Very interesting. But I think that's kinda wrong.
Silent Hill Origins for PSP got 78. That's almost AA. And usually psp games recieve HEAVY criticism.
Silent Hill Shattered Memories, the wii version got 79, almost 80. And that game took away all forms of combat.
Alan Wake, okay it's an action game for the most part. But it recieved a very decent score, 83 and not because of the action. Mainly because of the amazing atmosphere it creates.
Then there's condemned 1 and 2. Okay, there's combat but not all the way through and to be fair, it's one scary game.
The games got 81 and 80 on metacritic.
And then a game that solely relies on combat comes along, Vampire Rain.
lol well do I need to explain?
I think survival horror is still very alive. The new silent hill titles were well recieved even though Shattered Memories had no combat whatsoever.
Survival horror is still out there. Maybe it's not as dominant but styles change from generation to generation. This generation, shooters is the popular thing. Older generations it was mainly the rpgs or the survival horror, as indicated.
Check this out:http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/925/925275p1.html
Siren: Blood Curse, that ps3 game (which looks pretty damn awesome) got to number 6. Great achievement!
Penumbra got 4th.
You see, critics still appreciate some of this survival horror stuff. It may have evolved slightly but it's still survival horror.
If you really care about survival horror, emulate ps1 survival horror games on psp or get psx classics on ps3