Shadow of Phoenix

Respect for Games

I archive every blog I’ve ever published on this site as well as republish posts from an old blogspot blog I created called Shade’s Adventures in Survival Horror.

Each of these articles could use some improvements such as correcting grammatical errors, better flow from one point to the next, use clearer descriptions, etc. I prefer, however, to keep them the way they were originally posted to show where my thoughts and writing skills were at the time. Plus, it reminds me on how I’ve improved since then along with what I still need to improve. 

In the articles where I provided links to other sites/articles, I did add notes in parentheses to the links that no longer direct to the article I originally sourced. 

Also, note that I give prices for games in my reviews, which will not reflect on today’s used video game market. The prices you see in these reviews are from the time of writing them in 2014-2015. 

Articles on this Site (2019)

Silent Hill (Oldest to Newest)

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

I discuss the original Silent Hill when Harry chases Cheryl on the streets of Silent Hill and how the mechanics are a metaphor for Alice in Wonderland.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The metaphor of Alice in Wonderland is continued as Harry chases Cheryl in an alleyway. 

Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2019

Harry wakes up in a cafe in the stage where Silent Hill subverts the survival horror genre of its time.

Other Topics (Oldest to Newest)

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

SCP-087 is a free horror that was developed as an experiment and it demonstrates how to create anticipation in the player.

Silent Hill (Oldest to Newest)

Posted on this Site: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Sunday, November 2, 2014

My very first blog. I wrote this when I was excited about the Silent Hills PT demo but also skeptical about the newly announced Silent Hill game that sadly never came to be.

Posted on this Site: Thursday, March 24, 2022 

Posted on BlogSpot: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I review the beginning of my favorites series and a pioneer of psychological horror in video games: Silent Hill. 

Posted on this Site: Friday, March 25, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Sunday, January 4, 2015

Many horror game fans consider Silent Hill 2 to be one of the best in the genre but I regard it as the second entry in the best series.  

Posted on this Site: Friday, March 25, 2022 

Posted on BlogSpot: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A nightmare that parallel’s the nightmare of Silent Hill 1 but more disturbing.

Posted on this Site: Friday, March 25, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Sunday, January 11, 2015

Silent Hill fans debate whether or not Silent Hill 4 is really a Silent Hill game but to me this is the last of the great games made by Team Silent. 

Posted on this Site: Friday, March 25, 2022 

Posted on BlogSpot: Thursday, January 15, 2015

I investigate and speculate why Team Silent admitted to making a fifth game in 2004 interviews then the western developed Silent Hill V was announced in 2007.

Posted on this Site: Sunday, March 27, 2022 

Posted on BlogSpot: Thursday, Monday, January 19, 2015

The first game called Silent Hill not made by Team Silent and it’s obvious.

Posted on this Site: Sunday, March 27, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

While Homecoming’s combat and the survival part of horror are enjoyable, everything else about this entry does not match up to its predecessors.

Posted on this Site: Sunday, March 28, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Friday, January 23, 2015

A supposed re-imagining of the first Silent Hill that utilizes the Wii motion controls making a great Wii game, however it cannot touch Silent Hill 1 in a million years. 

Posted on this Site: Sunday, March 28, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Monday, January 26, 2015

The last console entry with the Silent Hill title and it’s no wonder why.

Resident Evil (Oldest to Newest)

Posted on this Site: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 

Posted on BlogSpot: Monday, March 9, 2015

The start of the still running series that introduced survival horror as a genre for horror video games.

Posted on this Site: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Sunday, March 15, 2015

Resident Evil 2 improves on everything that the first game started and this game is a favorite of many fans. 

Posted on this Site: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Thursday, January 14, 2016

I re-examine the first Resident Evil to better understand what makes it a good horror game. 

Other Games (Oldest to Newest)

Posted on this Site: Friday, March 25, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Evil Within is a fun survival horror game but I disagree that it is old school survival horror. 

Posted on this Site: Monday, March 28, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Thursday, February 5, 2015

A movie based video game that is worth a play if you enjoy survival horror or the Alien films. 

Posted on this Site: Monday, March 28, 2022 

Posted on BlogSpot: Sunday, February 8, 2015

A short but fun side scrolling game of shooting aliens on the Nintendo DS. 

Posted on this Site: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Thursday, February 12, 2015

Anyone who likes the Alien films and survival horror games should take the opportunity to play Alien Isolation. 

Posted on this Site: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A third person shooter that takes place during the Future War of the Machines that can be enjoyed by any Terminator fan despite its flaws. 

Posted on this Site: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Posted on BlogSpot: Monday, March 2, 2015

A fun but flawed reboot after the Sands of Time trilogy that ended on a cliffhanger with no sequel.