The 8th installment of the silent hill series...is surprisingly good. Its been a while since there was actually a silent hill game worthy of its name, since most of the games after 3 didn't really feel like a silent hill game at all. 4 was a great game but it didn't even take place in silent hill...and it had ghosts. Homecoming was too action oriented and the storyline was forgettable. Shattered memories had absolutely no combat what so ever, and it had boring chase scenes and bad puzzles. And Origins did a good job but the cult part of the story was lame. But after all these unworthy SH games, we get Silent hill downpour, and trust me, this game is worth playing. But be warned, if you are not a fan of the series, you might have some trouble with this game.
The game is about Murphy Pendalton, and he is basically a prisoner stuck in silent hill for various reasons. I don't really wanna say that much about the story, because i don't wanna spoil any part of the story, but if you are expecting a good storyline, you gonna get one. Downpour's story is probably the best in the series(no joke). Also, this is a pretty challenging game, you can only wield one melee weapon at a time, and they break after a while. You can also find guns in this game, but its hard to find one and ammo is scarce. There are 6 endings in this game, and the secret ending is not a UFO ending, but if you are a fan of the series, you will definitely enjoy it.
Now let me explain the bad part of this game. There are alot of technical issues such as framerate drops, which kinda gets annoying sometimes. Combat is challenging, but to be honest it isn't that great, enemies can be pretty cheap sometimes. And also, the enemy design is...pretty bad. Probably the worst in the series. And this gmae doesn't really have any boss battles..except for one. This game is kinda made of fans of the series, if this is going to be your first SH game, you will probably have trouble with the combat, its pretty clunky. But if you are a SH fan, most of us are used to it. This game is not for casual players. I'm not trying to offend casuals, but if you are looking for a game where you just pick up and play, this game isn't for you.
In the end, this game is flawed, but it is still probably the best SH game i played in awhile. If you are a fan of the series, go for it, its worth your money.
Replay value: Worth playing multiple times
Final Score: 8.5