Summary: " Silent Hill Downpour " is a real mixed bag of a game as it has many good points but nothing that will live long in the memory. Without question the game will provide several hours of enjoyment but on the flip side also several hours of frustration and for these reasons alone I would say that there are better ways to spend your hard earned cash unless you are a fan of the franchise then you will probably enjoy the experience.
Conclusion: I give the storyline score an 8.5/10 Summary: Good -Interesting story and characters. -Beautiful atmosphere. -Exploring Bad -Bad sound effects. -Poor combat. -Last gen graphics. Overall I think the has room for improvement but it's on its way to becoming what it once was.
Excerpt: Some might argue that the canon was lost once it left the hands of its original developers; since that time it has been passed from studio to studio, each with ingenuous intentions of making the first ‘next gen’ standout. Regrettably, that still hasn’t happened.
Excerpt: Throughout the years, the Silent Hill games have managed to carve out a nice little niche in the horror survival genre, with ordinary folks stumbling into extraordinary and scary situations within the strange, little town. Fans have embraced the games rather quickly, flaws and all, and they were eager to see where the next chapter in the series, Silent Hill: Downpour , would lead.
Summary: There are certainly some of you who fill find this game of some interest, the majority of you will be displeased with your purchase, so don’t. Save your money, find something else to spend it on and wait for Silent Hill Downpour’s price to spiral downward. Then, look really hard before you spend money on it.
Excerpt: Silent Hill, a series once known for a particular brand of masochistic escapism, hasn’t enjoyed a hit since it left the stewardship of Team Silent. Its track record has been shaky since. With Silent Hill: Downpour, it's up to Vatra Games to bring the series back to its nightmarish roots. Can the new team's efforts appease the dark powers?
Excerpt: Survival-horror games are defined by constraint: In horror, characters are trapped, with no apparent way out. Movement is slow, and combat inexpert. Born of the original PlayStation generation, the survival-horror genre was defined by technological limitations and strict conventions.
Conclusion: That low level stress that sank into my bowels was initially and incorrectly tagged as vexation over a tired concept, that the game didn't agree with me - or more accurately I didn't agree with the game. I was only partially right. What I finally realised is that there's some horror staples that are far too bloody effective on me. I haven't visited Silent Hill in eight years. The continued twisting of my gut while I played Downpour reminded me why.
Pros: + A strong take on a classic setup + Story uncluttered + Expands past the borders of the town.
Cons: - Combat is weak - Monsters hilarious rather than terrifying - Audio mix is poor.