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Silent Hill Homecoming (Xbox 360)
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Silent Hill Homecoming (Xbox 360)
Advantages: A resemblance to the first two Silent Hill games and a fantastic soundtrack!
Disadvantages: A little short in terms of length!
The Silent Hill games have always been one of the best survival horror games and most notably one of the first real survival games. Silent Hill was first released on the PS1 and has since taken games such as Resident Evil right to the wire in terms of best survival horror game. Silent Hill Homecoming is definitely one of the best survival horror games available for the Xbox 360 and in my eyes its the closest the game has been to Silent Hill 1 & 2. Silent Hill Homecoming is also available for the PS3 and the PC. The game was developed by Double Helix Games and published by one of my all time favourite companies called Konami. Silent Hill Homecoming features a similar story to that of the other Silent Hill games but its what we like.
=== STORY ===
You take the role of Alex and the game starts with him in a nightmare and hes looking for his lost younger brother called Josh. Alex awakens from his nightmare and finds hes in a taxi on the way to his hometown of Shepherd's Glen. Upon arriving in his hometown Alex notices that something is terribly wrong. The town is covered in deep thick fog and is deserted from what Alex can tell. Alex sets off and also finds that many roads have fallen into disrepair or simply collapsed into nothingness. After returning home Alex is saddened to find that his mum is in a very bad way and he learns that his brother Josh has actually gone missing. Now Alex must enter the mysterious town full of mysterious things and he must find his brother before its too late. Can Alex save him and uncover the truth behind Shepherd's Glen aka Silent Hill.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Silent Hill Homecoming has very similar gameplay features to previous Silent Hill games and to be fair there isn't an awful lot of difference between the games yet Silent Hill Homecoming is still considered a fantastic game. As usual there is only the one playable game mode which is story mode but there is different difficulty settings in which hold different endings to the game when you complete them. The game is also set from a third person perspective like many other survival horror games and it works really well. Also in Silent Hill Homecoming is a new playable character called Alex Shepherd and to be fair he seems exactly like previous characters from the game series. Hes an average looking character but for some reason he stands out really well in the game.
The basic aim of the game is to follow the storyline and solve what ever puzzles stand in the way. Also whilst exploring you have to be extremely careful and aware of the dangers in the game. Creatures like nurses are back and after your blood and there are also many other enemies that want you dead. Shepherds Glen is very much like that of Silent Hill and it definitely gives gamers a feel to the older Silent Hill games. Also in Silent Hill Homecoming is harder puzzles and harder bosses. You also find drawings, photographs and interact with numerous characters who could help on your story. You will also come across weapons such as melee weapons, firearms or other weapons. Most of the time its best to use melee weapons because of low ammo scattered through the game. There is also tons of key items but most are easily found. Alex also finds and uses his flashlight to help him see in the dark and his radio to help detect when enemies are close.
In Silent Hill Homecoming there are plenty of different environments to explore even more so than the previous games and to be fair this works perfectly. Along with new environments comes a new combat system for the game that has been worked on a lot. Instead of just doing the same strike over and over again you can now do combos with melee weapons and you also have the ability to dodge attacks. Different creatures do different attack and some could be weak to your melee attacks whilst some might be weaker to firearms. A lot of the game is centered around the town and involves running from most creatures unless you want to be ripped to pieces by them.
Silent Hill Homecoming definitely has a lot to offer in terms of gameplay and the game does involve a few scary bits that might make you jump right out of your seat. There are numerous different items scattered throughout the game and most of them you can miss so its always best to explore. Things like med packs and bullets become extremely valuable later because the game gets harder as you get further. Its also always best to try save ammo and health for the numerous bosses. There are a lot of different creatures in the game and a lot of different ferocious bosses. My favourite boss returns and if you've played a Silent Hill game you will know him by the name Pyramid Head. Overall Silent Hill Homecoming has a lot to offer fans of the game but it doesn't offer an awful lot of new stuff. I do like how they brought some of the old things back and in my opinion it definitely made the game better.
=== GRAPHICS ===
Each Silent Hill game that has been released has gotten better in terms of graphics over the years and Silent Hill Homecoming is by far the best for graphics. With some astonishing looking environments especially the town of Shepherds Glen and some beautifully designed characters. One of the better parts is the way the fog thickens in the game and you can always tell when something serious is going to happen. Also the design of the creatures is much better from previous games and definitely stands out a lot more. Pyramid Head and other bosses all look fantastic as expected. I have to say the graphics really surprised me to this game as I expected them to be a little shallow. I was also impressed with the colouring of the game as it gives a feel of darkness and Silent Hill is all about darkness.
=== SOUND EFFECTS ===
Silent Hill Homecoming features some really good sound effects that definitely benefit the game overall. the characters are voiced perfectly and fit right into the mix of the game giving gamers the full experience. By far the best part to the the Silent Hill sound effects is the Silent Hill soundtrack to the game as it features some brilliant tracks that are sure to keep you on edge all the way through the game. I also liked certain sound effects that stood out in the game. One being Pyramid Head dragging his massive sword as it always makes you aware hes around and not to be messed with unless you want to die a quick death. Overall the sound effects are really good to the game and its always great to have great music to go with that like this game has to offer.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
I always say for difficulty that it depends how good you are at games. However Silent Hill has so many difficulty settings to choose from at the start of the game. It doesn't add bonuses but the harder the difficulty the less items such as healing items and ammo it gives you and creatures and bosses are harder to kill. The puzzles are no harder which is a good job because some can be misleading to say the least with the way they are presented.Overall I would say its average in terms of difficulty and i would expect most gamers to be able to do this game easily enough. For me the game was a little easy on the easiest setting but caused a few problems on the hardest setting but when I got the hang of the combat system it was quite easy.
The length of the game is always the biggest disappointment nowadays and its no different here. However because you have to go through numerous times for different endings the game can be seen as reasonable in terms of length. However if you like many are playing just to finish the game once then your looking at around the 20 hour mark depending on the skill level of yourself. 20 hours isn't all that bad and I do believe these games can still be enjoyed on numerous playthroughs in which most games cant. Also it doesn't help that there is only the one playable game mode. Overall the length of the game is just okay.
=== ACHIEVEMENTS ===
Achievements for an Xbox 360 game is definitely one of the main points to many gamers nowadays because a lot of gamers are achievement hunters. Silent Hill Homecoming only features a total of just 32 achievements but don't let that put you off because some of them are fairly tricky to achieve and most are time consuming. You also cant get them all on one playthrough and some involve answering certain questions in the game to have a different affect on the games outcome. Some other achievements include killing certain creatures or finding certain items but overall there is a nice mixture of achievements available to acquire.
=== PROS ===
*The story is really good even though its similar to other Silent Hill games.
*Lots of puzzles and a new combat system.
*There are a lot of different weapons and tons of items to find.
*A lot of action and some beautifully designed environments.
*Ton of new features to the game which includes a fantastic soundtrack.
*Pyramid Head returns!!!!
=== CONS ===
*The game is a little short in terms of length.
*Could be quite difficult for some especially the bosses or puzzles.
*Contains a lot of disturbing scenes and a fair amount of blood.
*Might be a little scary for some gamers.
*Only one playable game mode available and of course no multiplayer.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Silent Hill Homecoming is close to being one of the best survival horror games of all time and mainly due to the fact its very much like previous Silent Hill games but has more to offer. Also with new things like the combat system it makes this game even more so entertaining. Silent Hill Homecoming will for sure make you jump at least once through the whole thing. I have always been a massive fan of Silent Hill right from the very first one and its great to see similarities.
I would definitely recommend the game especially if you love a good survival horror game because its one of the best available and I would also seriously recommend it if you love the Silent Hill series. If you went off the games after the first few then fear not because it offers bits from 1 & 2 which will make you enjoy it a lot. Silent Hill Homecoming is definitely one that most gamer swill enjoy but if your not a fan of these games or have a weak stomach then this should be a definite miss.
The game manual to the game is reasonable as it offers all relevant information. The game also has an age certificate of 18+ because of the gruesome scenes of violence, gore and blood plus it also features very strong language throughout. I bought the game from my local Game shop a few years back for £17.99 which is incredibly cheap for such a fantastic game. Its now selling even cheaper for around £12 on Amazon. A great price for a great game.
One of my favourite survival horror games that gets a very solid 8/10 from me!
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Summary: One of the better survival horror games around especially for the Xbox 360!