Silent Hill HD Collection PS3 Patch Now Live

The Silent Hill HD Collection patch is now live on the PS3. It was created to fix a variety of visual and audio issues that the games were still suffering from, despite an initial patch that was released shortly after the collection came out. The update is 348MB and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to download, depending on your internet connection.

Below is a list of confirmed corrections that have been made in this latest patch:

  • Voice Synch has been greatly improved
  • Improved Framerate
  • Missing music has been addressed
  • Fog density issues are resolved
  • Missing sounds have been fixed
  • Various other minor visual/audio improvements

Released in March, the Silent Hill HD Collection bundles the second and third titles from the survival horror franchise and gives them an HD upscaling with the addition of new voice work. The terrific soundtrack and dialogue for each game are back and crisper than ever before. Silent Hill 2 also features an exclusive stage from the original Director’s Cut/Greatest Hits release. All in all, it is a great package for any true Silent Hill fan, or newcomer to the series. For any news or updates on this subject or anything else, make sure you guys keep it locked on to GamersXtreme and as always, “Game On!”

PS Plus Shifts in More Free Games for April

The PlayStation Blog has listed everything PS Plus members can expect to receive for free and discounted for the month of April. Shank 2 and Shift 2 Unleashed are the main highlights of free games being offered here, but Ubisoft will also be providing a closed beta for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Those who have been anticipating that game can look forward to testing out the beta sometime next month. Also, The House of the Dead 4 will be releasing for the first time on a console on April 17th for $6.99 (PS Plus member discount).

Below is the list for all the content being offered. Check it out!

Exclusives: The House of the Dead 4 Demo – 4/10
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier Closed Beta – Date TBA
Free Downloads: Shift 2 Unleashed – 4/3
Shank 2 – 4/3
Frogger Returns – 4/17
Minis: Canabalt – 4/10
Farm Frenzy 2 – 4/3
Mystic Garden – 4/10
PS one Classics: Silent Hill – 4/3
Full Game Trials: Grand Theft Auto IV Episodes From Liberty City – 4/10
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record – 4/17
NHL 12 – 4/17
Disney Universe – 4/24
The Cursed Crusade – 4/24
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – 4/24
Media: Qore Episode 47 – April – 4/10
Free Avatars and Themes: Escape Plan Lil Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Bakuki Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Logo Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Triangle Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Laarg Avatar – 4/3
Discounts: GRAND THEFT AUTO IV EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY – 4/10 (PS Plus Price: $11.99)
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 4 – 4/17 (PS Plus Price: $6.99)
Disney Universe – 4/24 – (PS Plus Price: TBD – 50% off Store Price)
Exclusive Discounted Avatar Bundles: Devil May Cry Avatar Bundle- 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)
Devil May Cry 2 Avatar Bundle – 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)
Devil May Cry 3 Avatar Bundle – 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)

Anything in particular you’re looking forward to getting from this Plus update next month? Sound off in the comments below!

Radio Xtreme – Episode 22: GamesCom 2011 Recap

Hey fans,

After being on a long hiatus, we’re glad to announce that Radio Xtreme has returned in new form.  From now on, they will be videos that we record of us speaking about the latest gaming news.  Secondly, we’ve listened to feedback and have decided to also reduce the length of the podcasts/videocasts to a 15 minute limit (this is also due to our limits on YouTube at the moment).  Either way, tune into our 22nd episode of Radio Xtreme to get a recap of the recent GamesCom 2011 announcements as well as Glacier928’s brief hands-on thoughts for El Shaddai: Ascension to the Metatron.  Be sure to comment your thoughts below and remember…you’re tuned to Radio Xtreme.


Why the Silent Hill HD Collection Should Not Be Missed

As we start winding down the dog days of Summer, it is almost common knowledge that before the year is out there will be a release of over 7 AAA titles that are sure to change the way we look and play games. There are some smaller titles that are not as highly publicized due to the spotlight that Uncharted, Gears of War, Call of Duty and Battlefield receive (just to name a few). Now I am not comparing this HD collection of 2 old titles to brand new blockbuster games of this fall. The Silent Hill series may have been overshadowed somewhat from a more popular franchise such as Resident Evil.  However, thanks to Konami’s HD re-release of it’s beloved franchise, a whole new generation of gamers can partake on a psychological experience unlike any other game.  I merely want people to recognize that there are other releases coming this fall that should be just as inviting an appealing to the consumer. You guys should definitely know more about this title coming in the fall and that is the Silent Hill HD Collection being released  for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

For those of you not familiar with the Silent Hill HD Collection, the blu-ray disc will contain both SH 2 and 3. It’s commonly known that Silent Hill 2 is regarded as the best installment in the entire series. Silent Hill 2 has a respectable score of 85.77% according to Gamerankings and Silent Hill 3 comes in a close second, competing with the original SH1. This collection will be getting the ultimate treatment as both titles are re-mastered in HD at 720p for improved graphics. Completely updated in-game voice over work that enhances the storytelling of both SH2 and SH3. Akira Yamaoka’s soundtrack still remain untouched in this remastering, which is great news seeing that the music for both SH2 and SH3 really add to the experience.

My own experience of playing SH2 in particular is considered one of enjoyment, pure fear and intensity. Silent Hill 2 came out 10 years ago and completely changed the way we look and play psychological horrors. The music and plot twist, as well as environment, just make the game completely original and fresh. Silent Hill 3 continued that effect thoughout the story but may have not been as impacting and deep on the player as SH2 had been. Regardless, both titles are easily Konami classics.

This collection is releasing just in time for the release of the brand new Silent Hill Downpour, coming this fall to both to 360 and PS3. This latest entry marks the 8th game in this stellar horror franchise that has spawned a movie and has a sequel which is currently in production. I can easily write pages and pages of why I feel Silent Hill is such a great franchise and why in particular Silent Hill 2 and 3 are great games but I would rather here what you guys have to say about this collection and/or the new Silent Hill Downpour releasing this fall as well.