By AnotherSomebody 20 Comments
I have heard nearly nothing but bad things about the game Silent Hill Downpour ever since its release, and for that reason I avoided picking it up initially despite being a fan of the series. Eventually I caved, however, and I'm glad I did. It's not a perfect game, but it represents the series well in what I'd so far consider a solid entry. This isn't a review though, as I haven't finished the game and perhaps it does in fact turn to shit, but I can't help but feel Silent Hill Downpour and many other games released recently (and not so recently) have been overlooked not because they're "bad", but rather they're not "omgawesome".
We live in a time where not just one or two mega-hit games come out per year anymore, and it seems that because of the frequency of super polished AAA blockbuster games most people have lost interest in titles released to anything less than 9-10 review scores. This is unfortunate because many fantastic games have been getting released only to be ignored because they weren't commercial juggernauts. That's not to say every game should succeed, as there some genuine stinkers out there, but it's just disheartening to see unique ideas get shut down in the face of bigger explosions and better marketing campaigns.