If you’ve had a hankering to revisit the survival horror classics from Konami’s prodigious back catalogue then you’re very much in luck. Both the Silent Hill HD Collection – which bundles Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 together – as well as Silent Hill: Homecoming are now available to play via Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature.
Originally released on the Xbox 360 back in 2012, the Silent Hill HD Collection was infamous for launching with a numerous set of nasty bugs, glitches and technical gaffes that weren’t even found in the OG release of the classic horror games on the PS2 era.
Mobile developer, Hijinx Studios, was tasked with the port. Sadly the small-scale studio seemed to have bitten off more than it could chew. The project of bringing such a beloved duo of survival horror gems to Xbox 360 and PS3 was mired with fan backlash thanks to those aforementioned bugs. Interestingly, the studio patched the game to a reasonably playable state on PS3 but that patch never made it to Xbox 360. Thankfully, the Xbox 360 version of the collection wasn’t in quite a sorry state as the PS3 version was at launch.
Frankly, if you want to experience the genre-defining games in all their grimy glory, we’d suggest to opt for the original PS2, Xbox, or PC versions of the title. That said, the Silent Hill HD Collection is currently the only way to scratch that old-school Silent Hill-shaped itch on current generation consoles.
Silent Hill: Homecoming, on the other hand, launched in 2008, and though many fans regard it as the black sheep in the veritable horror franchise (it was the first western-developed Silent Hill title), it’s still a solid entry in the series that boasts creepy monster designs, an eerie soundtrack from original franchise composer Akira Yamaoka, and a decent story, to boot. I personally think it was pretty underrated, but I digress.
If you own a physical copy of either of these games on Xbox 360, all you need to do is pop the disc into your Xbox One and download them. We just wish the Silent Hill HD Collection was actually the definitive versions of the games instead of the lacklustre releases that they were.