Silent Hill and its first two sequels all rate very highly in my All Time Favourite Video Games list which made the crushing disappointment of Silent Hill 4: The Room all the more painful. After that blow I have approached all SH games with a high degree of trepidation and sadly in the case of Homecoming, I was certainly right to do so.
If you wish to give the game the benefit of the doubt, then you may be interested to hear that Gameplay are currently running an excellent deal, selling it at very nearly £10 less than the next best competitor (Shop To who are selling it for £24.95). It's also available instore from HMV for £13 but it seems that most shops don't have it in stock.
Homecoming stars Alex Shepherd, a Special Forces soldier who heads home to his town of Shepherd's Glen after a lengthy hospital stay to discover that his father and younger brother disappeared and his mother catatonic. A search of his town reveals that his family members are by no means the only residents to have gone missing and that all is definitely not well in Shepherd's Glen.
Visually the game is stunning with the environment of Shepherd's Glen in particular brought to life brilliantly. Excellent use of light and darkness create a compelling atmosphere but somehow this just is not enough to build any real tension or offer any decent scares.
Homecoming is fun enough to play I suppose but Alex's superior combat skills remove all the fear factor that the previous titles offered by pitting a seemingly average Joe against a host of bizarre and ghoulish creatures.
Silent Hill: Homecoming isn't a terrible title but I cannot help but feel animosity towards it and pine for the loss of a unique style of game that I loved.
Thanks to Mire Mare at Hotukdeals!