Silent Hill Downpour Review

Posted By: Whitney   March 29th, 2012 | 9:00 pm

Silent Hill Downpour is the eighth core game in the Silent Hill series and it follows Murphy Pendleton as he tries to escape the horrors of the town after his prison-transfer bus crashes nearby. This is the second game released on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 systems and was promised to be a true return to the form and styles of the Team Silent era of games. I had very high hopes for the title after two hands on previews and I’m happy to report that despite some technical flaws the game has lived up to the hype and is one of the best post-Team Silent games to date!

Please note while I do not spoil the story there is a very minor gameplay spoiler for an optional sidequest!

There is a lot to love about Downpour. Top on my list is the excellent thought provoking story by Tom Waltz, who was also responsible for the game’s comic tie in, Silent Hill Past Life, and producers Tomm Hulett and Devin Shatsky. Unlike some of the past post-Team Silent games – like Homecoming – Downpour does not fall into the trap of copying the formula of Silent Hill 2 with Murphy suffering from some sort of amnesia about a violent act. I don’t want to spoil the story, but it’s safe to say that Murphy has his reasons for being called to the town and it’s not a reason we’ve seen before. His back story and his growth as a character was extremely well told through flashbacks, character interactions, and notes picked up in throughout the game. I felt that I really got to know Murphy and his motivations well before the final act; I empathized with Murphy throughout his entire journey thanks to the bits and pieces I learned about his past as I traveled through town – his character arc was not rushed and crammed into the last 5 minutes of the game. But what I think makes Downpour’s story really stand out is that his reasons for being in town go beyond his inner demons and it provided quite an exciting conclusion…I won’t go more beyond that but you guys are in for a hell of a ride.

Stop startling the birds Murphy!

Speaking of Murphy, I thought that he was one of (if not “the”) best protagonist I’ve played in the series thus far. I haven’t enjoyed playing a character this much in Silent Hill since Heather in Silent Hill 3, and it was due to the fact that Murphy reacted like a real person would in his situation: he’s extremely disturbed, often questions his own sanity, and has sudden outbursts of frustration and fear even during normal game play. Moreover, when he comes across others in the town he does not ignore the fucked up things he’s seen or been though and I found it extremely refreshing to see him lash out at others for being unnecessarily obtuse. For far too long I’ve been annoyed at protagonists in the past who just sat there and let others dance around the huge elephant in the room: the town is messed up, full of monsters, and everyone there is fighting for their lives. Since Murphy’s reactions were so much like my own at times  I definitely felt closer to him as a character and really sympathize more with his plight during the game.

One of the best protagonists in my opinion

I thought that Downpour was a huge improvement in the puzzle department – especially when compared to the last two releases. The last Silent Hill game, Shattered Memories, had really lackluster puzzles whose solutions were often as simple as walking around a corner and opening a cabinet to find a key. Homecoming’s were just as unvaried and consisted mainly of one puzzle box after another. In Downpour there’s a range of puzzles types, from the simple turn-a-painting-to-progress to the multi-part fetch quest we often saw in the older games. But what I liked most about the puzzles in Downpour was that, to solve them, you just needed to pay attention to the game environment for a solution. For example, let’s say you need a combination to open a door or a safe.  That’s simple enough, but where do you start? In Downpour you may find a code by following a mysterious foot/wheel trail only revealed by your UV flashlight or it could be as simple as replacing a broken power cord to a coffee maker; the game constantly surprises you in that regard. In fact, there was one time during a side-quest in a cinema where I had no idea what I was supposed to do. (Minor Spoiler) I had already fixed a projector and found several film reels but what I played did not reveal the door code I needed to progress. It turns out that Murphy had actually provided the final clue and I simply had not paid attention: when I played one of the first reels he commented on how “real” it looked. I thought it was just an offhand comment but it was a big clue on what I had to do next: touch the film screen and enter the playing reel. (End Minor Spoiler)

Another big plus about the puzzles in Downpour is that you have the option to actually choose the puzzle difficulty. We haven’t had that option  for a while now so it was a welcome option in the game. I played through the game on normal difficulty for both action and puzzle and was surprised to find I was stumped a couple times. What’s great about the harder difficulty is that is really makes you work for the solution even if it’s your second time through the game because the items you need are often in completely different areas and there’s a lot less in-game hand holding for the solution. I really think those who’ve missed the hard puzzles from the Team Silent era will be pleasantly surprised by some of the head scratchers Downpour has to offer.

Side quests were fun and creepy

The side-quests and the amount of town exploration was another aspect I really loved about Downpour. This is the first nonlinear Silent Hill title since Silent Hill 2; I really felt I could go and do whatever I wanted once I got to town. The game does not hold your hand and it is up to you to figure out what Murphy’s next move will be. I thought the addition of side-quests was an excellent way to make players want to go out of their way to explore the town and not just stick to the main quest. Sure, many of the side-quests didn’t offer much more than a new weapon, a cool Silent Hill related easter egg, or just some creepy encounters, but overall I felt that they were all worth doing because they really gave me a better understanding about the type of people who reside in Silent Hill. It was also kind of nice to leave Murphy’s own struggles for a little while to help put other lost souls to rest. I really hope that this trend will continue in the future as I felt the 13 side-quests we had in Downpour were really not enough!

Another thing that added to the game experience was the music; Downpour’s music was phenomenal. I had high praise for the soundtrack before playing the game and overall I thought Licht did an excellent job – his score worked very well within the game even if it seemed underused at times. I think what I liked the most (and what I wish would get it’s own CD release) is the collection of licensed music used within the game. I was excited every time I came across a radio and really dug the tracks DJ Bobby Ricks played in the game. I know it’s weird, but hearing real-world songs within the game made the town seem that much more realistic to me. I loved it and I hope it’s done again in the future.

Silent Hill

Moving from the positive to the controversial, there’s been a lot talk about Downpour’s combat – both good and bad – and after playing through the game I felt it really didn’t matter much in the end because I basically avoided it when I could. I felt the battle mechanics were a bit better than they have been in previous Silent Hill titles but, just as there was in Homecoming, there was an obvious pattern in defeating the monsters. Most of the time I ran circles around the enemies until I could find an exit just because I didn’t want to break the weapon I was holding; I needed it to chop through a door, pull down a ladder, or dig up the earth. That being said, when I was forced to defend myself, I didn’t find it too overwhelming. So, the bottom line is that if you are looking for a fight you’ll definitely have the opportunity, but the fights are not constant and you have ample room to flee if desired… at least until the last level. I don’t want to give too much away, but I was pretty disappointed that the last level was essentially one large brawl fest, which forced me into constant combat similar to what is found in Homecoming. It was really jarring given that I had spent 80% of the game focused on not fighting.

As for the breakable weapons and limited inventory, I did not find it that bad until I was trying to complete all the side quests. It’s realistic that Murphy can only carry one melee weapon at a time, but it was sure was annoying when I had to double back and search the streets for a shovel or a hooked weapon because I could not progress without one which meant I had to leave my more powerful fire ax behind. I also thought it was unfortunate that Murphy couldn’t use a variety of weapons to do the same job. For example, I see that I need to pull down a ladder to enter an open window, but it’s “too high” for Murphy to jump and grab so I need a hooked weapon to bring it down. That’s fine, but is there a reason why he can’t use the hooked shape of his ax blade to bring down the ladder? It was a little annoying that I had to have one, specific weapon when it was obvious that similar weapons could also get the job done.  Also, it was pretty pathetic that Murphy could barely jump two inches in those situations. The ladders really should have been placed higher to make his need for a tool more believable.

White Men Can’t Jump

Speaking of the inventory and weapons, one of my complaints with Downpour is not knowing whether I was picking up an item or a weapon. It was very frustrating, thinking I’ve stumbled on a note, when it was only a chair off to the side… or a rock, but Murphy would dutifully drop his current (and often more powerful) weapon to pick them up. It would have been super helpful if there were some kind of separate pick-up indicator to reduce the times I accidental picked up a new weapon. And, while we are on the subject of Murphy dropping what he is holding to pick up something new, it drove me crazy that if I’m holding a melee weapon and I try to pick up a firearm, Murphy would drop his melee weapon on the floor instead of just automatically putting the firearm on his back. Yeah, I know that’s nitpicking a bit, but it drove me crazy trying to pick up a firearm in the mist of battle and drop my current melee weapon only to have to pick it up again a second later.

Dropping weapons brings up another interesting bit with Downpour: there are times when you will lose not only your weapons, but your flashlight as well.  In several areas of the game I was forced to depend on a lighter as a light source and scramble to find a melee weapon so I wouldn’t be unprotected.  Forcing us to use a lighter as a light source was a nice nod to the original Silent Hill and it was an interesting experience since the camera would pull in close. I felt really vulnerable to attack so it was as excellent way to bump up the game’s tension. The UV Flashlight was another interesting addition to the game in that it forced us to look for clues in the environment that were invisible to the naked eye. It was really creepy to follow a blood trail into the scene of a violent act and it provided an interesting way to hide extra content for fans to find and read.

Downpour’s environments shines with the little details

When it came to dealing with all that content, one of the big highlights for me was Murphy’s notebook; it contained all the notes and maps he picked up in-game. I loved the little notes he made while in the middle of side quests about what he needed to do next and I loved the personality of each note and map you picked up in the game. No two pages looked exactly alike: pages are torn, there are stains, and other things are taped together. I found it not only fun to read the content of the note but enjoyed the graphic design behind it as well… although my day-job as a graphic designer may have something to do with that.

I thought the graphics in Downpour were very nice. Sure, there were some obvious repeats in textures, like the same grime on windows, but overall I felt this game was a big step up graphically from Homecoming – notorious for its globby hair models and reuse of the same dang skinned torso everywhere. Downpour isn’t perfect though; there’s a lot of texture popping when loading a new area or even a cut scene, which I found distracting even if it only lasted a few seconds. I’ve heard this is a consequence of using the Unreal Engine so I’m hoping if Vatra tackles another Silent Hill game with the same engine they will find ways to make this texture load work a bit more smoothly.

Even with the graphic issues, there were some really pretty, detailed, and interesting environments to explore like the Centennial Building, which contains gobs of reading material on the town’s past; however, on the whole, I found the look of the town rather bland. There were too many residential areas where the buildings were just gray and boarded up, and alleyways with only a few interesting stores to look at. I realize that not having enough interesting store fronts is nitpicking on my part as the actual architecture of the buildings throughout the town is diverse. It makes sense that there isn’t a lot of stores because the area of Silent Hill that Murphy explores is not supposed to be a tourist attraction like it is across the lake. I hope that when we return to Silent Hill we will go back to the business districts just so we can look at more cool store signage.

The Otherworld

One of the things I did enjoy about Downpour’s town is that it actually looks lived in, with trash littering the streets and some decor within the building, which is a big improvement over Homecoming’s primarily empty buildings and too-clean streets. The environments seemed alive even if they were deserted: walking through the trees you could watch leaves fall to the ground, flies buzzed over rotten food, and within dark buildings rays of light would shine through the windows. It was in portraying these little details that I thought the town in this game really shined.

Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing about the creature designs in Downpour.  They were too generic looking for my tastes – probably due to all of them being humanoid in appearance. I really thought these designs were a big step backward as the roster in Homecoming and Origins were more varied and more in line with the disturbing quality expected in a Silent Hill game.

As for the Otherworld, I was impressed by what I saw and I loved the endless staircases and the flipped rooms. The water theme was incorporated very well and it proved that you don’t need to have fire and rust to have a creepy Silent Hill Otherworld.  My only disappointment with these areas was the Void-chase sequences. I felt that I missed out on a lot of  disturbing scenery because it felt like I was continually running away from this enemy. I would have preferred to deal with random enemy encounters then have this guy constantly on my ass. One positive I found, though, was that going the wrong way during a chase sequence did not mean instant death. It was awesome that the area looped into itself giving me a chance to go down the right path without having to die over and over again just because I made one wrong turn.

The Void was annoying.

Another aesthetic I thought Downpour did very well was breaking the 4th wall to make you paranoid in the safety of your own home. You expect to be creeped out by the disturbing situations Murphy finds himself in but it was certainly a surprise to have the game suddenly go from giving you helpful gaming tips in the loading screen to telling you “We are all slowly dying,” that “they never loved you” and to “STOP DOING THAT!”

As much as I liked Downpour, even I have to admit there were some bad design decisions and technical problems that bog the game down. One of the main technical issues I had playing on the Xbox 360 was with the frame rate stuttering, which I didn’t notice until I explored Silent Hill past the Centennial Building. And it continued to get worse outdoors the longer I played in one sitting – restarting the game reduced the lag a little bit. I’ve heard that downloading the game to the Xbox hard drive also eased this problem somewhat, but I haven’t tried it myself. I’ve heard varying reports from other fans about the severity of this frame rate problem on the Playstation 3. Some have said it was so bad it would cause the game to freeze and force a hard reset while others stated it was more like my own experience: annoying but not game-breaking. This is a real big downer as the game is pretty excellent overall; there should be no reason for this sort of lag. I really hope Konami will put out a patch to solve this issue in the future.

Another annoying technical aspect was how the game auto saved everywhere. Other fans have noticed that the lag was especially bad for them every time the game saved a checkpoint. Personally, I think the game would have been a whole lot better if I could have saved at a normal save point like we did in Silent Hill games past. This auto save mechanic was super frustrating when trying to collect all the mysteries because I often realized too late that I had forgotten one in a previous location and had no way to return to that point easily because all the auto saves since that point had filled in the available slots.  It also prevented me from loading older games because the automatic save would write over older saves as you went further along in the game.  You were essentially forced to stay within the same 10-20 min of gameplay at any given time, which I found way too limiting.


There were also a couple of times when I wasn’t sure where the game had actually saved. Sure, there’s an icon that pops up, but there were times when I shut off my console directly after watching a cutscene where a save icon had popped up, but when I came back to the game later, I found I had to recollect a bunch of items and re-watch the cut scene because the game didn’t really save my progress; it just had only created a check point. I really hope the next title will go back to the old way and use a save spot method.

And speaking of rewatching cutscenes, why wasn’t a skip button included? I realize game makers want us to sit and watch their cutscenes but when I’m playing the game for the second or third time it’s ridiculous that I’m force to watch the story play out again, and again… and again. The previous Silent Hill games allowed us to skip them and I say taking that option away was a big step in the wrong direction.

Another small annoyance I had was when the game would suddenly go into a fixed camera mode.  Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this as it is a nice nod to the play style of games past, but it drove me nuts because whenever this happened Murphy would no longer be able to run. This was incredibly annoying when I found myself having to go back an forth several fixed camera rooms in the Centennial Building. If you want to sprinkle in the fixed camera, that’s fine, just allow us the same mobility please!

Not impressed by the monster designs

I also took issue with there being no key for the in-game map in the instruction manual or in-game. Normally I wouldn’t need a key, the marks on the paper are mostly self-explanatory, but I was super confused what the little question marks Murphy wrote meant when I first played. I see now that they indicated the location of a sidequest or an interesting area, but I was really confused for a while – especially since the question marks did not go away after the completion of the side quest in the area. Also: the game sorely needs a quick-map button! Hitting select then manually flipping back and forth through Murphy’s notebook to get to get a quick look at the map got real old real fast.

For all the negatives, there was a technical feature I was pretty wowed by: the ability to play the game 3-D. I have never played a 3-D game before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the game looked and how smoothly it ran. I figured that with all the lag problems I had playing the game normally the gameplay would have suffered even worse while in 3-D mode, but the opposite seemed to be the case; if anything, it seemed to me like it ran better. I’m not sure why, but my guess is that some of the stuff that slows the game down during normal gameplay was scaled back a bit in an effort to compensate for the 3-D mode… maybe? I don’t think I could play the entire game this way since watching things in 3-D strains my eyes, but I think those who prefer a 3-D experience will be pretty thrilled with how well it was implemented in the game. The 3-D mode was not just a cheap gimmick!

Despite the technical issues, I enjoyed my experience with Silent Hill Downpour immensely as it really brought the series back to its roots with a focus on exploration and an excellent, engaging, thought-provoking story. It only would have needed some small gameplay design tweeks and some technical issues resolved to have been perfect…in fact, out of the 8 Silent Hill games, I would rank Downpour in my top 3; if you haven’t checked it out yet, Downpour is definitely worth a playthrough.

25 responses to “Silent Hill Downpour Review”

  1. avatar Avianna says:

    This review was well worth the wait! And it helped me out with a quest 😀

    Completely agree Whitney and it is in my top 3 as well!

  2. avatar Mak says:

    Thanks Whit!!!! I also agree, I’m pleasantly surprised by Downpour! When I first started playing it I was like “I’m not sure……..” but as the game went on it got better and better! It’s also in my top 3 as well. The soundtrack was freaking amazing and like you said underused. The enemy design is a little atrocious but overall the game is amazing and well worth buying it. The sidequests are so much fun, I love that I stumble into then.

  3. avatar Ross Ingram says:

    Great review. Just started playing yesterday and it is great. Not much time to play today, but my weekends looking good. I got stuck on that stupid find “the hook for the ladder” too. I knew what Murph needed but didn’t see it was right behind me. I spent a good 20mins wandering about. In the Centennial Building at the moment. Experienced a few stutters here and there during my play time, nothing major.

  4. avatar Levito says:

    Great review, I agree with many of your points regarding the monster design and the technical problems. I also agree that the game did feel like a return to form in a lot of aspects, being able to explore again was fantastic. This is definitely the best post Team Silent game in the series.

  5. avatar Spenser says:

    Your review is pretty spot on, Whitney. I also put this one in my “top 3 Silent Hills.” And I’m only 3/4 of the way through! It’s a game that’s made me cry, laugh, scream, and jump, and even frustrated at times, which are all elements I find present in the games I enjoy the most.

    I also agree that there should be a release CD/mp3 format of the licensed music in Downpour. I can’t find Anna Ternheim’s “Words of Love” anywhere!

  6. avatar Tom Waltz says:

    Thanks so much for the great review! Creating the story for SH: DOWNPOUR was very much a team effort between Devin Shatsky, Tomm Hulett, Brian Gomez and myself, and I’m very, very pleased and proud by the way it was ultimately presented in the game by the fantastic folks at Vatra.

    As always, your tremendous and honest support of our work is truly appreciated!

    Talk soon…

    Tom Waltz

  7. avatar Gamer Al Shamisi says:

    I did not like the monsters they look :/ I don’t know how to describe it. the second thing the gameplay has some issue Iwould like they bring the old gameplay style. The story was very good the side quest were amazing :D.
    thanks Whitney for the great review.

  8. avatar KiramidHead says:

    Whitney, have you gotten the trophy/achievement for collecting all the mysteries. You’d love the name: SH Historic Society. :)

  9. avatar C says:

    I have to agree with you about the creature design. All of them seemed like they were more or less borrowed from The Suffering. Granted the Dolls were really well done, in my opinion and the fact that they’re invisible to the naked eye really added a since of fear when you hear their giggle.

    For the most part, I agree with your review and Murphy has definitely taken up third place for my favorite Silent Hill protagonist. Downpour is tied with Shattered Memories as my favorite Post-Team Silent game.

    Thank you for the wonderful review.

  10. avatar Rob says:

    Alright, I’m not too far out of Devil’s pit, just came across the first cop car that literally scared the piss out of me.

    I have to say, SH2 was awesome don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t legitimately scare me like this. This game is absolutely terrifying, and this is coming from someone that’s been in a combat zone under enemy fire before. So if I’m scared… and literally don’t want to play it alone… that should tell you something.

    Of course…

    I might just be being a wuss. I guess that could happen too.

  11. avatar Guillermo says:

    Is a “good” game, but his several technical problems are a constant factor of distraction.
    The frame rate is AWFULL, too many bugs affected the gameplay and ocasionally the image is frozen, need reset the console.
    This type of errors are a lack of respect with the consumers, developers forgot we are in the 2012 and PS3 and XBOX 360 are powerfull consoles…..a patch or something is absolutly neccesary
    I can´t belive this game was made with the same engine of Batman Arkham…
    99′ Silent Hill 1 in PS1 runs much better than Downpour in 2012!! more smooth and stable. What a shame. Graphics is not all, but downpour is an incomplete work

    However, the history is great, no doubt. SH2 still is better, but in this aspect, the work in downpour is more than decent.


  12. avatar Tabitha says:

    That was probably one of the best reviews I have ever read, and very accurate so far. I am a HUGE fan and I always support the Silent Hill games by buying new at launch price. I have really loved what I have played so far (just in the caves now) but the frame rate freezing and lagging issues really need a patch! With just a few more tweeks, this entry could have been the best in the series. It’s been a long time since a game made me drop the controller in surprise. Now I just need to buy a 3D TV!

  13. avatar Raul says:

    I’m enjoying your review, but you said it was spoiler free and you spoiled the cinema riddle! :(
    I’m glad to hear someone who also finds strange the attitude of other protagonists about ignoring the elephant in the room. I continue reading…

  14. avatar Raul says:

    I’ll be cruel and only talk about complains, but there are very good news about this game.

    Of course, I would install the game in the xbox hard-drive; reading the DVD must evidently increase the loading problems, as with every other game on any device (PC or console).

    Personal taste complains:

    – I don’t like at all that about the “final chapter battle”. For me, SH games should have almost no combat; anyway, I hope it will be different in easy combat mode.

    “Unforgivable” complains (I’ll buy the game anyway and probably love it but I consider some of these unnacceptable and even unexplainable for the apparent easyness of its solutions):

    – I agree with the annoying and absurd obligation of using on specific item to get down the stairs.
    – Drooping a melee to pick up a firearm is a pathetic decision and/or programming.
    – Auto-saving with no option of keeping some saves or saving at own will is cruel in a game like this where you may have missed something and need to go back. That’s VERY frustrating and may spoil the whole experience, as some people never replay a SH game ’cause they are a rare experience, mix of anguish, frustration and the joy of discovering mysteries and unfolding the plot. I replayed SH1 using my savepoints and SH3 using cheats. I have friends who would never replay them; in the end, you can see the other endings and even whole walkthroughs in youtube, for example.
    – Not even knowing when the game has really saved (not checkpointed) is so unnacceptable! I hope you can know it going to options or something.
    – No skipping cutscenes? C’mon.
    – No running when fixed camera!??!!?!? WTF!!!!!

    Clearly and unluckily there has been some rush in finishing this game, and/or lack of experience to do it. Anyway, I’m thankful for having incorporated some very good stuff as free exploration, sidequests, etc. and I’m sure it will be worth it.

  15. avatar Whitney says:

    I consider anything that has to do with the main plot spoiler territory I didn’t think mentioning one part of optional side quest would ruin anything. Sorry :\

  16. avatar Whitney says:

    @Tabitha wow thanks! :)

  17. avatar PC Master Race says:

    Thanks for the review, it sounds like a great game. I played SH1 & 2 but couldn’t get into 3 and haven’t played any of them since. I’d love to play this one, but they’re gonna need to bring it to PC for me to get involved.

  18. avatar Raul says:

    No problem, Whitney; as you say it’s a minor thing :) But for me it is a little “spoiler”, as it is something the player is supposed to arrive for itself.
    By the way, a really good and useful review; i’ve read a looot of them and this was the most useful and the one I felt more close to my interests and “focus” on what to expect from a SH game.

    I’ll never forget playing SH2 with a friend at his house (that’s when I knew about SH); even in that way, lights on and being 2 or even 3 people together it completely affected us. The plot of the first 2 games and its unfolding is completely exceptional.

  19. avatar Anon says:

    I hated this game.

    The combat controls were loose and shaky, which kept any sort of strategy from the fights aside from ‘hope the guard button does it job, then counterattack’. In the other SH games, the combat gave a sense of a person awkwardly swinging a pipe, or holding a gun against the kick for the first time. This game doesn’t have that, instead giving us a character that poses like a combat macho, but handles like that fat kid who watched too many John Wayne movies.

    The set design seemed to keep me from feeling the claustrophobic dread of the earlier titles, the story was plodding, and the ‘otherworld’ segments I’ve played so far have been linear and uninteresting.

    The sound choices, as well, seemed to keep me from getting as creeped out as I did and instead went for the ‘shock tactic’ route instead of the slow, building tension. Then again, I’m not a fan of Daniel Licht, who replaced Akira Yamaoka as composer. Yamaoka seemed more building, more experimental, and he had a way with sound that unnerved you.

    Even the HD collection, screwed up as it is, kept me nervous as I came through a door, or searching around for a monster in the fog. Nowhere near as good as the originals, granted, but it still kept the feeling. Downpour doesn’t do that.

    Then again, Konami stopped caring about the Silent Hill series after ‘The Room’ did as badly as it did, which is why they’ve been contracting out development rights and most of the original group has jumped ship.

  20. avatar RSOAMES says:

    Considering that you give detail on HOW TO SOLVE SPECIFIC PUZZLES, this is NOT a spoiler-free review. Please either remove the spoilers or put a disclaimer at the top of this piece that it contains spoilers.

  21. avatar Whitney says:

    I consider anything that has to do with the main plot “spoiler” territory.. I didn’t think mentioning a very minor step to a multi-part optional side quest would be considered a major game spoiler. I’m truly sorry if reading my review took away the surprise for you. :( I will add the disclaimer.

  22. avatar Awaiken says:

    Ok why does skyrim get a pass for all it’s technical issues on consoles but this game doesn’t? There are no game breaking glitches in downpour

  23. avatar ore says:

    i havent played any silent hill, they didnt attract me when i swa the walkthrough of this i was fascinated you think i should buy this game??

  24. avatar Whitney says:

    @Ore I think it’s worth it but you might want to wait until the patch to fix the frame-rate issues is released. Not sure when it will be out but it was announced a few weeks ago.

  25. avatar Egg says:

    I strongly disagree with this article’s opinion on the protagonist; for me he was really unlikeable and the rest of my friends agreed. In fact I think characters are new-SH’s main problem. Even in Shattered Memories – which I largely liked – I thought the side-characters were boring. There aren’t any Walter Sullivans, Vincent and Claudias or Marias. Everyone you meet just feels like a normal person and that, for a place and atmosphere like SH, is dull. The cop woman in particular had me wanting to smash her face repeatedly into the nearest wall.

    This game was pretty good, though I had my share of throw-the-controller-at-the-screen moments for getting stuck on graphics or uber-raped by a monster that fights like they’re on fast-forward. That aside, I agree that it had some genuinely scary moments. Still, it feels like a game inspired by SH instead of an actual installment and that’s a huge problem. Everything is too logical, from character motivation to things you see around town.

    Not bad, but the side-missions had me running around all over the damn place – which is like a tedious labyrinth – for very little worthwhile reward or story. Pretty good for a survival horror, only okay for a SH, but old SH is dead so I should just learn to accept it I guess. Sorry for being long-winded.