Silent Hill: Homecoming
Review by: SamOfSuthSax
Graphics: 3/10 "Silent Hill 3 Looked better than this!"Silent Hill 3 (PS2)
Sound: 7/10 "Silent hill isn't actually supposed to be silent!"
Gameplay: 3/10 "One track tedium with the dead leaves of a combat system!"
Story: 1/10 "Story? Story? Here story? Good boy?"
Multiplayer: 0/10 "No multiplayer play Resident Evil 5 instead."Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Next Gen: 2/10 "Press blue to stop having your face eaten"
Dumb Down: 8/10 "Easy puzzles and no side story's"
Overall Rating: 3/10 "If Silent Hill was Alien this would be Alien 3"
If you liked Silent Hill one or Silent Hill two then this is not the game for you, the people who made those games went on to make Forbidden Siren 1, 2 & 3, if you want to play a Silent Hill like game with as much intelligence and creativity as Silent Hill, then go and buy any Forbidden Siren game.Forbidden Siren (PS2)Forbidden Siren 2 (PS2)Siren Blood Curse - BDR (PS3)
This is the bad game of the bad movie of a good game, literally they have thrown out the idea of creativity and intelligence in favour of crowbar-ing aspects of the bad movie into this game, what's even worse than this is the way that they have used good original ideas from silent hill games (namely Silent Hill 2) and through the movie adaptation and their own takes on these good ideas, they have turned them into mindless trash or even ruined them completely, making anyone who enjoyed the ideas in the original games feel like they are being used and abused.
!!!!HERE COME THE SPOILERS!!!!
Yes Pyramid head makes a return but sadly this once elusive "Ridley Scott's Alien" like creature has been turned into something you would find in a teen slasher movie, also making a return are the skinless dogs and the nurses but again unlike the old versions of these enemies they have been altered into a shadow of their former selves.
The dogs that populate the town are seemingly similar to the old ones, until you try to outrun one, (something that is essential because you never have enough ammo or health to take them on as they re-spawn) trying to outrun a dog now results in one of them jumping on your back and knocking you to the ground, not so bad you might think but if you are outrunning one dog in this game you will inevitably be outrunning three or four, this means as soon as you have got the first one off your back another one jumps you immediately and you end up having to fight every enemy that's been chasing you.
It's a similar story with the nurses they have been taken from the movie not the old game, they look exactly like the ones in the movie and also sadly act like them as well, as soon as you turn your light off they freeze, I managed to walk right up to one and push against her without any response at all.
PUTTING THE HAM IN HAMMER HEAD
The new enemies in the game are ridiculous, hammerhead shark man, sword crab man, smog man, that guy from the bathroom scene and the gasmask guys from the movie. Most of the enemies in the game are fairly slow moving and would be easy to avoid if you hadn't been locked you in a room with them or their collision boxes weren't so big that you couldn't get past them in a hallway.
SNEAK `EM DOWN
Unlike the old games you cant sneak around, although some enemies respond to your torchlight (like the nurses, see above) it makes little difference as most of the enemies you encounter are blocking vital passageways, spawned right behind you or in a too well lit area to have it make any difference, making sneaking a totally pointless venture.
HACK `N ROLL
The combat system in the game has been altered and like a lot of the things changed from the original they didn't make it better, the biggest difference is that they have removed the ability to block, something that has worked well for the previous four silent hill games. Now instead of block you have "dodge" what this means is that you lock onto your target and wait for it to attack you then press a button to "dodge" out of the way. This system doesn't work at all, the only time it would actually work is if you were in a large open area with only one enemy to fight! As soon as there is more than one enemy it makes the "dodge" system totally useless, as you roll around on the floor dodging one enemies attack the other one hits you, its like rolling around on the floor in front of your enemies while they beat you to death, even with one enemy in a small hallway you end up rolling against the wall while they stab you in the face as there is simply not enough room to "dodge" out of the way.
Most of the game is running around collecting keys or pressing switches, this get really tedious very soon as there isn't anything outside of the storyline to explore, in fact exploring dead ends in this game is not worth while as there are never any items or anything worth seeing in them, you are usually being chased by enemies so stopping to investigate dead ends invariably gets you hurt as well. The game has no discernable storyline or atmosphere and no emotional content at all, in fact they even managed to take the deeply moving euthanasia idea from Silent Hill two and turn it into a scene like something from "The Saw", less emotional content and more gore for gore sake.
This game is an insult to all the previous Silent Hill games, especially the first two as it constantly references and ruins everything gamers liked about them, this Silent Hill game is totally betraying the creative and intelligent ideas that made the first two games so popular that they created the Silent Hill franchise in the first place.
If you want a good horror game buy Resident Evil 5 or Forbidden Siren and leave this piece of trash on the shelf where it belongs.Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)Siren Blood Curse - BDR (PS3)