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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This video was recommended to me in 2018 for some reason but I'm glad it was, great video!
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.
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.
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.
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
Al Vahnomicron
Sometimes I feel like the only person who loved Downpour. Thanks for your video, sir. You've earned another subscriber.
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.
Gabe Scharf
Thank god, I thought I was the only one who liked Downpour.
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
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
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.
finally the first really fair review when it comes to that fantastic story/plot of Downpour.
Waleed Alsiraji
This game is really good , good luck finding good stories and single player games nowadays...
Andrew Heard
Watching your SH videos chronologically and your reaction to Downpour having a puzzle difficulty is absolutely priceless.
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.
Finally someone else who actually likes the game!
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.
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)
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
Ade Lesmana
Thank god there is people who like this game
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
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.
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 !?”
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.
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.
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?
lycan game's
this game is better than homecoming
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.
Just don’t throw your axe down an endless abyss...
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
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.
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.
Horror ambiance, worldbuilding, and character backstory comes from reading found journals and papers. People that "don't feel like reading" would never fully understand Silent Hill 1-4. Silent Hill's for folk that LOVE reading everything they find. Also, Silent Hill isn't about immoral characters getting punished. Only SH2 was about that, and SH2 was just a side story meant to depict how Silent Hill operates when main story events aren't occurring. Harry, Heather, and Henry weren't immoral people getting punished. Why do you even *want* to play as a criminal that deserves and eventually receives fully justified eternal punishment?
"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.
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.
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.
Derpin Derpana
Your video has given me the encouragement to give downpour it's fair shake. Thanks for the review!
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?
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 can only imagine how Nitro reacted to Silent Hills cancelled.
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.
I really can't believe that there are people that hate this game! I love it!
I'm so glad I found a review positive on downpour. It's so sad this game is so underrated.
To quote razorfist "twinshitbags hate everything that isn't the first 3 games"
Act Of Vengeance
Stupid Konami...! If they didn't fired Kojima, we probably had Silent Hills now...
Gooey ?
I feel like the game would have been significantly better if the monsters actually looked well designed and not like generic uninspired humanoids that don't even seem to make sense at all for the main character aside from the wheel man.... Maybe create creatures that resemble children since all his troubles began with his son dying. Or make grotesque provocative monsters to reflect the child molester who originally killed his son ? Just a thought
it was glitchy as hell..but i had not that much hate for it..(silent hill fan boy here)
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...
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...
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.
*:・゚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!)
marluxia 2285
I've read some comments that twin perfect only liked the first 4 games from team silent. If I remember, they were pretty critical on sh4. The recreated the whole Joe Schreiber scene clearly to make fun of it. Nitro rad gives the most unbiased silent hill reviews I've come across.
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.
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.
Richand Darksbane
Daniel?! The master mind behind the Dishonored sound track :D
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.
I'm glad to see after 2 years this video is still getting comments
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.
You really deserve more views. The quality of your reviews and other videos is amazing. You should check Puppeteer its a really good and unique platformer for the PS3.
Damn story is good....
Hafiz Mohd
This was decent game,if only they can add more boss.....
Who Dat Ninja
oh god that horrendous screen tearing
The Useless Channel
At first, I hated this game when it was first released. Looking back at it now, it seems like it was the last of the genuine survival horror games that actually had a sense of self identity. It wasn't until Resident Evil 7 where I genuinely enjoyed a horror game, since the a saturation of these walking gallery/ simulator 'horror' games took over. The no weapons=scary trope in horror games needs to die already.
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?
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...
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!
Mr. Bombastic
I actually enjoyed this game.
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
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.
I like one of the enemies. I found that guy with the stretched mouth creative :3
I actually like Downpour.
Nitro, agreed. Finally, someone I can agree with about 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.
Fantastic game, held back by Konami and their unrealistic deadlines.
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
On The Spectrum
downpour isn't that bad you know what is? origins. at least even homecoming had an OK story at least I thought so. origins gives you nothing. the post team silent releases I would rank shattered memories, downpour, homecoming, origins.
Couldn't resist the little undertale reference, eh?
I think it's funny that he keeps saying all these games aren't scary... I guess I'm a pussy, because all of them scare the shit outta me. Especially Shattered Memories. Well, until I realized the monsters didn't exist outside of the chase sequences, that was really lame. Also, because of the style of Homecoming, it lost it scare factor for me quickly. I mean it still scared me occasionally but once you make a horror game play like an FPS it becomes much less intimidating. Less scary I definitely and wholeheartedly agree with however. I had to actually pause and take a breath during that infamous Silent Hill 3 mirror room, holy shit. No Silent Hill game since has really captured the essence of what makes me scared like 2/3 did.
_I guess in Silent Hill: Downpour's case, 2 wrongs DO make a right._
Jun, just Jun.
The gameplay looks more like a beat em up
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
SyKo Silent
I feel that the death slide in horror games symbolizes descending further into insanity.
Dave Woodward
My only really complaint about Downpour was it's broken auto-save system. I absolutely loved this game but it made me really mad that when the auto-save feature erased my progress when I brought it over to a friend's house to start a new file, only to find that it erased my game progress after 5 auto-saves. That was my only issue with this game.
slides are much more like alone in the dark 2 reference (theme park?)
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 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
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.
Shadow Echelon
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
You see this is the sad thing about these games. Shattered Memories and Downpour had such great plots that I feel ARE worthy of the Silent Hill name. Its just everything else that completely ruins the games. I truly believe it is possible to create a post Team Silent, Silent Hill game that is scary and worthy of sitting next to Silent Hill 1-4. Unfortunately now, it seems like that will never happen.
The thing I personally really REALLY enjoyed about Downpour were the little sidequests in some of the houses. Those had fantastic puzzles and sometimes were even spooky. Definately the most underrated game of the franchise.
Paul W
3:32 "They've been completely silent ever since" Ho ho!
Random Youtuber
(Looks at thumbnail) Badass.....
Timothy Gallagher
downpour was good. not top teir but a solid spoopy game
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.
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.
Noel Haberkorn
I don´t know why everybody hate this game. It´s the best NEW Silent Hill Game.
Do over
want the real worst silent hill game ever? play book of memories for the PSVITA
Yep, im the kind of person who actually reads every damn thing I find.
You like Downpour more then Shattered Memories..?... Well, Oppinions are oppinions.
The issue with Silent Hill Downpour is that Murphy didn't really do anything wrong. In the actual, real canon, expanded on by the comic tie-in, Murphy didn't actually KILL anyone. He had the chance to actually kill the guy that murdered his son, but he couldn't go through with it, and the warden of the prison had to finish them off for him. Not to mention the fact that it was the warden that actually got Anne's father killed. So Murphy really has absolutely no reason to feel guilty. He didn't actually kill anybody, and he's not really responsible for anybody's death. You could argue ANNE is the real protagonist who has to be punished because she, according to the game, did sick stuff to get Murphy transferred to her prison so she could avenge her Dad, but guess what? That "sick, disgusting things" that she's referring to? It's just a sexual favor for another warden. So the town is trying to torture her in her attempt to avenge the murder of her slut shaming her. And you can't even make the argument of "she learns to let her anger and violence go"...because no, in the comic, in the real, canon ending...she goes back to the warden, to Sewell, who actually killed her Dad...and it is HEAVILY IMPLIED she's about to shoot him. So none of the people you could call protagonists really did anything wrong that would make them deserve being punished. At least with the MAILMAN it's implied he was a character in a comic by the games writer, and he DID murder someone in said comic, so okay. Him being punished makes sense. But what did the DJ do? And Murphy and Anne didn't kill anyone. And why are they seeing these monsters when the monsters don't represent anything about them? They don't think of women as dolls. They aren't natives of Silent Hill so THEY wouldn't know about the bat creatures. They don't seem to have a hatred of women so them seeing those freakish witch things with spiked hands makes no sense either. So the symbolism is very muddled. At least with Homecoming and Origins, all of the monsters are directly tied to the Alessa, who's causing all the hubbub, or the main characters of Alex and Travis, in regards to their past experiences, like Alex being told the Boogeyman was a big, scary, hooded monster who would come cut your head off who looks like Pyramid Head, and Travis seeing his mom and Dad as monsters because the last time he saw them was so traumatic and horrifying.