While the main objective of Downpour, as with all Silent Hill games, is to survive the horror, this game gives you some other things to do as well. Along the way, you’ll occasionally come across some optional side quests that, if completed, can reward you handsomely.
Some of these will, of course, illuminate more of what you’re going through, those some do feel like busy work. At one point, for example, while exploring an apartment building, you’ll find a note revealing that some tenant has been stealing stuff from his neighbors. You then have to find the things this person stole and return them to their rightful owners.