I absolutely LOVED Homecoming and Downpour (as well as Shattered Memories on the Wii). Desperate for more Silent Hill, more fascinating monster designs, and more knowledge of the storylines in the SH universe, I went back to try this game. I tried both 2 & 3 and unfortunately could not stand to play either one for more than 20-30 minutes. You have no control over the camera angle, so half the time the camera is facing your character and you have no clue what you're walking into. Which, in a game where there could be monsters lurking around any corner, is an impossible way to play! I couldn't believe that they didn't realize the error in this when they made 2 and would have corrected it for 3. The fighting mechanics were pretty poor as well. In 2, the first monster you encounter has the lovely habit of very quickly slithering away once it's knocked down to the ground. And unfortunately it's absurdly difficult to kill it on the ground before it has a chance to slither off because for some reason pressing A doesn't automatically direct your attack downwards at the target - you have to keep pressing it and maybe by lucky chance after a few pointless swipes at the air your guy will finally decide to land a kick...if it hasn't gotten away by then. In 3 in particular, there seemed to be a very noticeable lag between when you hit A and when the character actually attacked, leaving you open to taking a ton of damage in the meantime.
Yes there is a ton of walking around and a ton of frustrating exploration where you just run into one blocked road after another and have to find alternate routes, but I got used to that with Homecoming & Downpour. It's obviously a staple of the franchise and I'm willing to deal with it. But when you have no control over the camera and spend so much time looking behind your character rather than at where you're headed, it makes it intolerable. Really disappointed that terrible mechanics ruined what could have been a really engrossing game.
posted by Sherilosco (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Jun 4, 2013
Member since Jun 2013
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The game is really awful in the fact that during the first 20 mins or so all you do is run around or actually walk around boring. I expected more, The graphica are visually stunning but I would not pay to keep this. I hate that you are in 3rd person mode and you start off in a bathroom and you are running in circles to figure it out on how to get out,