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Silverload review
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SILVERLOAD - Early Horror Game

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Maybe you've read some reviews criticizing Silverload for its point-and-click controls or graphics or that it uses "vampires" in the Wild West, but the truth is, this game is one of the most unique creations released on the PSone. I honestly can't believe I haven't found anything positive about this game out there, so here's my attempt at casting it in a more favorable light.

If you are concerned with graphics it may help to put the game into the context of its release date, which was back in the dawn of the PSone. I played the game recently on a big HDTV and the graphics didn't bother me at all.

The game takes place in a tormented ghost town called Silverload.

If you like challenging games, then Silverload is definitely for you. I rank it higher than Echo Night and Juggernaut in difficulty, but it's not as hard as Necronomicon: Dawning of Darkness. There is a nice feature in the game to check how much you've solved, so you'll know when you've conquered the game 100%. It's truly a great story, thoughtfully written and brought to life by a talented voice actor (the Gunslinger). Some of the other actors are less than great, and one or two are pretty sucky, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a game from this period that had perfect voice acting in it anyway.

I also want to point out that Silverload is sort of a precursor to Silent Hill. Both stories take place in shuttered towns full of creatures and unfriendly characters. Both main heroes are looking for a child who isn't theirs. They both also have a strange connection to the place, which is slowly revealed. There are also a cult and a fanatical leader in both games. All of this makes me wonder if the Silent Hill creators weren't influenced by Silverload. But you can see for yourself if you play the game. It definitely deserves a play and truly belongs in any fan's collection.

Added by astro_man23
8 years ago on 3 April 2010 23:10


Posted: 8 years, 5 months ago at Apr 27 8:30
i really liked the story in silverload, but i've gotta admit, i'm another one of those folks who didn't really care for it much. but with how much you seemed to enjoy the game, i'm considering popping the disc back in and giving the game another chance to win me over.
Posted: 8 years, 5 months ago at Apr 27 16:14
yah, the story was definitely the strong point of silverload, but i don't think it's a game for everyone. i wanted to put up a good review for collectors or fans who maybe missed it or never heard of it. hopefully it doesn't come back to bite me in the ass...
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at May 20 18:35
These japanese horror games arent no so knowed in West. They also don't looks like to want to divulge so much for beyond japanese community.

I have seen news that there are games released only for japanese community without had interest in release in the rest of the world.

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