ksfanatic says:

    so now what about the no disc inserted error?

  25. Mounts/installs fine with PowerISO 4.3

    Try daemon tools. You’re not doing something right

  26. works great says:

    thank you a thousand of times,works great on windows 7 and finally finished the pc version of the game.

  27. ksfanatic says:

    alright i’m done with winarchiver how to install it with powerISO?

  28. Eric says:

    I’m getting a wrong disc inserted error when trying to play the game, I’ve installed the game successfully and whatnot but it wants disc one, which IS mounted, along with all other discs, so I’m not sure how to fix this. Any suggestions

  29. Eric says:

    I fixed the Wrong Disc Inserted error, to play the game, you MUST run the game from the DEViANCE folder inside disc one (once installed properly), Inside the folder is the cracked SH3 application that allows the game to run. Thanks for the amazing download!

  30. marlon montoya says:

    hey anyone know why my save files wont load? i played 45 min and and when i rebooted by save file was gone. im using daemon lite to run the game!!!

  31. ivan says:

    hey, can sum1 help me i got the same error too…error file sound_3… what am i supposed to do?

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