Ok i havent realy ever been a massive fan of the Survival horror games, most have been tongue in cheek, but Silent Hill gripped me to the point i actually bothered to finish it back on the PS1 days. After that they all became a bit boring.
When this landed at my desk i was knocked back a little. The series had gone quiet for a while and needed a refreshing approach to it. So they came up with a prequal.
First impressions were pretty good, it looks great to start with and plays pretty well if not a little clunky at times.
Graphics - The game has been beautifully made for the PSP. It looks great to say the least, you can tell the designers have taken their time to recapture the PS2 nightmare in all its glory on the PSP.
Controls - This has always been a big point on the survival horror games, at times the camera can be a pain but its easily solved for the most with the left shoulder button which zips it back behind you so you can see ahead. Overall the buttons are mostly well thought out and easy enough to use, other than that, nothing ground breaking, but nothing bad either.
Sounds - This has always been Silent Hills strong point, again this title captures the panic inducing sounds from its previous incarnations. When the music increases you know somethings coming at you, time to run!
Story and Length - So far im an hour or so into this game and to be honest, i cant realy tell im playing a sequal, it feels more like just another Silent Hill story which once again starts in the hospital. They seemed to have just used the prequal story as an excuse to bring another Silent Hill game out.
Its a shame but thats where the most important feature is in a Survival horror, its story. Origins attempts to make you believe your finding out why Silent Hill became the hell on earth it is, but your not finding anything realy new.
From the off, the game is fogged and the town already upside down with the door open to hells chums, so realy your not learning anything or seeing anything happen, shame realy.
I have to give this a 4/5 because of the fact it looks and plays great, the story lacks but those who dont realy care and just wish to get scared in a B-Movie style will lap this up, hardcore SH fans may feel short changed but will enjoy it either way.