Gorgoth “Playing the Devil’s advocate” – Downpour analysis

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Gorgoth recently posted, on Silent Hill Community, some kind of review regarding what, on his opinion, didn’t work so well in Silent Hill Downpour. He makes reference to many aspects from the game including the creatures and otherworld designs and makes quite interesting comparisons between old games and other kind of sources, to illustrate his point of view. Really worths a visit!

The reason the original titles were as disturbing as they were, is because they left a lot to your imagination. They used a lot of abstraction and distortion to make you think of troubling, macabre subjects without explicitly showing them. Having to actually figure out these grotesque visions gave them a much deeper impact than they would have had if you were just shown explicit, graphically violent and gratuitous images.

In Downpour there is virtually nothing that instills doubt and uncertainty, nothing that makes you think more deeply of what you’re seeing. No half-living maybe-humans undulating in pain behind iron bars. No creatures whose impossible anatomy reveal neither intention or sentience. No letters and phone calls from deranged madmen with broken psyches….We’re just being subjected to plain old scary monsters, a lot of unquestionably dead prisoners, and whilst in the otherworld, not much at all.

Sources: Alchemilla Hospital, Silent Hill Community

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  1. David Wolfe (Perry Mason) says:

    As much as I love Downpour I do agree with his analysis as far as the overall fright factor, but people need to realize this game was more of a learning process than anything. Not only is it Vatra’s first major game but in a way a click of the refresh button for the franchise after the different attempts of the past, I’m sure if Vatra gets to develop the next game it will be a lot more scarier in terms of atmosphere and imagery, it’s like when you cast a new James Bond you don’t get to see everything they have to offer in the first one as they are just dipping their toe but they step it up for that second one now knowing what they are capable of.

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