"Yeah, they did - no doubt about that. But the first SH movie to me though was still ok, if you took it for a seperate entity rather than a direct contrast to the game."
I did enjoy the first film, but as you stated, the rest were abysmal... xD Uve Bolt is infamously known for making some of the worst game-to-film adaptations of all-time. Google his name if you're feeling brave. xD
"But yes the games are indeed better - or, at least, the first three. The latest installments is more of a joke to me. I still adore Silent Hill as a horror game franchise though, it really managed to scar my very soul back in the day, and I loved every second of it."
Completely agreed. I have played them all and only the first three games stand out for what they set out to achieve... The second instalment obviously being the forefather of all psychological horror games to date.
The first game was clunky and intuitive for it's time, but definitely provided scares not seen at that time.
The third game was actually the hardest of all of them... The ending was hard to achieve and the overall game kicked your arse thoroughly -- It was a good juxtaposition when you realise you're controlling a female girl with no experience to horror/combat at all.
The fourth game was brilliant in the main apartment (the room), but sucked when it came to everything else... Don't get me started on the apartment level that could not be completed if you took the trinket from the guy on the stairs... >.<
Homecoming was actually very fun to play, but provided no scares or psychological horror at all. It actually excelled in combat very well, it was fluid and well controlled; the level-design was brilliant and the monster designs were horrifying-- but that was the only redeeming factor in a "horror game" that wasn't scary at all.
Shattered Memories for me is the worst in the series... It did the atmosphere thing well given you literally could not fight back, but the entire game was a clunky mess of chase sequences and arbitrary puzzles.
Downpour is underrated in my opinion... It did the combat right, the horror right and great overall game-play, but it didn't feel like a Silent Hill game at all. I still prefer it as a good Silent Hill to check out that isn't the original three, however.
"Have to agree with the bottom part as well.. Pyramid Head was NOT presented well in the movies. Big fail on that part. And don't get me started on the second movie even.. Can best be described as possibly the worst game-to-film adaption ever."
As you mentioned, the second film will go down in history as being one of the worst... I remember they even tried to bring the pink rabbits (Robbie) from the third and fifth game, respectively.
I love talking about games and the things I love. I agree with everything you stated. :D A pleasure to see another Silent Hill fan. ^^
Have a good day. <3