Since its debut in 1999, Silent Hill has been at the forefront of survival horror, focusing on psychological thrills and the plight of its "everyman" protagonists. However, the series has arguably lost some relevance, with new competitors such as Dead Space, F.E.A.R. and Left 4 Dead successfully integrating more "Western" concepts into the genre. In response, Silent Hill has been trying to find its identity. Homecoming and Shattered Memories experimented outside the series' traditional realm, but Silent Hill: Downpour seems to represent Konami's attempt to balance these forces. It remains true to the series' roots while drawing from international perspectives.