Of course, it is the defining feeling for these games. It's funny you should make this thread, because I just found myself wanting to continue Downpour just to switch it off after a few minutes, realizing I just can't go there right now. I haven't had a moment quite like this since SH3, so this is a big compliment to Vatra and Climax.
Don't pay attention to reviews, though. Downpour in particular has been destroyed in the press for its various (and undeniable) technical issues.
For me - and it appears, for most people - these issues are more than forgivable in the face of clever interactive narrative and atmosphere, but you'll see. Homecoming is certainly the weakest entry in the series, but still quite atmospheric and a nice action adventure and survival horror game in it's own right.
Glad you're catching up on the series. Good luck out there!