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Silent Hill: Downpour
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on August 30, 2015
this was surprize so many puzzles ive ever seen in game great konami game
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on August 18, 2015
I am a silent hill fan that has played every single silent hill, what I can say for downpour I prefer to call it silent hill 8 though... is that its an okay game its worth playing but not great. Here is a little review for what I think of this game.(don't worry I am not going to spoil anything.)

Story: Downpour starts out pretty good it gets you asking what might happen in the game however a quarter of the game doesn't take place in silent hill but just outside it you make your into silent hill though and if you want the games story to be like the old silent hill games you will not find it here there is no cult or anything like that its just about the main character which is okay but it doesn't go very far like silent hill 2. overall the story is just bland its a "been there done that" story which is a shame.

Gameplay: Now where on to the important stuff, the most irritating thing about this game was that your weapons break but thats not the reason why I am writing this down, the reason is that some weapons are specifically required to progress in the game so if your ready to go to the next area and your axe breaks and the only way to move on is to break the wooden boards blocking the door then you are out of luck and have to back track and find another one and axes are not common in this game that is why it is vital to remember where you last saw one or like i did pick a safe area and drop whatever you find there. The fighting in this game is mostly melee and sometimes you do not have a choice but to fight there is a power system in the game its really unclear how it is used until you see that a powerful attack will sometimes show the screen slowing down a little bit. another annoying aspect to the game is there is very little variety of enemies and they are all very annoying one screams in your face another hits and runs you get the gist there are no bosses so you don't have yo worry about that, one thing i will note that will sometimes act like a boss is a red sphincter this is where *real fun is. the sphincter is on multiple levels and is the last thing you ever want to see ever the main character screams constantly and it never stops the levels that it appears in is also one huge labyrinth so most of the time you have no idea where you going and this thing can kill you fast. An Important note is that this silent hill is huge and can be disorienting at times there are also a lot of side quests some of them are cool while others you just hate but want the reward. Lastly is the puzzle sections they are like a calm time where you don't get interrupted which is nice but some of them require a lot of patience.

Characters: There are not many characters in this game and are not memorable not even the main character sadly, they are also very stereotypical some will annoy you others are just meh.The only thing I can really say is that I liked the interaction between the main character and the mysterious mailman.

Overall: yeah this game is good and has a lot of cameos and unlockable costumes which I personally love but it lacks in so many other areas I hope this review helps in your decision to purchase this game.
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on August 8, 2015
Very fun game, well worth purchasing, even if it isn't technically considered part of the original series.
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on July 21, 2015
No problems perfect discription and fast delivary
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on July 17, 2015
I really wanted to like Downpour because Homecoming was so surprisingly good, but ultimately this game was a major disappointment. You'd think the storyline focusing on a prisoner escaping from a wrecked prison bus would have potential, and I suppose for a little while it does. Once the escape happens the prisoner (the main protagonist named Murphy) sets foot in a forest way up high in the mountains with a waterfall below. The scenery is beautiful but unfortunately Murphy's limited to explore only certain parts of the forest and a few homes in a small town. What a bummer- I was hoping he'd take off in the forest and have to survive for a little while. That would've been cool but I suppose a bit too comparable to Metal Gear Solid.

While exploring these few homes, you soon discover the pace of the game is going for a slower, more detective mystery-like approach. The ambience is incredibly shallow in this game. Instead it often goes for complete silence which is really disappointing, even during the most intense moments of the game when you expect to be scared out of your wits. I guess the one thing Downpour does well is provide tons of little details. For example I love the jukebox you can start up and the intro music from Silent Hill 1 plays. Nice touch there. Also, while exploring this part of the town, whenever you turn on a nearby radio different songs play and there's a nice variety overall, and it's believable when you're walking away that the music becomes quieter. Another really good touch.

Anyway, while exploring these quiet homes, eventually something unintentionally hilarious happens. When Murphy goes to turn on a stove after smelling gas, suddenly a fire occurs. After this... one of those WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED!?!? moments occurs. All of a sudden Murphy's running forward frantically for his life as his surroundings change to this supposed nightmare setting of Silent Hill while avoiding a plethora of traps. It's heart-pumping and captures the feeling of paranoia perhaps, but more accurately captures the feeling of being utterly confused by those playing the game and specifically those familiar with the SH series. I mean nothing like *this* ever occurred before. At the end of this fast-paced little nightmare journey (that lasts a few minutes) Murphy goes down a water slide that takes him back to reality. LOL! WOW is this segment totally out of place! And Murphy keeps running forward the whole time making it almost feel like a car racing scene. This segment is mostly Hollywood special effect trickery disguising true psychological horror and going for something much tackier and artificial... just like Resident Evil 4 and beyond. And honestly this game reminds me more of the later RE games than Homecoming. At least in Homecoming you had an actual spooky setting, the freedom to explore the town, were able to absorb the fog and the frightening locational atmosphere, fight tons of enemies and more. In Downpour all the horror is executed in a way with significantly less impact. In other words Downpour feels more like a low budget horror movie compared to Homecoming by *far*.

Basically the first half of Downpour is all about running up and down flights of stairs exploring deserted homes while a pesky cop car circles the foggy area outside (remember you're a prisoner on the run and the cops are looking for you), occasionally meeting a mailman who had a ton of potential as a character because of his soft-spoken demeanor and knowledge of the town that sadly never came to fruition, meeting a DJ who plays song requests for people calling in and dedicating songs to Murphy since Murphy's now a celebrity around town being on the run from the law, and meeting a man who jumps off a cliff and into the waterfall below thus ending any potential his character might have had. Earlier when the bus crashes a police officer lady seems very determined to keep a close eye on Murphy and give him an exceptionally hard time for a specific reason (that would be a major spoiler so I can't mention it). Let's just say, Murphy works undercover as a dirty prisoner helping cops eliminate crooked people. I can't say anything more or I'd end up spoiling the plot. Reminds me of Metal Gear Solid once again. Anyway you explore homes in extremely fine detail constantly heading up and down steps and searching thoroughly through kitchens, bedrooms, drawers, desks you name it in search of clues related to the mysteries of the town.

Then the second half of the game happens. It's more clue-searching with little in the way of suspense or frightening ambience, but now much of it takes place in either more abandoned homes/hotels or a prison after we're introduced to more half-baked characters (this one a nun). The prison is when you get closer to the end of the game and understanding the events occurring here can get *really* confusing during the final hour. For one thing there's more of those hokey forward-running Hollywood-esque fast moving chase scenes I mention above while avoiding dangerous traps such as spikes and swinging meat cleavers and other things as a means of hindering your progression, but the storyline starts to focus more on Murphy and his quest to save a young boy inside these metaphorical prison walls as a way to illustrate/bring out emotions and torment that Murphy must've kept hidden for a while. This is a lot like the storyline in Homecoming but executed poorly here because there's no suspense, satisfying story progression, or character development. Instead everything feels rushed because Konami tried executing too many ideas at once without proper development (both the story and action parts).

In fact there's arguably very little in the way of suspense anywhere inside the world of Downpour since the writing and characters are equally weak and plus the fact we've seen similar storylines so many times in previous SH games that it's severely lost its original impact. Maybe it's a good thing the Silent Hill series is now done and over with but I suppose that's not written in stone- just that Konami's done with the series since they made the dreaded decision to stop making console video games a few weeks ago. Seriously that news has actually been haunting me more than this game, lol. Probably another company will come along and continue the series.

The enemies are a big disappointment too. They're few and far between, and their designs aren't anything special either. Arguably the blandest enemies in the Silent Hill series next to SH2's enemies. A huge drop in quality compared to the ones in Homecoming. Overall with a series that's supposed to make you feel constantly tense and uneasy, going the route of poor gimmicky Hollywood special effects *definitely* isn't the way to deliver the thrills and scares. This makes Downpour feel more like a poor horror film instead of a game. The Resident Evil 4 comparisons are all over the place too most specifically in the dreary dark forest and water areas. Remember when Silent Hill and Resident Evil used to be completely different? One was about a zombie outbreak and the other psychological horror? Ah the good old days when gaming series would feel different from one another. I miss those days. And by the way, the puzzles throughout Downpour are fairly clever but many of them (at least in the early parts of the game) are too much like the ones in the RE series related to turning valves, taking elevator rides, riding tram cars, etc.

Otherwise the storyline in Downpour is boring, bland and often times confusing, the characters never live up to their potential, and this is just another "Man wanders into a mysterious place, finds out that demons are tormenting his state of mind and doesn't know how to handle it or why this is happening so he recalls the regrettable mistakes he's made in the past" cliché that's overstayed its welcome by this point, which is a safe formula that should never happen in a series like Silent Hill. That's why Silent Hill 1 will always be the best game in the series. That's the game that did everything right. The right amount of suspense, the right amount of enemy variety and appearances, enjoyable and meaningful characters, the perfect locations (seriously Downpour is downright horrible in this regard), and a storyline that's so elaborate it's still up to interpretation by gamers to this very day. Downpour lives up to its name- when it rains it pours.
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on July 13, 2015
It was pretty fun and intense at times I was surprised considering all the bad reviews. Only two problems is the lag and graphical bugs and teardown it's all there but it doesn't do it all the time. Frooze on me once but for 15 dollars it's worth it. Second its not scary or unsettling like old silent hill.
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on July 9, 2015
I have almost all of the silent hill games. I've been a huge fan since the original movie. This is my absolute favorite of the games. The graphics are good, the plot of the game is amazing and I love how it all comes together at the end for you. The twist at the end completely blew me away the first time I played it through and I love that there are so many alternative endings and that you unlock an additional side quest by playing through the first time. The controls on this game are great which is something I have struggled with on some of the other games.
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on June 27, 2015
I got this game a year ago, i was happy cause it's silent hill. When i beat the game i thought to myself This story was bleh. They really didn't have you care about any of the people in this game and needless to say is that they are so forgetful if that's a word. and all those sid quest that have nothing to do with the story. I still love to play this game but the plot sucked cause really the whole story was fast pace. Still buy it though if you want. go and look up walkthroughs before buying though so you can get a good idea of this game before buying. if you are new to the silent hill series and your thinking of buying some games then you should not buy this first. go and buy the much better ones like silent hill 3 the older games are better than this. I hope if we get a new entry into the Silent Hill series yhat it's better than downpour.
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on June 18, 2015
Product was still in shrink wrap and new. Exactly as expected. Quick shipping.
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on June 11, 2015
Best Silent Hill game ever. 9.5/10
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