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Silent Hill: 0rigins (PSP)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.2
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Short, sweet but lacking the impact of the rest of the series. AxelStone (34) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall MobyScore (13 votes) 4.2


The Press Says

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95
Softpedia
Silent Hill Origins is perfect, both for the series aficionado and the first time gamer, venturing in the sick and sad world of Alessa. I consider this game to be perfect, except for a couple of frustrating camera view issues and the bad bad bad choice of main character. Travis is probably the most boring and uninteresting protagonist of the entire series and he really tends to get annoying at some point, because he just doesn't express fear, joy, lust, sadness or other human emotions... He's just a puppet, controlled by your fingers and he blindly follows the storyline always trying to revive the past with the aid of flashbacks. His younger version is surely a sicker one, but also a more interesting character. How about a SH game featuring a little boy or girl, Konami? Till that time comes, I'll have to congratulate the producers for their masterpiece and continue waiting for Silent Hill V.
90
Retroage
Czy warto dokonać zakupu gry? Zdecydowanie tak. Nie posiada ona na PSP praktycznie żadnej konkurencji, co wcale nie oznacza że jest grą słabą. Wręcz przeciwnie, tworzy ona klasę samą w sobie i śmiało można ją zaliczyć do jednych z najlepszych gier wypuszczonych na handhelda Sony. Jeżeli przymkniemy oko na kilka niedociągnięć i nie przeszkadza nam krótki czas gry śmiało możemy sięgnąć po tytuł – z pewnością będą to dobrze wydane pieniądze.
85
Gamesmania
Silent Hill Origins ist der eindrucksvolle Beweis, dass man sich auf der PSP durchaus gruseln kann. Mit Kopfhörer und verdunkeltem Zimmer, läuft selbst hart gesottenen Genrefans ein kalter Schauer über den Rücken. Dank der erstklassigen Präsentation führt der neueste Abkömmling der Schockerreihe, die Silent Hill Serie konsequent weiter. Vielleicht ein bisschen zu konsequent, denn in Sachen Gameplay hat sich fast nichts getan. Die Auseinandersetzungen mit den Widersachern sind langweiliger den je, zumal diese aufgrund dämlicher KI nur durch das Bild stolpern. Das Kampfsystem wurde auf einen "Angriffsbutton" beschränkt und die Rätsel waren auch schon mal anspruchsvoller. Wer sich aber sechs Stunden richtig schön gruseln will, kann getrost zugreifen. Eine bessere Alternative wird man auf dieser Plattform kaum finden! Trotz geringem Umfang reicht es somit vor Allem aufgrund der exzellenten Technik ganz knapp für unseren Award.
85
Purojuegos
De todas formas las cosas negativas no empañan el excelente trabajo de la gente de Climax Studios, porque seas o no fanático de la saga este juego te va a atrapar, es totalmente recomendado y más teniendo en cuenta los pocos juegos de este estilo en la consola.
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Play Magazine
Silent Hill Origins is not a good Silent Hill game... it is a great Silent Hill game. This is not a generic survival horror title retro-fitted into the world of Silent Hill, nor a side-story relegated to the PSP; this is a true new chapter worthy of its name and without question console-sized in scope and ambition. I simply cannot stress that point enough: the game you will find when you play Origins is what you would expect to find in a new console chapter on the series, not a game that was created from the start to be on a portable device. I say that with no disrespect to the PSP; it is just that, even with how grand in scope and epic in nature games have become on the device, the fact that something like Origins can exist in the way that it does will force you to reconsider your entire attitude towards portable gaming and the possibility it holds.
85
Video Game Generation
If you heed the game’s opening, and play it with the lights off and the headphones on as I did, you’ll find that Silent Hill: Origins is every bit as creepy and atmospheric as any of the previous console installments have been. While I found it a little lacking as far as being a true prequel is concerned, Travis’ story is compelling regardless and makes for a satisfying survival horror game.
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Gaming Age
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. Thankfully Konami had the foresight to port this title over and allow for the game’s availability to be held on the PS2 where a majority of the titles have had their mainstay. I’d like to see this trend continue with God of War for PSP as well if you are listening Sony.
83
Worth Playing
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. If you have never played a Silent Hill title before, then this is an excellent introduction since the story is only tentatively linked to the rest of the series. If you're in the mood for another slice of Silent Hill or simply want something to scare you senseless while playing games on the bus, then you could do a lot worse than Origins. There are minor flaws, but many of the problems are easily overlooked and can be fixed in upcoming iterations.
80
GameSpy
Now, we've got to admit it: We had our fair share of concerns when we heard that development of Silent Hill Origins was not going to be handled in-house by Konami. Thankfully, after a few hours with the new game, our concerns were put to rest and we saw Origins as a solid addition to an already impressive franchise.
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Play.tm
Of course, no one claimed that Silent Hill: Origins was about innovation, the developers set out to bring a Silent Hill title to the PSP and they have succeeded. As previously discussed, the atmosphere does not transfer well to "on the road" gaming, but story-wise it is a true classic of the series. Maybe a later PS2 release might be in order, like the PSP versions of Grand Theft Auto; I think it would sit quite comfortably in the catalogue with the other PS2 titles. In the meantime, 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.
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Blend Games
Silent Hill Origins is the game that I felt it necessary to get another PSP for. After all the nasty things I’ve said about the PSP, I got to play a game that was truly high quality. Looking like it could have been a PS2 release, played out as a convincing horror survival game and giving us another frightening case study into the latently psychotic mind, Silent Hill Origins was definitely worth it. This game delivers better than half of the previous Silent Hill games with fewer god damn doors than Silent Hill 3. For what it is, Origins deserves to be the next PSP game to purchase if you haven’t already.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Le sentiment qui voulait que Silent Hill perde littéralement son âme en arrivant sur portables était bien légitime. Pourtant Climax prouve avec brio que quel que soit le support, c'est bel et bien le talent des développeurs qui fait la différence. Ainsi donc, Silent Hill Origins est, contre toute attente, une pièce maîtresse de la saga. Original sur certains points, déstabilisant par moments à cause d'une orientation action un peu hors propos mais entretenant des liens de parenté avec le premier et troisième opus, ce voyage dans le passé devra néanmoins se faire à l'abri des regards indiscrets, la nuit, afin que la magie opère pleinement. Est-ce à dire qu'on peut s'attendre à un nouvel éveil de Silent Hill venant de l'Occident ? Seul Silent Hill V confirmera ou infirmera mais ceci est une autre histoire... Macabre bien entendu.
78
4Players.de
Die visuelle Verwirklichung des Albtraums ist beeindruckend, die akustische Untermalung sucht sogar ihresgleichen! Spielerisch überspringt Origins allerdings gekonnt die Jahre zwischen Alone in the Dark und Resident Evil 4: Die Rätsel sind kaum der Rede wert, Gegner keine Herausforderung und abseits des roten Magnetfadens gibt es nichts zu entdecken. Außerdem haben die Entwickler für die späte PS2-Umsetzung jedwede Mühen gescheut, so dass der Konsolentrip optisch zwar überzeugen, in Sachen Steuerung aber mit vergleichbaren Titeln nicht mithalten kann. Schade, denn so wirkt die aktuelle Episode dieses großen Genre-Vertreters wie eine schüchterne Verbeugung vor dem Urvater des Survival-Horrors, anstatt eine konsequente Weiterentwicklung zu sein.
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Game Informer Magazine
Much like how innocent passersby wander into the foggy abyss that is Silent Hill never to return, fans of the series tend to stay devoted to these games because of their consistently disturbing thrills. But the warning lights are up now, Silent Hill has been spinning its wheels for too long, and it’s becoming harder for fans to stay lost in the fog.
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Power Unlimited
Er wordt geen enkele poging gedaan om de serie te vernieuwen maar daar is een handheld natuurlijk ook niet het geschikte platform voor. Het afleveren van een volwaardig Silent Hill deel op de PSP is al een hele prestatie op zich.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Großes Gruseln auf kleinem Bildschirm. Die grandiose Musik- und Geräuschkulisse und die stimmungsvolle Optik erzeugen echte Horrorstimmung. Spielerisch wird ein spannender Mix aus Rätseln und Kämpfen geboten, der mit vielen Überraschungen aufwartet - "gut".
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GameLemon
When it comes to survival horror games you can still do much, much worse than Silent Hill 0rigins, but by no stretch of the imagination is this a worthy entry to the series. If you're the sort of person (also known as a Resident Evil fan) who doesn't give a crap about plotting or character depth and just wants an engaging survival horror experience, you'll have fun with this game because, again, you can do a lot worse. Fans of the franchise, however, should approach it carefully, and take into consideration the fact that most of the original developing team is gone and we'll just have to adapt to the inevitable changes. I'm willing to, I love this franchise that much, and refuse to proclaim it dead just yet. Just please, keep the series away from handhelds, it will never flourish there.
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Eurogamer.fr
Même si Silent Hill Origins n’a rien à offrir aux légions de fans de la série qu’ils n’aient déjà vu auparavant (en mieux réalisé), c’est malgré tout un bon jeu qui éclaire certaines zones d’ombre de la série et il mérite le détour pour ceux qui sont désireux de connaître le fin mot de l’histoire. Même si l’on n’est pas un aficionado du genre, les jeux survival horror effrayants et intrigants comme celui-ci se font rares – tout du moins sur PSP. Même s’il est facile de dénigrer Origins comme n’étant qu’un jeu superfétatoire destiné à combler des vides de l’histoire, c’est néanmoins un bon titre pour PSP sur lequel les fans du genre devraient se pencher.
70
Game Informer Magazine
The Silent Hill series has been relying on the same type of scares for years now, and Origins is no exception. The game features the basic Silent Hill concoction of lackluster combat, environmental puzzles, a spooky soundtrack, creepy disfigured baddies and about 100 fog machines set to high.
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Gamekult
Bien que ce Silent Hill Origins souffre de quelques soucis non négligeables et peut-être d'un léger manque de renouvellement, il serait dommage de se priver de son expérience de jeu globale de qualité pour cela. Doté d'une réalisation étonnante et d'un scénario loin d'être anecdotique - pour les fans comme les profanes -, cette mouture PSP n'a pas vraiment à rougir en comparaison de ses aînés. Avec un casque et un lieu calme, on retrouve des sensations quasiment identiques à celles vécues sur consoles de salon, ce qui est déjà un bel exploit de la part des développeurs. Courte mais pas artificielle, la durée de vie du titre est renforcée par les bonus et les fins multiples. Assurément le premier frisson de choix pour les joueurs nomades.
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UOL Jogos
"Silent Hill Origins" tem tudo para agradar aos fãs fiéis, pois recria a experiência clássica da série, além de preencher as lacunas sobre muitos dos mistérios que permeiam o universo do jogo. Eles vão se deliciar com as várias referências espalhadas. Quem gosta de um bom game de terror também tem muito a aproveitar, pois poucos títulos conseguem passar tanta tensão. A mecânica de combate não é das melhores, mas "Origins" honra o nome da franquia com uma ótima produção, e explorações e quebra-cabeças meticulosos.
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Vgames

אוריג'ינס מיועד לקהל מסוים מאוד: בעלי פי.אס.פי. ששיחקו ואהבו את סדרת סיילנט היל. שחקנים אלו ימצאו אזכורים רבים למשחקים שהם מכירים ואף תפירת קצוות פרומים מעלילות המשחקים ההם. בשבילם אוריג'ינס הוא מתנה נהדרת. לעומתם, כמו שאפשר לנחש, שחקן ממוצע שמעולם לא נגע באחד ממשחקי סיילנט היל ימצא את כל העסק משעמם ומאכזב בהרבה, אלא אם הוא מוכן לסלוח לכל המגרעות ולו כדי לקבל קצת עור ברווז באמצע הנסיעה ברכבת.

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GameCell UK
Silent Hill: Origins isn’t a bad game by any means – a couple of years ago this would be hailed as one of the best, but in order for the series to progress it needs to move on somewhere new. One for the fans, just don’t expect any revelations.
60
Gamestyle
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. Once the initial novelty wears off and the lifeless enemy-dodging wears thin, very little of Origins will be particularly revelatory for either series fans or newbies, but as proof that fear can haunt gamers far away from home, it deserves respect.