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Run for the Hills Silent Hill 1 - 08

I swear it looks more like a fancy cat than anything else!

Silent Hill expert, Jess, guides Jan through the mysterious fog that is Silent Hill.

Jan. 24 2022

Cast: Jan, Jess

Posted by: Jan

In This Episode:

Silent Hill

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Fancy Cat!

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1:1 Sam I Am'ing is a great phrase. Starting strong.

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fancy cat
fancy cat

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Edited By Giglianomiro

I would love to see y'all play Silent Hill 2. Also any word on when you are going to play Undertale?

F A N C Y - C A T

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I'd love to see this series to continue with Silent Hill 2, 3, 4 and maybe even 5 or 6 or 7.. but not 8.

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Ya both the fanciest cats.

And yes, please do Silent Hill 2 next.

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Fancy Cat Man Jan!

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I would watch more Run for the Hills.

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silent hill 2 plz

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Edited By EphantMon

Thanks y'all!

Edit: 100% want SH2

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Edited By joel6pack

Sure, why not. It’s been fun.

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Seeing Jess's shirt make me want a Silent Hill mod that puts quirky music and bass riffs from Seinfeld into Silent Hill games.

Get on it, Modders!

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Yes, you should continue with Silent Hill 2.

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This has been great so far! I'd love to see you guy's do the rest of them

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I think Silent Hill 2 is the game everyone thinks about when the franchise is mentioned so I hope you play that. Afterwards it's really up to Jan but if I could suggest just one game in the series it would have been that.

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Silent Hill 2 is an amazing and beautiful game I really want to see it, I also think Jan would jive with Heather in SH3 and then they have to finish SH4 to see the nurse staircase

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Gyratyne  Online

Fancy cats love Silent Hill 2 and so do I. Please keep on running.

(But if you wanted to take a detour through Undertale I wouldn't object.)

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Edited By thepenguin55

So I want to see Jan play SH2. I love the SH series and while I’ve enjoyed this feature quite a bit I will say that I generally tell people to skip the first game. I have a love for it but it’s super clunky even for games of its vintage (RE1 from ‘96 I think feels notably better to play than SH1), it’s often overly obtuse in terms of what you need to do next, the story is okay but really hampered by the bad acting, outside of the nurses and doctors (and the final boss) the enemies are lame and the game is just kind of ugly outside of some strong cinematography here or there. It has strong art that just doesn’t shine through super well IMO due in part to Konami pushing against the limitations of what was by ‘99, aged hardware. Playing through SH1 does build a good lore foundation for SH3 but I don’t view it as essential to enjoy that game the way that some (understandably) do.

To me and I’d think many, SH2 is the main event of a feature like this. My first experience through it about a decade ago on the original Xbox is an experience that will always stick with me as few video game stories have hit me or stayed with me after completing it the way this game’s did. I do think it’s rough in spots especially in 2022 but by and large SH2 holds up really well, probably better than any other game in the series. It’s the main thing I would hold up for why the series needs to come back. Unfortunately even if it does come back I’ll probably always be chasing that dragon.

If y’all play SH games beyond SH2 that’s just gravy to me. That said, I’d probably just do SH3, Shattered Memories and (if possible) P.T. then call it. SH: Origins and Homecoming are both technically fine games with great soundtracks and some cool enemy designs but by and large they’re boring, kind of soulless games with really not great stories. If you were to make SH games using a checklist SH-y shit the end results would be Origins and Homecoming. They’re just incredibly safe entires that are kind of awful as a result of how aggressively mediocre they are.

I have a high degree of appreciation for Downpour and SH4 as they’re both games that take some big swings (SH4 especially) but boy are they both absolutely abysmal games to play through. SH4 is especially frustrating as that game has a strong premise and despite being rough in some notable ways right off the bat it does a lot of really cool kind of proto P.T.-ish shit early on that I’d go as far as yo say that I really like the first half of SH4. That said, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a game’s back half shit the bed harder than SH4. The story goes off the deep end in a VERY bad way (though also the VO in this game is somehow significantly worse than SH1?) and the gameplay just becomes aggressively hateful of the player demanding far too much of them. It’s just not fun at all.

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@thepenguin55: Totally! SH1 is clunky af and janky, but still has an important place in horror game history! I feel like Silent Hill 2 is even MORE impressive when you see what came before it, which is why I figured that going in release order would be interesting. Like a trip through time~~~

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If y'all do end up doing SH2 might I suggest a name - We've got to go back... back to the hills. Also fancy cat.

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You have to play Silent Hill 2 to see if the cats get fancier as the series progresses.

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Well it took three or more polls, but I’m glad the commentariat allowed Jess to spill the beans on the boss fight.

Absolutely continue on. I only played a couple hours of 2 and none of the subsequent games, so I would personally love a full series run.

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Silent Hill 2 is still the best horror game ever. FANCY CAT

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Hey, I absolutely want this series to continue! Also for SH2, I think it would be super important if Jess not mention any indication on how the ending works in that game.

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Please keep going with the series!

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Please at least do the first four games! I feel like Jan’s gonna appreciate 2 and 3 a lot more than this one if not 4 as well.

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#fancycat I want to see Silent Hill 2!

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YES!! Silent Hill 2 please!

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@lethalplacebo: I intend not to, until the credits roll!!! I will only mention non-spoiler trivia and give nudges to save time on irritating parts that are not fun to watch!

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Fancy cat moment had me DYING. I would be so happy to see a Silent Hill 2 run!

F A N C Y C A T

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If you don't continue with SH2 I will literally summon a fallen god to devour our existence and remake us in paradise.

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You've got to play SH2, it's the fancy cat of the series!

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Unless you are attempting yet another Kingdom Hearts-esqe troll on the community, you have to keep going with Silent Hill 2. This is a great feature with a great duo.

Go the distance. This is this generation’s Metal Gear Scanlon.

Or play Danganronpa. Or Kingdom Hearts. No, just do more Silent Hill please. You two are great.

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@voidburger: Awesome, excited for more Run to the Hills (also thank you for singing the Iron Maiden song in this episode)!

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Gotta play until at least 4 and complete the bell curve of meh to good to good to meh/bad.

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“I was thinking of getting you to play a Harry Potter game”

Speaking of transphobia amirite?

Though I think a Harry Potter psx series play through would be fun. They’re games on my list to play someday

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not an emptyquote: fancy cat!

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After SH2, the most important thing for Jan to play is PT.

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Gimme more Silent Hill please! Also a fancy cat.

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Definitely do silent hill 2 next!

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Oi, start Silent Hill 2. Today. Do it before you even finish 1.

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Speaking of Harry potter games, I seem to remember Harry Potter 2: Chamber of Secrets being good? But it's been a long time! Would be curious to see it!

Would also love to see Silent Hill 2!

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Fancy Cat shirt when?

Definitely want to see the two of you do Silent Hill 2, but I agree that playing something else in between would be a nice breather. "Jan-dertale" is a good shout, but it would be cool if Jess could play one of Jan's picks.