Silent Hill Downpour
Not scary, more cinematic experience
I've never played silent hill before in my life. I have heard it's freaky, so I thought I'd try it. Here's what I think. The game's scary moments are mixed in jump scares, pshychological fear, and freaky atmosphere. Yet, it's not very scary. It tries to be cinematic, and it is. If you are only playing for a scare, you won't enjoy this. But, if, like me, you just want to see what everyone's talking about and play a short game that has a bit of an appeal, go ahead. This is the only game that I've actually enjoyed watching cutscenes, because they were more like watching an animated movie to me. The game is OK, until the end. The end is awesome. THere are a few different endings, I got the truth and justice ending, or Ending B, which did an amazing job of binding together confusing parts of the game to where they really make a lot of sense. But, the game is pretty repetitive, and took me only a few days to complete, like 6 hours. Don't buy it for more than 20 bucks, but it's an awesome game to rent.
It may not be a 10 But its a solid game
I am not sure why the silent hill series has to endure such harsh criticism from its own so called fan base. I myself have enjoyed the series from beginning to and that includes Homecoming.
There are a few thing about downpour that I don't love but none of these things ruin the game as a whole. I would like to have seen the dodge ability from homecoming left in the game. I know the character is not a special ops agent but any moron can perform a simple dodge maneuver. I think the item menu one of the games weakest points. It feels outdated and generic compared to recent titles in the series. The controls feel stiff but there like that in all silent hill games including the beloved silent hill 2 in fact the controls are better than most in the series. Its just to bad they didn't make the character responsive and nimble like Alan Wake.
Welcome To Silent Hill...
This looks great! It seems like Konami is taking Silent Hill back to its psychological roots, which is good. Don't get me wrong, Homecoming was cool but it just didnt scare me as much as 3 or 2 did. The only thing I'm a little worried about is the soundtrack. I mean, Akira Yamaoka has been the man behind Silent Hill's creepy as anything soundtrack and he's not gonna be behind this one. Other than my concern over the music, though, i'm fairly confident this game will destroy peoples minds and make them afraid of the Rain for years.
Finally a new Installment!!!
YES! A new silent! I love all things silent hill, even Shattered Memories that everyone hates on is still amazing in my opinion. I have no doubt this will be fantastic!
Worst SH EVER!
THIS DOES NOT FEEL AT ALL LIKE A SH GAME! AS A FAN EVEN TO AN EXTENT OF ALL 7 GAMES UP TO THIS POINT I CAN SAY THIS IS THE 1ST ONE I WILL NOT KEEP FOR MY COLLECTION. IT WAS ONE THING TO LOSE AKIRA YAMAOKA (SOUND AND MUSIC DESIGNER) BUT TO COMPLETELY RUIN THE GAME'S FEEL AND EVERYTHING??? You can't backtrack at several areas if you're into exploring SH like I do. The new music composer is THE ONLY THING they did fine with. Items are so hard to see on the ground that they add a "HIGHLIGHT ITEMS" option that BARELY helps. You can only hold ONE WEAPON (No inventory for them). The game auto saves, so no more save when you want.! Takes 37 minutes before you fight first enemy, and you only fight 7 enemies in an hour and a half's time! The enemies are lame and don't fit for the series and the changing into alternate world looks dumb. I may not even finish this game. I'll replay The Room and Homecoming before I'd ever redo this one!
A good game with room for improvement
The first thing I would like to mention out about this game is concerning the reviews it has been receiving. While this game is in no way deserving of a 10 it is far less deserving of the ridiculously low scores many have posted. Fortunately the fan boys and haters seem to be close in there numbers and have effectively canceled each other out.
Now for my review:
I really enjoyed the graphics in this game. There are many games out there with better graphics but Downpour has the best graphics the SH series has to offer in my opinion. The town of silent hill has never looked better! The sound is up to par with its predecessors so it goes without saying that the game sounds great. The games controls and menu's have the greatest room for improvement. I think they are a step back from Silent Hill Homecoming. I think the ability to dodge in Homecoming was a step forward. I am not sure why they overlooked this obvious improvement to the series in Downpour. I would like to see an intuitive fluid dodging system like Alan Wake utilizes in future Silent Hill games.
I could ramble on all day about what they did right and what I would like to see changed in the future. In the end I did enjoy my time with Downpour and I plan on revisiting it.
The Future or the Downfall?
Survival horror is a genre that has undergone drastic changes in recent years. Most have simply transformed into action/action adventure titles with the occasional jump scare. Wether this game will follow that trend remains to be seen. From what Ive seen and read it looks like it is shaping up to be something truly horrific, something that will send chills down your spine as you creep from the mist covered town to the hellish otherworld. But experience has taught me to be cautious, as have the horror games of the past.
I love the Silent Hill world, but its been in a "DownPour" for years now. The first 3 I feel were the best. The 2nd being my favorite. Yes this game had a lot of upgrades since the 5th installment, but I still see the same flaws. That annoying camera being one. In most games the "autosave" feature is a blessing, but for this kind of game I found it annoying. (Bring back the red notepads!!!) DownPour is fun. I'll play a 2nd time, but its no hall of famer.
I just randomly came across this. I'm so stoked that there's another Silent Hill game coming out on the 360. I really can't wait to play Downpour because I was utterly disappointed at what Shattered Memories was.
Man, I'm excited!
IS SILENT HILL AFTER ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh boy I already read the plot or story mode if you will. Is gonna be awesome, the game is about an immate and he is been transferred from his previous prison to another, and by fate of course or just to play a cruel joke on him, they passed by his hometown. Of course the hometown is Sillent Hill people, what where you expecting Gotham City? Anyway the bus crases and him and some others immates run from the crashed bus as well. By the way, the immate is a descendant from one of the founders of the creepy town, and also..... I won't spoil it for you anymore, by the way the main theme of the game is water if you didn't figure out by the title. Get the game if you are a Silent Hill fan!!!!!!!!!!!!