Silent Hill: Downpour is the latest entry in the horror-filled franchise, but as we discovered in our Silent Hill: Downpour review, it doesn't leave the best taste in our mouth. You play as convict Murphy Pendleton, who finds his way to Silent Hill after the bus transferring him to his new prison crashes on the side of the road. Unfortunately, it doesn't get too much better after that.
"The solid narrative elements are dramatically overshadowed by myriad dodgy gameplay mechanics. While previous Silent Hill games relied on ammo scarcity to help ratchet up that familiar foreboding feeling during combat, the folks at Vatra decided to introduce a new melee-heavy combat system. I’m all for battling horrific monsters hand-to-hand, but the actual execution is simply dreadful. I found myself swinging and missing frequently, even when I seemed to time my attacks perfectly following a block or a missed attack by my foe. In theory, getting into a good rhythm should have been entirely possible, as every enemy follows a similar attack pattern, but more often than not combat felt like it was based more on luck than skill."
Grab your pistol and head on over to the rest of our Silent Hill: Downpour review to see why we've labeled the game as one of the weakest entries in the series.