Fancy some cheap survival horror thrills and spills this Christmas? Well you may be in luck as HMV have recently got a bunch of copies of Silent Hill: Homecoming back in stock and are only charging a paltry £11.99 for each one. This instalment, from early 2009, sees returning soldier Alex Shepherd arrive home to his little village only to find his house in disarray and his younger brother missing, the search for whom will lead our protagonist eventually to Silent Hill.
Considering that the nearest competitor a quick sweep found was ShopTo, offering the game for £24.96, you'll be saving yourself nearly £13 by taking advantage of this deal. The rapid drop in price - coupled with the fact that Games Tracker is yet to take notice of it - suggests that this is a limited stock offer, so get your skates on. Hit the link below for more info.
The plot basically goes as follows: you kick things off in the middle of Alex's nightmare regarding soon-to-be-found-absent brother Josh. Alex wakes up next to a lorry driver - Travis Grady of Silent Hill: Origins fame - on his way back to Shepherd's Glen, his hometown. He finds that the town is shrouded in fog, that everything is falling to pieces, half the town's gone walkies thanks to the Silent Hill cult, although his childhood chum Elle is still alive and kicking and helpfully wallpapering the town with 'Missing' flyers.
There are plot twists aplenty, five different endings to squirm through depending upon some of the choices you make along the way, backstabbings and turncoats abound, and there's a particularly gruesome encounter with a power drill. The graphics are beautiful, and the transformative visual horrors are enough to send shivers down your spine, although (and I lose man points for this) I must admit that I scare pretty easily.
Distressingly, however, much of the puzzling that made the previous games and next-gen successors such as Condemned so enjoyable to play is absent from this game. Embracing Alex's past as a soldier seems to have meant replacing a large amount of the cranial exercise with excruciatingly frustrating combat. It's clunky and slow and not very much fun at all. That said, it's worth persevering with for the story, which had be hooked from the onset.
As long as you don't expect anything hugely original, or any series surprises to think of, this game is probably worth your money, and at £11.99 offers a cracking narrative experience. Unfortunately, it's not quite backed up as well in terms of gameplay, but it's still definitely worth a punt if you're a fan of the series.
Thanks to Mire Mare at HotUKDeals