Quick Shots – Silent Hill: Downpour screens are suitably gloomy

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 00:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Name three things you’d expect to see in Silent Hill: Downpour screenshots. If you said “dark”, “more dark” and “deepest dark”, boy, you are not going to be disappointed.

The screens were accompanied by a fact sheet with a mix of old and new information, including details of how protagonist and jailbird Murphy Pendleton ends up caught in a nightmare. Waking up amid the wreckage of a prison facility transfer bus and with nothing but more time ahead of him, Pendleton makes good his escape – straight into Silent Hill. Is it appropriate to add “rofl”?

The game runs on Unreal Engine 3 and includes free-roaming and exploration aspects, including side quests, secret areas, and bonus content.

The day and night cycle is supplemented by the famous twin-world system seen in previous Silent Hill games, apparently “manifested and sourced from character actions throughout the game”.

The 3D-compatible game features the talents of Silent Hill comic writer Tom Waltz and Dexter composer Dan Licht – as well as a theme song by Korn.

Downpour’s due on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in October this year.