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  • Summary: The game thrusts players into a shadowy world of chaos and terror with atmospheric graphics and an original storyline that sheds new light on the desolate, fog-shrouded town of Silent Hill. Silent Hill: Homecoming follows Alex Shepherd, a war veteran returning home from an overseas tour ofThe game thrusts players into a shadowy world of chaos and terror with atmospheric graphics and an original storyline that sheds new light on the desolate, fog-shrouded town of Silent Hill. Silent Hill: Homecoming follows Alex Shepherd, a war veteran returning home from an overseas tour of duty to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his younger brother, Joshua. His travels lead him through the small, insular community of Shepherd's Glen and eventually through the hauntingly empty streets of Silent Hill. Building upon the series' trademark foundations of atmosphere, adventure and storytelling, Silent Hill: Homecoming introduces players to a frightening new experience. When confronted by the perverse incarnations of evil that roam Silent Hill and Shepherd's Glen, players are able to utilize an enhanced combat system and execute a number of offensive and defensive maneuvers as they experience every terrifying encounter with the game’s numerous nightmarish creatures. Players also have to solve a variety of puzzles as they progress through the highly atmospheric game world, using cues from the environment to unlock Silent Hill's darkest secrets. Continuing the series’ tradition of standout music and sound design, Silent Hill: Homecoming features an original soundtrack by famed composer Akira Yamaoka. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Something new, something old, something borrowed and something rust-red. The Americans rebooted the old franchise and their mixture is strong. Numerous references to the roots of the genre and the previous parts don't get in the way of their efforts to rejuvenate the series. The game scares in a way that seems to tamper with what's in your head, a way that I consider superior. [Mar 2009]
  2. Despite its flaws, we have to say we have a more than decent title here, heir to a legacy of classic survival horror elements and an example of what Silent Hill should be in this generation. Although the final result is not so awesome, this is a good opportunity to return to that silent village.
  3. Homecoming isn’t bad per se, it’s just that it isn’t frightening enough to be worthy of the Silent Hill-name. It might be a mildly enjoyable Action-game, but not much beyond that. [Issue#17]
  4. This action game with horror influences made us scream at night. The music and spooky enemies has driven us to a point that we had to switch on all the lights. Once we weren’t scared anymore we saw some things that made are eyebrows go up. The protagonist, Alex, can fight and uses a gun. This takes away a lot of fun that we had during the last Silent Hill. So it is safe to say that it’s a good game, but doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor.
  5. Fans will probably dig the game’s cool set pieces and the story, but the save points are placed too far apart, many puzzles require too much random experimentation, and the dialogue system seems like an afterthought. [Nov 2008, p.118]
  6. Homecoming is too old-fashioned and lacks the originality and tension that made the previous games so enjoyable. [Mar 2009, p.70]
  7. An under-egged effort even more compromised by a token PC port. [Issue#17, p.69]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
  1. RyanF
    Dec 31, 2009
    10
    It seems most of the people giving this game a low rating are looking for something else -- Silent Hill, you know, that game that came out on It seems most of the people giving this game a low rating are looking for something else -- Silent Hill, you know, that game that came out on the Playstation years ago? Stop being nostalgic. Sure, this game isn't everything the older games were, but it's still damn good. Expand
  2. RichD
    Dec 30, 2009
    10
    I'm giving SH5 a ten because its not the same as the other games it is a bit different and i think thats what makes it good its not the I'm giving SH5 a ten because its not the same as the other games it is a bit different and i think thats what makes it good its not the same old thing over again. Expand
  3. Dec 13, 2011
    9
    all together its a good game and sadly the only silent hill title on steam...

    the graphics nice to look at, especially shadow and light
    all together its a good game and sadly the only silent hill title on steam...

    the graphics nice to look at, especially shadow and light effects.
    music and sound effects keep the atmosphere dark, the animations look very nice and after the first 20 percent of the game it gets scary too.

    negative about it: the riddles are not so inventive, silimar to other games.
    also it took a while to get used to the controls.

    if youre a fan of the horror genre, this one shouldnt be missing in your inventory.
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  4. liquidj
    Mar 22, 2009
    6
    If you like the "alone in the dark/ resident evil style" then this is your game. Other wise its not the true silent hill we all hoped for. If you like the "alone in the dark/ resident evil style" then this is your game. Other wise its not the true silent hill we all hoped for. Creative combat/action but not scary took every element from the movie (bad move). but holds up well to keep you entertained. Expand
  5. RemyB
    Jan 16, 2010
    4
    When you buy a game you want to finish it. However, this SH installment was so poorly executed you couldn't have paid me to see it When you buy a game you want to finish it. However, this SH installment was so poorly executed you couldn't have paid me to see it through to the end. The PC port controls are mega-clunky. There are bugs throughout the game which force you to load a previous save in order to continue (moving the books in the bookshelf to access the button behind them will break if you don't drag the books all the way to the left before letting go of the cursor, for example). My other massive complaint are the over abundance of loading screens and load times for them. This game feels like it was thrown together 10 years ago. If i hadn't gotten it for almost nothing on Steam I'd be, well....steamed. Expand
  6. DaveJ.
    Jun 27, 2009
    4
    This average game does nothing for the reputation of Silent Hill. The scares pull their punches, character control and game play are not easy This average game does nothing for the reputation of Silent Hill. The scares pull their punches, character control and game play are not easy to use. This makes submersion into the game difficult. MOST ANNOYING is the PC port which is more littered with GLITCHES than the game is with bodies. 4/10 - a generous 4, do not waste your money on this game. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2011
    0
    Now, first of all, J-Horror is usually related to the Character suffering Physcological events.
    The new "American" Dev's jsut suck.
    The only
    Now, first of all, J-Horror is usually related to the Character suffering Physcological events.
    The new "American" Dev's jsut suck.

    The only reason why the Nurses were in SH2 Is because James' Wife once wanted to be a nurse, and he's haunted by the visions.
    So what does Alex have in common with a F*Cking banana?

    This game is terrible, gameplay has never been SH's standpoint, but this is just no exception, **** this game to hell, SH is already at hell.

    A great series brought down by America. You bastards should be ashamed!
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