I've played the original through to Downpour and I love each one of them. Origins is my favorite, though I'm the first to admit it has its flaws. What I enjoy most about the series is that it has a little something for everyone. For those of us who love to ponder theories for hours on end these games give us a lot to think about. The characterisation is great, and I personally really enjoy the indirect story telling via notes that is a common thread across the series. There's plenty of challenge for those who like to do 10 star and speed runs. The music is delightful for audiophiles and the visuals still look great on the original games to this day. Another fun aspect for me is that the clothing from the games is usually pretty realistic. (That can also be a challenge in itself to faithfully recreate pieces whose rib-knit is a certain size, or whose pockets are folded just a certain way). As a cosplayer, I love the attention to detail that the programmers put into the character maps. For example, Richard's dress shirt has no pockets on it. The only type of men's dress shirts like that are the custom tailored ones, and if you think about it, that matches his character's personality so well! Regular dress shirts would just not be good enough for Richard Braintree, right? That is the kind of thing you find in this series all over the place, from items, to clothing, to locations, and I really adore it.
I am a huge stickler for accuracy with the costumes I make, and because I'm a perfectionist I'm never completely satisfied with my work for one reason or another, especially because I tend to make horribly beginner errors like parting the wig incorrectly or putting my holster on the wrong side of the costume. Surprisingly, I have found that making accurate Silent Hill costumes can be a real challenge. Many people assume that you can stroll into a thrift store and find the right piece of clothing because most of the characters wear every day casual clothes. This works for certain characters really well, but for others I have found that it is actually a lot harder and either takes many fruitless trips to thrift stores, or the realisation that I somehow have to make a mock M-65-esque jacket because the real ones are missing the front pockets that James' has, and then I went and botched the patches on it after I put all the work into making the jacket itself sadly, so that whole project was just frustrating! Sometimes (most of the time?) things just don't turn out as I envision them in my head.
To date, my favorite costume is my Maria. It's not perfect, nowhere near it, but I was still happy about how it all came together, especially the makeup because that is something I struggle with. I also was proud of it because it was fairly tough to make. I hand crafted each leopard spot, and on the back of the skirt it matches the render file almost 1:1. Plus, I had an awesome James to cosplay her together with! I have been really spoiled to have the opportunity to cosplay with a friend of mine who has been into the series since the original game came out, so that's been a great experience as well. I love the hobby, the fandom, my fellow extremely talented Silent Hill cosplayers, and I will be continuing to slowly check off costumes I have planned to make. When I'm done, and if I get to everything I want to, I'll have cosplayed the majority of female characters in all the games, including some of the different versions of the ones from Shattered Memories. Right now I've got fabric for a lot of my planned work and have a lot of costumes in various stages of progress too.
You can check out more of her incredible cosplays via the links:
Anne Cunningham, SHSM Dahlia, Cybil Bennett, SHSM Lisa, Lisa Garland, Nurse Eileen, Maria, Judge Holloway,
Casual Lisa SHSM, Elle Holloway, Mary, Eileen.
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