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Average User Score: 7.3Jan 4, 2013I am a long time Silent Hill fan ever since the original for PSOne, and I must say, i was deeply impressed with Downpour. I know this reviewI am a long time Silent Hill fan ever since the original for PSOne, and I must say, i was deeply impressed with Downpour. I know this review is very late considering the release date but I only recently had a chance to play it through.
From the very first moments of the game i realized that this was not simply a "re-hash" attempt but rather a whole new take on the series and i was overwhelmed with suspense during the first sequence of the game. From there it only picked up for me. From the well designed artwork for the environments to the overall flow of the entire story, to even the soundtrack used to add that extra bit of tension, it was a complete package I have come to love from Silent Hill that i haven't seen so well executed since Silent Hill 3. However, it was far from perfect. Clunky controls were definitely apparent, but that made the tension seem that much more real in my opinion. When you forget to hold down your "Lock on" trigger because an enemy jumped out at you, it was very easy to miss with a swing of your weapon and take some unnecessary damage. So for me, it seemed more real, if a creature really jumped out at you and you are unsuspecting you won't perfectly punch it straight in the face. So personally i thought the combat was well executed to add to the overall tension of certain points of the game. The other flaw I noticed was with the FPS. I played this on PS3 and there were many occasions were the frame rate would spike and it would spin me around and I would be facing the opposite direction, so that was a bit frustrating at times, but easily dealt with as it never seemed to happen during combat. So overall, with the excellent story (i was impressed by the entire execution of the main story arc), the fantastic scenery, and the suspense and tension throughout, it is easy to overlook the few flaws the game has. I would 100% recommend this game to Silent Hill fans and newcomers to the Horror genre alike. 10 - Presentation
10 - Sound
7 - Controls
5 - Re-playability… Expand