Silent Hill: Downpour
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Survival horror game filled with blood, gore, and fright.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No positive message for its players. It's a cinematic "survival horror" adventure game that has you take on hoards of creepy creatures.
Positive Role Models
Little is known about what the protagonist, Murphy Pendleton, did to become incarcerated before he escapes outside the mysterious town of Silent Hill. At times, the player will have to make moral choices, such as rescuing someone or leaving them to die; in some cases the game changes, but in others, the same cut-scene sequence plays out regardless of the decision you made.
Ease of Play
While the main character is a little stiff to move during combat (as with past games in the series), controlling the game overall is fairly straightforward. When the protagonist escapes a freak accident at the start of the game, you'll learn the mechanics needed to play the game. At any time you can pause the action and review the controls.
Violence & Scariness
Players will use melee weapons (knives, axes, pipes, etc.) as well as shotguns and pistols, to take down demonic creatures. Bloody corpses can be seen, along with body parts and other disturbing sounds and images. Some cut-scenes show brutal deaths, such as police officers and criminals killed violently. One off-camera scene has sounds of a child's neck snapping.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There isn't any nudity or revealing clothing but some of the dialogue sequences with onscreen text refer to sex-related crimes. One example: "... including third-degree murder and sexual assault of a child below the age of 14."
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It's not often, but the game has some strong profanity, such as "f--k" and "s--t," as well as other potentially offensive words like "ass," "damn," "bitch," and "hell."
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The game's score was composed by award-winning Daniel Licht (best known for his work on Dexter), and with a title track sung by Jonathan Davis from the rock band Korn.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Silent Hill: Downpour is a very violent and gory "survival horror" game for mature players. You play as a prison inmate escapee who winds up in the creepy town of Silent Hill, and must fend for himself with all kinds of weapons. You can shoot, stab, and slash demonic creatures. Blood and body parts can be seen during combat and cut-scene sequences. Some of the non-interactive movie sequences are also violent, gory, and disturbing. The game also has strong profanity and sexual references.
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What’s It About?
SILENT HILL: DOWNPOUR follows Murphy Pendleton, a convicted felon, who has been incarcerated for several years. While being transferred from Ryall State Prison to the nearby Wayside Maximum Security Penitentiary, a freak bus accident cuts the journey short. Pendleton comes to in a forest next to the accident, and takes advantage of the situation to escape to the sleepy town of Silent Hill. But as he soon discovers, something isn't quite right here. This third-person adventure in the longstanding series combines combat, puzzle-solving, and exploration.
Is It Any Good?
While not as good as some previous Silent Hill games, this new adventure -- from first-time developer Vatra Games -- has a few things going for it. This includes bigger set pieces with more freedom to explore, side-missions that add to the gameplay, and solid voice acting that helps with the chilling narrative. But shortcomings can hamper the experience, such as some stiff combat that takes away from the immersion and a choppy frame rate when there's a lot of action onscreen at the same time. Overall, however, Silent Hill: Downpour is a decent and more action-heavy Silent Hill offering with some memorable moments. Note: The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game are the same.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether Silent Hill: Downpour pushes the envelope in violence, blood, and gore. Does this really add to the scariness of the game? Or is the darkness, suspenseful music and creatures that jump out at you really what makes this game creepy?
What is it about this survival horror genre that you like? It is better or worse than watching a horror movie?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Konami
- Release date: March 13, 2012
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
- Last updated: August 29, 2016
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