Published on February 26th, 2011 | by Kyle LeDuch0
Silent Hill: Downpour
Konami’s Silent Hill franchise has enjoyed just a handful of victories over the immensely popular Resident Evil series – constantly overshadowing its quirkiness in favor of more mainstream thrills. However, both juggernauts of the survival horror genre have suffered some growing pains as of late. The Resident Evil series has evolved into an entirely different action/adventure beast, whereas gaming’s spookiest fictional town has gone under some serious renovations of its own – some for good and some for worse. Konami is ready to throw the gauntlet down though, and reclaim survival horror for its own once more with the eighth installment of Silent Hill: ‘Downpour’.
They say when it rains, it pours. When a prison transport vehicle crashes in the middle of nowhere, surviving inmate Murphy Pendleton escapes the scene, evades the law and is soon left to wander aimlessly around a desolate Silent Hill.
It’s not long before Murphy finds himself in the heart of America’s most-haunted location, solving mind-boggling riddles the series has become notorious for. Murphy will also have to fend off the advances of terrifying creatures that appear as the world shifts between suspenseful town to the sick and twisted crimson red nightmare. But Murphy is no BSAA agent thrown into the deep end with a stockpile of bullets at hand. Unskilled as he may be, Murphy can pick up many unconventional items to use as weapons, such as bottles and fire extinguishers to swing unwieldy at his foes.
In fact fire arms will make few appearances in Silent Hill: Downpour, suggesting that it may take a leaf out of Shattered Memories run-first-ask-questions-later approach. But where to run? Down endless corridors? Taking shelter in a supposedly abandoned hospital or school? Downpour plans to do away with these familiar haunts in favor of something a little more on the ‘open world’ style of exploration. But how big can Silent Hill be? Apparently big enough to employ its own subway system for Murphy to get around quickly.
Silent Hill: Downpour is forecasting to bring heavy rain to our screens just in time for Halloween, and with no sign of Resident Evil stepping in to steal its thunder, Silent Hill is in a prime position to scare the pants off the competition.
With series’ veteran Akira Yamaoka currently lending his hand to Goichi Suda and Shinji Mikami’s Shadows of the Damned, the skilled ears of Daniel Licht have been employed to score Silent Hill: Downpour’s soundtrack. Capturing the horror of the Silent Hill series is no easy task but its hard to argue with those credentials. Prepare to be terrified.