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Silent Hill: Downpour

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
73
3.8
Xbox 360
70
4.4
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Description

Just like its predecessors, Silent Hill: Downpour is a survival horror game set in the town and the surroundings of Silent Hill. This entry features a convicted felon called Murphy Pendleton as the protagonist. He has been incarcerated for many years after stealing a police cruiser. After a riot at the Ryall State Corrections Facility where he is locked up, he is transferred with some other inmates to the Wayside Maximum Security Prison. During the transport that brings them near Silent Hill, the road suddenly ends into a void and the driver crashes the bus through barriers, down the hill. When Murphy regains consciousness, he manages to escape from his captors and looks for a way out through the surroundings. Through the story Murphy meets people from the area, fellow escaped prisoners and members of prison security. When he encounters strange entities and occurrences however, the line between dreams and reality starts to blur.

In the tradition of the series, Downpour combines exploring abandoned surroundings, talking to characters, and solving puzzles, set against a slow, psychological horror theme. Different from the previous game Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is the return of combat. Murphy often has to fight off monsters using a variety of weapons, but he can carry only one melee and one ranged weapon. These also deteriorate over time. There is no visible health system, but when Murphy is in bad shape his clothes become bloody and he starts to limp. At key moments of the game the player has to make a number of decisions that define the moral compass. This eventually leads to different endings. Next to the main storyline there are different sidequests that are optional for completion.

Entirely new to the series is the introduction of a weather system. There is a full day and night cycle and rain often warns the player of danger that is approaching. It is possible to hide until the weather becomes better again. Most of the game is set in the nature and surroundings of Silent Hill, with mountains, woods, and streams, but also locations in the city as well as the series' famous transfer to the industrial hell of the Otherworld when the town's evil influence distorts the environment.

Screenshots

Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Getting familiar with the controls.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Watch out for the obstacles while sliding down.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Use the light to scare off the monsters into the inner court area.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Maybe you can find some coins in the cash register to pick a song on a jukebox.

Alternate Titles

  • "Silent Hill 8" -- Working title

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Spieletester.com PlayStation 3 Apr 19, 2012 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Apr 12, 2012 8 out of 10 80
neXGam Xbox 360 2012 7.8 out of 10 78
Spielemagazin PlayStation 3 May 31, 2012 77 out of 100 77
XBox Front Xbox 360 Apr 04, 2012 75 out of 100 75
ingame.de PlayStation 3 Apr 11, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Gameswelt PlayStation 3 Mar 29, 2012 73 out of 100 73
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Mar 27, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Eurogamer.de Xbox 360 Apr 02, 2012 7 out of 10 70
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies PlayStation 3 Mar 30, 2012 7 out of 10 70

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