YMMV / Silent Hill: Homecoming

  • Angst? What Angst?: Elle. Sure, she's whiny enough over her mother's uncaring attitude and worried about the townspeople... But her little sister is brutally killed and her mother, who tried to kill her, is also dead, murdered by her maybe-boyfriend. You can actually bring her into the room with her mother's corpse and she will have no reaction, though that's probably a glitch. Perhaps she's still completely in the dark about her family's fate at the end of the game. This gives the ending where she and Alex walk off together an interesting spin. An awkward conversation is about to come up.
  • Broken Base: The game itself is heatedly debated over whether it's good or not by veteran Silent Hill fans.
  • Base Breaker: Wheeler. He's either a badass Cool Old Guy who's got Alex's back or an offensive, outdated stereotype of African-American cops.
  • Best Boss Ever: Even to those who disliked the game agree that Scarlet's boss fight is one of the scariest and most awesome boss fights in the whole Silent Hill franchise. The music, atmosphere, and Scarlet's unsettling design makes her battle a fan favorite.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • The Needlers can be this, especially when first encountered.
    • The Siams can be really annoying to fight, but thankfully there aren't many of them.
    • Schisms are easy to fight once you learn to bait them into lunging, but the strategy requires room and patience, both of which drop considerably when they attack in teams.
  • Designated Love Interest: Elle. Many fans are unable to interpret if her relationship with Alex is platonic or genuine love.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Scarlet's boss form seems to have developed quite a number of fans.
  • Faux Symbolism:
    • Several of the monsters have sexual elements to their design. However, none of the characters are said to have sexual issues. Whether they did it just because they thought it was cool or because they misunderstood the symbolism of previous games is up in the air.
      • There are logs written by Alex about how the hot nurses tending to him are the only things making his stay at the army hospital pleasant, but that none of them give him the time of day.
    • There is a definite theme of "gashes" throughout the game, with several bisected or conspicuously toothy creatures that assault you, in addition to Alex's tendency to rip open posters and tapestries often emblazoned with a man or a woman and always traveling downwards directly through the crotch. There's also the bizarre apparent metaphors of Judge Holloway deciding to murder Alex with a decidedly Freudian drill, with Curtis taking a chainsaw to Elle. If you really wanted to stretch for it, you could infer that they represent Alex's resentment towards his parents.
    • Joshua is derived from Yeshua, which "Jesus" is also from. Joshua's death saved Alex from being condemned to sacrifice, and his last name is Shepherd.
      • Then there's his brother Alex (which means "Defending men.") and their father Adam (an allusion to the first human) and Lillian (derived from Lilith, who in Jewish apocrypha was Adam's first wife).
      • It's interesting to note, in relation to the Jesus parallels above, the crucifix-type device that ultimately kills his mother.
  • Game Breaker: The Laser Gun acquired from the UFO Ending has unlimited ammo, being the most useful and effective weapon in the game.
  • Goddamned Bats: The swarms which exist to attach themselves to Alex and slowly suck his health away.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Asphyxia resembles a much more twisted version of a human centipede.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mayor Bartlett comes across as hostile because he's now an alcoholic after the death of his son Joey.
  • Love It or Hate It: You'll either think Homecoming is a great, enjoyable addition to the Silent Hill series for its stupendous graphics, intriguing plot, excellent music, and scary atmosphere, or an unimpressive, money making sell-out for its bland scares, linear gameplay, and overuse of combat.
  • Narm: The drama mostly succeeds, but "You gotta be shittin' me!" is not something you should say in a game that's trying to create a creepy atmosphere.
    • Alex Shepherd is in a mostly abandoned town that is riddled with impassible chasms and infested with killer monsters. If he inspects many of the vehicles in the town, he may wonder, "Why hasn't this been towed? It's clearly broken down." Seriously Alex, is that what's on your mind at that moment?
    • The first Jump Scare in the game is a corpse hanging from the celing... which proceeds to flop about hilariously due to the physics engine.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • It's a Silent Hill game, so most of it qualifies. Notable examples are the boss monsters and the machine Alex's mother is strapped into.
    • The Bogeyman ending. There's something about seeing the inside of Pyramid Head's visor and realizing what's about to happen.
  • Player Punch: Alex, and therefore the player, is forced to make a decision between performing a Mercy Kill on his mother or allowing her to be ripped apart by the Order's torture device.
  • Porting Disaster: The PC version is a glitchy mess that Konami has never bothered to fix. In fact, you need a fan-made patch to be able to play the game on the highest graphical settings, since doing so on the base game instantly causes a crash.
  • Recycled Script: One of the more common complaints is how Josh's death is similar to Mary's death in Silent Hill 2, at least in relation to the protagonist. Of course, unlike James, Alex never intended to kill his brother.
    • Despite the complaints, the Homecoming version ends up more believable. James managed to repress his actions in less than a week, while Alex had four years to construct his delusions.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The fan reaction to the new combat scheme and "Alex the Military Dude" subplot. Many fans were unhappy about the increased focus on action and the difficulty in avoiding confrontation.
  • Unfortunate Implications: A few fans felt that Wheeler was a bit too offensive in parodying the Black Dude Dies First cliché. Fortunately, it's possible to save his life if the player chooses to.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: To a certain extent, the boss monsters are seen as sympathetic to some players since they were the murdered children of the town's founders and only exist that way because the sacrifice went wrong.
  • The Woobie: Alex and Elle, especially by the end of the game. Mayor Bartlett and Doctor Fitch could also qualify.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The boss monsters of the game are somewhat sympathetic considering that they are the ghosts of murdered children who died horribly at the hands of their own parents.