Silent Hill Downpour - Nitro Rad

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Labelled as one of the "worst Silent Hill games ever made" by fans and critics alike at launch, we take a look at what's possibly the most underrated Silent Hill game ever. Nitro Rad on Facebook:

This video was recommended to me in 2018 for some reason but I'm glad it was, great video!
I'm seeing quite a few comments saying stuff like "this game sucks, go watch Twin Perfect's video." Well not everyone has to agree with Twin Perfect. Telling someone who likes Downpour to go watch Twin Perfect's review of it is like telling an atheist to read the bible. People can like what they like, it is fine to disagree with Twin Perfect and like this game (and Homecoming, for that matter), but sadly some fanboys don't know that. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. As someone who watched all of Twin Perfect's review to its entirety, I still like this game.
Axel Dark
I like how this game handles enemies, after you kill a lot of monsters, they will start to avoid you and run away as you get close to them Or maybe it was a glitch, who knows
I hate how this is probably the last Silent Hill game, it's my favorite of the post-Team Silent games and was an actual step in the right direction. It's far from perfect, but parts of it are amazing and what I want from Silent Hill, and haven't seen since 4. I actually think this group of developers could have made truly great games had they learned from their first mistakes
I have never heard a positive review for this game. It’s very interesting.
I think Murphy's monsters were just ugly people because he's from a prison and some of his biggest fears and threats were probably the actual inmates. It's not as symbolic and deep but a person's mind isn't always complicated. So I give the monsters a pass for considering that.
Kiddy Contest Songs
Wow, dude. You are really, really good at critiquing horror games. I mean, you're good at critiquing in general, but when it comes to horror, you really know your stuff.
Al Vahnomicron
Sometimes I feel like the only person who loved Downpour. Thanks for your video, sir. You've earned another subscriber.
Robert Corr
Downpour seemed like a step in the right direction, It's a shame the bugs killed it before it could be seen in its best light
Michael Hrusovsky
The worst Silent Hill is the Silent Hill Pachinko machine.
Hemang Chauhan
When Downpour was released it was riddled with bugs and got some really bad press. They extensively patched it, but it was already too late.
Enjoyed this game a lot, even compared to original silent hills. Silent Hill Homecoming was the worst. Origins wasn't any good. This was a good game.
I've been waiting YEARS for someone to give Downpour it's due justice. Thanks for making this, you've earned a sub from me
Andrew Heard
Watching your SH videos chronologically and your reaction to Downpour having a puzzle difficulty is absolutely priceless.
Downpour is underrated sadly, I enjoyed it when it came out on 360.
Gabe Scharf
Thank god, I thought I was the only one who liked Downpour.
Just don’t throw your axe down an endless abyss...
Says the game was "critically panned", shows scores that give the game mostly 7/10 or 3/5 - which means slightly above average. Looks like Jim Sterling was right. Thanks to sites like IGN which completely destroyed the rating system, gamers today think that anything below 9/10 counts as a low score... Personally I like Downpour. Technical issues aside, it had some good ideas and some good monster designs as well. Nowhere near as good as the original trilogy, but still alright.
Finally someone else who actually likes the game!
Dude i played the original version on 360 got all the endings and achivements even put some extra hours into it Never saw a single glitch/framerate drop Looks like people didn't want to like it in the first place TBH this ones my favorite after SH2
Poor Downpour. If only the devs had a bit more experience to prevent the technical issues and the monster designs had been more creative, as well as work out some story weaknesses, it could EASILY have been up there with the Team Silent games. I would easily put it on the same level as 4: has SEVERE issues, nowhere near as good as the original trilogy, but it's a genuinely good Silent Hill game underneath its unpleasantness.
Idiotic Tirades
This is my favorite non-japanese Silent Hill. I feel like the games media was primed to hate any Silent Hill game not developed by Konami in-house. A common complaint was button mashy combat which is the similar to 1-3. The story was interesting and unique and I loved the rain mechanic. The only complaint I had was the enemy design wasn't as scary/creepy as it should have been.
Martyna Lewa
I like this game, better than Homecoming, but it wasnt that scary unfortunately. The monster's design was kinda lame, and combat was really frustrating. But except that, Downpour is good SH game.
Keven Rivera
Let me just speak my peace and leave it at that. @ 21:47 - 22:10 I highly disagree that is what silent hill is about... that’s it😅. I’m one of those twin perfect fan but I love the rest of your silent hill reviews, especially SH 4 and SM ! It was definitely an eye opening experience watching those two videos. Another reminder, I’m just giving out my opinion and trying not to stir negativity. Keep doing what you’re doing my dude ✊🏽 I’m no popular person but I will recommend your vids in time. From one silent hill fan to another, “ This town is full of monsters, how can you sit there and eat pizza !?”
But you just said it wasn't optional literature. O_O You can't blame the game if you didn't read it.
I will give the game this. It does something interesting with Silent Hill itself plotwise that the other games don't. 1. Murphy isn't Silent Hill's main target, Anne is. Murphy was brought there to test HER, first half of the game is the town getting him to her and having a short test for him to because why not (Murphy by default will have his epiphany about his son if nothing else no matter what you do, That aspect Murphy always comes to terms with regardless of his actions in game. Whether that's because Silent Hill knew Murphy was gonna pass anyway and the test was purely for the lolz or was relevant for Anne's test, or it was more lenient with Murphy solely because he was needed mostly unharmed for Anne's test.), Murphy has his little revelation a mere halfway through unlike any other protagonist, He is unique in this aspect, meaning the 2nd half is purely about him escaping. Notably, when he get's the boat working he sees a light, Silent Hill was personally done with Murphy, however he was still needed for Anne so it made him go back to finish Anne's test, otherwise it's implied it would have just let him go then and there. 2. Not all of the monsters fought aren't Murphy's inner demons, 1 is specifically Anne's, it's even implied some of them are tired to unknown parties beyond those 2. It's interesting because in SH2, James only fought ONE MONSTER that wasn't his, which might solely be due to being in proximity to the person it's tied to when it appeared, I don't know if Silent Hill predicted that possibility, but I'm assuming either way it just rolled with it. Here it seems intentional, not that Murphy would ever know this. In the games outside this and 2, this could be explained by the Cult having a hand in it, kinda like with Homecoming where the centipede one is sent after the protagonist and the cop despite having no collection at all to those 2, unlike the other bosses. Downpour is the odd man out, Murphy is only there for the final boss in terms of Anne's and the unknown parties' monsters and it's the only game other than 2 where Silent Hill is the big bad rather than the Cult. Meaning Silent Hill, for the only time where someone's inner demons are directly targeting someone they aren't connected to, and purposefully and not just because they happen to be in the same room as their target like James was. A decent amount of plot, mostly around Anne, is absent in game and is in a tie in comic sadly, specifically what the Dolls represent. This isn't really interesting, it's just something that I find rather annoying and felt relevant, I hate it when they tie story bits for a video game outside the game. Looking at you World of Warcraft. Said comic also straight up makes the good ending canon, this makes the game the odd man out in just straight up picking a canon ending, unlike the other titles where multiple endings are somehow canon. If this game just had a few more months in the oven to polish up gameplay ad maybe the story a bit, it could easily be considered one of the best games in the series.
it was glitchy as hell..but i had not that much hate for it..(silent hill fan boy here)
Ade Lesmana
Thank god there is people who like this game
That creepy guy in the intro is so polite, just giving out free copies of the Silent Hill games, what a nice man.
Nick Maatjes
to be honest i loved the game, im glad someone else appreciates it as much as i do
Rohan Sorensen
This game would have been the perfect Silent Hill game if it didn't have such awfully designed and stupid looking monsters. Murphy Pendleton is still my favorite Silent Hill character.
Arianne Wingard
I think that the monsters looking human like and I noticed one looks like a tattooed criminal has to do with Murphy being surrounded by human inmates all day and everyday with every intention of killing him and filling with his psyche that way rather than Devs being uncreative
Why am I seeing so many recent comments? Is this the YouTube algorithm? Is everybody just remembering this game like I am??? Please explain?
Having read all those negative reviews, I still decided to give this game a chance. Oh boy, I’m so glad I did. Initially, I had very low expectations. The first part was exceptionally frustrating, especially the enemies that jump down from ceiling. I usually don’t complain about those things, but combat is nonsensical in this game without any reason: even if you successfully attack your enemy, camera often inexplicably swings in front of you so that you don’t see that enemy and then you get attacked yourself afterwards. This makes the game way harder than it should be. Besides, the entire game is filled with useless junk that makes exploration way less fun than it should be. Once you get passed those weird design decisions, the game starts really shining. Annoying combat mechanics can be bypassed just by skipping most enemies. Distinguishing usefull items from junk is often possible by moving the camera. All in all, once you learn the game rules, SH:Downpour becomes a really satisfying experience and definitely one of the better games in the market.
Damn story is good....
Waleed Alsiraji
This game is really good , good luck finding good stories and single player games nowadays...
Skyler Steffen
Idk why people hate this game, i thought it was great, the story was original, there were new characters, the character/setting of silent hill was faithful to the series, it felt like it paid homage to and really was a silent hill game. It has its issues like all games, but i liked it
Domenick boucher
The Silent Hill movie I can defend, it's mostly following the story of the first game in which it explains why everything the way it is. The movie for what it was, is a pretty faithful adaptation and for all it's faults, I have to commend the director for making something that FELT like Silent Hill.
Downpour kinda sucked but it gave us the Wheelman which is one of my most favorite SH monsters of all time, so it's okay in my book.
Alice Red
I like how fair your reviews are. You never seem to jump on the bandwagon, but you don't needlessly contradict. A bad game is a bad game and a hidden gem is a hidden gem. People need to stop hating other people just for one little disagreement, or at the very least put their feelings aside and try to understand. I get really mad at certain disagreements myself, but I try my best to keep my arguments to a logical and calm conversation.
"Nobody reads every piece of paper they found in Silent Hill..." Excuse you, I do That's what they're for ya lazy butt :p Other than that it's nice to see someone who likes Downpour and explains why.
Garrit Gustafson
I skipped SH downpour when it dropped. Recently picked it up for 10 dollars and I have no regrets. I really enjoyed this game.
Silent Hill: Downpour is in my opinion a better game than Homecoming, and I liked it quite a bit. I felt like it had a really good Silent Hill atmosphere. The gameplay was up and down, and the monster design was bad, but the town itself, the side quests and the puzzles were all pretty fun, and the world was fun to go around in. I don't regret pre-ordering it whatsoever.
> Murphy I *_KNEW_* my Silent Hill and Rayman shared universe theory was correct!! ... what?
Random Youtuber
(Looks at thumbnail) Badass.....
Jack Moore
I've watched all your videos in order and laughed so hard when you saw the separate difficulties
Neet Boss
this is literally the first im hearing about glitches and game breaking bugs.... i bought this game day 1 and it was fine??? i never had any frame rate issues or anything like that... some textures would get a bit fuzzy before properly loading when entering a new area but that was literally it... how weird...
I really can't believe that there are people that hate this game! I love it!
Who else thinks that it’d be awesome if this game was redone with a dev team that actually knew how to use the unreal engine, had consequences for your choices, and knew how to do 3D modeling properly? (Unrelated: i kinda view the town of Silent Hill itself is an eldritch abomination. It’s something evil, feeding off of the suffering of the broken people it calls there.)
Ricky Swayzé
You know I really liked it. I remember seeing people hate it for korn being the theme of the game. Worst silent hill game by far was book of memories. Look it up it’s a dungeons and dragons style game
Undying Zombie
Yea when I got my hands on the game it was already patched. I did not think it was that bad of a game. Is it the best SH game? No, Worst? No.
Couldn't resist the little undertale reference, eh?
I can only imagine how Nitro reacted to Silent Hills cancelled.
Alex Olinkiewicz
pretty late to this video sense you posted it like 2-3 years ago, but yeah I pretty much agree with you on Downpour, it is a graphic/buggy mess, lack creative monsters/bosses, etc. But it did felt that the developers where really trying to create an original Silent Hill game, and not only the story was really great, but personally Murphy is without a doubt my favorite Silent Hill protagonist I just really like his story and how deeply developed a character he is. P.S. A few months back I create a Horror game called FROSTBITE: Deadly Climate (college project), it's a game with a story/setting heavily inspired by The Thing, with gameplay heavily inspired by RE7. It is free on common Game sharing sites, so if you feel interested give my game a try and share your opinions on it. Though maybe hold off on it a bit cause I'm working on a massive update to my game.
i'm so glad i'm not the only one who actually really liked this!! it had its issues for sure but gets so much hate
Mr. Bombastic
I actually enjoyed this game.
Gleidston Filipe
So it's a hidden gem, that was badly received because of graphical bugs and frame-rate hiccups. Why the hell hasn't it gotten a PS4 remaster yet?
Jackie Kog
This game also has a really excellent comic unlike other Silent Hill comics which are hot, steaming garbage. It's also implied that the monsters may be Anne's moreso than Murphy's, particularly the doll and their increased aggression towards Murphy may more be related to Anne's hate for him. It's actually pretty cool in my opinion.
Gaming Senseii
I'm soooooo glad you liked the game like myself, and didn't jump on the bandwagon to bury it. Keep it real man!
Richand Darksbane
Daniel?! The master mind behind the Dishonored sound track :D
I like one of the enemies. I found that guy with the stretched mouth creative :3
Read "Anne's Story" it'll make you appreciate Downpour even more
Fantastic game, held back by Konami and their unrealistic deadlines.
Lord Fadora
In defense of the reality-bending-red-demon-Black-holey-thing, wouldn’t you be a little freaked out if a reality-bending-red-demon-Black-holey-thing came after you?
Noah Da. Ark
Nitro, agreed. Finally, someone I can agree with about Downpour.
Barry-Allen The-Flash
Usually in reviews when they say, "If you're worried about spoilers, skip to this point", I just ignore it. I usually don't have that much interest in the game in question to play it myself, or at least don't care about the story. But damn dude, you did such a good job redeeming this game - just like with everything you do, you gave it a fair shake; one that's long overdue - that I totally DID skip the spoilers. Heck, I'm here searching websites to see how cheap I can find a copy for PS3 :) Great freakin' review, man
Downpour was the only 7th gen SH game I got cause it was the latest, and when you said that it was known as the worst one I was like "how? Am I really THAT terrible at judging games. I've only played a couple of hours of it but I thought it was pretty good". And then the review starts and I'm like "oh, okay, yeah, fuck IGN".
i never knew downpour was considered the "worst", i always hear either origins or homecoming taking that title
Paul W
3:32 "They've been completely silent ever since" Ho ho!
Joseph Kroll
To be fair on Downpour being scary is harder then it sounds since fear, being an emotional response, it's hard to explain why something is or isn't scary as opposed to gameplay which is mechanical and easy to explain why it does or does not work.
4:34 to 4:42 is hilarious! How have I never heard of this channel? Subbed and notification set. I love high quality, good lengthed, video game reviews. I'm binging your channel tonight.
Modern Otaku
So I was listening to this while playing Silent Hill 1, and I came to a save spot in the Hospital. I saved and it said “Room 302” for the location. At that EXACT moment you were talking about the Easter egg about finding the replica of Room 302 and I was very confused for a second.
Hafiz Mohd
This was decent game,if only they can add more boss.....
This is a really more depressing than infuriating, unlike the other bad games, isn't it...? I've never heard much about Downpour past "It was bad", but it was actually a decent game ruined by some horrible bugs, inexperienced devs who probably had some potential, and just a general lack of creativity with the horror side...
23:27 Who knew Downpour was a prequel to Zero Escape?
venom the shitposter
* well first off, been watching your reviews for a while, also, i'm glad you gave it a fair review. * also i absolutely did NOT expect that reference
Sweet review, man. Pretty surprising too. Given how I know a lot of people said that this game was terrible (*cough* Twin Perfect *cough*). So seeing this review really took me by surprise. Sadly, I did buy into the (negative) hype too, and didn't give this game a chance. But now, I think I'll need to reconsider that. Good job, NR. On this vid and the other ones this Halloween. Can't wait for the next vid (...I didn't even know there was a TY 4
I'm so glad I found a review positive on downpour. It's so sad this game is so underrated.
Yep, im the kind of person who actually reads every damn thing I find.
Captain Squid
So there is a radio, Crazy Talk strikes again
Ben Link
I am watching this in 2019 and never played Downpour. I'm definitely going to give it a shot now. Stopped at the spoiler warning and will come back afterwards!
Sad to see the series basically end here. (R.I.P Silent Hills)
for one of their first games, they sure did reach an unfortunate end. I do like the plot but I definitely agree they should've delayed it to get the bugs down to a minimum. Same with how Konami didnt help its case by literally handing off a flagship franchise to such inexperienced developer...
Akira Kurusu
Damn! This game is seriously misunderstood!
Lixo Humano
I liked this game too. Far from perfect, but I really liked it. Although I did first play it after the patches too. Especially the plot. I really, really loved it. I disagree with the monster kill count, I feel like that’s a throwback to previous silent hill entries. I do think that the game should hint at it somehow, but I still liked it. Funnily enough I also enjoyed silent hill 4. I guess sometimes reviews can be very misleading.
Great video. I liked downpour as well but I think the atmophere and story still make Shattered Memories my favorite post Team Silent game.
I know I'm late to this one, but I just recently randomly discovered your channel through your Siren videos. And I wanted to comment just because you're one of the first people I've seen to actually enjoy Downpour. I really enjoyed it myself too, and I played it at launch even. It's also my favorite outside of the original four games. (I also really enjoyed The Room, I think it's quite brilliant actually.) Downpour is strange in that I actually feel it might have been perceived better if it actually didn't have the Silent Hill name attached to it. With that came expectations and disappointment. And even on it's own, just as a horror game I still think it's quite strong. Just happy to see someone else enjoy it too!
Chinx YB
The void is a symbolic representation of the Truth, which literally destroys him, should he revel in it for too long. it's thoughtful symbolism
Take it from a developer - rounding literally all performance issues down to "not knowing how to use the Unreal Engine", is a terrible over simplification of what is exactly done to make a game perform well, or bad, along with each developers skill. This game is a very good use of Unreal Engine, a lot of the textures, shading, animation and character controls, environmental effects, particles are all really well done. Your issue specifically is with the performance, mostly due to either bad occlusion culling, or post processing. While yes, these things should have been accounted for, and I can see why from a players perspective it would seem like a bad use, but you are degrading all other beautifully used cases of Unreal Engine's toolset, and the developers behind it because of bad performance. It should also be noted that while Vatra's first title was Silent Hill: Downpour, the developers who formed the studio come from Eidos, Crytek, EA, Climax, 2K and Relic Entertainment - all studios who have either used or have been in contact with a AAA game engine. Some research from this perspective would be a lot more respected by your viewership.
Shane Padilla
What a breath of fresh air it is to see someone else who really enjoyed Downpour! I thought it was a great game!
Joshua Day
At 4:30, you became one of my, I dunno, five favorite YouTubers of all time. That was perfect.
WaluigiYoshi44 Productions
I recently finished Downpour, and for me its a game I could respect for its ambition and I can see the effort the Devs put into the game. Plus to give credit to where credit is due, while the game isn't scary, it did creep me out in some occasions.
Romantis Anon
Boy I really hate the monster designs in this game. They could probably work in a different game, but they really don’t feel like they belong in Silent Hill.
Michael Walden
back in the mid to late 90's when silent hill dropped I bought one of the original copies, I've played and beat every silent hill to 100% and downpour I feel was indeed an excellent game, however the point of silent hill is atmosphere and horror which downpour didnt deliver on fully through its presentation- that being said if it had a different title and was a psychological thriller instead of horror I feel we could have gotten a new archetype in place of the lost forever silent hill
Know what's funny? I bought the game in 2016. No internet connection for my PS3, so no patches. And it didn't have a problem the whole way through it. Did they update the game discs? Or was I just really lucky?
Daniel Puia
Great review, James! I also think Downpour is a great game and I also waited for a price drop to pick it up because of all the negative reviews it got at launch. In my case, I got the Xbox 360 version because I read somewhere it runs better, and it is also possible to install it to reduce loading times. The same game can now be played on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Maybe now it runs better because of more powerfull hardware? I don't know, I haven't tested it, but it might be an option.
As Asa PhD
I wish this game had monster design similar to Homecoming.
Ashy The sinner
This is a very thorough and specific review. Well done
Krudd The Barbarian
24:42 fun fact, a rubber johnny is British slang for a condom.