Quick Shots – Silent Hill: Downpour screens are suitably gloomy

Wednesday, 8th 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.



  1. Noodlemanny

    Doesn’t look too bad. It does look a little light though… how is something going to scare the crap out of you if its lit up like a Christmas tree?
    Also that shot of him sliding down past the bus looks too actiony and too much epicness rather than the gritty ‘oh shit’ feel that made silent hill great.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bloodyghost

    Tries too much to be a Silent Hill original. I think people need to talk to the Original men who innovated about how to move FORWARD in the series rather then behind.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Hunam

    Korn… Erm. Lol?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. HighWindXIX

    Looks good. I’m cautiously excited. I’m really hoping they can pull this together and make an era defining horror game. With stuff like Dead Space and Alan Wake to compete against, they have an uphill battle.

    On a side note, with so many games using Unreal 3, its unfortunate that they start to look a like sometimes. I mean, look at the 7th screenshot and tell me that if you replaced him with Batman that it wouldn’t look *exactly* like Arkham Asylum.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    “With stuff like Dead Space and Alan Wake to compete against, they have an uphill battle.”

    Hahaha What? Alan Wake was not a horror game. It was a Third Person shooter with an attempt to be a thriller thats all. If you thought ALan wake was scary go pick up a goosebumps book because thats where they picked up the story from.

    As far the Unreal comment, its cheap and easy to use Crytek Engine isn’t very user friendly. They don’t have the resources to make their engine so what else would you suggest? There is nothing else atm.

    #5 4 years ago

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