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  • Summary: The survival horror experience begins after a prison transport vehicle careens off the road, leaving lone inmate Murphy Pendleton stranded in Silent Hill. Gamers will encounter mind-bending puzzles, as well as horrific creatures and other world terrors using everyday objects from woodenThe survival horror experience begins after a prison transport vehicle careens off the road, leaving lone inmate Murphy Pendleton stranded in Silent Hill. Gamers will encounter mind-bending puzzles, as well as horrific creatures and other world terrors using everyday objects from wooden chairs to glass bottles to fend off their enemies. The natural response, fight or flight is left to the player as they unravel a dark, thought-provoking storyline which will appeal to fans of the early, classic Silent Hill series, as well as anyone who enjoys a deep, psychological horror experience. In addition to the main storyline, players will also be presented with variable side quests along the way that can change depending on their play style, revealing unknown evils within the town. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Mar 22, 2012
    90
    Silent Hill Downpour may not be the most technically advanced game, nor boast the best polished gameplay, but it succeeds in what we were expecting from it : to be able to restore this icy, sweaty fear the series was known for.
  2. Mar 28, 2012
    75
    The surprisingly high share of puzzles and the appeal of exploring the open city and unlocking its' secrets gives you 20+ hours of entertaining horror. And even though the combat system is superficial and the engine shows some frustrating framerate issues this playable nightmare shows a lot of facets between creepy moments and pure terror.
  3. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Apr 9, 2012
    70
    Sometimes superb to look at but always unremarkable to play, Downpour lacks the nerve to be either great or terrible. It need reinventing - fast. [May 2012, p.104]
  4. Mar 19, 2012
    67
    Downpour isn't quite an evolutionary leap, but it demonstrates that Konami's thinking isn't entirely constrained by the past.
  5. Mar 16, 2012
    62
    I enjoyed Silent Hill: Downpour, but with one nagging thought always tugging at my brain - it just didn't feel like a Silent Hill game.
  6. Apr 4, 2012
    60
    Vatra Games made decent efforts to deliver a unique experience that would be faithful to the Silent Hill games of old. The Chechs failed, but that doesn't mean their game is not capable of delivering some enjoyable survival horror gaming hours.
  7. Mar 27, 2012
    40
    Silent Hill: Downpour upsets me not because it's a bad game (it is), but becaue there's the kernel of a good game in it, with some excellent set pieces that are undone by its muddy, bloated open world, technical glitches, and last-gen presentation. It's a game that I desperately want to like for what it does well, but I can't responsibly overlook its failings, which makes it all the more frustrating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 100
  2. Negative: 20 out of 100
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    From the impressions and reviews I've read so far (aside from ign's farcical attempt) it's almost unanimous that this is the best Silent HillFrom the impressions and reviews I've read so far (aside from ign's farcical attempt) it's almost unanimous that this is the best Silent Hill game in years. Incredible atmosphere, heavy focus on original and creative puzzles, unique and interesting otherworld environments and a captivating and original story. Combat and monster designs have been noted as mediocre for the most part but overall this is a game for Silent Hill fans, but the average gamer who needs everything spoon fed to them might not get that into it. It's been getting good to average reviews so far with the exception of one overtly negative review that failed to provide any info on anything in the game other than technical issues like freezing when autosaving etc. so I would advise people to try and think for themselves where this game is concerned as nothing is more pathetic than blindly following what a review on a site like ign (which has become something of a laughingstock over the past decade) has to say. Having a mind of your own is like totez cool. Honest rating: 8.5/10, rating it higher to counter the little kids giving it a much lower score than it deserves. People who like the old Silent Hill games and psychological horror should love this! Expand
  2. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    Awesome game.. While its not as good as old Silent hill games its a step in the right direction, and btw that is not my real score i only giveAwesome game.. While its not as good as old Silent hill games its a step in the right direction, and btw that is not my real score i only give it 10 because some people on the forums are saying they will rate this game 0 to lower its user score, i gave it a 8.5/10 Expand
  3. Mar 15, 2012
    9
    I have never fet foot in Silent Hill. But this game. I am really loving it! Only for fans who aren't ashamed to be freaky, geeky and creepy!I have never fet foot in Silent Hill. But this game. I am really loving it! Only for fans who aren't ashamed to be freaky, geeky and creepy! :P
    ps: Combat is not that bad on easy settings.
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  4. Nov 7, 2013
    8
    an underrated game for sure, although it may have it's flaws, when it comes to gameplay, it makes up for in top notch voice over, horrifican underrated game for sure, although it may have it's flaws, when it comes to gameplay, it makes up for in top notch voice over, horrific atmosphere and A chilling soundtrack. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I must say at 40 years of age. Every time I hear a fresh 25 (or so) year old come up and tell me how Silent Hill has lost its luster. I seriously have to laugh my *** off. I say young son. What could you possibly know about gaming. You spent your whole youth playing paintball online while praising one of the wost built gaming machine in history like it was a God (Xbox products.)

    Its because of this less then lackluster machine that the new Silent Hill does suffer some on the PS3. It seems it was developed vary restricted, and to 1920 Pentium one standards. But If you ask any real Silent Hill gamer. The whole 3 or 4 of us that are still alive. If you ask us which was the best. The answer will be a resounding!!!! PAR TWO!!! Now I know some of you young-ins may have slight memory's of 3 with the ugly girl in short hair. Heck some of you dimwitted 20some programmers and video game journalist may have even and praise that as a true Silent Hill lol, what a joke. But in reality out of the first trilogy of SH games,,, three kinda stunk. Whats more it was the worst of the first 3! Actually the room was OK. And the first one was good and the start of it all. But TWO! Two was the one that made most real Silent Hill fans, fans now. It was the staple of the series,and sat on its own as a masterpiece. If 2 never explodes like it did. Theirs no Silenthill now. You dont have 20some dumb movie makers making a SH movie. A movie in which they think the move had to be made around 1 and 3? Because the were told by other 20 some dumb gamers that 1 and 3 were it. Stupid kids. And the odd part about Downpour is. If you had to say which passed SH does Downpour resemble most? It would be 2. Yes the amazing SH2. And this alone make it a decent game. more story more feeling, no robot play? Robot play you ask? Well (I hit a head I hit a foot, I hit a leg I hit a footI hit a head I hit a foot, I hit a leg I hit a foot!!!!!) Give me some story some hero some something! And stop playing paintball on a TV set. And this game does. But let remember this was made for a 1902 Pentium one processor. So it could be played on the 360. Remember Microsoft has the dumb down laws in place. (For real they actually have this stuff in writing.) So it runs not vary well at all. As with about 99.9999% of game this gen it runs with many probs. And for some reason is either over detailed or something. If it would of ran at half the detail and 4 times the smoothness this game would of been one of the SH top 3 maybe. But its still does a OK job. The story and stuff is good enough to get you buy the Microsoft gaming clause hiccups. Want to know about the clause just e mail me lol. serious. So Downpour although fun with a goo story and spooky (not really scary) but none of us get scared anymore we just love the feel of horror. And this has that. But even though ot models after 2 the most. Its not 2. And is the lamest of 20someprogramers team leaders, game magazine writers and really bad game machine fans. We may never ever see another 2. But their is always hope that someone will hang and shoot this 20some crowed, and the next gen after will get it. But it has nothing to do with old vs new. Becuae downpour is on the right track, with the wrong (far to often this gen) coding. Which makes it a ok game.
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  6. May 18, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I do not have to say anything. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it................................. Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2020
    0
    i don't know how konami has the courage to publish a game like this, this is not silent hill ... the game has no aspect of the series,i don't know how konami has the courage to publish a game like this, this is not silent hill ... the game has no aspect of the series, ambience, mechanics, sounds, nothing! it is a lack of respect for fans and the general public for conceiving us of this meaningless garbage. Expand

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