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.
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