3 UUrrrgghhAsmodeus | 18/06/2007 | See all Asmodeus's reviews (32)With episode 4 of the Silent Hill Series things begin to dwindle from their usually lofty gaming standards. Moving away from the typical formula of finding yourself in the town of silent hill and left to explore, you now begin in a mysterious room (Hence the Sub Title) where you can neither go out or have people come in. The Room is of course possessed by the Silent Hills power and its not long before some truly creepy entities begin to appear on your walls.Luckily your not in the Room for the whole game and when you find a eiree tunnel (with all too creepy sounds resonating from it) you just have to jump in dont you??? Honestly these people ought to know what their getting into.Graphically the game is sound, Creepy, dark and often disturbing to behold SIlent Hill 4 doesn't hold anything back and whilst travelling through train stations, woodlands, prisons and of course the ever present hospital you learn more and more about the cursed room and its former inhabitant Walter Sullivan, a crazed Murderer who, Apparently, died many years back.The Story itself is intense, presiduously spooky and coupled with a soundtrack that would fend off the most demon haunted beasts. The only problem, aside from the ghosts that JUST WILL NOT DIE, is the repetitive nature of the game. The first half is new and exciting to play through, however once you have beaten the hospital and have to be followed around by your stupid neighbour you go through all the areas again with no new surprises. Well except the very live Walter Sullivan following you throughout to provide just that little bit more tension.With multiple endings (once again) the game is immersive and interesting but falls short of its 3 superior preddecessors by being just that little too linear and not quite as interesting as the first.As a side note this is the first of the Silent Hill games to Carry an 18 Certificate and even a warning label on the back of the box for those of a nervous Disposition. Although this made me laugh it highlights another notable flaw in the game. It is just a little too much, the story and events are darker than ever, and the graphics perfectly highlight the gritty areas you travel through. Being disturbing in the extreme can only carry for so long and when a burning victim carves numbers into his chest you feel just a little put off this horror story.Unlike Silent Hills before it this is darker, grittier and much more disturbing than before, all things that (in this case) should be cause to recommend, only serve to lessen the games appeal.Urrgh...pick it up for cheap.