Silent Hill: Downpour

Common Sense Media says

Survival horror game filled with blood, gore, and fright.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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."

Language

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."

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
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 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byGamerGirl36 April 8, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Good Game for Older Players

For those of you unfamiliar with Silent Hill, let me tell you that the series is not your average survive-the-zombie-apocalypse horror game. It is a gaming experience that prides itself on scaring and disturbing its players with its rich and frightening environments. Not only is it violent, but everything is designed to psychologically terrify the player. The environments are beyond creepy, and the monsters are grotesque. Gameplay is aggrivating since the number of weapons you can carry is limited. In addition, weapon quality will deteriorate over time, causing them to break. This can be especially frustrating for players who prefer taking out all enemies they encounter. Less linear than previous installments, Downpour gives the player moral choices that impact the game's numerous endings. This gives the player more control of the world, which makes certain events more intense and entertaining. With better graphics comes more violent content. Silent Hill delivers a very violent and psychologically disturbing game that may negatively impact young or sensitive gamers. Because maturity level differs between teenagers, it is important for any parent to really investigate the nature of the game by looking up screenshots, trailers, or gameplay videos. No words can adequately describe some of the game's haunting imagery. While I disagree with Konami's shift in gameplay mechanics over the past few titles, the environment and storyline are worthy of praise. I would recommend this game to anyone over 16 who enjoys the horror genre.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bycookiemonster7532159 November 17, 2013
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

fun and scary

its a great game love it been a silent hill fan for a long time first i think commonsense over rated this title. first of all there is not as much blood as you think and its not just vioence there are lots of puzzels as well second it has just as much blood as call of duty and its tamer cause your not killing people your killing monsters thanks for listening
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byraraizBack March 24, 2012
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

day best game for a baby

i been playin silent hill sense i was 7 good game
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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