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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Alex's mother really in a Convenient Coma or is she Obfuscating Insanity to avoid telling Alex the truth about his past.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Elle. Sure, she's whiny enough over her mother's uncaring attitude and worried about the townspeople... But her little sister is brutally killed and her mother, who tried to kill her, is also dead, murdered by her maybe-boyfriend. You can actually bring her into the room with her mother's corpse and she will have no reaction, though that's probably a glitch. Perhaps she's still completely in the dark about her family's fate at the end of the game. This gives the ending where she and Alex walk off together an interesting spin. An awkward conversation is about to come up.
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  • Awesome Music: Admittedly, the game has an amazing score brought to us by a veteran Silent Hill music producer.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Alex Shepard. He's either a sympathetic, entertaining protagonist with an interesting story or a generic, clichéd Silent Hill protagonist.
    • Wheeler. He's either a badass Cool Old Guy who's got Alex's back or an offensive, outdated stereotype of African-American cops.
  • Best Boss Ever:
    • Even to those who disliked the game agree that Scarlet's boss fight is one of the scariest and most awesome boss fights in the whole Silent Hill franchise. The music, atmosphere, and Scarlet's unsettling design makes her battle a fan favorite.
    • Amnion, the Final Boss. The creature has an unsettling design, fast attacks, and is definitely one of the most action-packed bosses in the Silent Hill franchise.
  • Complete Monster: Judge Margaret Holloway is one of the respected town leaders of Shepard's Glen and a cold-hearted, cruel and vicious leader of the Order. Years prior, Holloway murdered her youngest daughter Nora by strangling her with her own hands, as per the pact with the Order's God, while barely concealing her own enjoyment at the process. When the pact is broken due to Joshua Shepard dying in older sibling Alex's place, Holloway reassembled the Order to take control of Shepard's Glen as a means of gaining and maintaining her power. Over the years she had residents kidnapped to be brainwashed into the Order, with those resisting ending up tortured to death. Eventually the residents were either dead or soldiers for the Order. Later, she plans on killing her other daughter Elle for her refusal to join her, before attempting to torture Alex to death with a power drill.
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  • Contested Sequel: The game itself is heatedly debated over whether it's good or not by veteran Silent Hill fans. Especially the game's slant towards being an Actionized Sequel, using elements from the film, and whether or not certain monsters from previous installments in the series are just included for gratuitous Fanservice rather than actual symbolism seems to be the main points of contention. On the other hand, some fans do believe that it's the best Silent Hill on the Xbox 360 system compared to Downpour and the HD Collection.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • The Needlers can be this, especially when first encountered.
    • The Siams can be really annoying to fight, but thankfully there aren't many of them.
    • Schisms are easy to fight once you learn to bait them into lunging, but the strategy requires room and patience, both of which drop considerably when they attack in teams.
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  • Designated Love Interest: Elle. Many fans are unable to interpret if her relationship with Alex is platonic or genuine love.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Scarlet's boss form seems to have developed quite a number of fans.
    • Wheeler is well-liked by a few fans since he's the only supporting character in a Silent Hill game that actually helps the player fight the monsters.
  • Faux Symbolism: There is a definite theme of "gashes" throughout the game, with several bisected or conspicuously toothy creatures that assault you, in addition to Alex's tendency to rip open posters and tapestries often emblazoned with a man or a woman and always traveling downwards directly through the crotch. There's also the bizarre apparent metaphors of Judge Holloway deciding to murder Alex with a decidedly Freudian drill, with Curtis taking a chainsaw to Elle. If you really wanted to stretch for it, you could infer that they represent Alex's resentment towards his parents.
    • Joshua is derived from Yeshua, which "Jesus" is also from. Joshua's death saved Alex from being condemned to sacrifice, and his last name is Shepherd.
      • Then there's his brother Alex (which means "Defending men.") and their father Adam (an allusion to the first human) and Lillian (derived from Lilith, who in Jewish apocrypha was Adam's first wife).
      • It's interesting to note, in relation to the Jesus parallels above, the crucifix-type device that ultimately kills his mother.
  • Game-Breaker: The Laser Gun acquired from the UFO Ending has unlimited ammo, being the most useful and effective weapon in the game.
  • Goddamned Bats: The swarms which exist to attach themselves to Alex and slowly suck his health away.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: The game is not as challenging as previous installments in the series and you can vanquish monsters with Boring, but Practical tactics that won't eat up much of your time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Asphyxia resembles a much more twisted version of a human centipede.
    • In the "Bogeyman Ending," Alex is turned into a Bogeyman. In Silent Hill: Downpour Murphy Pendleton is transformed into the Bogeyman too while fighting against the final boss in that game.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Alex has dealt with a lot of emotional pain in his life, but he continues on his search for his brother Josh.
    • The same story applies to Elle.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mayor Bartlett comes across as hostile because he's now an alcoholic after the death of his son Joey. Same goes for Dr. Fitch, who turns down Alex's attempts to help him and displays deep remorse for murdering his daughter, Scarlet, and has turned to self-mutilation to "bleed out the sin".
  • Narm: Alex Shepherd is in a mostly abandoned town that is riddled with impassible chasms and infested with killer monsters. If he inspects many of the vehicles in the town, he may wonder, "Why hasn't this been towed? It's clearly broken down." Seriously Alex, is that what's on your mind at that moment?
    • The first Jump Scare in the game is a corpse hanging from the celing... which proceeds to flop about hilariously due to the physics engine.
    • The Order Soldiers. Their laughable taunts, accentuated by their Radio Voice, consist primarily of out-of-place profanity and threats like, "I'm gonna cut you up, son!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Any scene with Pyramid Head.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: A common criticism from the game's detractors is that the game's American development team, Double Helix Games, in several ways has failed to understand the "special" Japanese brand of horror that the original Team Silent lead entries had, instead opting for a more Western and therefore "less subtle" and "more actionized" expression of horror. This is in direct ignorance of the fact that Silent Hill from the beginning was designed after Western horror.
  • Player Punch: Alex, and therefore the player, is forced to make a decision between performing a Mercy Kill on his mother or allowing her to be ripped apart by the Order's torture device.
  • Porting Disaster: The PC version is a glitchy mess that Konami has never bothered to fix. In fact, you need a fan-made patch to be able to play the game on the highest graphical settings, since doing so on the base game instantly causes a crash.
  • Recycled Script: One of the more common complaints is how Josh's death is similar to Mary's death in Silent Hill 2, at least in relation to the protagonist. Of course, unlike James, Alex never intended to kill his brother.
  • Stoic Woobie: Alex Shepard doesn't express much emotion throughout the game, but he has a tragic backstory.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: One thing that Silent Hill fans do agree about this game is that the combat system is heavily improved.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The fan reaction to the new combat scheme and "Alex the Military Dude" subplot. Many fans were unhappy about the increased focus on action and the difficulty in avoiding confrontation.
  • The Woobie: Alex and Elle, especially by the end of the game. Mayor Bartlett and Doctor Fitch could also qualify.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The boss monsters of the game are somewhat sympathetic considering that they are the ghosts of murdered children who died horribly at the hands of their own parents.

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