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GF Rating
6.5

947 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A true Silent Hill fan's review

posted by achgfd (Columbia, MO) Mar 20, 2008

Member since Apr 2007

7 out of 12 gamers (58%) found this review helpful

Ok so I this game isn't as good as silent hill 2 or 3, its much better than 4 and I can't remember much of 1 to make a proper judgment. But reading one of these reviews made me angry that you people are getting the wrong information.
This silent hill goes back to some of the better parts of the silent hill series. The puzzles are similar and the style is the same. This game got my heart pounding. I would go into a room, completely empty... leave... come back and woah! There's a monster right in my face. The setting is eerie and the sound quality is outstanding. I want to look over my shoulder every few feet just to make sure. These monster's aren't painfully obvious or in your face like in other action adventure games, no they like to sneak up on you.
The story is similar to the other silent hills, except the main character doesn't seem to have something drawing him to Silent Hill other than the fact that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time... similar to Silent Hill 4. Some true silent hill fans might not like this factor, but if you love the effect and style of the games you can ignore the missing pieces in the story line.
One main factor that other people had problems with is the breakable weapons. This is a new introduction to the Silent Hill series and it makes the battle system more difficult than in the other games. What I've noticed though as that when one weapon breaks, I find another one nearby. It's also helpful that you don't need weapons and can fight enemies with your bare fists. You can also stomp on monsters to finish them off. If you just walk up to them and press X. If you don't do this, they keep coming back so make sure you finish them before leaving.
All in all I love Silent Hill! This game is difficult at first, but once you figure out how to handle the monsters it gets better. The sound, story, and picture is amazing. This is a game that's challenging, beautiful, action packed, and has gripping storyline.

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Silent Hill is dead.

posted by borislav (DES PLAINES, IL) Apr 15, 2008

Member since Jul 2007

10 out of 18 gamers (56%) found this review helpful

It pains me to say it, but it's true--Silent Hill is dead. After playing Origins, I can finally understand why the original dev. team disintegrated. Silent Hill hasn't evolved in an entire decade! Whether they didn't know where to take the series, or didn't want to upset all the crazy fanboys, we're looking at stagnation at its purest. Origins could've easily been done on the PS1, as could any of the other SH games.

Yes, this is coming from a longtime SH nut. I've been with the series since its inception. It didn't dawn on me that I was playing rehashes until Origins though. And why? Atmosphere. Origins lacks atmosphere. The developers took a few classic SH locations, slightly altered them, turned down the brightness, and threw in some fodder for the lead character's two-by-four. It's not interesting and it's not scary.

Because of the lack of atmosphere, each and every gameplay flaw inherent with the SH franchise becomes that much more noticeable and that much more annoying. I commend the new developers for trying to spice things up with a new combat system, but it just doesn't work. I can't recommend Origins to anyone except obsessive fans who feel the need to own every SH game, no matter how horrible. I can't say I have any hope left for the series.

Major positives:
+ It has Silent Hill in the title...?

Major negatives:
- Static camera
- Poor graphics
- Boring gameplay
- Bare-bones storyline

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

So disappointed..

posted by Jeangrey00 (JOHNSON CITY, NY) Mar 10, 2008

Member since Dec 2003

7 out of 13 gamers (54%) found this review helpful

After waiting this long for this game to come out, then waiting for it to hit the PS2, I can't tell you how disappointed I am in this game. Is it pretty? For a PS2 game, it's graphics are ok. Is the sound good? Definitely. The sound effects and music (especially the actual songs) are classic Silent Hill, and for that they are wonderful.

And that's it, folks. That's the entirety of the good points of this game. The story is pretty weak and does not go into the complete origins of Silent Hill, it's just all about Allesa.

Travis is a mediocre main character at best, and lacks almost anything to make him interesting. Ok, that's not entirely accurate. He's the only main character thus far to have the cajones to hit one of the Silent Hill critters barehanded, and for that I'll give him a few points. Other than that, he's got nothing going for him.

The voice acting is sub-par for most of the characters, and for a high profile title like a Silent Hill game that's just plain unacceptable.

The combat system is GOD AWFUL. Most of your weapons break in a few hits, which I'm not entirely opposed to, but the problem is that when your weapons break and enemies keep respawning you're in deep trouble. Oh, and health items are even fewer and farther between than in any other Silent Hill title I've played (which is all of them except the Japanese-only mobile phone game).

The lighting is /terrible/. Now I know a Silent Hill game is supposed to be dark. I'd be upset if they made one that was perfectly well lit throughout the whole game. But when the only area you can see /at all/ is directly in the flashlight's path and nothing else, it's not good.

The camera is not controllable, and often gives you almost no ability to actually see what's around you. Half the time it's putting your view at really bizarre angles that (I guess) are supposed to be scary, but just end up annoying.

There's much more that's bad about this, but I'm out of room. Avoid this game.

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