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 Post subject: How do you feel about recurring background characters?
     
         
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Missing since: 23 Dec 2009
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In past Silent Hill games we've had former player characters return in humorous nan-canon cameos (James Sunderland in various UFO endings) and officially in the form of plot devices (Travis Grady in Homecoming). But never before have we had a background character make recurring appearances and this is set to change with the appearance of Howard Blackwood in Downpour and Book of Memories.

Understandably, this is going to be a bit jarring considering that the only purpose returning characters have served before is as a nod to previous games or direct involvement in the story. How do you all feel about this? I'm intrigued, as it essentially puts a face to what was supposed to be faceless town and I look forward to seeing how this is handled.


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Maybe Howard Blackwood's been around longer than we thought. Maybe Howard delivered Mary's letter. . . .

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I don't really see the need in the town having a "guide" or "messenger" kind of character, but so long as it's handled well (and I have seen nothing to imply it won't be), then it won't really bother me all that much. It's not like James and Heather and teaming up with Murphy to defeat Dahlia Mk.II or anything...


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I'll have to wait and see how they handle it. Howard being in Past Life doesn't bother me, but being in Book of Memories after Downpour kind of makes me feel iffy, since Silent Hill hasn't had any character like him before.

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I liked Travis being in Homecoming a lot actually.
I'm digging Howard thus far & I like the idea of him being in BoM too. I wonder if it'll be the same VA for Howard in both games?

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I don't mind Murphy. I just hope he doesn't give too much away about the town, since we've never really had such a human character acting as a spokesperson of sorts for Silent Hill. I would hate to crush the mystery the games have built up over the years, although I do trust that the developers wouldn't make that mistake. It's also nice to see a black character play such a prominent role. Just throwing that out there.


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I think the good thing about Howard is, he is designed to be reccuring, rather than being forced into other games


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thy_butcher wrote:
I liked Travis being in Homecoming a lot actually.
I'm digging Howard thus far & I like the idea of him being in BoM too. I wonder if it'll be the same VA for Howard in both games?

I sincerely hope so, I love his voice.


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Makes it all sort of link together, I like it.

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I like it but it needs to be done properly. The games already have done relatively well by including mentions of characters in subtle ways.

Travis being in Homecoming was cool but borderline pointless. But at least it didn't come across as super fanservicey like Pyramid Head was.

Honestly, I would like it to happen again. Just give a bit more of a reason.


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I like it but only if it is subtle (like Travis in Homecoming)
If it is overdone and clearlly just for the sales it gets annoying

My favourite example is Walter how he was mentioned in SH2 and then held a main role in SH4
It's better making a step up than a step down as it seems more planned and less of a poor attempt to increase hype

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I would like recurring characters but only if Konami does it right.

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I wouldn't mind if they added him into a scene in the HD collection tbh. Or have him mention something about meeting Walter, I actually think that'd be cool.

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VenusDoom wrote:
I wouldn't mind if they added him into a scene in the HD collection tbh.

Ohhhh boy. With how mad people got over some grime missing on the roads, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near the internet if that ever happened. Thankfully I'm fairly confident it will not.


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NanayaShiki wrote:
VenusDoom wrote:
I wouldn't mind if they added him into a scene in the HD collection tbh.

Ohhhh boy. With how mad people got over some grime missing on the roads, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near the internet if that ever happened. Thankfully I'm fairly confident it will not.


I'm gonna have to second this.

Also, I'm not sure I'd like him to be added. I don't even know where they'd be able to fit him in besides maybe a mention in a newspaper or something.

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Tabris wrote:
Travis being in Homecoming was cool but borderline pointless.

Not quite, Travis's cameo provided a convenient opportunity to segue from Alex's nightmare to Shepherd's Glen. It probably saved us from hours of walking (a la Silent Hill 2) or, worse, more random teleportation. :x

VenusDoom wrote:
I wouldn't mind if they added him into a scene in the HD collection tbh.

George Lucas pulled a similar stunt with the 2004 re-release of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

It didn't bode well with the fans.

VenusDoom wrote:
Or have him mention something about meeting Walter, I actually think that'd be cool.

Or delivering a letter to a recently-widowed man seventeen years ago. :wink:

NanayaShiki wrote:
VenusDoom wrote:
I wouldn't mind if they added him into a scene in the HD collection tbh.

Ohhhh boy. With how mad people got over some grime missing on the roads, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near the internet if that ever happened. Thankfully I'm fairly confident it will not.

I can already taste the shitstorm that would ensue. :shock:


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