Rated 10 out of 10
by nintendonerd27 Finally!
I have been waiting 2 years for this game and it's finally here! The town of Silent Hill has evolved in this game and become more elaborate and beautiful then ever before. The game features tiny details to disorient you, causing the game to be even scarier than many of the past games in the series. The game stays true to the brilliant franchise and really does a good job of bringing you back to the horrifying town. Silent Hill Downpour (Silent Hill 8) is simply beautiful.
My only complaint is a glitch in the graphics, causing things to look very sketchy and pixelated once in a while (especially during cut scenes) The game however is still worth buying!
Rated 0 out of 10 by Maou Excited, for sure.
I'm looking forward to this one, mostly because I think that, finally, Silent Hill is going to stop being trashy and get good again. The first three were terrifying, and the fourth was pretty good, but after that the series completely fell apart. It felt like they were trying to be Resident Evil in Silent Hill with worse controls and worse plot lines. Then, Downpour came along and I was like, "The dark is receding! Or, more accurately, the dark is finally coming back!" I'm looking forward to many tense moments, huddled up in a blanket with a bag of Snickers and a glass of Coke, pushing myself through another psychological onslaught. My only concern, for now, is the music. Akira Yamaoka was downright brilliant, and I don't know much about this next guy. Akira really made those tense moments shine, like in SH2 at the beginning with 'White Noiz'. Even so, I'm laying my hopes into this next installment and hoping that I can thoroughly enjoy Downpour. Even if it does scare the pants off of me.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Electronaut72 The Revival Of Silent Hill?
The developers are claiming that Silent Hill: Downpour will be a glorious re-invention of the series, but I'm not so sure. They say it will have breakable weapons, less inventory items, few firearms (if any at all), more exploration, and tougher puzzles. For instance: You'll be fighting off monsters with whatever rusty farm tool that happens to be nearby--until it breaks and then you have to make a mad dash for another. This could be either an ingenious device to give players an ever-present sense of fear, or it could make the game a frustrating mess. Less inventory could mean the absence of healing items all together, and a sort of "hide-and-heal" mechanic that we often see in first-person shooters. If everything comes together right, Silent Hill: Downpour might be the breath of fresh air the series needs. Based on the trailer videos, the graphics and overall aesthetic impress...but will the story and gameplay deliver? We'll just have to wait and see.
Rated 9 out of 10 by SerialChiller Atmospheric
So far this is the best Silent Hill since The Room (my opinion). My only complaints are the glitchy frame rate, the combat mechanics (if a monster is too close when you go to swing a weapon, it'll stick in the middle of the swing) and a couple of other minor bugs (sometimes when you drop a weapon, it'll disappear in the environment and my second play thru, there was almost No demons even in the worst of the storm except for the scripted sequences). None of these issues cripple the game but if they were fixed, I'd give Downpour at least a 9.6 for the great story, environments, atmosphere and the new otherworld design which pulled an element from Silent Hill 3 that I'd been waiting to see return. Daniel Licht's work on the soundtrack is pretty nice but not as unique as Akira's. I'm really curious to see where Akira would've taken the sound design for Downpour since it's more atmosphere-focused than previous SH titles
Rated 0 out of 10 by painxinxvain The way resident evil 5 should have gone.
Ok, so this looks like it will be more like the original. Explore find things that unlock your path on to a different area.
This is were resident evil 5 and ya resident 4 too took their turns for the worst. (don't get me wrong both were excellent games.) They lacked the exploring and puzzles that made the first games of their times stand out.
This game looks like it will bring back that nature of game where you might actually have to explore more then one area before you can move forward. You may have to backtrack to find that one thing you missed/need to move on. maybe your weapon broke and you don't have another one and you need to survive till the darkness fades away. Or the if i turn this corning in the light there's a dead body hanging from a fence, but durning the darkness that body has found a way to move. Maybe it be off the chains that hold it there, or maybe it will still be stuck there but the item will be behind it.
Either way this game has the graphics the original one couldn't have back then. If the music and gameplay step up it will be a fantastic game.
Rated 9 out of 10 by dyslexicboy111 Silent Hill does it again...
I played this Silent Hill and I must say...this is amazing! This was my first ever Silent Hill game and I bought it when it was first released. There are plenty of side quests plus most of them, can give you a good scare. You start off as a man by name of Murphy Pendleton and you are looking for someone. The only negative influence in this game is the lag. There is so much lag in this game, especially when you see the 'Saving' symbol at the top right corner of the game. Overall, this game is great but not perfect and I think they can do much better. This game is in a third person view plus you get tons of weapons but be careful. Your weapons starts to wear out once you use it. This game is realistic and you can actually see Silent Hill. This and Silent Hill: Homecoming are the only two Silent Hill games that I own. I'm not a Silent Hill fan and I'm towards becoming one (since they are awesome).
Rated 0 out of 10 by Holly I'll wait until the better games come out in 2012
I recall buying the first Silent Hill - I think it was still on the PS2! Ironically. And while the storyline was gripping and it certainly gave you a scare, I'm starting to wonder if the designers behind this title have ANY OTHER MATERIAL worth putting in a game? It's so repetitive. Looking at the trailer for this one, the inmate guy gets on a bus leaving prison. The driver gets distracted and SWERVES off some (Back woods - middle of nowhere) road. But wait, isn't that kind of how the FIRST silent hill began? I'll probably start buying this title when they stop opening with THAT ONE SCENE! GOSH - you'd think by NOW - they'd be able to come up with SOMETHING different.. How's about this (Silent Hill Creators) How's about a guy hops a plane, heading out of the country, plane crashes - and he's the SOUL Survivor? Try that one or something different. This back woods intro has gotten quite dull. ;)
Rated 3 out of 10 by PolarDad Downpour is a downer
I find it difficult to understand all of the positive reviews for this game. I've been a longtime fan of this series but this installment was frustrating beyond belief. The game continuously glitches and freezes up, often during combat. I know this is a common issue because I've seen similar complaints both from XBox and PS3 owners on other sites. There is virtually no sound or music during gameplay (unless you count the annoying police sirens) and the graphics are below the usual PS3 standards. There's very little variety in the enemies you encounter and the scares just aren't there. The inclusion of side missions is a nice touch but the glitches were just too overwhelming for me to bother with them. This was the first time I returned a game before completing it and it will likely be my last visit to Silent Hill.
Rated 0 out of 10 by pfcallen92 a possible silent hill revival??
ive been a fan of silent hill ever since the first one came out, even here on my deployment to iraq i still have all of them with me and enjoy them when i get the chance,however i seem to think that the past couple of silent hill titles seem to be lacking that special spark that previous titles had. "silent hill 4: the room," "homecoming," "shattered memories," and "origins," all were lacking, they just didnt have the original spark that the old ones had but this new one seems to have a decent amount of leverage baking it up. it seems that the new producers took the series and re-amped it up and took the original concept of the game and put a new and suprisingly well twist on it. all i can say is that i look forward to this new title and i hope that i can get some good scares out of it
Rated 0 out of 10 by sOcOmWrEcKsYoO SILENT HILL
ahhh my favorite series is back!!!! while everyone hates on shattered memories and homecoming i kinda think they were a fun little experience to hold us over till we finally get what all silent hill fans want....the next silent hill 2. not a repeat or a remake but something that truly effs with your mind, makes you actually think, and scares you beyond repare just like sH2 did to us back in the day. now with that said idk how this game will do however the developers making this game were hugeeeeee silent hill fans and even said in an interview how disappointed they were with shattered memories, homecoming and SH4 so clearly they know what silent hills flaws have been with new developers. also they said that this was going to be if not the best, the most horrific silent hill yet and for a silent hill fan to say that knowing how brutally perfect us silent hill fans want are games, this silent hill must be pretty freaking good, and i really hope it is because i would really like to see akira yamaoka come back if the game is successful but you never know, the new composer may give us a similar enough feel to the games that akira did or maybe it will give us a better feel for these amazing games!