Yeah, Yggdrasil I know the history of the series and why
fans don't like the newer games. My point was more that I have a different context with the series and I am probably approaching it from a different angle. The biggest thing is since I'm relatively new to the franchise I'm not tired of the crap. Now I totally agree with considering Homecoming and Origins. They were both extremely aweful. Origins is one of the worst game I've ever played, it has no creativity, it doesn't understand it's own heritage, it has terrible pacing and is tonally inconsistent. I almost didn't play the other games because of how bad these two were.
What I liked about Downpour is basically those games, but the gameplay isn't complete garbage and the story telling in the side-stories in open world segments is quite fun. I thought the story was a little too obvious and the emotional payoff wasn't quite there. It was still a copy of Silent Hill 2 ( a good game, but I thought it was okay. I liked it well enough. Whereas I actually like Shattered Memories and 4 because they were different from the main games. I saw the twist for Shattered coming, but for me it worked very well especially because I started down the sexual path, but overtime corrected it to the familyman path which made the resolution with Cheryl really touching and the mechanics reinforced the main storyline. Also the last mazes where extremely manic and fun. The middle dragged, the enemies weren't scary, the flashlight was underused, the segmentation was hamfisted and the references to SH1 took away from the game so I can understand someone disliking it. 4: The Room is very clearly not supposed to be Silent Hill, but I don't hold it against it. My biggest problem with the game is Henry Townshend seems like he's high all the time. I think it's better than SH1.
And honestly I am never going to defend Konami because they have never showed to give much of a fuck about their own IPs. The only good things they have going for them are Kojima Productions, MercurySteam and Tak Fujii.
All that said this is still true. Konami does not care and KojiPro and Tak Fuji are great. MercurySteam hasn't made a game I like, but I appreciate the art and the fact that they try.