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Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:49 am
by Otherworld
Belated, but better late than never ....

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Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:15 pm
by Oohfakanorus
Meant with sentiment if in praise of it and not of Satan!
Still love the game, but not touched it for a while.

I see posts on Facebook that Downpour was shit and I DIE MASSIVELY EACH TIME I SEE THAT WRITTEN!!

Happy Birthday Downpour and I hope I meet you on your 18th!!

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:28 pm
by Parvatii
I need to replay this game badly.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:24 pm
by jam6i
Why is it that James and Mary visibly react before anyone everyone else? a weird detailI never noticed.

5 years old makes me sad. Cant believe it's been that long.

RIP my beloved franchise.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:18 pm
by PinentidHead
I have a debt with this game... never played it. But I think the hype and bad marketing has ruined the release of the game. I tried to buy a few months ago and it was to expansive, so is not shit really.

The problem with the game we know well: Konami. A few more months will be the detail to release a better polished product.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:33 am
by Otherworld
jam6i wrote:Why is it that James and Mary visibly react before anyone everyone else? a weird detailI never noticed.


I noticed that when I posted the gif. I watched for a minute and wondered if that was done on purpose or not.....

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:33 pm
by PinentidHead
^They know that blade better than the other ones...

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:08 am
by jam6i
It seems to me those who were animating that scene would have been aware they were making just those two characters back away first, and it can't be mere coincidence that it's Mary and James.

A mystery has been stumbled upon.

C'mon gang. We have a mystery to solve.

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Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:54 am
by Otherworld
If Tomm sees this maybe he can give us a clearer picture of the why they chose to make both characters react 1st....

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Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:23 am
by Tabris
I really loved this game. I even warmed up to the damn Korn theme (which I hated at first).

I thought the story was awesome, the characters were great (though a couple could have used a bit more development honestly). I enjoyed the radio songs you could listen to, the weather system, the more open world feeling.

Plus I know a couple people who worked on it and it was interesting getting some insight on the development (though the amount of good things were limited it seems sadly).

This year I'm going to play through the entire series again for the Halloween season. I really look forward to replaying this one.

Happy birthday Downpour. You definitely deserved better and the series deserves more amazing sequels.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:35 pm
by PinentidHead
^I bought some songs from the OST in iTunes. Liked the opening song.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:25 am
by Rodox_Head
PinentidHead wrote:^I bought some songs from the OST in iTunes. Liked the opening song.


I've always thought the OST was pretty good overall, in fact I rank it higher than a lot of the Yamaoka ones, although Danny boy could've come up with some better track titles if I can be completely honest. "Downpour Intro", really?

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:07 am
by jam6i
Thing about licht is he seems to name tracks on a surface-level depth, associating them with a scene or moment of the game. It's a very uninspired way of naming your compositions. But some artists just work that way I guess.

01 - Silent Hill (by Jonathan Davis)
02 - Intro Perp Walk
03 - In the Ravine
04 - Bus to Nowhere
05 - Meet JP
06 - Stalking for Dinner
07 - Don't go in the Basement
08 - Railcar Ride
09 - Downpour Intro
10 - Jump Monster
11 - Monastic Tendencies
12 - Clowning around with Monsters
13 - Welcome to Devil's Pit
14 - Basement Fight
15 - Cablehouse Blues
16 - Town Rain
17 - The Caverns
18 - Monastery Otherworld
19 - The Downpour


It's fine I guess. But if you asked someone what they thought of "Basement Fight", they might have to pause to recall the music from the game.

Yet if you asked someone their thoughts on "Breeze in Monochrome Night" or "Ordinary Vanity" they might not have the same struggle.

Of course Yamaoka himself sometimes also keeps it simple (Forest from 2 and many others), but Licht's entire style (even on the Dexter soundtracks) was to tie the track name to a scene or moment in a blunt and uncreative way.

It sucks, but oh well.

The music itself is alright anyway.

I fell in love at first but over time I have definitely fallen out of love with it. I dunno...it just doesn't have the depth that Yamaoka infuses into his work. I'm not saying Licht is bad, I'm saying his work is, over time, unmemorable (or as Matt from Two Best Friends would say, Licht is unrememberable)

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:48 am
by Otherworld
^ Totally agree. The track form DP were good but they do not "stay with you".

When I hear a Yamaoka track... say somewhere other than were I usually play them.... I immediately pick up on it and find out who is playing the track. Which does not happen very often at all ....

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:14 pm
by Tabris
^^ That's a good description of it tbh.

And I'm also glad people are saying good things about his OST. He had huge shoes to fill after Akira left and I think he did a really great job. I felt he did his own thing while staying true to Akira's style.

But as stated above, Akira's work sticks. A lot of Downpour's music didn't for me despite my love of it. Though I LOVE the intro walk music. It was beautiful.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:00 am
by Gauss
Lilith wrote:I need to replay this game badly.


Yeah, I need to give this a shot again. I remember getting annoyed, stopping for a little bit, and then I was lost because I couldn't remember the last thing I did.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:48 am
by Otherworld
Sk├Ârdeman wrote:
Lilith wrote:I need to replay this game badly.


Yeah, I need to give this a shot again. I remember getting annoyed, stopping for a little bit, and then I was lost because I couldn't remember the last thing I did.


This happens a lot because of how vague the objectives are and how easily you can get caught up in the side quests.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:40 am
by Alistair
It's hard to believe it's been five years.
I've only played it once and never got a chance to play it again.
I still remember following the news when it was revealed.
The game is definitely flawed and handled open world poorly, but it had a good atmosphere. I loved the idea of stormy weather and the music used was pretty good if I remember correctly. "I Wanted A Lover, I Needed A Friend" and "I'm Afraid Of Storms" are the two that stuck with me after playing.
I'd like to give this one a chance again someday.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:26 am
by Wilsden Hills
Happy birthday Downpour :D currently flying a lone flag for Silent Hill on the xbox one. I also love those radio songs, Anna Ternheim's Off The Road and Doves' cover of Willow's Song are majestic, and exactly the kind of tunes I'd expect to hear playing in town. The Licht soundtrack is fine, more so given the size of the boots he had to fill, though it peaks early for me with Intro Perp Walk.I'm gonna give the game another spin v soon, as a counterpoint to having to kill everything in sight for SH2's 10 stars I'll be trying the 'kill nowt' playthrough.

Re: Happy 5th Anniversary Downpour

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:55 am
by Otherworld
I am going to play this again soon too.