23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A combat-heavy Silent Hill,
This review is from: Silent Hill Homecoming (PS3) (Video Game)
`Silent Hill: Homecoming' is the latest game in the survival horror series and introduces a new character named Alex Shepherd who returns home to Shepherd's Green and to Silent Hill to find his lost brother Josh.
I've been a huge fan of the series since the first one on the Playstation 10 years ago (is it really that long ago!?) and just couldn't wait to play this one so I imported it a few months ago and have just gotten round to finishing it. My first impressions were very, very good - it has all the charm of the old ones such as the haunting music, the foggy streets, the twisted monsters and the blood-curdling sound effects. The story is pretty good too and the characters are all well designed. The graphics are fantastic and although they are in HD and are very detailed and realistic, it still manages to keep the original grainy feel to it that made the originals so creepy.
The gameplay is pretty much the same as before where you have to lead your character through various sections of Silent Hill and Shepherd's Green such as the hospital, cemetery, sewers, a hotel etc and solve puzzles, collect items and battle enemies, but the one thing that really lets this game down is that the developers have concentrated a lot on the combat side of things as there is a lot of bashing nasties with a metal pole or an axe, and let's face it, Silent Hill has never been great for the fighting sections and it hasn't at all been improved here (other than the shooting, which has been improved a little bit).
Overall this is a great addition to the series and is one that any fan of Silent Hill should get into as soon as possible. If the rumours are true that this is going to be delayed for even longer in the UK, the US copy of the game is region free so I'd import it now to save waiting.