Silent Hill 3 is the third installment in the Silent Hill survival horror series and a direct sequel to the first game, although this is kept secret from the player for plot twist purposes. Like the previous entries, Silent Hill 3 is a survival horror combining action-based combat and puzzle-solving, but is somewhat more combat-oriented than the preceding installments. The main character is able to side-step and block some attacks, but in general shares with the other protagonists of the series their relative ineptitude in combat.
Seventeen years have passed since the events of the first game, and the baby whom the Incubator gave to Harry Mason at the end of the first game, Heather Mason, is now a teenage girl. Harry took Heather into his care to raise as his own daughter. One fine day, Heather goes shopping but is suddenly thrust into a strange alternate reality filled with demonic imagery and twisted monsters. She hears footsteps, disgusting, creepy monsters attack her, and she has to defend herself. Heather quickly comes to find that the events unfolding around her have something to do with her past. Exploring the eerie town of Silent Hill, she must find a way to escape.