Silent Hill: Downpour Review

Silent Hill: Downpour came out recently, and BLaK xEntertainmentx (If you don’t know who this is, check out my previous posts) recently made a gameplay video about it. I figured people might be interested in knowing if the game was good or not, so I asked him to make a quick review of it. So here it is!

If you are a fan of Silent Hill or horror games in general, then you will enjoy Silent Hill: Downpour. The game’s soundtrack is absolutely stunning. With all of the weird sounds going on around you, it definitely keeps you on your toes. The graphics in the game aren’t too bad, but they could be better. The scenery is great, but I feel the graphics on the monsters still lack quality. It seems as if the designers rushed the monsters, because they can look fake and cheesy at times. Don’t let that stop you from buying the game, however, because it’s just a minor problem. Control-wise, the game has a great feel. For example, if you have to walk across beams, you have to realistically balance your character, and the general button layout feels great. Another great aspect of Silent Hill is that you can run forever, which definitely helps navigating through the levels.

For all of the older Silent Hill fans, Downpour gives you a blast from the past by reintroducing the health system from the old games. You now have to find med-kits, and there aren’t very many, so you can’t just run out and kill everything. This causes you to use much more strategy. In order to compensate for the health change, they’ve introduced a new system to alert you when your health is low. Instead of your screen flashing red, or your health bar blinking, your clothes and face start to get dirty, bloodied, and torn up.

Another new aspect in Downpour is that from the start of the game, you can choose your game difficulty as well as your puzzle difficulty. So if you are great at combat, but bad with puzzles, you can simply adjust the difficulties accordingly. From what I’ve played so far, the game has brought really fun and new puzzles to the table, but none of them have been that difficult (Maybe because of the fact that I put it on medium?). The story line is a little hard to follow at first, but as the story progresses, your character starts to have flashbacks. These help you realize what is happening, and why the main character is where he is. All in all, it is a great game and I would definitely recommend it.

-BLaK xEntertainmentx

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