posted by clovelady (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Mar 17, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
I'm currently up to the monastery in Silent Hill Downpour and so far, I'm really happy with the game. While alot of the more well known publications are saying that the game is plagued with technical issues I haven't seen too many. Some clipping glitches and occasional framerate drops occur, but nothing that, in my opinion, takes away from the overall play of the game. Combat, like with all other silent hill games, is second rate. It's slow and can feel unwieldy at times, but the combat is spaced out far enough that this doesn't prove to be too much of a nuisance. The story itself harkens back to the classic Silent Hill series (1, 2, and 3) making this less survival-horror and much more psychological thriller which I thought was a very welcome return for the series. Overall the gameplay is solid, the storyline is exciting, and the scares are plentiful and yes, mannequins make a dramatic return. All in all a worthwhile rental that I would recommend to any fan of the series.
posted by starlessbird (VANCOUVER, WA) Apr 25, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
From the get go, the game is a rental at best until it hits at least $30. For a Silent Hill game, it isn't great, but it is a step in the right direction and an imporvement over Homecoming.
Graphics are outdated, but not distracting. I played on the PS3 and oh boy were there some problems with framerate. And it isn't a choice of loading screen or slight dip in framerate, because there were loading screens too and half my drops in framerate were during combat scenes or if I turned around too fast (my PS3 is fine). While the outdated graphics were fine, the very obvious stuttering framerate did more to pull me out of the game and distract me than anything else. The blood splatter on the camera was annoying as well.
As far as story and characters go, Downpour did fairly well. The endings were a bit lackluster.
Some things got old fast though. When you open a door and walk into a room, it will eventually close behind you with a loud bang. This is scary twice. Then it gets annoying. There are quite a few gimmics like this. I loved the other sounds in the game though. I quite enjoyed the soundtrack. The monsters however, were lacking and looked pretty generic.
The combat mechanics were frustrating. I like that you had to swing hard and heavy. It means that the emphasis was no longer on combat, like it was in Homecoming. The idea is to run away more than fight. But I found a lot of places where that didn't work. I didn't like the free roam in Silent Hill because half the time I would go somewhere and get into a dead end, then monsters would endlessly spawn behind me. So naturally you get blocked in a corner and get murdered because even blocking staggers you.
-Interesting story and character
-Some brilliant moments
-Interesting take on the town
-A few bits that get old fast
-Monsters were dull
-The fight or flight/combat mechanics felt unfair
dont listen to ign or other review sites. this game is defenifely silent hill and fun. a must rental. not worth buying until it hits 30 but rent this if you want something different or love survival horror. the framerate dips alot when loading or saving would be the major downside but all in all good fun