I hated Silent Hill 4, and as a result, I had lost faith in the silent hill franchise all together. the movie wasn't bad, but it just wasn't silent hill.
Silent Hill 5 is sorta like the movie. the horror is there, but it's just not the same type of horror. there's no psychological horror, it's all gore, and obscene. You'll play as some army reject, that was sent home for some reason, only to find that your town has become....deserted. To make it worse, everybody that you have known, seems to have vanished, or become wierd.
the concept is good, I'll give them that. there's a certain level of mystery as to what has happened, but the overall working of the story, will fail. badly.
the gameplay is poor. it's so poor infact, that it will mess up the game. there are so many glitches in this game, that it's a suprise they could sell it like that. some levels, will have to be done in such a way, that if you fail to take it on like clockwork, the game will just get stuck, and you'll have to start all over again.
there is also no autosave (I think they did that intentionally, for the bugs), but this can be even more frustrating, as there are even less save points in this game then before.
Your inventory can only take that much ammo, and health items, making it suck just that bit more, as it makes no sense. how can an ordinary Joe like Harry take all that ammo, while a trained military dude, can't even take more then 2 boxes. An infinite inventory would have made this game a lot more playable. often you'll find you just don't have enough ammo to take down that monster, and coming a boss fight, you'll be all empty.
it's just so frustrating. the combat system is just crappy, fighting with sticks or axes makes it even worse. you can't seem to get close to enemies, and as they have added (for some reason) a blocking mechanism, and evading mechanism (that don't work...), it makes the controlls even more sloppy. it horrible.
I also hated the monster design. The game has been inspired by the movie, and those guys with the mining clothing on, will be in this game, as will that janitor guy....I hate it when they do these things. the game isn't even made by the same silent hill team, only the music.
this game is just poor. I can't really recommend it, maybe if it was like 15 to 20 € (or pounds), but otherwise, I can't recommend it.