A true heir, lovingly crafted with the same psychological intensity as its predescessors while improving on their weak combat controls. All but the most closed-minded afficionados are sure to embrace it and savvy marketing by Konami could expand the fan base.
Silent Hill - Homecoming gives the player a new protagonist to the silent hill franchise, Alex Shepard, an amnesiac who wakes up in a hospital apparently after a war. Upon starting into the world of silent hill, you come to a dead end after chasing your brother, face to face with the real silent hill, attacked by nurses (its unknown why they are here, Alex has no sign of lust) and eventually makes it towards the elevator out of Alkimila hospital. Only to be attacked again.
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.
A good compromise between modern survival-horror trends and the genre's classical elements, with consequent pros and cons. We mainly recommend it to Silent Hill fans, but it's also enjoyable as a stand-alone good psycho-thriller story, granted that you are willing to close an eye on the visual aspect and the tricky shooting.
From its leaden, cheap-shots-aplenty combat to its wild-goose chase through gray, same-y hallways filled with useless, placebo doorways to a story that takes much too long to get off the ground, its entire first half feels like a death march through a clunky hot mess. [Nov 2008, p.73]
So far I'm absolutely loving this game. It got below par reviews and I have no idea why. It's the closest to the original so far - in the way that it feels less 'linear' as you run around town looking for clues etc. The graphics are excellent and the story is pretty decent too. The only thing that **** me slightly is the fact that now and again the music becomes noticably 'un-scary.'
Silent Hill: Homecoming is a flawed, but worthy addition to the series. The game contains the same creepy, dreamlike atmosphere as its predecessors. It's psychological horror done right. However, a few **** issues keep it from being a true classic. Players step into the role of Alex Shepherd, a soldier returning to his hometown of Shepherd's Glen. Of course, this being Silent Hill, things are not what they seem. Alex discovers that his younger brother as well as many of the town's residents are missing. So he goes on a journey to uncover the mysteries of the town's history. Gameplay-wise, "Homecoming" follows the formula of the previous games, but new additions include a rehauled camera system and combat mechanics. Visually, the graphics are solid for an early Xbox 360 game with eerie environments more detailed than in past games. Additionally, the haunting musical score perfectly compliments the creepy scenarios. Overall, the game should please die-hard fans of the series. I would rate it with a 7.2 out of 10.
I have not played any of the older Silent Hill games yet which I have heard are better but this game is one of the scariest games I have ever played. Mostly due to the music/ sound effects that make the cloudy streets in this game 3x as creepy. I like some things about the game but other things like lack of ammo are annoying. Also the bosses are kind of hard to beat and I dont believe there was a difficulty option. If you have the money, Silent Hill HD collection is a rerelease of SH 3 and 4 I think and is the best option to get for **** if you can get this game for 5 bucks like I did and you are into survival horror I would recommend buying this game.
I can't believe the people that are giving this game that high scores... This game is not only the worst Silent Hill game ever made, it's also one of the worst games I ever played. It's just a succession of awfully stuff from the start to the end. The only good thing is the soundtrack.
SummaryThe 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...