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Silent Hill Origins (PSP)
Member Name: Eazysteve
Silent Hill Origins (PSP)
Date: 26/08/09, updated on 16/04/10 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Good addition to the Silent Hill series
Disadvantages: Not great for non Silent Hill fans
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.
Summary: A scary travel companion