A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: 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
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