Silent Hill: Homecoming

Common Sense Media says

Ultra-violent; only for adult survival horror fans.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Alex Sheperd is a violent war veteran trying to save his creepy, lost brother.

Violence

Unapologetically gory and bloody, especially when you fight with a knife.

Sex

The slow moving, zombies are sometimes unclothed and bloody.

Language

You won't hear it all the time, but nasty language does occur.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is sometimes scarier than anything in the Saw movie series. Although horror movie-loving adults will relish it, this game is full of unapologetically gory and bloody scenes, especially when you fight with a knife. It contains psychological and physical terror, torture, blood, guts, screams, and insidious, insane laughter. Zombies are sometimes unclothed and bloody, and the language can be quite explicit. It earns its M-rating, and can even make adults squeamish. This game was not created for kids to play.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Make no mistake and beware. SILENT HILL: HOMECOMING isn't for kids. This is a horror survival game full of psychological and physical terror, torture, blood, guts, screams and insidious, insane laughter. In fact, the tale about protagonist war veteran Alex Shepherd searching for his lost kid brother in ultra-creepy, mist-laden environs will make some adults squeamish. Really.

While the game has some new developers who live stateside instead of in Japan, the game mechanics are pretty much similar to those in previous iterations of the series. As you search for clues and solve puzzles, you use buttons to attack and slash, pick up items (like first aid for your inventory), shine a flashlight, and check out a map to see where you are in the Silent Hill universe. New within Homecoming is the ability to dodge, strafe, and roll out of the way of the many monsters and bugs which constantly shiver your timbers. Yet because of the strength and speed of some beings, you wish you could move with more alacrity.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The point of all survival horror games is to create a hopeless, almost depressive mood that is filled with violence. In fact, if you don't have mood in this genre, you've failed. The first moment of the game isn't scary, though. You're tied to gurney, being pushed through a dark, dank hospital. You see scenes of torture in rooms and you're screaming. It's too over the top, though, fake-y. Once you're left alone, you break your bonds and begin to search the lonely rooms, and that's when the suspense and tension builds. The game gets more difficult midway through when save points and first aid become less available.

But the suspense flows more than it ebbs. Within a few hours you're exhausted, almost as if you've sloshed through the buckets of blood and the violence that's been laid upon you (along with the slicing and cutting you've been forced to commit to stay alive). Admittedly, gamers who play horror-oriented offerings have seen pretty much every monster clone imaginable. Demons like Lurkers, Smogs, and Needlers have been seen in some form elsewhere. But the crazed, blood-soaked Pyramid Head, who made his first appearance in Silent Hill 2, is somewhat unique, dragging his heavy sword as if it were a psychological burden as he limps along. But it's not the monsters that make the game work; it's the terrifying, tension-filled steps that lead up to the meeting. That's where Homecoming shines.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes this game so scary. Is is the things that go bump in the night? Is it the monsters? Is it creepy sounds in the background? Could the game have been as scary without the attention paid to violence and gore?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:September 30, 2008
Genre:Survival Horror
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes. (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written byYBNormal January 7, 2009
Teen, 17 years old Written byAmaterasu13 February 21, 2009
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Love creepy games like these

This game would be more for the older teen or adult audience/players. Even though I've played multiple horror/survival games, the Silent Hill series still freaks me out, even when playing in daylight with people around. I think a small child would have nightmares from it. ( This next bit is my own opinion, so it could be true for some and not others.) It's not just the creatures... they're not even half of it. The feeling of terror mostly comes from the atmoshpere. Rusting walls, foggy graveyard, and (known especially to the fans) the screeching of metal being dragged across the floor by the pyramid head. Even the music can make you cringe (though some of the tracks are actually nice to listen to). Not to mention things that pop outta nowhere. Haha even the fear of dying and starting over gets extreme just because you don't want to do it again. Even though I'm stubborn with judging age with games, this one falls in with a matured audience that can handle extreme feelings of tension and fear. Totally in love with the story line and characters, hence why I keep (slowly) advancing in the game.
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 April 12, 2014
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Great game but better for the older ones

This game features strong disturbing and brutal horror violence that will scare some kids and may be to much for some even older. There are sexual references in discussion that aren't graphic, but in a way rather disturbing in some of its context and implications. Language isn't frequent or graphic. Sit the little ones out for this. Suggested MPAA R: Strong Disturbing Horror Violence and Gore including Torture, Grisly Images, Some Sexual Content and Language
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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