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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Digiman Live
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 !?”
Resident Evil980
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.
HouseoftheDead Channel
“She doesn’t realise that he’s harmless” *murders a defenceless fat guy and hundreds of monsters*
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
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.
Hemang Chauhan
Dude, this sound so much like Evil Within 2, but with more puzzles and improvisational stuff.
Gabe Scharf
Thank god, I thought I was the only one who liked Downpour.
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
Jarvey Rocks
I love this game and I don't understand why silent hill fans hate it. It has everything that makes it a Silent Hill game. People also said what was the point of the fat guy in the beginning and that shows they don't really wanted to care at the start. *spoilers* The fat guy killed the main characters son and the bogeyman was not a pyramid head knock off he had alot to do with the story. Oh also I have watched Twin Perfect's video and didn't agree. But I agree with this video.
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)
Bobby Alvah Smith
Sometimes I feel like the only person who loved Downpour. Thanks for your video, sir. You've earned another subscriber.
*:・゚See you,  Space Cowboy。
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!)
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
Waleed Alsiraji
This game is really good , good luck finding good stories and single player games nowadays...
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.
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.
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
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.
lycan game's
this game is better than homecoming
I'm so glad I found a review positive on downpour. It's so sad this game is so underrated.
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.
Domenick boucher
I don't remember hearing the game getting as much flak as it did. I thought it was pretty decent.
To quote razorfist "twinshitbags hate everything that isn't the first 3 games"
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
I really can't believe that there are people that hate this game! I love it!
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!
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.
Noel Habsi
I don´t know why everybody hate this game. It´s the best NEW Silent Hill Game.
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.
I actually like Downpour.
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.
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?
TopHat MonacleStache
A lot of people are saying it would be better to consider it not a Silent Hill game but I disagree. While yes, it isn't scary, it still holds up on the lesson factor where Silent Hill is there to make you learn your lesson in a grotesque kind of way.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nathan Thornsbury
Damn story is good....
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.
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
Kat G
Hey, sex offender, leave Charlie Murphy's son alone.
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
"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.
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?
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
_I guess in Silent Hill: Downpour's case, 2 wrongs DO make a right._
minecraft faggot1337
siwent hill
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
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.
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
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
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.
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?
Richand Darksbane
Daniel?! The master mind behind the Dishonored sound track :D
Jordan Layton
I'm not saying this is the "best" Silent Hill game but it definitely is my favourite. Nice video enjoyed it.
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...
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.
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
Ren Yuzu
The park music actually makes the sliding creepier :v
Captain Squid
So there is a radio, Crazy Talk strikes again
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
Random Youtuber
(Looks at thumbnail) Badass.....
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.
it was ok but better than homecoming
Read "Anne's Story" it'll make you appreciate Downpour even more
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.
Fantastic game, held back by Konami and their unrealistic deadlines.
Honestly I can't say this story is good at all. It mostly apes the same theme that SH2 had that most of the non Team Silent games used. The only one of the original 4 games that had that as a theme was 2. That was the outlier in what Silent Hill was. Past that a lot of the stuff in town is literally pointless to the overall plot and is just kind of there to be sidequests to do. Some rewards being pretty crappy as they can be lost as soon as they are gained. That one of a kind gold gun from a sidequest? Gone in half a second, too bad. The bogeyman pretty much being cinderblock Pyramid Head also doesn't exactly sit too well either. But honestly one of the worst missteps with the story is the endings themselves. They completely ruin Murphy as a character by actually making his character a different person in different endings. They fundamentally change him as a person and change how the past happened. In one ending he is a person who wanted revenge and got pulled into something he didn't want and played for it, another made him a remorseless scumbag talking trash to the cops at his execution. Another ending has the cop be the one that is actually in jail. The ending where he becomes douchebag killer doesn't even work with the towns concept of pulling people in to punish them for their guilt as he didn't feel guilty at all there. It ends up contradicting itself. He never would have been drawn to the town in the first place if that's how he was. :/
Crimson Gamer
When the phantom pain popped up "why are we still here just to suffer"