The lights are on
Earlier this year Czech developer Vatra Games released Silent Hill: Downpour to average reviews. That performance may seal the fate of Vatra, which is currently under review by owner Kuju Entertainment.
Eurogamer's Czech site first reported trouble at Vatra, and since then the main website has contacted Kuju, which did not say that the studio was being closed. Kuji did say it was being reviewed – like all other aspects of Kuju's portfolio – by the company's new management team.
Apart from Silent Hill: Downpour (click for Tim's review), Vatra also handled Rush 'N Attack Ex-Patriot to similarly middling critical opinion.
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Ugh... don't even get me started on Downpour. =(
I guess that's how it is in this post Metacritic age. If a game doesn't score 80+, people think it's worthless.
Well, average reviews don't always make good money.
yeah...gone through this game twice now, I can expect Vatra Games to be under some kind of review. First off the game's story was average at least, no where near the previous Silent Hills. But, I will say what is really annoying about this game is the lag or frame rate issues. Every 20 seconds or so the game begins to lag or freeze for a brief moment. Yes I did say 20 seconds. I even installed the game to see if it'd help at all...NOPE. My first thoughts were, "What were the testers thinking?"
The other things that bothered me are somewhat my own preference, maybe it bothered a whole lot of others as well, but I can say the main one is the lag. It reminded me of playing an online game back when cable had just become available and there was no such thing as a server.
Having not played the game, I just have to feel bad for Vatra, because half of the company came from the ashes of Pandemic, who made Mercenaries and Destroy All Humans, which I liked despite their technical issues. Siiigh...
Silent Hill and the people connected to it nowadays just can't seem to catch a break nowadays. :/
I believe that Vatra showed us, at least in part, how a modern Silent Hill should be made. For that, they deserve a chance to make more games.
Downpour was a passable game, though it was an abomination of a Silent Hill installment. It focused too heavily on the physical construct of the franchise's defining characteristics- a big, bad monster that stalks you and the Otherworld sequences- yet utterly failed to build the same psychological terror that those things should've held.
I wish Vatra the best, and strongly hope they recover, but this was a venture better left in beta until they could take a longer look at it.