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Silent Hill: Downpour reviews go live with mixed results

Tuesday, 13th March 2012 14:49 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The first reviews for Silent Hill: Downpour have made their way online. Is this a return to form for the series from Czech studio Vatra? Get it below the break. If you have any links to add, chuck them in below.

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  1. LOLshock94

    basicly shit then

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Sini

    ign didnt get payed (did you see any adds of the game on the their website? there you go..)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    IGN is the site that was complaining about Silent Hill not having more combat like Resident Evil. I wouldn’t waste my time reading that review since they seem to be basing the review on that aspect once again.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    I mean they rated Alan Wake 9.0
    But like Downpour is so much different ? Both have fog environment,solid writing,reward exploration…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Rely on Horror gave it a 9.0

    http://www.relyonhorror.com/reviews/review-silent-hill-downpour/

    #5 2 years ago
  6. absolutezero

    From everyone that I’ve talked to thats actually played it on SH forums and such it seems to be a half decent attempt but still falls short in a few areas.

    So its far better than Homecoming but it still suffers from the massive shadow of Silent Hill 2. I really do think that the series as a whole would have been better off without SH2. The amount of praise and the terrible games it inspired within its own series is horrible, so bad in fact that despite it being amazing I would prefer it if it never existed.

    Stop with the troubled past stumbling into town, stop with the guilt. Its always fucking guilt.

    Silent Hill was at its best when it was someone from the side viewing the events unfolding and unwittingly getting drawn in, uncovering the mysterys and secrets and trying to set things right.

    Now its just predictable. I guess it comes with the number of games now produced and the unremitting praise that Silent Hill 2 recieves.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    @6

    I disagree. The cult centric Silent Hill games were not great compared to SH4 and SH2 and now, apparently from Relyonhorrr and other people that have played the game (friends who got it at a midnight release), Downpour. I rather they just do without the cult crap especially after Homecoming with its Hostel type gore and it’s copy and paste hack job with Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill Origin story.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. absolutezero

    Sure I don’t mind that other people dislike the cult its more that Silent Hill 2 seemed to create the myth that the town is somehow sentient and picks and chooses who to drag into hell.

    1, 3 and 4 all have characters unaware of what is going on and to different degrees comepletely un-involved.

    Since Origins every character has had the same dark troubled past oooohhhaaaa just like James and they all need to go to Silent Hill to find repentance or to be punished and its all just the same fucking theme being repeated endlessly.

    James is Travis is Alex is Murphy

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Se_7_eN

    Picking up my copy today, cant wait to get back into Silent Hill!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    No ALex is not Murphy. Alex was horribly written attempt, from the studio that did Origin, to recreate James ie he is looking for his brother.

    Play Homecoming again and you would see very strong similarities between SH2 with the overall plot. Only the studio that did Homecoming can’t weave a decent story.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    As i said on another forum;

    I’d argue that -at least in this case- IGN are being honest. The game looks fucking terrible yet as always the majority of sites will give it a 7, because a game seemingly has to climb out of the disc tray and murder the reviewers family to score anything under that. Its this refusal to go under 7 unless a game it totally broken thats causing gamers to rage when good games dont get 9′s and over in reviews. If a POS like Downpour or I Am Alive get 7′s, an actual good game sure as hell better get ‘full’ scores.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. polygem

    not really intersted in this one but i check out a lot of reviews all the time anyway. looks like not bad/ not good – mediocore game. what i expected really. curious about what classic game room will say (my favourite reviewers – check them out on youtube – really awesome). d´toid gave mario kart 7 a 5 as far as i remember. that totally made him officially a douche. seriously, i think it´s almost perfect and i really could accept a 7 or so if you can dig out some good arguments for that – but to say the game is bad just shows that you are an idiot or that you just don´t know anything about games. ign is great for gameplayvideos. i like their video reviews – but i don´t care about them much, they´re good to get an impression of the game, just like gamespot and gametrailers

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    I’ve never been a big SH player, just too chicken shit for those games, in a way that i cant enjoy it much and only feel tense. I love a very well made horror movie, but some horror games…nah. Dead Space abd Alan Wake is as far as i’m going.

    That said, i did read destructoids review, and it truly sounds like the devs got alot of things right. A game true SH fans shouldnt miss out on. And i feel that IGN is being ridiculous lately. I only played the demo of I am alive…but come on ..are you serious IGN? i also saw the first 30 minutes of Downpour and that honestly was damn awesome. I really suggest people play the game first before calling it a POS.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    Climax USA created the mutant bones of Origins then had the game taken away from them and given to Climax UK who did their best with what they had and the time remaining, for what its worth Origins is not all that bad.

    Double Helix created Homecoming which was a fucking mess of a SH2 love letter only with hateable characters, bad written dialouge and massive plot holes.

    Climax UK then created Shattered Memories, which was a fantastic new facet to the series as a whole, I know quite a few people never got on with it but I really do think it was amazing.

    Vatra have now created Downpour under the hated Tom Hullett with Wayforward making the excretable top down multiplayer Vita shooter/melee thing.

    Origins was a re-tread of the dark past James archetype bolted onto the stumbling into town, Homecoming was a direct rip of the dark past being drawn to Silent Hill by the town itself with added cult rape. Downpour is yet again someone with a dark past being drawn the town to be redeemed/punished.

    Its tired and both the older games and Shattered Memories have shown that it does not really have to be this way. Get over Silent Hill 2. It was amazing, but theres so much more to the series than just that one game.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    @14

    You seem to be misunderstanding me I have enjoyed all of Silent Hill games every single one of them. Homecoming I loved the detail in the city and the combat and action but what I didn’t enjoy was the tacked on story that was a hack job of a fan service. If I ignore just that part that game was pretty good.

    “Get over Silent Hill 2. It was amazing, but theres so much more to the series than just that one game.”

    I agree with this. I have enjoyed every single Silent Hill game even Homecoming just ignoring the story it was actually pretty fun. But ignoring the story in a silent hill game is much like enjoying the Harry Potter books while ignoring Harry Potter. It just doesn’t work.

    @13

    If you can play Dead Space series you can play the Silent Hill games.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. absolutezero

    I can’t say I have enjoyed all of them (Homecoming was just too bad for me) but I thought I would go over the history of the Western created entries into the series because you mentioned the same studio making Origins and Homecoming, which is incorrect.

    At least someone else agrees that the influence of Silent Hill 2 may not exactly be the most positive of things.

    I would say that Dead Space is alot more like the Resi 4 style of jump scare, plus being armed to the teeth with multiple weapons does not do much for the feeling of vulneralbility most horror games rely upon.

    I know Silent Hill can affect people that normally don’t blink at horror games. Afraid of Monsters works fantastically like this aswell.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    @16

    If anything Silent Hill 2 had shown that there are other avenues to write a Silent Hill game it doesn’t have to be cult centric. I just think Developers should think of other ways to make a game with Silent Hill being the focus. You don’t have to do the whole salvation through fire or the little girl being the catalyst for the crazy shit going on in SIlent Hill. There are comics that have silent Hill as its focus that are actually surprisingly good.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. absolutezero

    No. None of the comics are good.

    Not a single one.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    THats your opinion. I enjoyed some of them especially sinner’s reward and Past life.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. absolutezero

    Its a pretty universally accepted fact that all of the Silent Hill comices were created by people that had no idea what to do.

    The only positive is some of Ben Templesmith’s art and thats it. Really most of them are just truely nonsensical like Dying Inside.

    Im now remember the one that was bundled in with the SH Experience on the PSP. Oh God that was terrible.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    Only in gaming could 7s and 8s be considered “shit”.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight

    @20

    “Its a pretty universally accepted fact that all of the Silent Hill comics”

    If that is the case why do I disagree, Silent Historical Society and Rely on Horror disagree? Sure there are some that utter crap but they have enjoyed some of the comics and novels. SO then it is not universally accepted. Anyways I am done with arguing with you its just one opinion against another and I have a Silent Hill game to play.

    http://www.relyonhorror.com/reviews/review-silent-hill-sinners-reward/

    8/10

    http://shshatteredmemories.com/blog/2010/10/18/silent-hill-past-life-issue-1-review/

    #22 2 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    Historical Society are buttheads and its a turn of phrase.

    “You have insulted something that I have enjoyed I will now act offended and superior and leave to do something else. GOOD DAY SIR. GOOD DAY.”

    Lighten the fuck up.

    p.s. All the comics are still fucking terrible cancer.

    p.p.s. Linking shit http://nerdsontherocks.com/review-shooter-silent-hill-dying

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    ““You have insulted something that I have enjoyed I will now act offended and superior and leave to do something else. GOOD DAY SIR. GOOD DAY.””

    I never said you insulted me. I just said the arguing over opinions is pointless. No one will win. ANd I linked to reviews based on the comics I enjoyed to prove that it is infact not “universally accepted” that the comics are crap.

    And if SHHS are buttheads then so is Jeremy Blaustein, who helped Team Silent with design and story(SH2-SH4), because he agreed with SHHS sentiments about the series. SO that gives SHHS a lot more credibility in my eyes.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Moonwalker1982

    @15?

    Really? Cause at the time of the PS2, i tried out Silent Hill 2, and those disturbing nurses and other creatures came at me, the whole overall atmophere gave me a tense and unsettling feeling. In movies i don’t mind that, but in gaming…it’s alot more intense cause i’m ‘playing in’ it. You are much more part of it than when watching a movie. Of course…at that time i was alot younger than now.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Phoenixblight

    @25

    You had said that you played Dead Space series if that is case you can easily handle Silent Hill. Dead Space uses the same tactics with sound and ambient noises. It is less action based then Dead Space but the tension is still there.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Moonwalker1982

    @ 26

    Yeah i did play the first Dead Space, i have yet to continue my game in the second one. And i have also to continue with Alan Wake. Alot of moments really were tense for me while playing Dead Space though, especially when the music started to play when shit was about to happen. Plus that i played it on hard, right on my first playthrough and some parts were just awful for me, lol.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Clupula

    Personally, I saw Homecoming as less a bad attempt at remaking SH2 and more a bad attempt at making a game of the Silent Hill movie.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    @28 It kinda of was with the running around and seeing Josh but the twist was a so copy pasta of Silent Hill 2.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Joman

    Full, unbiased Silent Hill Downpour review from a die-hard fan. Enjoy http://www.amazon.com/review/R2LTDR2DVUBB1A

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Phoenixblight

    @30

    Overall great review but this line “But it won’t keep you up telling yourself it’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen.”

    None of the SIlent Hill games have ever done this. I was able to go to bed just fine after playing the first 3 games. Once when playing Silent Hill 3 from being up for 36 hours playing this game I swore I had saw something through my window in front of me. Amnesia is the only game that has actually made me go to bed with my lights on and lockng all the doors.

    #31 2 years ago

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