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->''"Don't go out!!"''
-->-- '''Walter'''

A popular rumor about '''''Silent Hill 4: The Room''''' -- the fourth game in Konami's ''Franchise/SilentHill'' franchise, and the first to receive a subtitle -- says Konami originally conceived it as a wholly original SurvivalHorror game, but [[DolledUpInstallment converted into]] a ''Silent Hill'' game during development. In actuality, Konami intended for it to serve as a spinoff/separate GaidenGame from Team Silent called ''Room 302''. After Konami nixed this plan, it incorporated elements of that game into ''[=SH4=]'', which explains why it has several differences in gameplay to previous ''Silent Hill'' games (including an on-screen health bar, limited inventory space, and a number of first-person sections).

Henry Townshend lives in Room 302 of the South Ashfield Heights apartment complex. One day, he wakes up to discover that he has become trapped in his own apartment: he can't open any of the windows, his telephone doesn't work, nobody outside of the apartment can hear his cries for help, and multiple chains and locks have sealed off his door ''from the inside''.

After five days of incarceration, a hole appears in Henry's bathroom wall. With no other choice, Henry crawls inside and finds himself teleported to various locations around the town of Silent Hill. These locations are infected by an evil power that seems to eat away at its surroundings, and force Henry to defend himself from a number of monsters and ghosts that pursue him. As if that wasn't bad enough, in each world that Henry finds himself in, there's always one other person trapped in there with him who ends up dying.

That same evil power appears to have taken to stalking what few living humans Henry manages to meet in this strange otherworld, before killing them in a ritualistic fashion. What purpose do these killings have, and how do they tie into Harry's attempts to escape Room 302?

The real horror of ''[=SH4=]'' comes from the eponymous room itself. Room 302 initially serves as Henry's only safe haven -- he can heal injuries and store items found during his excursions into Silent Hill -- but as his journey into madness continues, his apartment becomes overtaken by the evil power haunting him in Silent Hill. The room eventually degenerates into something sentient and demonic that will actively hurt Henry unless he can exorcise the forces invading his apartment and [[ProtectThisHouse defend his last bastion of safety and sanity]].

''[=SH4=]'' has loose ties to previous ''Franchise/SilentHill'' games; names and locations that got a brief mention in memos found during past games become fully fleshed out in this game, and the father of James Sunderland (from ''Silent Hill 2'') works as South Ashfield Heights' superintendent.
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!!''Silent Hill 4: The Room'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AdvancingWallOfDoom: A variant -- during the final battle, Eileen will make an UnflinchingWalk towards the giant death machine in the middle of the room. [[spoiler:Letting her die nets you either the "Eileen's Death" or the "The 21 Sacraments" ending]].
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Silent Hill Smile Support Society ([=4S=]).
* AllJustADream: Subverted to hell and back the first few times Henry returns to his room via the holes.
* AnAxeToGrind: There is a rusty axe available that, between nice damage, reasonable range and good swing speed, plus an impressive charge attack, is arguably the best weapon in the game.
* AndIMustScream: Joseph. And he does as the game begins.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: A variant in that it's not the PlayerCharacter who gets extra costumes; Eileen and Cynthia have unlockable alternate costumes.
* AntiVillain: It's kind of hard not to feel bad for Walter when you realize just how much his life sucks.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Very minor case: the umbilical cord is technically [[spoiler:Walter]]'s flesh, not his mother's.
* AscendedExtra:
** Walter Sullivan was mentioned in ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' in a newspaper clipping. Expanding and rewriting his role has resulted in some continuity problems when you compare him as described in the clipping to the way he's portrayed in this game.
** There's also the twin victims mentioned in the same clipping.
** Joseph Schreiber is the author of an article about the cult's orphanage in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3''.
* AssholeVictim: Richard Braintree doesn't engender a whole lot of sympathy in his brief appearances.
** While he doesn't display any jerkass behaviour towards Henry when they meet, you can find out in in-game notes and supplementary material that Andrew [=DeSalvo=] is a far worse person than Richard, and more deserving of what happens to him: [[spoiler:he was a guard at the already horrific Water Prison who went out of his way to abuse the children there, forcing young Walter to drink water with leeches in it, and possibly killing his only friend]].
* BackFromTheDead: All victims of [[spoiler:Walter Sullivan]], including himself, [[CameBackWrong return as ghosts or monsters]]. One of the apartment hauntings is even a projection of what Henry's ghost will look like if he [[spoiler:gets the "21 Sacraments" Bad Ending]].
* BatterUp: Later in the game, an aluminum bat can be found as a slower, shorter but more powerful replacement for the pipe. [[OvershadowedByAwesome It probably won't see much use, though, as you can get the Rusty Axe shortly afterward]].
* BloodyHandprint: You can see a whole bunch of them on the wall opposite to your apartment through the peephole. The initial count is 15 prints; more appear as people start dropping dead.
* CameraScrew: This game suffers what just might be the worst case of this in the entire franchise. Sometimes the camera follows Henry; sometimes it's fixed at a certain point, and you have to manually get it to focus on Henry again. Combined with TankControls, and the direction the controls take you being relative to the camera, it makes even the less tense moments of the game so needlessly frustrating.
* ChargeMeter: Interestingly, this game puts a large focus on Henry charging his moves up, to the point that this is the only thing on the HUD aside from his health bar.
** ChargeAttack: As stated above, a large part of combat. Henry can do the standard build up charge and strike, but he can also build charge over consecutive strikes. This means as he attacks, the charge will continue to build, allowing him to combo into a strong attack. Also, the time it takes to charge is proportional to the weight of the equipped weapon.
* CompanionCube: The apartment itself is this to [[spoiler:Walter]]. {{Deconstructed|Trope}}? Definitely.
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler:Young Walter]].
* CreepyDoll:
** Turns out, [[SchmuckBait taking dolls from serial killers]] is a very bad idea.
** Robbie the Rabbit points an accusing finger at you if you peek into Eileen's room [[spoiler:after she's beaten half to death by Walter]].
** There's also the dismembered, wheelchair-bound doll Henry has to fix during his second visit to the woods. [[spoiler:After it's rebuilt, it suddenly comes to life and rolls itself away to reveal a staircase it was previously blocking]].
* CouldntFindAPen: Walter's messages are scrawled in blood.
* DecoyProtagonist: At the beginning of the game, you are actually playing as [[spoiler:Joseph Schreiber, gone mad from the room's influence]], wandering through Henry's apartment and wondering where all the new items have come from.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: [[spoiler:Room 302]] of the past.
* DepthDeception: One room in the Water Prison's basement does this. On Henry's first time there, it leads to a locked door that's absurdly huge and is too big for Henry to open. The second time, however, the corridor leading to that very same door is now stretched to a certain length so that by the time Henry and Eileen make it to the other side, it's just the right size for them to go through. However, this time around, there are ''six'' Twin Victims blocking the way.
* DidISayThatOutLoud: After Eileen and Frank's unsuccessful attempt to open up Henry's apartment door, Frank casually mentions that this situation has happened before and more awkwardly that he keeps a dried-up umbilical cord in his room. Frank quickly tells Eileen to disregard that latter fact afterward. It's actually a ChekhovsGun.
* DolledUpInstallment: The game was initially conceived as a gaiden game, but was made an official part of the series in the midst of development.
* DoomedByCanon: All of the new-type victims.
** [[spoiler:Walter's]] adult form dies in every ending. Even the one where he ''wins''. Though there is DeadAllAlong.
** A pseudo-case in [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SilentHill2 James Sunderland]]]]. His father, your superintendent, says he went to Silent Hill and never returned.
** In [[spoiler: James]]'s case it's still up for debate as possible that he may still be alive. He may have stayed in the town in [[spoiler: the Rebirth Ending]] and [[LeeAndDena Dena Natali]] theorized that [[spoiler: James]] may have chosen to cut off all ties to his past in the other endings.
* DreamWithinADream: Played with: Henry can "leave" the apartment through a strange portal in his bathroom to enter the current level, but leaving the level by one of the portals available causes Henry to [[AllJustADream wake up]] back in his bed as if the experience was merely a dream. To emphasize how much of a MindScrew this is, Henry tries taking Eileen with him, but ends up alone back in his apartment. When he returns, Eileen complains that she couldn't see the hole, and that he just suddenly disappeared.
* DullSurprise: Henry's the master of this trope, facing [[NightmareFuel unimaginable horrors]] and [[{{Gorn}} gruesome murders]] with utter apathy on his face and in his voice. That boy needs some more iron in his diet.
** It gets pretty hilarious at one point towards the end. Henry displays some genuine disgust after [[spoiler:breaking down the wall to the secret room in his apartment]], covering his nose and gagging uncomfortably at the smell. Once he sees the source of the odor [[spoiler:-- Walter's crucified, decaying body --]] he goes right back to being bored.
* EasterEgg: [[spoiler:After using the Keys of Liberation, you can go back in the hole, walk aaalllllll the way back to Hospital World (backtracking a good 40% of the game) and find a Silver Bullet under Eileen's hospital bed.]]
* EldritchLocation: The room. [[spoiler:And, as revealed late in the game, everything else outside it, too]].
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: [[spoiler:Young Walter]] talks like this, and his influence upon Eileen [[GotMeDoingIt causes her to adopt it]] if Henry lets her get attacked too much.
--> ''"I'm scawed!"''
* EmptyFridgeEmptyLife: After a mere 5 days of being trapped in his apartment, all Henry has in his fridge are a carton of chocolate milk and a bottle of wine.
* EscortMission:
** ''Half of the game'' -- the second half, to be precise. On the plus side, your escortee cannot be killed, and is capable of fighting back if provided with a weapon. On the negative side, your escortee can still be hurt (and the amount of damage taken affects the difficulty of the final battle), and providing her with a weapon will often lead to [[ArtificialStupidity suicidal attacks]] on things that probably would be best avoided. For what it's worth, she becomes appropriately more defensive if you decide not to arm her.
** Played with for Cynthia, whose escort in the beginning is mercifully cut short when she suddenly has to [[TheCanKickedHim visit the ladies' room]].
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In fact, it's Walter's entire motivation for being a SerialKiller.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even "The Order", a cult fine with drug trafficking, murder, torturing and mutilating children, and half a dozen other {{Moral Event Horizon}}s, considers the 21 Sacraments "heretical", according to the Crimson Tome.
* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: If Elieen's injuries get very grave, her mumblings are subtitled as random symbols.
* FiveFiveFive: The phone numbers that Henry dials for plot advancement.
* FlashStep: As the only ghosts that walk rather than float, [[spoiler:Richard]] and [[spoiler:Walter]] can warp across rooms.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: On your first venture into Apartment World, a cursory look at one of the rooms shows you that the other rooms appear larger than Henry's. One of Joseph's notes even mentions him sealing off the storage room. [[spoiler: On entering Room 302 of the Past, one of the walls has a pickaxe embedded in it, with a note beside it saying, "Why must I destroy this wall?" Once Henry does break down the wall in his own room, he not only finds Walter's corpse, but also the Keys of Liberation which finally allow him to leave his room... and find himself back in Apartment World]].
* GameplayAllyImmortality: Eileen [[spoiler:(unless you let her walk into the giant death machine during the final boss fight)]].
* TheGhost: Joseph Schreiber. [[spoiler:Literally. You finally get to talk to his spirit, embedded upside-down in the ceiling of Room 302 of the Past]].
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger:
** The Twin Victim monsters. While you're out of their attack range, they're pointing at you.
** Robbie the Rabbit. ''Tonight. You.''
** A shadow of a young boy will appear in the closet, point at you and cry.
** Child Walter will also point out of the window in Richard's room. [[spoiler: Eileen and Henry]] live more or less directly in that direction.
* GunsAreUseless: In a gameplay sense. Each full reload takes up one of ten inventory slots, and even for the basic handgun, rounds are somewhat rare throughout the entire game. A particular ammo type, however, is very helpful for subduing the ghosts (Silver Bullets). Unfortunately, they're as rare as ampoules (literally -- there are only two of each item throughout the entire game, not counting the EasterEgg). Guns are not entirely useless, though, as handgun rounds can penetrate through enemies.
* HighVoltageDeath: Walter kills Richard Braintree by strapping him to an electric chair.
* {{Hikikomori}}: Henry, but not entirely willingly. His neighbors do mention that he hardly leaves his room as is, but since he's been locked in, they haven't seen him at all.
* HubLevel: Room 302. In the second half of the game, after the apartment turns on you, the various Worlds are connected via a spiral staircase.
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Walter]] is trying to complete a ritual called the 21 Sacraments [[spoiler:to "purify" his "mother"]], which consists of killing 21 people based on certain characteristics about them. [[spoiler:Including ''himself'', halfway through]].
* InnSecurity: You will soon learn to dread that apartment.
* InvincibleMinorMinion: Ghosts[=/=]Victims in The Room. They can damage Henry just by ''being near him''.
* IWantMyMommy: Walter's last words when Henry defeats him.
* JumpScare: There are a few. It is ''Franchise/SilentHill'', after all. And accordingly, they're not the scariest parts of the game.
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: The "21 Sacraments" ending]].
* {{King Mook}}s: [[spoiler:Cynthia, Jasper, Andrew, and Richard]]. Unlike the other ghosts, they possess long-range attacks and are more resilient. Here's hoping you have at least 4 out of the only 5 Swords of Obedience!
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Eileen survives Walter's murder attempt, and you eventually get the privilege of taking her with you all the way through your second run-through of all the previous levels.
* MindScrew:
** Victim 21.
** [[spoiler:Having Eileen in the room with her giant head. Neither of the characters bat an eye or even react to it, which makes it eerier. And the heavy breathing and moaning, not to mention her eyes following Henry, doesn't help, either]].
** Henry can (initially) see and hear the outside world just fine while trapped in his apartment, leading the viewer to assume he's just been locked in (with perhaps some small supernatural push to keep anyone from hearing his calls for help). The world outside his window grows more desolate as the game progresses, and then he [[spoiler:finds the key that unlocks the front door, only to stumble out and find that his apartment has been in the otherworld the entire time, still somehow able to see the normal world from inside the apartment]]. [[FlatWhat What.]]
* MsFanservice: Cynthia [[spoiler:until she dies and becomes a malevolent ghost]].
** Cynthia and Eileen can have alternate costumes that have notable [[JigglePhysics jiggle]] increases. And if you don't immediately trigger Cynthia's introductory cutscene by walking up to her, she's actually dancing while wearing her extra costume!
* MultipleEndings: Four, to be exact. Notably, this is the first ''Franchise/SilentHill'' without a joke ending:
** "Escape": [[spoiler: Eileen survives, and decides to move out of South Ashfield. To achieve this, [[EarnYourHappyEnding Eileen must survive the fight with Walter, and Henry's room must be cleared of all hauntings beforehand]]]].
** "Mother": [[spoiler: Eileen is alive, but decides to stay in South Ashfield. The ending title implies that Walter might still be a future threat to both her and Henry, and that she isn't completely free of Walter's influence. For this ending, Eileen must survive, but Room 302 must remain haunted]].
** "[[spoiler:Eileen's Death]]": ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. [[spoiler: Despite Henry exorcising Walter once and for all, Eileen succumbs to her injuries. To get this, [[CaptainObvious Eileen must die]], but Room 302 must be fully exorcised as well]].
** "21 Sacraments": [[spoiler:Walter finally enters Room 302, after having killed Henry in a very brutal fashion. As with "Eileen's Death", Eileen dies from her wounds. He's still not smiling, however. To get this, let Eileen die, and ignore the hauntings in Henry's room]].
* {{Mundangerous}}: When Henry returns from the Hospital World, the ceiling fan in the living room collapses and the air becomes heavy. At this point, the room becomes more vulnerable to ghosts.
* NewGamePlus: Beating the game on Hard mode once unlocks One-Weapon Mode. In this mode, the hallway leading to Cynthia on your first entry into Subway World is filled with all the weapons found in the game, and you can take only one with you. Beating ''this'' mode will let you play All Weapons mode -- Henry's trunk will contain all collectible weapons, as well as a decent amount of ammo for the guns.
* OrphanageOfFear: So much so, it almost makes you feel sorry for [[spoiler:Walter]]. [[AxCrazy Almost]]. Alessa is even mentioned in one note.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: And annoying as hell.
* PermaStubble: Both Henry and Walter are in dire need of a razor.
* PipePain: As par for the series' course, the first decent melee weapon you get is a broken length of pipe.
* PowerfulPick: The most damaging weapon in the game, but [[AwesomeButImpractical slow as molasses]].
* SanitySlippage: Eileen's dialogue and actions tend to shift quite a bit depending on how "damaged" she is; she'll be more and more "in tune" with Walter Sullivan, and in the worst case, he'll have pretty much overshadowed her own consciousness entirely. This can be (temporarily) mitigated, however, with a Holy Candle.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Looking through the peephole after [[spoiler:Richard]]'s death, you will see a message scrawled over the bloody handprints -- "[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: better check on your neighbor soon! ]]
" -- just before [[spoiler: Eileen gets brutally attacked]].
* ShoutOut:
** When Henry wakes up in the Hospital for the first time, the lantern that the player sees looks a bit like the bottom of a flying saucer from the UFO Endings of other ''Franchise/SilentHill'' games.
** Much of the Room 302 gameplay involves [[RearWindow a trapped man trying to find clues about a murder by watching his neighbors through windows and peepholes]]. At one point, when describing the apartment building layout that facilitates this, Henry even remarks that "[[LampshadeHanging There was a movie like that a long time ago...]]".
** Victim 16 has a few similarities to [[Literature/TheRing Sadako/Samara]] visually, especially in the introduction for her.
** Jasper's last name might be a shout-out to real-life serial killer Ed Gein. Similarly, Andrew's last name might be a shout-out to one of the Boston Strangler suspects.
** [[spoiler:Walter]]'s character may be influenced by the villain of ''In Dreams''. Abused [[SerialKiller serial killers]] on [[spoiler:delusional quests for their [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas their mothers]]]] are arguably common, but these two even [[BadassLongCoat dress]] [[LongHairedPrettyboy alike]].
* SinisterSubway: Including a maze of half opened and closed subway cars, populated by unkillable ghosts who can phase between cars and cause you damage with mere proximity. Fun times. Even more so when you're on the EscortMission phase.
* SpeechImpediment: Jasper Gein's got a pretty bad stutter. Notably, after [[spoiler:he's set on fire]], he's not stuttering. [[EpilepticTrees Maybe he was cold.]]
* UndeadChild:
** The two faced owls/dolls/monsters have the faces of two of [[spoiler:Walter]]'s child victims.
** The fact that [[spoiler:Walter]] is dead makes [[spoiler:Young Walter]] this.
* TheUnfought: The Greedy Worm.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: That one room in the hospital (see the page picture). Whether alone or with Eileen, Henry has absolutely nothing to say about a freakishly large and familiar-looking head whose eyes follow Henry around, not to mention [[TheImmodestOrgasm the incessant moaning.]] Unlike anyone who's ever played the game and stumbled into that...
* VillainProtagonist: It becomes increasingly clear throughout the game that [[spoiler:''Walter'']] is the main character, and Henry is just an important co-star.
* WallMaster: Almost to GoddamnedBats-level on That One Escalator.
** There's more in the Prison World depending on which cell you enter.
* WhamEpisode: That cute next-door neighbor you've been watching throughout the first half of the plot gets brutally attacked, and from then on your room will no longer heal you automatically, and can also be affected by hauntings (worse if you [[spoiler: accepted Walter's creepy doll]]).
* WildWilderness: There are a few levels, like the graveyard and outside the train station, that fit this well. They are secluded, you fight monsters, and no one notices. Of course, it's also in another [[AnotherDimension realm of existence]], but still.
* YinYangClash: If you boil it down, the story is about the battle between someone desperate to leave his apartment against someone who will do anything to get in.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle[=/=]HopeSpot: Henry finally finds the keys to the padlocked front door [[spoiler:in the coat pocket's of Walter's corpse]] -- but he finds himself right back in the Otherworld again.
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''"Guess I'll have to find a new place to live, huh?"''