Silent Hill: Downpour

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 3
73
3.5
Xbox 360
70
4.6
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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.

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Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Even the sun in Silent Hill looks strange and unsettling.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Murphy will often have to cross dangerous paths, so don't lose the balance.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Some events will require you to act quickly, like finding a way to activate the sprinklers to put out the spreading fire.
Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3 Murphy Pendleton, the protagonist of Silent Hill 8.

Alternate Titles

  • "Silent Hill 8" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Apr 12, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gamona Xbox 360 Mar 31, 2012 78 out of 100 78
neXGam PlayStation 3 2012 7.8 out of 10 78
Playstation Front PlayStation 3 Apr 04, 2012 75 out of 100 75
4Players.de Xbox 360 Mar 28, 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
Gamezoom PlayStation 3 Apr 03, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) PlayStation 3 Apr 27, 2012 65 out of 100 65
DemoNews.de Xbox 360 Mar 25, 2012 5 out of 10 50

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