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:

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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.
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.
Venom Deadass, 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
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.
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...
Bruce Forte
How did none of the American developers understand that monsters were supposed to be physical projections of mental anguish?
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.
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 !?”
HouseoftheDead Channel
“She doesn’t realise that he’s harmless” *murders a defenceless fat guy and hundreds of monsters*
This guy needs more attention. He is like a hidden gem on youtube. Subscribed! :)
Commander Shepard
I think the void thing might be Murphy's wife trying to forgive him and I think the screaming enemy is Murphy's wife but she blaming him. But the bat creature I have no idea what they represent.
Raven XRW
I really like this game the characters voice acting dialogue story music hell even gameplay only shitty part is the fucking framerate
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
Surgery Head
cannot forgive the lack of good monsters
Hemang Chauhan
Dude, this sound so much like Evil Within 2, but with more puzzles and improvisational stuff.
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.
Gabe Scharf
Thank god, I thought I was the only one who liked Downpour.
Ali Rezaeinejad
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
Waleed Alsiraji
This game is really good , good luck finding good stories and single player games nowadays...
Ze 'Lectrode
Honestly, I think we need the Boogeyman more than Pyramid Head, because Pyramid Head is over used. We need this original idea for future Silent Hill games...if Konami ever decides to release another game of the series.
Bobby Alvah Smith
Sometimes I feel like the only person who loved Downpour. Thanks for your video, sir. You've earned another subscriber.
Matthew Curran
This game is a perfect example as to why I pay no mind to game reviews. Some of my favorite games, have been heavily shit on by all reviews, yet they are still great to me.
Brian Riff
ok but can i compliment you a million times for being a really level-headed, fair, sweet reviewer who never goes super-negative unless a game really deserves it you're like the opposite of the AVGN i like him because he's purposefully comically negative, like a caricature of negativity itself i love YOU because you arent an enormous ball of anger and negativity, you give everything a fair shot and do your best to be purely constructive AND STILL YOU FIT STELLAR HUMOR IN YOUR VIDS you're literally the perfect reviewer for me and to think i fell in love with your work over a game ive never played XD (i dunno maybe im missing the point of adoring a video praising a game everyone in the fandom hated instinctively haha)
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 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
Fᴜᴅᴏ, Aᴋɪʀᴀ.
Thank you for doing this review, Nitro Rad. I know this is a older video but I still must thank you for doing it. I was afraid to pick this game up after all of the bad things I heard about it. I have been a lifelong Silent Hill fan and I enjoyed all the games up until they did Origins. That was meh. But, because of you, I worked up the courage to buy this game off of Amazon for like 20$. And I gotta say, I enjoyed it. One of my favourite games in the series. So, yet again, thank you. You have earned a new sub. Keep up the awesome work. I hope you see this. You deserve way more subscribers. (Edit: Also, it has different puzzle difficulties? YES!)
Aio Oroud
this game is better than homecoming
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.
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!
Domenick boucher
I don't remember hearing the game getting as much flak as it did. I thought it was pretty decent.
I'm so glad I found a review positive on downpour. It's so sad this game is so underrated.
Noel Habsi
I don´t know why everybody hate this game. It´s the best NEW Silent Hill Game.
I really can't believe that there are people that hate this game! I love it!
I've gotta know, how can you possibly say that "downpour is 100% completely original"? Silent Hill downpour is just a rehash of Silent Hill 2's story of a protagonist not accepting that their loved one is dead. all this game is is a rehash of the last 4 Silent Hill games, which copied the archetype from the second game. also, you're saying that this game is the only one with a flawed main protagonist? are you kidding? James Sunderland is about as flawed as it gets - the dude murdered his own wife out of selfish reasons. and then you have Silent Hill 4 where the main character is socially withdrawn and then you have Silent Hill Origins where the main character turned out to be one part of the dichotomy of a serial killer AND THEN you have homecoming, where the main character inadvertently murdered his own brother and is reluctant to accept it. this is only the second video I've seen of yours and I have to say that you do seem like you have good insight, but I think you're overshadowing all the flaws based on the difficulty settings mentioned in the beginning of the game. This game was nothing like any of the Silent Hills before it in all the wrong ways. It doesn't even hold a candle to the series name and is more akin to the game play structure of the remake of alone in the dark but. That's why it got such a low rating. The game aside from all its bugs and glitches, is just very boring and empty. There's no symbolism or subtlety - the two foundations on which the series was created and loved.
Sio O'Connor
I find it odd and slightly frustrating how people tie the roots of Silent Hill and "what it's all about" to Silent Hill 2. The origin of Silent Hill is the Cult and the rebirth of it's God and how the town was corrupted through the sacrifice of Alessa in a blind devoutness to said god. SH2 was an oddity in a way because it deviated from the initial premise. Not gonna lie SH2 is my favourite of the bunch but it's the copying of that formula that has caused the series to dwindle mainly because that's what these new companies are expected to make and in the end they just pump out a second rate SH2. Silent Hill was only ever about teaching a lesson in 2. 1 and 3 are the purest form of Silent Hill and that was defying fate and prophesy, and discovering the ever failing cycle of rebirthing god.
Way to lose all of your credibility, bud.
What about the Clock Tower Series I'm curious what your thoughts are on those games
Mr. Bombastic
I actually enjoyed this game.
Daniel Jackson
Silent Hill 1 explains the town and why it is the way it is. the point of the town is not to teach people lessons. that was a plot for 2 and every installment post team silent has been trying to replicate it.
Vasyl Milchevskyi
Why lie about the endings? I remember them not making any sense and ruining the whole story, because the define what Murphy did in the past. You've clearly changed them to make at least some sense. Even with them changed, some might disagree with this approach, meaning, throwing characters and meaningless dialogs just to make everything more unclear for that exact purpose. Original games never did that, they were pretty clear on what's going on and who these characters are once you finished the game and linked all the bits and peaces. The nun, the mailman, disk jokey, they make no sense, the notes and bits of info you find on sidequests have nothing to do with the games story, nothing expands the lore of the town and not many things add up to the Murphy's story. The whole "he is a prisoner in jail" theme is almost as dull as "he is a soldier" theme in homecoming in my eyes, so I don't understand why mock one thing and appreciate the other. P.S. And at some point nun tells you that the boogeyman is your son that died in peace. That just doesn't make any sense, so your interpretation of him is kinda wrong.
finally the first really fair review when it comes to that fantastic story/plot of Downpour.
Matt L.
"underrated silent hill game ever" I do not care what anyone says, downpour is hands down not just my favorite silent hill game, but my favorite game ever.
I love Silent Hill no matter which one ... They are all special and are blessed with this unique atmosphere and have this playstile I absolutely adore because most games nowadays are GTA ripoffs
Andrew Heard
Watching your SH videos chronologically and your reaction to Downpour having a puzzle difficulty is absolutely priceless.
Timothy Gallagher
downpour was good. not top teir but a solid spoopy game
Dickjoke Dandy
Seriously, for a Surivor Horror, the game is actually good. Not excelente, but good. Isn't a "great" Silent Hill game, but let's compare it with the "horror" games we had at the time... It was the only one who cared to actually be somewhat oldschool and bring back a lot of concepts that were common to the genre before everything dies and then reanimate itself with all those boring hide and seek games we have today.
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.
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?
I can only imagine how Nitro reacted to Silent Hills cancelled.
ya know i normally don't skip the spoiler bits for reviews like these but you made such a great case for this game that i did. i may have to pick this up one day and dust off my ps3.
Damn story is good....
Sugaa Skulls
Downpour was actually what introduced me into the horror fan I am today I love downpour with all my dead heart I don't care what people tell me,I love it!! I love it for the nostalgia and character designs that got me into graphic design and horror designs
abeautifulcancer .music
I really enjoyed the video. But about 2 minutes in, I noticed it sounded like you said "Sowent Hill" and then that's all I could hear
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.
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.
Jared Merino
A lot of these comments are cancer... Things are subjective, everyone has different opinions, blah blah blah. The thing we actually gotta do is be OPEN to those opinions, and not fucking lash out the MOMENT you see someone criticizing the thing. See the thing from that person's perspective, see the thing in a new light, instead of. You know, getting rabid and foaming at the mouth over something as trivial as this. Be a, oh, DECENT HUMAN BEING, maybe? Twin Perfect's review and Nitro Rad's review are a PERFECT example of this.
I liked this game. Quite a lot!
Joshua Day
At 4:30, you became one of my, I dunno, five favorite YouTubers of all time. That was perfect.
Do over
want the real worst silent hill game ever? play book of memories for the PSVITA
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.
I actualy watched one of the developers interviews of the game and by sounds of it they wanted to make this a traditional Silent Hill game, while having their own twist to it, but because of Konami's incompetance, the game was rushed and unfinished sadlly. I have the game, but I have a feeling that the developers of Downpour could have made a great Silent Hill game, if the development team had more time to develop the game itself. :/ I mean, the trailers for the game even showcased of what could have been of Downpour if it was released properly.
Finally someone who can put to words what I think about this game!
For me, Silent hill downpour wasn't the worst Silent hill game that was created, that would be fucking Homecoming. Downpour was an okay experience. The monsters looked okay and were decent enough, but it could have been better to have a better way to knock them out without killing them. In terms of visuals, could have been better, but for a horror game, I can't complain. I, like Nitro Rad, like the story. The game, for me, is okay, the only thing I hate is the fucking fact that the enemies could have been better in design and symbolism; like the Weeping Bat (the weird tall monster), it symbolizes Murphy trying to keep out of the spotlight of a cop or something. But it could have been done better, like give it a pair of wings similar to that of a flying squirrel and try to get you by gliding off of heights and then quickly running the hell away when you get up. The game is least for me.
Couldn't resist the little undertale reference, eh?
Nathan Thornsbury
_I guess in Silent Hill: Downpour's case, 2 wrongs DO make a right._
Also the xbox360 version runs much better.
Carl brutananadelewski
Original story stolen from Silent hill 2. Yeah I liked Silent Hill 2 but I preferred the cult
Ash Tailor
Do Book of Memories.
Dominik Haberkorn
Wow .. It really hurts to hear that you call yourself a silent hill fan but don't seem to understand the background horror when you say that you have no idea what is hunting you
Don't trust gaming journalism dude. Most of them, IGN and Gamespot, are very biased and are payed off to say good things about certain games.
Blazi Ken
I like the way your bangs bounce when you emote while talking
Sankt Urban
This is, by far, one of the best game related videos I've seen. Well done
Ghost Murmur
I thought SH:O was actually pretty decent, the only game that nailed the environment of SH like the originals. Shattered memories reimagined it, Homecoming made it just a foggy dark town, and Downpour... well it's a town at least. That said, I don't think it was as great as 1-3, but it was fun for what it was. I only played it on the PS2 though
Ghost Murmur
Why not do a review of Deadspace? I have Deadspace two(not a big fan) but need some encouragement when it comes to buying the first
Wilbert Beltman
I loved Downpour glad to see someone else talk positive about it. It was kinda scary for me though, that time when you see the wheelchair man on the TV, it gave me this feeling someone was following me all the time, and it didn't feel good at all, and I have a phobia for animatronics that look human, or just mannequins that are old and shit. So that scene in the minecart, where the light goes on and off and each time the mannequins come closer was really scary to me. also in the joke ending.. where's Harry?
Jordan Layton
I'm not saying this is the "best" Silent Hill game but it definitely is my favourite. Nice video enjoyed it.
Just found you on YouTube, great reviews and I'm really enjoying your channel. Subscribed 👍🏼
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...
Ren Yuzu
The park music actually makes the sliding creepier :v
Two years ago, James promised he'd cover the rest of the silent hill games. someday i'll find out what book of memories looks like
I'm really glad you brought up the ending where you let Anne kill you. It was the first ending I got and I absolutely hated it because it didn't make sense to me. Now that you've elaborated on it more than I would ever have, I understand that ending and I don't mind getting it.
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.
Read "Anne's Story" it'll make you appreciate Downpour even more
This is actually the very first Silent Hill game I ever completed and I really enjoyed it. I just wish it reached it's full potential, I wish I had the equipment and talent to get in there and fix all it's flaws so it could reach it's full potential.
siwent hiwll
I like one of the enemies. I found that guy with the stretched mouth creative :3
Developers really need to learn to not release games at a buggy state.
Crimson Gamer
When the phantom pain popped up "why are we still here just to suffer"
it was glitchy as hell..but i had not that much hate for it..(silent hill fan boy here)
I adored Downpour on release, having loathed Origins and Homecoming. It's a genuinely great Silent Hill game. Better than 4 any day of the week.
The Boogieman is just someones Pyro Loadout
Actor Adam Anouer
I find it ridiculous Konami released the game before the team could get used to Unreal Engine because let's be real here Unreal Engine is just about the most user friendly Game Engine on the market. It's the Engine I worked with in College and it doesn't take long to learn how to fully utelize at all.
I am in agony
I fucking love nitro rads intro beat
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.
Josh of the Zombies
Downpour: a silent hill game that feels like a team silent game, but if they were lazy when it comes to characters and monsters.
Smiley 1
You forgot to mention the badass KoRn theme song.
it was ok but better than homecoming
Exploding Crow
just imagine if you're walking home alone and it's dark and something starts chasing you and you start freaking out trying to run away. like not just some dude in a costume like a bona fide monster with claws and shit. you try to escape but it corners you, you're flipping your shit thinking you're about to die and then it gives you a video game and walks away how would you react to that?
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