Silent Hill has been an iconic horror franchise that has gone dormant in the last decade, but in a surprising move, Konami shadow-dropped a 2 hours test game, Silent Hill: The Short Message in the last PlayStation State of Play. Unfortunately, critics’ reviews have not been very appreciative with a Metascore of 50/100 average rating. The game’s short duration did not sit well with the critics, among other things, but the same does not seem to bother players who have downloaded 2 million copies of the game since its release.
The short duration of Silent Hill: The Short Message is not bothering players as the game is completely free on PS5, not PS Plus free but completely free. Anyone’s guess is as good as mine as to why the game has been downloaded so many times. Regardless of the reason, 2 million downloads is an incredible feat.
Silent Hill: The Short Message is more of a test conducted by the developers to check the demand for the franchise than anything else. If the game is any indication of what you can expect from the franchise in the future, it will be interesting to see if Konami is considering an alternative strategy to sell its games, but that’s something we can only speculate at the time.
Silent Hill: The Short Message is a complete game with a beginning and end. You play as the protagonist Anita, who receives a text from her late friend who passed after a suicide attempt. Anita must look for clues in an abandoned apartment while being pursued by a monster that she cannot attack.
Critical reviews of the game have been very mixed with some appreciating the free-price tag, the atmosphere, and visuals of the game. While others have been critical of the chase sequence, narrative, dialogue, and gameplay.