gamers (80%) found this review helpful
I love this series. Ever since the first Silent Hill I had for the PSONE, the game made my skin crawl. Origins is no different. I started playing it at 2AM and was quickly brought into that misty foggy town of Silent Hill. It is true to its gameplay, not many surprises. Puzzles intertwined with some fighting. Id rate the whole game moderately difficult. Graphics are great since I still running it on a PS2. Movement is improved from 2 and 3. Definitely worth the rent. In a time where they burnt out the Resident evil and other series in the genre this one makes it.
This game is good, but far from perfect. The new systems are interesting, though a bit flawed. The "new camera angle" system was a joke, as it only worked about half the time, the rest of the time the camera angles are set, and, like most Survival games of this era, creepy and sometimes a bit annoying.
The biggest complaint I honestly had with the game was that their video loading code was flawed, often freezing the game or forcing you to skip a sequence, which could be VERY frustrating.
The Second biggest complaint is that there is no way to tell on the fly how much damage you can do with your current weapon before it snaps. While I didn't mind the Breaking Weapon system, going into a battle with only the slightest inkling of how much you can deal before your board splits is challenging at best. An onscreen indicator that didn't involve going into a sub-menu would have been nice, that or a more through indicator in those menus.
Those being said, the game does what it set out to do, explain some of the holes in the Silent Hill plot line, and be really creepy while doing it. Silent Hill is still one of the few games you can hack the heck out of and cheat and STILL get a good scare going. Origins continues this track record, though if your looking for a new style, look elsewhere. Personally, this game was all I expected, no more and no worse.
This game isn't perfect, but no game is. Like most Survival/Horror games, it is a slim crowd that the game focuses on, but it does it well. If you can stand the flaws it has, the game does offer a very nice, creepy experience. Just make sure to keep the lights on.
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
Since I'm limited on how much I can say I'll just list the negatives.. there really are no positive points so don't worry. 1. The graphic are a straight port from the PSP, bland, DARK and very blocky, this is worse than Silent Hill 2, which for it's time was pretty Effing good.
2. The camera makes you want to throw the controller, seriously the PS2 has 2 toggle sticks, can we please use them?
3. Combat is repetitive and your weapons break. I'm all for some changes but how can you break a hammer after killing one monster? Apparently Konami has never heard of Craftsman
4. You can see absolutly nothing but where your flashlight is pointed, everything and I do mean everything else is black.
Avoid this game, save your rental days for something worthwhile, revisit one of the other Silent Hills, but don't rent this game, its horrid. I'd rather have dental work done.