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Silent Hill: 0rigins

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Silent Hill: 0rigins is a prequel to the Silent Hill series set in the 1970s. You play as trucker Travis Grady, who attempts to take a shortcut through Silent Hill late one night when running behind on his rounds.

As in the previous Silent Hill games, you move back and forth between nightmare and real versions of the town, here crawling through mirrors to get between. He must gather items used to solve puzzles and open up new areas. Monsters of various types provide obstacles and, in series tradition, are mostly disturbingly twisted versions of humanity.

Travis can fight with his bare fists or use melee weapons. Unlike previous games in the series, melee weapons break after a time. There are also one-shot items that can be thrown and several guns. Combat is performed through lock-on. There is no HUD, but the edge of the screen turns red when Travis is near death.


Silent Hill: 0rigins PSP Title screen (Japan)
Silent Hill: 0rigins PSP Thanks.
Silent Hill: 0rigins PSP You just hit a little girl with your truck and are searching for her.
Silent Hill: 0rigins PSP Where am I?

Alternate Titles

  • "Silent Hill Zer0" -- Japanese title
  • "Silent Hill: Origins" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

Short, sweet but lacking the impact of the rest of the series. PSP AxelStone (34)

Critic Reviews

Worth Playing PSP Dec 16, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2008 B+ 83
DreamStation.cc PlayStation 2 Sep 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Game Vortex PlayStation 2 Apr, 2008 77 out of 100 77
Computer Bild Spiele PlayStation 2 Jun 04, 2008 2.45 out of 6 71
Eurogamer.net (UK) PSP Nov 23, 2007 7 out of 10 70
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network PlayStation 2 Apr 16, 2008 70 out of 100 70
411mania.com PlayStation 2 Apr 11, 2008 7 out of 10 70
VicioJuegos.com PlayStation 2 Jun 13, 2008 67 out of 100 67
Diehard GameFan PSP Nov 12, 2007 5 out of 10 50


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Development history

This game was originally started by The Climax Group's (now closed) Los Angeles office, Climax LA. Erik Gloersen was running that section at the time. Phil DeLuca was producing. Anders Granlund was lead programmer. Tim Trzepacz worked as a contract programmer. There were two other programmers on the team, which still left it horribly understaffed.

The project was originally being coded using an original engine that Granlund had written, and which was being shared with a UK team working on a version of Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for PSP. About three months were spent building new systems for this engine, when the decision was made to scrap it and go with RenderWare instead, starting over with a code base that was inherited from the Ghost Rider project.

There were certainly some problems moving forward from there. For example, the AI and pathfinding on Ghost Rider were written by people who were no longer working at Climax group, which slowed things down tremendously.

Work on that continued for nearly six months when management changed at the US office. After a period of upheaval, the entire Climax USA operation was closed and the project was moved to the UK. It is unknown if any of the original project's code was used in the new version, but none of the programmers from the US office were credited in the final release.

The game was eventually completed by Climax Solent.

Information also contributed by Tim Trzepacz

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