Although it's being developed by a new studio, it seems Silent Hill: Downpour will have everything franchise fans desire.

You can check the digital version of the recent EGM ; there's a feature interview with Downpour producer Devin Shatsky, and he provides us with a few new pieces of information. First and foremost – and we loved this about Silent Hill 2 , in particular – we will once again get multiple endings, thereby giving us more reason to replay the game. Another reason would be the fact that not all side-quests are available during our first play-through. In terms of atmosphere and gameplay, Vatra really seems to be focusing on the "creepy" factor; for instance, the main character, Murphy Pendleton, will walk differently depending on how much damage he has suffered and – get this – his fear level. Very cool. Furthermore, we see something about "infinite hallways" and "disintegrating rooms" that will continually keep players on their freaked-out toes.

And although many of us define Silent Hill as Survival/Horror – a sub-genre that has either disappeared or been absorbed into the action/adventure category, depending on your views – Shatsky would rather call Downpour a "psychological thriller." Yeah, we'll go with that. This game sounds sweet and it's nice to see Vatra sticking to the concepts and ideas that first made the franchise great.

Related Game(s): Silent Hill: Downpour

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Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
9 years ago

I really don't need to say this…..but, that's not the desire of the true fans who understand it at all.

Sounds ridiculous, including the name!

The only thing he kinda got right was the genre….but even that's debatable.

But, whatever, i'm sure a lot of you are fed up with my passionate defence on SH.

I don't need to give this attention. I just thought the description under the headline was funny.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

No offense but that was kind of a poor defense.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

…considering that I've played every Silent Hill, I think I'm more than qualified to say what I and other fans want.

Downpour sounds like SH to me.

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
9 years ago

Oh, you want me to go on and on again, world? Because i could.

But, it'd be a waste of type.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

"True fan" my ass. More like, "Disgruntled fan who doesn't like any Silent Hill game not made by disbanded Team Silent." Its obvious how much bias you have when you don't even give the name (which is actually pretty good) a chance at all.

Btw, if you don't need to give this attention, why did you?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'm just saying you didn't back up your position except to say you don't like the name.

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
9 years ago

Look, i'm not attacking anyone getting this game at all. I speak from my experience with SH. I have zero bias towards anything and just defend something that i feel was one of the most intelligent experiences in gaming….and now it's the opposite. I was excited for Homecoming, iffy about screen shots, hated the trailer, despised and erased the final game from my existence.

A lot of people love SH 1-4 but still don't truly get it and that's still fine, more to it's genius. They like the creepy atmosphere etc, etc and question and criticise why the main character barely reacts to what's going on and the creatures around him and praises Homecoming, or this for finally making them react realistically…when infact, true understanding of it should tell you that it was intentional before (one example out of a thousand), but that's ok!
However, they call the game Silent Hill….and it isn't. I could explain in the utmost detail why it's not, but why?

Director Del Torro spoke of what im talking about recently and compared the original team silent games to the beauty of David Lynch movies, and he was bang on….It isn't Silent Hill 2 IN 3D (film coming soon) or a Downpour with a character called Murphy who's an escaped prison convict (the fact it actually shows you scenes that explain how his truck crashed etc in Hollywood style sequences is wrong. Another example out of a thousand) coming to the hill, a normal talking voice with human reactions to everything (screaming, running, shouting profanities because he's scared etc. Another example out of a thousand) with an injury and fear metre! A fear metre?! Talk about missing the point…..whatever, i don't need to go on, but it ain't any of this that we speak. SH was the most beautiful, artistic, cleverly written, still being debated about (story), emotional experiences in game, ever.

If you're gonna get malicious, 1st don't talk to me and 2nd, learn how to debate.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

Call it what you want but I'm glad this game is type of genre is making a comeback. I'm looking forward too this bad boy. A lot of money being spent on games this year more then any other.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

But don't they always walk different when they get hurt bad? Anyway, high hopes for this one. All proper horror is a type of psychological thriller anyway. I like the idea of a fear meter but it should DO something too. I'd like to see something akin to the loss-of-sanity effects in Call of Cthulhu DCotE.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

When they get hurt, but maybe not when they sense fear. Haven't seen that very often, if at all.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Maybe Murphy will get really freaked out and start shivering, making nervous ticks, sweating, and picking imaginary bugs from his skin. I also like the heartbeat in the controller shake mechanic. So long as it doesn't become a meth addict simulator 🙂

Veitsknight
Veitsknight
9 years ago

Maybe like clocktower.

Veitsknight
Veitsknight
9 years ago

Or was that the old Alone in the dark? The one where your fear level determines how often you stumble.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Hey! it has elements of fear, it must be good.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

fear me

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Who is World?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

THAT is the question isn't it? 🙂

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

I hope Vatra has a lot of talent on their team as well as a passion for the series in question. Being a noob is hard enough, but ruining a beloved franchise? That takes a special kind of imbecile.

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

well hopefully it will be in the ball park of SH2 scary, not over it though as I wouldn't be able to play.

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

The screenshots look really cool. I think I'm gonna like it already.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Promising. I'm liking these freaky games… although I hope it's more slowly paced than Dead Space. Trying to play both that and VC2, and I'm getting pummeled in DS. Heh, I suck.
Peace.

just2skillf00l
just2skillf00l
9 years ago

Glad to see we're getting some quality games in other genres besides the FPS. Love me some horror! With a good reason, of course. Sorry Saw, u lost me after 3.


Last edited by just2skillf00l on 2/10/2011 6:14:32 PM

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

The fear thing sounds really cool, but hopefully it has other effects other than how you walk. As someone who is not a fan of the franchise (I've never tried any SH entry) I am actually looking forward to this one.

OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
9 years ago

I love scary movies, but I really cant play scary games.

I like to get emotionally encapsulated into the games I play (big mgs and ff fan), playing these kind of games freaks me out for weeks.

Btw I'm a guy and heterosexual, so don't get your hopes up gayboys.

lol jk

Ps. Just got logged out while writing a comment!!! Ben, or any mod reading, help!

___________
___________
9 years ago

so hope your right, its been so, so long since ive played a proper horror game!
but i wont be holding my breath, RE and AITD have gone the way of the action shooter, so whats stopping this from following?
developers are in the mindset that no one wants to play scary games, which is a load of sh*t!
tis why dead space 2 was toned down so much.
🙁