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- A dark story that explores the events prior to the original Silent Hill
- enhanced camera system to elevate sense of fear and horror
- updated control for more fluid combat and detailed exploration
- horrific new creatures and challenging puzzles
- Original soundtrack by Akira Yamaoka
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Probably the most important challenge facing the developers behind Origins was the necessity to prove to fans that they could harness the very distinct feel created and maintained by Team Silent, the original group, throughout the four previous titles. It couldn't have been an easy task. One of the things that makes these games so successful is the incredible atmosphere. The horror found in Silent Hill is often psychological and always enigmatic, and there's a really deeply disturbing sense of pathos that elevates the terror from strictly visceral to a very emotional level. The original composer was on board, so the famously spooky music and audio effects were there to help bolster the effect, but the rest was up to the new guys. Well, they delivered. Origins feels absolutely genuine; the foggy streets, the shambling, crippled monsters, the radio, the peeling paint and the layers of rust and blood - every motif within the series is reproduced with meticulous care, and it just feels right.Read more ›
I'll discuss the plot first, since it's possibly the weakest part of the game. Our hero is Travis Grady, a trucker with the usual tragic past, who saves a girl from a burning building one dark night on a lonely road. Of course, the girl is (not-really-spoiler alert) Alessa Gillespie, the creepy psychic waif whose botched religious sacrifice turned the town of Silent Hill into an empty, mist-shrouded nightmare realm crawling with twisted monsters and psychological subtexts. Travis finds himself in said nightmare realm, exploring locations both old and new, and interacting with younger versions of the characters from the very first game. Sadly, the plot marches along an episodic and very predictable path, and Travis is a rather lame hero who doesn't talk much and gives no clue as to why he doesn't just head for the hills. I mean, seriously.
So, what about the gameplay? It's good, mostly. Origins retains the freaky, muted atmosphere of the series, with desolate streets and dark, labyrinthine building interiors. The flashlight and the staticky radio are here, as is the combat system with its emphasis on desperate button mashing.Read more ›
This game was originally realeased for the PSP; the problem with this is that the PSP is a gamble, and a large number of gammers, some being former fans of the Silent Hill series hated the PSP. So they decided later that they would rerelease this title for the Playstation 2. When I first heard about this I was pretty hyped up about it. When I first saw it in stores, I bought it without a second thought.
It didn't take me too long to find something very screwed up about this game.
Simply put; SHADOWS... They screwed up the the shadow graphics very badly... When you shine your flashlight on an object, you get a strange jig-saw pattern that is suppost to be the objects shadow, and it's distracting and annoying. Next to that, the game is too freaking dark, and I don't mean that in a good way, I mean you can't see any further than a couple feet away from your character, even with the flashlight on. Because of this it becomes difficult to avoid enemies that are too close to you, and you may often miss important items that you run past unless you pay very close attention. The darkness facter in this game seems more geared towards eye-strain than trying to increase the fear-factor of the game as a whole.
Also it seems that since this was originally a PSP game, they got pretty simple with the level design sometimes, a lot of rooms in this game there were absolutely no need for... Very often you will open a door to an empty room with absolutely nothing in it... No monsters... No items... Not even a picture on a wall... Just an empty room...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a fan of the Silent Hill series. I feel like I need to say that up front because this review is going to make it sound like I'm not a Silent Hill fan. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SilentEvil
Ahh! I couldn't wait to get my hands on this game. I hadn't known that this was part of the Silent Hill games until i did a random search on Amazon and found this game. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Taylor Dorman
The game came early, and it was good fun. I don't know or care why everyone hates on everything past Silent Hill 3; I thought four and five were awesome.Published 13 months ago by Oliver Bestul
Loved the game but hit a glitch ( by glitch i mean scratch in the disc ) and the seller is to cheap to replace my gamePublished 14 months ago by Kaylee