I loved Silent Hill 4, issues and all. But, I can see why it wasn't part of the collection. Silent Hill 2 and 3 were the best in the series and Konami obviously wanted to showcase the best in order to try and drum up some potential sales for Downpour.
Man, I remember playing this with my cousin an it being extremely fun and chaotic. When I bought my first house, we played it on a small 13" T.V. on top of a couple of moving boxes with some beers. Great game.
Just finished it. I found the ending kind of fitting. He saved one family when in all likely hood, he wouldn't be able to save his own. A personal salvation kind of thing. I'm a huge fan of bad endings (Main character dies, the goal ends up failing by design, and just shit going south in the end.), so it worked for me.
Also, that mutant thing is totally accessabile be doing a little climbing around. If you decide to help him, which takes a lot of resources, he gives you something awesome.