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How can horror possibly work on a console with a screen barely the size of a credit card? Meet the game that finally shows the potential handheld gaming has to scare us.
You play as Travis; a truck driver who initially doesn't seem to have much reason to explore Silent Hill. However, as the story develops we learn Travis has a sinister link to the town of his own. The plot may seem weak at times, and takes a while to get going but once it picks up it's as good a story as you'd expect from this series (and if you've never played a Silent Hill game you've been missing out on some of the best videogame storytelling there's ever been). You have to explore the town, it's dismal (that's a good thing) locations and all while being shadowed by a mysterious serial killer. It's like living in [insert place name here to complete hack joke].
The biggest fault of Origins is that if you've played Silent Hill before, you'll find nothing new here. Deserted hospitals and prisons have been milked to death by this series and even most of the enemies are recycled. It's a shame, but what it lacks in innovation it makes up for in mastery. The horror is still there, the atmosphere is spot on (a credit to the fantastic graphics and aesthetics throughout) controls are solid with decent combat, and the game does have a few unique scares of its own. One sequence involving spying on several hotel rooms is one of the most chilling I've ever encountered in a game.
The game is available for the PlayStation 2 and a handheld, but there's a good reason I'm recommending the PSP version. Horror is more suited to a handheld than people realise. Play it in the dark, with a good set of headphones and I'd argue you get a scarier experience than you would playing it on a television. With television speakers you can still hear noises around you, but with headphones all you can hear is the game, thus you have no idea what's going on around you and you'd be surprised how effective that is for sucking you in.
At first Origins might seem like a pointless entry in the Silent Hill series, with a distinct lack of new ideas. But it merits its existence by being the first example of horror done effectively on a handheld. Let's hope it's not the last.
Silent Hill: Origins is a prequel to the brilliant video game series which now has five major canonical titles. Origins may be a minor entry but it is certainly well executed and features the same thrills and spills you'd expect from Konami. The game has you once again exploring the schizophrenic town of Silent Hill, a town that changes from a fog-filled, desolate wasteland to a Hellish, nightmarish cess pool at a moment's notice.
The plot revolves around a truck driver who swerves after he spots a woman in the road. He exits his vehicle and follows her into a burning building, where he saves her life before exiting the building and passing out with her in his arms. He awakens some time later in the sleepy town of Silent Hill, with no sign of the fire nor any clue where he is. Soon enough he finds himself fighting off hordes of grotesque monsters from the Hell side of Silent Hill.
Much like the previous games, the suspense rests on the survival horror aspect of the game, in that you don't have a lot of ammo, and the enemies are plentiful. You will have to often adapt weapons around you when the bullets run out, or simply run for your life! Visually, it also captures the mood, tone and atmosphere of the previous games, and it's quite impressive how good the game looks even if you blow the PSP picture up onto your TV. They're not quite PS2-grade but they still look very good! There's never a second of downtime in this game, and it keeps you well and truly on your toes throughout.
It is difficult almost to a fault, though, and although the games have never been easy, this one really does take the cake. I've beaten all of the previous games times over, but none gave me as much trouble as this, perhaps because I'm not all that used to the PSP control scheme, and also because the game has super-powered enemies that take absurd feats to kill. Furthermore, save points are further apart than ever before, meaning you can die in a fairly cheap way and have to play a whole hour over again, which is incredibly annoying.
Fans of the series will probably get a kick out of Origins, but it doesn't REALLY add anything to the mythos that's overly Earth-shattering, and it can easily be done without. Still, it's as atmospheric and creepy as any title in the series has been.
What can I say...incredible, jaw dropping game! Ideal for those who love getting a bit of a scare late at night before sleeping. lol. I have spent the last month playing this beauty and trust me, it been well worth it!
This exclusive psp title is set set as a prequel to the events that have been before. The classic silent hill gameplay is still there creating that creepy feel that captivates you right from the beginning. We follow Travis Grady, a truck driver stranded in Silent Hill who we discover has a few of his own demons to contend with and throughout the course of the game, both his and the town's secrets come to the fore.
Graphics are pretty incredible considering that this is a psp game we're talking about! The torch is simply superb, casting lovely realtime shadows off environment and creeping creatures. Combat has been revolutionised by the option to carry any number of one hit items such as TVs toasters (lol) etc making melee even more fun!
So what are you waiting for? Grab this game, turn off the lights and get engrossed in this supreme atmospheric experience.
I have, for a long time, been an avid fan of the Silent Hill series and so was incredibly disappointed when Silent Hill Origins was only initially available on the PSP (A console I did not have). So imagine my joy when last Christmas I opened my girlfriends present and there was a shiny new PSP with a copy of Silent Hill Origins.
Now being a game on a handheld console would normally mean that the length of game would be very short; and while this was not an epic game by any stretch it lasted for what seemed like a good length.
The basic plot is that you are a lorry driver who, while passing through, spots a fire in a large house. Being the brave type you run in and attempt to save a young girl who has been horrendously burned. Once outside you pass out only to awake in a hospital in the creepy town of Silent Hill. Now the fun begins. Monsters, strange characters and a variety of other problem puzzles (Won't say too much on these as they could spoil the game for people) are presented to you. Typical Silent Hill type stuff.
The game on the whole has the feeling again of what made the first two games so good. Running around the town from location to location with the feeling that you are being led like a lamb to a kebab house. It's scary stuff!
Graphics wise the game looks good. The PSP can handle some great quality graphics and while this game doesn't really throw any really amazing cut scenes its way, everything is very smooth.
Some of the best atmospheric sounds effects have come from Silent Hill games in the past and this game again delivers on this front. Eerie noises and a nice soundtrack keep you on your toes. Your never quite sure when the game is just playing with you and when something actually is going to happen.
The storyline (and again I won't say too much here as I don't want to spoil it for anyone) is ok. Some may think it is slightly weak in places but on the whole it explains a few things which then lead into Silent Hill 1.
As a Silent Hill fan I liked this game and so am slightly bias in its favour, but from a first time visitor to the Hills there may be a slight bit of "why am I playing this." There are large sections of game play with no real enemies to fight so if you're looking for a game to have epic battles then this is not for you. However, the game fits in well with the series and so Silent Hill fans and survival horror fans should be more than happy with the fine effort.
Finally!! Silent Hill on PSP. Grab your black beauty, insert the UMD, hide in the darkest corner and plunge into the world of darkness.
To the new souls - Silent Hill is a series of games which takes place in the lost and forgotten us city of....Silent Hill. The city is dark, forsaken and full of horrors.
Origins is actually some kind of prequel. As a truck driver Travis you arrive to the town just in time to rescue badly burnt girl from the burning house. The next day when you're trying to find out what happened to her the hospital that you're visiting turns to the sick, obscure place full of blood, rust and monsters trying to kill you.
Well there's lots of new stuff coming - you can fight with almost everything you'll find (bottles, rods, tv's, axes, jars etc) but remember the things can now wear and eventually break. The fight system could be better because sometimes you can't see the attacker and the only solution is to run away and try to find a different camera view.
I've played on PSP and PS2 and believe me graphics is actually better on the handheld which is amazing. Music also plays a part. Akira Yamaoka again showed true genius.
Anyway the game is full of puzzles to solve, mysteries to find, deadly bossess to defeat. As a first true survival horror on PSP it won't dissapoint you.