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Average User Score: 6.9Jan 26, 2013The characters of Silent Hill: Downpour are Murphy Pendleton (David Boyd Konrad), a prison inmate who has been incarcerated for several yearsThe characters of Silent Hill: Downpour are Murphy Pendleton (David Boyd Konrad), a prison inmate who has been incarcerated for several years in a correctional facility for stealing a police cruiser and crossing state borders. Officer Anne Cunningham (Kristin Price), who holds a grudge against Murphy; corrections officer George Sewell (Joel Bernard), a corrupt man who uses his position to get away with murder; Corrections officer Frank Coleridge (Leer Leery), an honest man who sees good in Murphy; and Pat Napier (John Grace), Murphy's former neighbor, a pedophile and child killer.
Murphy Pendleton makes a deal with corrupt officer George Sewell to gain access to sequestered pedophile, Pat Napier, and murder him. Later, Murphy is sent to another penitentiary under the supervision of officer Anne Cunningham. The transport vehicle is forced to swerve off road to avoid a chasm in the road. Which happens to crash in to the town of Silent Hill, a town where fear and torment are inescapable.
In my opinion it actually feels more like a movie, but fits the dark and gritty Silent Hill series.
The controls in Downpour feels like it's dated, the combat is usually very hard and clunky, but the clunky part feels right for Murphy, I mean he is not a trained mercenary. Most of the enemies feel like creatures I have seen in other games. There is lots of sidequests to take to keep you going for a couple of hours, and puzzles which usually takes time to figure out.
It certainly looks good for an 2012 game, but it does not play very well. Every save point the screen tears, it has few notable lags that will annoy you, and even textures takes their time popping in. This isn't as much of a problem on the Xbox 360 though. Silent Hill looks as it should, broken down and abandoned, and of course the gorgeus lightning effects helps to build the fantastic atmosphere. The sound in Downpour is the greatest part of the game. It sets an atmosphere that you cannot compare to any other game in the series. Voice acting is also great, for the most part, some characters just feel like dead stereotypes. Soundtrack in the game are masterfully executed by Daniel Licht.
Silent hill begs to be explored in Downpour. When you have finished your first playthrough and begin your second one, you can find stuff from your first, cool (and unlocks the trophy/achievment diggin' up the past). You can turn up puzzle dificulty to make it more intriguing. Downpour should be played at least twice, as there is several endings.
Vatra games could have waited and polished Downpour a little more before releasing it, but it has done what I was hoping for, it has restored the cold sweaty fear to the series, that feeling you get that someone is always following you around. Downpour isn't beautiful and it has some technical difficulties (Mostly with the PS3), but it does tell an amazing story and will put you on the edge of your seat. Even with all it's flaws, it's still a path worth treading.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Jan 26, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In the aftermath of Hitman: Blood Money, Diana Burnwood, Agent 47's handler with the International Contract Agency, suddenly goes rogue, carrying out a catastrophic sabotage that includes publicly exposing the Agency. The Agency reforms under agent Benjamin Travis; Travis contracts a kill order on Diana, assigning 47 to make the hit and bring Victoria, a teenage girl in her care, to the Agency. Shooting and wounding Diana in her home, 47 hesitates before killing her, and she asks 47 to take a letter she wrote and keep Victoria from the Agency.
So Agent 47 is to assassinate any target that could harm Victoria and at the same time stay undervocer from the agency.
Along the way, you get introduced to the most ridicoulous personalities and that with slapdash performances.
Beautiful environments and lightning effects really impressess at times, the cutscenes are also well executed with terrific camera work. The downside though is that most of the voice cast is terrible, the only acceptable one i Agent 47.
Where the other Hitman games have always shined is the gameplay mechanics, Absolution is no exception. Solid controls with an environment that lets you take on any mission your own way is really something different from what we have come to expect out of Absolution, though it might be the greatest thing about it. The stealth mechanic is one of the best out there since the first Hitman game, too bad the enemies can be unbelievably stupid at times.
A long campaign with enough variety and different ways to complete missions will have you hooked for a long time, and with a new mode called "Contracts" where players can create their own contracts with different goals is really engaging.
LASTING APPEAL: 9
+ Decent presentation
+ Good visuals
+ Fantastic gameplay
+ Great stealth mechanic
+ Lots of variety
- Ridicoulous personalities
- Flat story
- Terrible voice cast
- Stupid AI
|8.3/10| Great… Expand