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... in my opinion a Silent HIll game almost as good as the first 2 games
on 10 January 2015
Silent hill Origins is in my opinion a Silent Hill game almost as good as the first 2 games. The Cedar Falls Sanitarium is probably one of the most disturbing locations since the Brookhaven Hospital!
It is the first game in the series that isn't made by Team Silent but for a different group of developers, they have done a good job with the material.
The story is well written and I liked the fact it was a prequel to the first game. The map design of the town and familiar locations such as the hospital make an appearance. The enemies however are more SH2 ish but this is not a bad thing.
I only wish that the Butcher had played more of a role in the game, I thought that he was underused and the fight with him was even more disappointing.
Akira Yamaoka returns as the sound creator and the music is as creepy and disturbing as usual. Sometimes it sounds like a demon is in the room and it's just the music!
Graphically speaking the game doesn't really offer anything new, and if anything the fmv in the first Sh game looks a lot better than the beginning and ending cutscenes in origins.
The voice acting is good enough and you can tell that when they hired the actors to voice Lisa, Kaufman, and Dahlia they made sure that they sounded similar to their original counterparts in the first game. This is something I really appreciate, the resident evil series is renowned for constantly changing voices for characters which has always irked me.
The difficulty is something to consider if this is your first Sh game. If you are experienced in playing a Silent Hill game then you will kind of know what to expect. I say this because I believe that the difficulty actually changes depending on how well you are doing, and this has caught me out more than once. In the other games you can select what difficulty mode you want, but not in Origins.
Origins is also the first game in the series to properly explore melee weapons and a grappling mode. Instead of the standard pipes, wooden planks, and axes, this game allows you to throw filing cabinets and crates on top of monsters. If you get grabbed by certain monsters you can press a sequence of buttons to avoid taking damage, however if your health and stamina are low you may fail to do so quick enough.
You may have noticed that in the previous games when running around a lot, the character would run out of breath and slow down. Origins introduces energy drinks to help with that. Similar in fashion to the health drink except it will give you a stamina boost for a short while. This means that you can run for slightly longer without slowing down. Like the previous games you can of course just stand still temporarily to recover your stamina, but this can be not as effective. It is also important to keep your stamina level at a normal level so that if grappling a monster you can survive. The lower your health is the less stamina you have.
The only annoying thing about this game is the camera and the fact the controls suddenly change direction. This was originally a psp game so perhaps for that reason this problem exists on the ps2. The L1 button should show the camera ahead of you but at times it doesn't, and this can be frustrating when you can't see what is in front of you. Thankfully these moments are few and far between and you can still play the game easily enough.
Being a Silent Hill game Origins has a few different endings, so this gives the game a slight replay value. You can unlock different weapons, costumes, and the typical Ufo ending makes an appearance too.
My verdict for this game is a 4 out of 5. Being one of the people that have been playing SH since 1999 I appreciate the throwback to the original game. Perhaps it is the fact that it was made for the PSP, but I just feel that this game could of been a bit better. The boss fights are not really challenging and as I said before I would of liked to of seen more of the Butcher and perhaps a slightly longer game overall. It is definately more of a Silent Hill game than 4 was, but that's for another review.