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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.


Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Leaving the prison.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 The water is rising fast.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Like in <i>Shattered Dreams</i>, you can look behind to see if and when someone is chasing you.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 In dark Silent Hill you will be constantly chased by a black hole kind of entity, where gameplay is very similar to chase scenes in <i>Shattered Dreams</i>.

Alternate Titles

  • "Silent Hill 8" -- Working title

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Gamona PlayStation 3 Mar 31, 2012 78 out of 100 78
Spielemagazin PlayStation 3 May 31, 2012 77 out of 100 77 PlayStation 3 Mar 28, 2012 75 out of 100 75
GBase - The Gamer's Base PlayStation 3 Apr 10, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies PlayStation 3 Mar 30, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Gamezoom Xbox 360 Apr 03, 2012 7 out of 10 70 PlayStation 3 Mar 27, 2012 14 out of 20 70 PlayStation 3 Mar 24, 2012 6.8 out of 10 68
GamesCollection Xbox 360 Jul 27, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Gameplay (Benelux) PlayStation 3 Apr 27, 2012 65 out of 100 65


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