Have you ever played your Silent Hill title of choice, and thought to yourself, "It's good, but wouldn't this be worlds better if it were a bit more like Dungeon Siege?" For both of you who said yes, then hop on the S.S. Vita and set a course for KonamiVille, because there's a most lovely surprise waiting for you. Book of Memories, the fabled co-op friendly Silent Hill game, has allowed but the faintest flicker of its essence (i.e. screenshots) to materialize in this realm. Back in June, I wrote a rather testy article about the prospect of Silent Hill multiplayer; I'll spare you a follow-up rant/regurgitation, since those who read the site regularly have probably gathered that I'm not terribly hot on this "post-Team Silent and especially Akira Yamaoka
you sexy jerk" era, so I'll let the screenshots speak for themselves. Featuring an isometric perspective, as well as visible damage meters for both allies an enemies, comparisons to games like Dungeon Siege and Diablo are inevitable. The game is without a solid release date, though it is expected to hit store shelves sometime in 2012. Also, be sure to check Destructoid for some additional images from Book of Memories.
Part of me - that opinionated fanboy who still pines for the glory of yesteryear - is slightly bitter about this development in the much-beloved saga. A larger part of said fanboy is extraordinarily bitter, on account of the fact that in spite of my fervent hopes, Book of Memories is not the top-down spaceship shooter I had been hoping for - and it should have been. Featuring a flying saucer/town piloted by the dog from Silent Hill 2, this classic-in-waiting would have pitted everyone's favorite canine against wave after wave of overtly phallic alien ships, eventually coming to a glorious climax in a battle against Pyramid HeadTron Mk. IV. Not only is this a profoundly good idea - that much is self-evident - but such an approach would ensure that Pyramid Head would never again be tacked on, directly or implicitly, to another Silent Hill title. True, developers might still try, but once you see a character truly and utterly destroyed, body and soul torn asunder in an HD explosion so divine that it contains within its pixels the face of God himself, there's no turning back.
You're welcome, Konami, and I'll take my payment in advance.