Downpour Revolutionizes The Way We Play Silent Hill
Players who wilted away from the shaky game play of any previous Silent Hill title can expect to finally be given more control. Silent Hill Downpour is a stand alone story in the franchise which focuses on the protagonist’s journey through a free roam playing field (and, yes, this is the same game that was introduced at E3 under the temporary name: Silent Hill 8).
So: Imagine being able to flirt over the landscape at will without being barricaded within the confines of the direct path in front of you. What prompted the developers at Konami to finally step away from the traditional almost at times drab game play of previous Silent Hills? Perhaps it’s due to the caliber of gamers now, which has transitioned from being satisfied by the meager earlier plots and into a lust for exploration. Who doesn’t like being able to fully be capable of mirroring what curiosities you’d have in real life? As humans we want to look, we need to investigate; as gamers we love to…Loot.
If this can’t entice you to pick up the game, how about some side quests? It seems as if players will almost be able to self direct themselves through the haunting scenery. Also, small details down to the weather transitions will determine the disbursement of monsters: The more turbulent the weather, the more creepy, limping enemies you can expect coming at you. Remember those rusty pipes and knives of yester-years? The weapons you have now are more realistic to the point that after some use they will break. Gamers will be on the constant look out for anything they can find that can be used during attacks. Something to remember about the new way your items you pick up is that they cannot be stored. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. If you’re using a stick and see a knife, you have to wait until your stick breaks. No more arsenal means melee attacks need to be strategic when the player engages in one.
Go ahead and open those doors. Explore those seemingly abandoned houses. Step off the beaten path. Silent Hill Downpour is set to release in March, 2012.