• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Nov 6, 2007
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  • Summary: Silent Hill Origins tells the tale of a solitary truck driver stuck in the terrifying town while making a routine delivery. New gameplay elements, such as a barricade system that lets players block off rooms from enemies, and an enhanced camera system deliver an added sense of isolation andSilent Hill Origins tells the tale of a solitary truck driver stuck in the terrifying town while making a routine delivery. New gameplay elements, such as a barricade system that lets players block off rooms from enemies, and an enhanced camera system deliver an added sense of isolation and anxiety in this frightening adventure. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
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  1. Unfortunate camera and combat issues aside, Silent Hill Origins is a worthy addition to the series and should scare the socks off even the most jaded survival horror devotee.
  2. Play Magazine
    85
    This is not some side-story relegated to the PSP, but a true new chapter worthy of its name and console-sized in scope. [Nov 2007, p.77]
  3. Silent Hill Origins may do a few things that fans may love or hate, but what it does well is allow you to play the events that lead up to the first game and solve some of the mysteries and questions.
  4. The game works well because it doesn't stray from the known formula, but at the same time it leaves you with a strange sense of having done it before.
  5. 75
    Sure, it's predictable, conventional, and a little bit short, not to mention ill-suited for brief pick-up-and-play sessions on the bus, but we're encouraged to see developers making an original, console-quality experience for PSP.
  6. While Silent Hill Origins cannot offer its legions of fans anything they haven't seen done before (and done better), it still represents a solid stop-gap release, and is worth checking out if you're a series die-hard with a desire to fill in some gaps in the story.
  7. Pocket-sized foibles aside, what keeps Origins out of the big-leagues that its brethren inhabit is what saved the title from disaster in the first place- it's simply too conservative by far, with none of the occasionally misplaced inventiveness found in the other titles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Nov 16, 2016
    10
    No doubt Silent Hill Origins is one of the best Silent hill of the saga, in spite of being a little bit short and the little problems with theNo doubt Silent Hill Origins is one of the best Silent hill of the saga, in spite of being a little bit short and the little problems with the camera, this game make honor to this amazing saga as a great sequel, the enviroment is awesome, the variety of weapons is excellent and the story is interesting. Definitly one of my favorite Silent Hill. Expand
  2. LukeD.
    Nov 19, 2007
    10
    An absoloutely outstanding game puts you in the shoes of an innocent truck driver, the puzzles are really interesting and seriously freaky stuff!
  3. Oct 19, 2015
    9
    This game is really good, it's the closest to the first SH game. Graphics are great they are scary too Graphics 10/10 for a silent hill game,This game is really good, it's the closest to the first SH game. Graphics are great they are scary too Graphics 10/10 for a silent hill game, Sound is good and music is creepy as expected from a SH game, the voice acting is ok too Sound 9/10. Story is a little boring but it holds up well not the best but not bad, Story 8/10. The gameplay is ok too and they added the element of picking up objects from the surroundings, the gameplay is very similar to the first silent hill game and the controls are a little clunky as any sh game but they are ok Gameplay 9/10. Final veredict 9/10, this is probably one of the best SH games ever made, it's very faithful to the first one gameplay wise and graphicaly, only the storyline lacks depth, thinking alot about it this game is probably better than SH3 and SH2 if not on par with them making this game arguably the second best SH game ever right after SH1 ofc. The game is very short as SH3 was it's very similar to SH3 graphically but the gameplay style was alot like SH1 which makes it a good combo but the story was just not good at all, I still think this is probably the second best SH game. I can only describe this game as SH1 and SH3 combined with a bad story, if only it had a good story this would be the best. Expand
  4. GautamM.
    Dec 28, 2007
    8
    Ok. I'll be honest.I have never played a Silent Hill game before this.So it was a totally new experience for me.When i saw this game for Ok. I'll be honest.I have never played a Silent Hill game before this.So it was a totally new experience for me.When i saw this game for the first time what really stunned me was the quality of visuals and lighting.Probably the best on the PSP.As i progressed further in the game i actually started realising how scary this game actually was. The first time I saw the nurse coming to attack me I almost threw away the PSP in shock.The music and sound effects have never been better for any other game.The music was truly truly disturbing.But the most important thing i will remember about Silent Hill was its quality of puzzles.They were absolutely BRILLIANT.As subtle as they could have made them and yet solvable.Without giving away too much,to give you an example of the genius of the puzzles,my favourite puzzle was one where you have to activate a calender to get a key.The way the date was to be found was absolute brilliance on the part of the designers.It was a EUREKA moment when i realised i got the puzzle.Most puzzles in the game will have you scratching your head but you will have genuine satisfaction written all over your face when you solve them.Now being a BIG Resident Evil fan i didn't think this title would stand up to my expectations.But it was much better than what u ever thought it would be.From most reviews i have read a common gripe was that of manually switching between worlds.Now as i haven't played any other SH game before i thought this was quite an amazing layer of puzzle solving(because lets face it,its primarily a puzzle solving game).I really enjoyed the fact that you could shift between worlds and use both worlds to progress in the game.So in short one of the best games i have played on any console in a while.Now the complaints.The most common one...the camera.The cinematic camera was clearly a bad idea when u dont have a strong camera control mechanism and especially when the enemies are invisible to you and you cant adjust the camera to face them is really,REALLY frustrating.The combat itself was weak and flat.It was kind of funny to see a truck driver killing the devil incarnate with his fists(yes thats how i did it).The guns in the game didn't seem to have any depth to them.The melee weapons didn't seem to differ to much from each other.And combat as such was flawed due to poor camera control.Also the inventory system HAS to be improved(as it has to be done with all survival horror games).Inspite of these problems,SH is an incredibly addictive,albeit short,game that grips you like a fever from the word go.This could very easily be the flagship for horror titles on the PSP.Go for it definitely.A thumbs up. Expand
  5. May 31, 2012
    8
    Origins may have it's faults but you have to take a few things into consideration about this game. Originally it was being developed by anOrigins may have it's faults but you have to take a few things into consideration about this game. Originally it was being developed by an American branch of Climax, but production was moving sluggishly and apparently was turning out so bad that a bunch of people got fired and the project was moved over to a UK branch of the studio... who had only about a year to rebuild the game from the ground up. That being addressed, I think the team did a great job on Origins. The main thing that put me off was the story and involvement of familiar characters. The Alessa tie-in was pointless and caused the plot to suffer as a whole, as it felt unfocused and no one aspect of it was touched on enough for you to care. Also the combat system is glitchy and inventory system is just ridiculous. But beyond those things I got everything I wanted in a portable silent hill game. Good exploration of the town and it's creepy buildings, disgusting monsters to face, cleverly executed puzzles and riddles, another awesome soundtrack from Akira Yamaoka, and an overall satisfying experience for a portable horror game. Expand
  6. Jan 16, 2018
    7
    It's an impressive PSP game. Origins stays true to the essence and mechanics of the series that were established by Team Silent. There areIt's an impressive PSP game. Origins stays true to the essence and mechanics of the series that were established by Team Silent. There are some new twists in the form of degradable weapons and the ability to jump back and forth between the Otherworld sections of the game by way of mirrors, but for the most part this is Silent Hill as you would remember it. Provided you started with the PS1/PS2 entries that is. The latter of the two new changes mentioned has to do with the setting. In Origins we witness the birth of Silent Hill into the demonic ghost town we know it as from the previous games. It's a novel idea and fits in well. The way it's used to give you access to new areas at regular intervals made exploration and puzzle-solving more fun than ever for me.

    Where Origins notably stumbles is in it's storytelling (the plot holes in this thing...). The more personal side of Travis Grady's trek through hell is pretty well done. The actual origin story itself doesn't really tell us anything new and there are noticeable gaps that make it feel unfinished in a few areas. Grady's motivations for exploring the town are called into question very early on, characters act irrationally, and none of it is helped by the bad voice acting.

    The game doesn't have much of a unique identity either. It wants so badly to be Silent Hill 2. Several enemies were straight up borrowed from it and the ones that aren't are still psycho-sexualized. There's even an incredibly unsubtle Pyramid Head rip-off. There is some other symbolism going on in the form of repressed rage, but for the most part it's about Grady's sex life (or lack thereof) and it's a little too familiar in some ways. I mean, there's an enemy that straight up straddles you for crying out loud.

    So Origins has some weaknesses with storytelling and originality. It needed better writing and more of it's own unique identity. Yet, from a gameplay standpoint it's still solid enough for me to consider it a welcome addition to the Silent Hill canon. There are some great puzzles and you get to explore some new locales never before seen in a SH game. Despite the jump to handheld, this entry in the series is still worth playing for fans and horror junkies alike.
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  7. DirkD.
    Nov 11, 2007
    3
    Completed the game in less than 4 hours. The game is ok for a handheld, but to be honest its the weakest Silent Hill game in the market. With Completed the game in less than 4 hours. The game is ok for a handheld, but to be honest its the weakest Silent Hill game in the market. With few puzzles and bosses that are simple to beat the challenge is not so great. Breakable weapons also becomes a real pain in the butt after awhile. Expand

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