33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Actually pleasantly surprised! Mostly.....,
This review is from: Silent Hill Downpour (PS3) (Video Game)
Like most people i was put off buying this by the reviews and the lack of retail support (couldn`t find it anywhere!).However i`m glad the Silent Hill fan within me took over and after much searching i purchased my copy and eagerly began playing it.
First impressions of the game were ok.It looks like Silent Hill,it sounds like Silent Hill and some of the voice acting is terrible and wooden,like Silent Hill. (whats.going.on.with.that.radio??) To start with i had none of the famous glitching UNTIL about an hour into the game (it may only be 10 mins for most,i spend AGES looking around). If you like spontanious fog then this is a game for you. Now you see it,now you don`t,now you see it..... Oh and the character started taking leaps and bounds in a jittery way rather than walking in the normal one-foot-infront-of-the-other form that humans have adapted.But then this is Silent Hill afterall.......
But hey ho! i was not bothered too much by this latest development and continued to enjoy the many areas and puzzles of the game. Some of the puzzles are fab and worth playing the game for. They really come alive,you`ll see what i mean. Some are just your run of the mill moving things about or finding keys but its always pleasantly frustrating to find a locked door knowing (hoping) you`ll find a key soon enough.There are lots of buildings big and small to explore,my fave so far being the monastry.There`s nothing better than entering a building,finding a map and thinking "wow,this place is big!".
Is the game scary?I would say yes,some of it. Some days when i`m feeling brave i play for hours,shouting obsenities at the monsters i encounter.Other days however i can bearly muster the courage to go through the door/window/hole in wall etc etc and my cat only has to brush up against me while playing and that`s that,off goes the playstation and i`m off to replace my soiled knickers!But then i am a girl,and girls get scared of scary things!I have to say there is alot less time spent in the hellworld side of the game and on the few occasions you do find yourself unwittingly transported there,you will most likely be busy getting p*ssed off with the red light that is determined to engulf you unless you run blindly at breakneck speed only to realise you have already seen this corridor/room/metal grate.Three times.But again,not enough to tarnish the game as a whole.
Now to the monsters......I`m not totally sold.I`m not sure who thought it was a good idea to use a homeless guy and his shrieking bit on the side as the main monsters but there you go.It`s still satisfying to club them over the head with various tools and I suppose we have still come a long way from the waddling 2 foot tall brown lumps from SH1!Still preferred the good `ole nurses though.There are other monsters too but again,they could have been a bit scarier. A primark dummy that some kid has used mummy`s make up on?Hmmm....judge for yourselves!
All in all,a pretty good game but you can`t deny the flaws are there. Unless you are lucky enough not to have any! I am playing on a very old,chunky PS3 afterall.I`m very glad i got this and the interesting side missions more than make up for the lack of other things in my opinion as there is always something to do!
If you are a SH fan,buy this. :-)
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2012 22:34:27 BDT
absolutely loved your review. so so funny. Im a girl too and you just described how i play too. Im defo buying this.
Posted on 24 Sep 2012 15:06:11 BDT
C. Charalampidis says:
Thanks, very nice review I Bought It Today!!!
Posted on 16 Nov 2012 14:11:03 GMT
I had horrendous issues with bugs and the freezing, juddering and lagging almost spoiled the game (playing on an old style 40gb PS3). A patch has now been released and I hope this fixes the problems. I installed it yesterday and have started a second play-through. It's a bit early to tell yet whether or not the bugs are still there as they seemed to get worse later on. I am also hoping they have fixed the subway glitch too as the subways remained locked. The biggest let-down of this game were the dreadfully poor 'monsters'. The developers got so much right and then they give us lame, generic and badly rendered 'monsters' to beat up! They weren't really even monsters. The female looked like my drunken old mother on a good day and the bloke looked like a football hooligan after a few beers too many! What were they thinking? SH2 had the best monsters of all the games, and even homecoming's monsters had a little bit of originality and those blade headed efforts were pretty nasty. At least the brilliant side missions made up for it though.
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