Rated 5 out of 10 by Fiveplusfour Silent Hill Homecoming
I bought this game a couple days after it came out being a huge silent hill nerd like me. The graphics looked pretty nice and I was looking forward to how it came out. Well overall I was disappointed. The controls were easy, Along with the graphics were pretty nice and made up for some of the bad things with the game, And some Monster designs were okay. The storyline was one big turn off, It was confusing, rushed and it felt like I was just playing a really bad remake of a previous SH game. Most of the game I was wondering if I was watching the movie because it seemed about 50% of the game was stuff just copied from the movie. The endings were also a major no-no because half of them were bad, one good one (and I'm not counting the abduction ending). If you plan on getting this game if your a silent hill fan to add to your collection I highly recommend not to, Its better off renting it since the game is fairly short. As a newcomer to the silent hill series I recommend thinking twice about playing.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Sull3877 An Honest Review
This game is without a Doubt, Silent Hill! Its Fun, Horrifying, Nerve Pinching, Chilling, And Puzzling! This Franchise has been passing down since i was a kid, and continuing the Sequel is Silent Hill Homecoming! You are Alex Shepard who has just been sent home after getting injured in a brutal battle. You return to your hometown, Silent Hill! only to find out something has gone horribly wrong. The people are missing, the Mayor has gone crazy, your family has been driven into chaos, and your brother has recently disappeared. Searching for his brother, he discovers that the Town he grew up in, has turned into Hell itself. This game is worth buying in every way, but something is just missing in this Silent Hill sequel...Your just too well prepared, you have plenty of ammo, and there are weapons everywhere for you to use, which makes the game too easy, and not much of a survival horror. Besides that, this game is worth buying...Buy it now
Rated 7 out of 10 by BlackClaudia Not Bad At All.
Silent Hill fans always rage over how "terrible" this game is. Really, it's not bad. In fact, it's a good game. And I really enjoyed it. However, I do agree that it is not nearly as great as the older games in the series by the original Team Silent; but that's okay. It may lack some of the qualities that original Silent Hill had, but I still consider it a decent addition to the series. I also must admit that this game starts off pretty slow. The first hour or two were pretty boring for me. But I was pleased to find that the game picks up later on, and I was able to get pretty in to it. The gameplay may also seem difficult for fans of previous games. You actually have to aim now, and instead of blocking, you dodge, or roll; something I had a few problems with timing correctly earlier on. But once you bet used to it, it'll be a piece of cake. This game also has a few bad glitches, perticularly in one area, but these are easily avoidable. Overall, even with a few problems, I enjoyed this game, and would recommend it to any Silent Hill fan.
Rated 7 out of 10 by BonesJustice It's still Silent Hill.
I remember when Silent Hill first released on the Playstation One and it terrified me more than any other horror game at the time. Silent Hill 2 then surpassed it with the introduction of Pyramid Head and a twisted story. After that, it kinda felt like every game was just a remake of the first 2 games but slightly modified (except The Room which was never suppose to be a Silent Hill game in the first place). Homecoming in every way feels and plays like a Silent Hill game but with tuned gameplay mechanics. The puzzles are as tough as ever. The combat is a lot more tolerable with the ability to dodge and counter now. The graphics are really good too. Towards the end of the game, there are some very disturbing grotesque sequences that will be very memorable for years to come. Personally, I've wanted to see this series evolve into something new so I'm not as big of a fan for Homecoming as I am for previous Silent Hill games. I say rent this game and then decide. It's very unlike any other game this generation and I'm sure it's a must-buy for some.
Rated 7 out of 10 by Electronaut72 Not bad, once you get used to it
Despite being developed by a different studio, "Homecoming" is still very much a Silent Hill game. There's lots of fog, disgusting monsters, earthtone colors everywhere, weird puzzles, and yes...clunky controls. As Silent Hill's first hi-def offering, everything looks OK (aside from some occasional polygon clipping). The story and dialogue are a little bit more straight-forward than previous Silent Hills too, which is a welcome change. So why all the mixed reviews? First of all, the controls could use some work. The inclusion of light and strong attacks was a good idea, as well as the dodge button...but the combat system as a whole is poorly designed for you to deal with multiple enemies at once. Add this to the fact that health and ammo are scarce, and you can imagine the frustration. Also, as is Silent Hill tradition, be aware that some of the later puzzles can be confusing. If you're a survival horror fan, I still recommend "Homecoming". Just make sure to have a strategy guide handy for your first playthrough...it'll make the experience much more enjoyable.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Boxcar Amazing, true silent hill horror
Words can't describe this game. Sure it was made by american developers and not the original developers but that doesn't stop this game from being true to the silent hill franchise, i won't spoil anything all i have to say is Silent Hill fans buy this game it is a good, no no it is a GREAT game maybe not one of the best out of the series but it certainly is up there with the others and is safe to say that Silent Hill is still alive. The game carries out the true psychological horror that is well known for this game, the enemies details are absolutely great (even better than the "human" characters), controls play nice and got a pretty good reboot from the original series, in a good way. I'm not reviewing this game as a fan and saying its good just because i like silent hill games, no, i'm saying it because it really is safe to say that Double Helix put out an excellent effort for the series and props to them! For you newcomers to the series, no worries you don't really have to know from past silent hill games to understand this one, its great for the fans and the newer people.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Forest Song The Game
This game is horrifying. Of course, that may sound like a bad thing, but if you're looking into this, you're probably an adrenaline junkie seeking that sort of thing. The story line itself has some twists that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. On top of that, the gameplay is quite a challenge. Throughout the entirity of the installment, you must reserve everything you have in order to survive. Find all the materials you can get and keep them as long as you can. This includes health potions, bullets, and weapons. If you're not careful, you may find yourself in a sticky situation, and one that is a pain to get out of. There are several different endings, which all vary on which choices you make in-game. The character you are playing has his mind set that he must find his brother, and there is nothing you can do to change programming... If you do not like gore or terror or scary movies, this product is not right for you. Otherwise, it is an amazing investment that will make you shake in your seat and possibly give you those nightmares you were looking for.
Rated 7 out of 10 by Richie C. Its a decent entry for the series
The sound and visuals are excellent. But the game lacks the kind of creepiness and weirdness in the environments that the first four SH games had. The locales can be kind of plain and sterile. Enemies are cool looking though and you'll be fighting a lot of them. There's a new combat system and it will be put to use frequently. Running away isn't always the best solution like it was in the past as enemies will follow you and can increase in number if you don't eliminate them as you meet them. The developers did a good job with this, I think, minus a few glitches here and there. The story is okay and doesn't mess with the core story canon. Perhaps more backstory about the town will be revealed in Silent Hill 5? Just a reminder, this is Silent Hill: Homecoming and is NOT Silent Hill 5. Anyway, buy this game! It may be a few more years before we get another Silent Hill game, so enjoy it.
Rated 8 out of 10 by cincinnatus great survival horror
Despite a lot of negative reviews, I found this game to be great. I was a bit skeptical because of the negative reviews but I learned to never listen to what a mainstream website has to say. The only Silent Hill I've played before this was The Room but I would say that this is the best. Improved combat is welcome addition, and the graphics and gameplay is top notch. And about the main character being "too skilled" for the the creatures of Silent Hill, you probably didn't play past the first part. I'm about 4 or 5 hours in and I've died a few times. I don't know how long the game is but I've enjoyed playing it so far and I intend to eventually beat it. One thing you must understand is that this is supposed to be a psychological horror game filled with challenging feats and problems to solve. Forget what you know about the other Silent Hill games and give it a try.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Yamileech It's not a sequel but it works!
I know most of the Silent Hill lines have been tied together in some fashion like Silent Hill for PSOne and the sequel Silent Hill 2 for PS2 but this one is pretty good even though it's not a continuation story line. I loved the way it took quests from the movie in a way (If you haven't seen the movie, please do, it was excellent). I look at Silent Hill to be the leading survival horror title over most and this title keeps the series in the running quite well. If you are into the fast paced action survival, I would say this title will easily entertain and scare the bejeesus out of you. Yes, I said bejeesus. In all honesty, there wasn't too much to criticize on it, so I'll keep the negative's to a short stint. I can't say anything for it's length since I haven't done all the difficulties, but I can say, you WILL have to up the brightness on it since MOST of the game is EXCEPTIONALLY dark. Although the mists are a pain most of the time, if you took them out, you wouldn't be playing a Silent Hill game. Besides this... I saw nothing else wrong and overall I had and am still having a great time playing this excellent game.