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The Escapist Staff | 10 Jun 2011 22:00
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Silent Hill: Downpour

The latest installment in the classic survival horror franchise, Silent Hill: Downpour was available to play on the E3 2011 show floor. It takes place in the southeastern region of the titular town, starring a new protagonist and new plot unrelated to previous titles. As with previous titles, gameplay will include a combination of puzzles and combat. Sarah LeBoeuf played the 3D version of the game, but was not impressed by the 3D visuals.

Read Sarah's full preview of Silent Hill: Downpour here. The game is due for release late 2011 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Sarah LeBoeuf:
The demo began with the crashing of a prison transport bus, leaving prisoner Murphy Pendleton as the only survivor. He finds himself on a foggy stretch of abandoned highway, muttering about how something just doesn't feel right. Of course, anyone who has played a game in the series before knows how this is going to turn out: he'll eventually find his way into Silent Hill, and things will get seriously messed up.

Unfortunately, all I could think about was how terrible Silent Hill: Downpour looked in 3D. Not only did 3D do absolutely nothing to enhance the game, but the textures looked messy and ugly, which was really distracting. A quick glance at the non-3D demo next to me assured me that Downpour does actually look better in 2D, but I was really disappointed by the tacked-on 3D on the show floor.

The Silent Hill control scheme is really showing its age, and sadly, felt a little clunky and unintuitive. Melee weapons have always been a bit clumsy in the series, and it appears that Downpour won't be an exception. Just like in previous games, it looks like a variety of weapons will become available throughout the course of the game, and eventually more accurate firearms will come into play.

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