Silent Hill Downpour: A great series that has ultimately been drained.
Hello everyone and welcome back to my esteemed blogs. Today we are looking at the eighth installment of the Silent Hill franchise. So what everyone is trying to know is, does this title bring back the franchise to its fame and glory? Keep in mind this is the third Silent Hill title that has been completely done by American developers (Vasta Games to be exact) which leaves a lot of fans in a skeptical mindset about this title.
Graphics: The graphics of Downpour are Mediocre to say the least. There are some nice background settings here and there, and the transition scenes to the otherworld are as freaky as they come, but it just doesn’t make up for the lack of quality graphics, character, and monster development that should be present in a Silent Hill title. Score: 6.5/10
Sound: For a Silent Hill title this soundtrack fails in many areas. The soundtrack is nowhere near as impressive as the first three titles. The voice acting is hit or miss, and in my opinion Korn has no place in a Silent Hill title that Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has been part of since the beginning. Score: 5/10
Gameplay: Vasta is a company that has just begun its climb up the gaming mountain, and unfortunately they are not off to a great start. The gameplay in Downpour is among the worst. They make an attempt at going back to the original roots of Silent Hill in terms of the protagonist’s fighting abilities. Unfortunately the combat is too sluggish and at times very uncoordinated. The melee weapons are plentiful, but have very low durability, and you will often find yourself scrambling to find another weapon to fend off one or several monsters. The firearms are rare as is the ammunition. The open world approach to Silent Hill may be appealing to fetch quest addicts, but there are no fulfilling rewards good enough to keep players glued to the fetch quests. Score: 4/10
Issues: Konami needs to wake up and bring this game back to the original Japanese developers. That, or have a little peyote go on a vision quest and ultimately figure out what made Silent Hill so great. This is among the worst installments of the series, and longtime fans like myself will eventually turn our backs on the series. Hopefully Konami will take this review to heart along with the many other negative reviews, sit with their people and figure out a way to revive this amazing franchise that is already on life support.
Final Score 5/10
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Posted on March 13, 2012, in Reviews and tagged Playstation 3, Reviews, Silent Hill, Silent Hill Downpour, Survival horror, Video Game Reviews, video games, XBOX 360. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.