I have a sinking feeling this guy got hyped over the first casual recommendation, (based on a demo...)
then went to sleep without reading the serious suggestions.
Also, it seems like he mistook that poster for a strict fan. The follow-up post shows a very loose fan,
who's satisfied with basically anything named "Silent Hill", even if it's a large stretch from the real thing.
That's not necessarily a bad thing. However, in this case I think it might have given a drastically wrong
impression of this as a "Silent Hill game".
When someone asks what to drop 40 bucks on, I feel it deserves careful advice.
Sadly, Book of Memories is an especially bad game to judge from a demo. What the demo doesn't reveal
is that you basically play that exact same dungeon with that exact same puzzle over and over, in resized
and reskinned form. BoM never throws out any Silent Hill horror. Not once. Not slightly.
I admit to being a very biased Silent Hill fan. I still think I can objectively say the following; the only
hand-me-down games that have even a *pinch* of the "1-4 atmosphere" are Downpour and Origins.
Silent Hill: Book of Memories has absolutely zero. Even Homecoming had a small taste of it. If the
topic creator expects any Silent Hill horror, he's in for disappointment.
As I said, I enjoy Silent Hill: Book of Memories, but I knew what I was getting into before buying it.
Being a spinoff, it's a totally different genre of game, and lacks the horror element entirely. As an ARPG,
I feel the combat and leveling is fun enough to keep character-progression fun. Being such, repetitive
dungeons tend to come with the territory, and the real fun comes with things like crits, combos, builds
etc. All of which I feel are well done in BoM. Weaving around hazards while confronting familiar creatures
with precise combos and occasional touch-screen powers, I feel like it blends together with flowing charm.
Building your power gauge adds to the flow as you grab energy drops off enemies, dodging one color and
going after the other. The concept of re-writing the past has a bit of depth, which is fun. The game also
serves as a walking index of creatures and items from past games, letting you take them on the go.
There are plenty of good things about BoM, but Persona 4 is ten times better, even to this staunch Silent
I feel like Persona 4 just offers tons more, especially in story and thriller aspects.
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