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GF Rating
6.5

1178 ratings

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

An Improvement to the Series

posted by starlessbird (VANCOUVER, WA) Apr 25, 2012

Member since Apr 2012

3 out of 6 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Graphics are outdated, but not distracting.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 While the outdated graphics were fine, the very obvious stuttering framerate did more to pull me out of the game and distract me than anything else.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.

The Good:
-Interesting story and character
-Some brilliant moments
-Interesting take on the town
-Great sounds/soundtrack

The Bad:
-The graphics/framerate
-A few bits that get old fast
-Monsters were dull
-The fight or flight/combat mechanics felt unfair

Not great, but an improvement.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

silent hill

posted by mrsmaggie2u (CABOT, AR) Apr 4, 2012

Member since Apr 2012

1 out of 8 gamers (12%) found this review helpful

it is fun looking for clues and doing puzzles while outrunning zombies!

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Worth playing wont be game of the year!!

posted by mars188 (BRISTOW, OK) Mar 28, 2012

Top Reviewer

Member since Dec 2003

1 out of 6 gamers (17%) found this review helpful

My big beef with this game not enough scary moments are bad guys. You can go for 30 minns without nothing to fight. Then when you do cross paths with a bad guy its not that thrilling. halfway through the game i only dyed onetime and that was from a falll. If you want a scary game go play Dead-space 2

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