• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 4, 2008
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  • Summary: The renowned Silent Hill survival horror series continues on the PS2 with a brand new adventure that reveals many of the series' most hallowed secrets. Assuming the role of a lone truck driver who becomes trapped in Silent Hill, players must escape the city’s horrific inhabitants andThe renowned Silent Hill survival horror series continues on the PS2 with a brand new adventure that reveals many of the series' most hallowed secrets. Assuming the role of a lone truck driver who becomes trapped in Silent Hill, players must escape the city’s horrific inhabitants and confront the strange hallucinations that have haunted him since childhood. Featuring enhanced graphics, sound and control, Silent Hill Origins sets a new standard for this survival horror classic. Silent Hill Origins features a dark story that explores the events prior to the original Silent Hill and reflects the troubled past of the main character, Travis Grady. An enhanced camera system elevates the sense of fear and horror that surrounds your every step. Updated controls allow for more fluid combat and detailed exploration of the environment. Encounter horrific new creatures, challenging new puzzles and uncover the mysteries behind the town as you try to escape the clutches of Silent Hill. Silent Hill Origins features an original soundtrack by famed series composer Akira Yamaoka. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Even if some of the aspects have gone downhill when compared to the PSP version, the game still remains the same from a gameplay perspective and overall story point of view.
  2. Origins is a solid entry in a popular horror franchise, but some mechanics (such as the combat and camera) show that the series is in need of a reboot. However, it's hard to beat the psychological sense of the fear that Silent Hill creates.
  3. PSM3 Magazine UK
    76
    Still compelling, but it was more suited to PSP. [June 2008, p.84]
  4. 70
    With a good storyline, intriguing gameplay elements and excellent production and replay value, 0rigins is definitely worthy of a Silent Hill fan's attention.
  5. Play Magazine
    70
    For 30 bucks, the capable haunts here are worth this house of horrors. [May 2008, p.60]
  6. Its willfully old-school design and clunky combat belong in a bygone era, and for the optimistic price-tag Konami has slapped on the game we've every right to expect more. Only the most hardcore of fans will have time for this; the rest of us should wait for Homecoming.
  7. All in all if you miss the quaint old town and feel like returning for old time's sake then Origins mostly satisfies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Jan 29, 2015
    9
    Great game, the experience is even better with headphones on. You explore around the town to figure out the mystery behind a girl you foundGreat game, the experience is even better with headphones on. You explore around the town to figure out the mystery behind a girl you found in a house fire. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2016
    9
    Must play for SH fans, on ps2 emulator works very well.
    Much, much better than home&garden or downpour..
    Must play for SH fans, on ps2 emulator works very well.
    Much, much better than home&garden or downpour.. .
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  3. Oct 3, 2015
    8
    Muy buen juego, realmente me gusto y me la pase muy bien con el, Buena historia , un personaje en cuando vas avanzando te cae cara vez mejor ,Muy buen juego, realmente me gusto y me la pase muy bien con el, Buena historia , un personaje en cuando vas avanzando te cae cara vez mejor , Un buen SH sin mas . Expand
  4. JosephStewart
    Jan 20, 2009
    7
    I'm a real big Silent Hill fan, and mostly liked the game. Only 3 problems:
    1. Not enough descriptive text (many curiosities are given
    I'm a real big Silent Hill fan, and mostly liked the game. Only 3 problems:
    1. Not enough descriptive text (many curiosities are given no description when pressing x)
    2. No free look (I want to see whats in that corner! WTF!!)
    3. Combat is HARD. Some monsters can just spin around and hit you even though they aren't supposed to, and until you get guns, combat can be a real pain. And I mean a real pain, both in-game and out.
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  5. Aug 9, 2020
    5
    "Meh" is the best word to describe Origins. It marked the start of Konami's blatant exploitation of the series. Nobody wanted a prequel to the"Meh" is the best word to describe Origins. It marked the start of Konami's blatant exploitation of the series. Nobody wanted a prequel to the original Silent Hill. If the game really honored its namesake, it would've offered players a unique experience, set during the dark events that cursed Silent Hill in the first place. Expand
  6. Oct 29, 2018
    5
    Silent Hill Origins is a very average game, exploring the environments is easily the most boring part about this game, there's too much groundSilent Hill Origins is a very average game, exploring the environments is easily the most boring part about this game, there's too much ground to cover. This isn't an origins story, its it own thing. The story is average at best and so is the gameplay. The graphics are impressive though but that's about it. Overall this game is depressingly average, I don't recommend it. Expand
  7. Sep 8, 2020
    1
    NOT A TRUE SILENT HILL GAME, WITH NOTHING TO DO THE WITH OTHER TIE-INS TO SH1, IE SH3
    CONS
    to dark to see anything even with brightness
    NOT A TRUE SILENT HILL GAME, WITH NOTHING TO DO THE WITH OTHER TIE-INS TO SH1, IE SH3
    CONS
    to dark to see anything even with brightness cranked up to maximum
    get tired from running, with enemies faster than you, you will stop to catch your breath occasionally
    no difficulty settings
    all melee weapons break after a few swings, changing the entire combat system
    enemies now respawn when leaving and entering a room
    runs poorly on emulators!!!!
    mist world and nightmare world look too similar, hard to tell apart
    interactable objects are no longer brightly colored
    familiar enemy attack power significantly increased from past games
    story contradictions between Origins/SH1 and SH3/SH1
    lack of a comprehensive written strategy guide
    brand new camera system hides enemies who are right in front of you
    brand new controls, again, with about a 2 second delay before run kicks in (with controller latency under 10 ms)
    every save point is dangerouly close to an enemy filled doorway

    PROS
    the mirror trick
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#5 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2008
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#9 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2008