• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Nov 6, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 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. 90
    Still, Silent Hill Origins succeeds on so many levels that it will not disappoint fans of the series. [Dec 2007, p.128]
  3. The darkness will spread throughout Silent Hill as its origins are revealed but Silent Hill Origins is far from a nightmare - it is the best portable survival horror experience yet!
  4. Play UK
    It's a little too strict in its adherence to previous entries, but Climax has done a stellar job. [Issue#160, p.88]
  5. Games Master UK
    Neatly tucks all of Silent Hill's qualities into one of the best PSP games of the year. [Christmas 2007, p.66]
  6. Play Magazine
    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]
  7. Hardcore Gamer
    Not only is Silent Hill Origins a strong handheld effort, but also a worthy entry into the beloved series. [Dec 2007, p.60]
  8. Silent Hill 0rigins impressively brings all the elements we love about the Silent Hill franchise to a portable format that works wonderfully.
  9. Origins is better than it has any right to be, considering the PSP's history, its troubled development, and its new team. It's not perfect, but it does make me want to see what Climax would do with another game in the series, which is far, far more than I ever expected.
  10. That all of this has been accomplished on the PSP by a little-known developer with a rejected project is a stupendous surprise.
  11. 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.
  12. The way Silent Hill Origins is presented is revolutionary for a handheld, but unfortunately, fans of the series may find that it doesn't bring much innovation to the table.
  13. Interweaving the storyline of the original title with this one and setting the stage for all that came after, it really opened and answered many questions.
  14. Overall Spices up the familiar format with a sprinkling of new ideas. The best Silent Hill game since SH3.
  15. PSM Magazine
    Short, but sweet and--if you followed the game's initial advice--truly scary. [Dec 2007, p.83]
  16. 80
    With a good storyline, intriguing gameplay elements and excellent production and replay value, 0rigins is definitely worthy of a Silent Hill fan's attention.
  17. It's not without its flaws, as the combat is still cumbersome and the puzzles can be very difficult, but if you crave a scary game for your portable, you can't go wrong with Origins.
  18. 80
    While the game is short, it never feels like you've wasted your money... the world is packed with little details to find, and there are also multiple endings which encourage replays.
  19. 80
    A solid addition to an already impressive franchise.
  20. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Despite its small-screen setting, Origins even manages a few genuine scares, mostlly thanks to the first-rate sound: this should only be played through headphones. [Christmas 2007, p.106]
  21. 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.
  22. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Interesting details for fans but also works as a standalone game - plus it maintains the chilling atmosphere of the big-screen games. [Christmas 2007, p.122]
  23. 80
    Anyone who is interested in the mythos of Silent Hill will do very well to buy this game, settle back, turn the lights off, and enjoy some good old-fashioned psychological horror.
  24. This game will interest people who are into the series, especially with its story that unravels new details about the Silent Hill mythos...Unfortunately, the game has fallen into something like a rut in most other areas and less fanatical gamers won’t be as forgiving of its faults.
  25. Silent Hills: Origins is a game that smartly packs all of the series’ best qualities into a bite-sized, portable portion. With its incredibly short length we only recommend it for purchase for fans. But while it lasts, it’s indisputably the best handheld survival horror game available.
  26. 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.
  27. It's still fun, scary, and what Silent Hill is at its essence. It's not the best game in the series, but it certainly isn't one that you want to deny the existence of.
  28. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    Even without offering something new to anyone who knows the franchise, it still manages to be a surprise. It’s pretty well executed for a portable game and the sound atmosphere is unsettling… as you might expect from a Silent Hill title. [Jan 2008]
  29. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Origins unfortunately also falls prey to the series' most notorious pitfall--crappy combat. [Dec 2007, p.128]
  30. Edge Magazine
    In terms of creating an atmosphere and playing with it, there’s nothing quite like it on a handheld system. [Christmas 2007, p.96]
  31. 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.
  32. An extremely solid experience that mostly succeeds. The impatient might object to the convoluted puzzles and the combat is a weak link, but as the first serious example of handheld horror, this sets a satisfyingly high bar.
  33. games(TM)
    Despite the tremendous atmosphere and occasional chilling enemy, Origins never upsets and disturbs like Silent Hill 2. Its most obvious scares are left to cut-scenes. [Chrismas 2007, p.132]
  34. AceGamez
    It reinforces the fact that one of the consequences of Sony's making their handheld almost as powerful as the PS2 is that its become a machine that is often home to replication rather than innovation.
  35. 70
    Climax has delivered a title deserving of the Silent Hill name, but the experience may be a little too brief or frustrating for some players.
  36. Origins is special. The atmosphere is excellent, completely worthy of the series, putting to rest the apprehension of longtime fans.
  37. Origins has all the hallmarks of a great Silent Hill game, but it does nothing to eradicate the series' faults.
  38. This old fog needs to learn some new tricks.
  39. Despite its attractive veneer, SH:O is short, cumbersome, and fails to strongly engage the player. Dated, but not bad, "blah" describes it well.
  40. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#7 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 220 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 220
  1. Nov 16, 2016
    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. Full Review »
  2. Dec 16, 2012
    This game is an amazing adventure. I remember playing this a few years ago, back when PSP was released. Reviewing this right now is somethingThis game is an amazing adventure. I remember playing this a few years ago, back when PSP was released. Reviewing this right now is something nostalgic for me, but this game, for it's time and for being one of the PSP's first games, is an amazing adventure.

    Gameplay: 8/10 - Easy controls and nice camera.
    Graphics: 8/10 - Good enough to immerse you into the game.
    Music: 8/10 - Sad and depressing music (which is good).
    Story: 9/10 - Perfect story for such an adventure.
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  3. DirkD.
    Nov 11, 2007
    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. Full Review »