This is odd, because its a game thats blighted by a clunky combat system, some ridiculous puzzles, and chase sequences that rely on blind luck to evade your ghostly pursuers. Thankfully, all this isnt enough to detract from a story thats populated by some intriguing characters, including convicted murderer, Murphy Pendleton. Taking on the role of Murphy, the game immediately asks you to perform a villainous act, which, without giving anything away, is a genuinely disturbing experience. It certainly doesnt endear you to the guy, thats for sure, but as more of his back-story is revealed, youll find yourself sympathizing with the choices hes had to make in his life. During a transfer to another prison, Murphys bus crashes on the outskirts of Silent Hill, enabling him to escape and seek sanctuary in the abandoned resort. From there on in, the action never stops, as our escaped convict fights his way through the nightmare town, as well as the inter-dimensional Otherworld thats populated by even more ghastly apparitions and balls of eviscerating red light. With monsters seemingly lurking behind every corner, its a game thats brimming over with old school frights, but the terrible combat system is a huge letdown. With guns and ammo in short supply, youre forced to use crowbars and pickaxes to defend yourself, but these invariably break after just a few blows. Even worse, the lack of a targetting system means youll often be swinging your makeshift weapon at thin air rather than the beastie thats stood in front of you. Despite this criticism, Silent Hill: Downpour still delivers enough thrills to keep the player engaged. Its stuffed with optional side-quests, some incredibly atmospheric locations and a collection of freakish monsters. The story is a lot smarter than weve come to expect from the series and itll often have you on the edge of your seat, which is exactly what a survival horror game is supposed to do.