Silent Hill Origins - PSP - Preview 3
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Konami’s Silent Hill series has been a huge key to the publisher’s success on consoles, spawning several sequels across a few different systems and even a feature film. Now, the series is readying to release on yet another console with its first entry on Sony’s PSP handheld. However, those expecting little more than a scaled-down title will be pleasantly surprised, as Silent Hill Origins will present an original story with a new lead character and plenty of thrills and chills.
Of course, the storylines in Silent Hill games are intentionally scant, but Silent Hill Origins puts you in control of a redneck-type complete with a vest, long-sleeve flannel shirt and a trucker hat as he gets thrust between two worlds in that familiarly unfamiliar town, Silent Hill. You explore the world and find little clues as to why you’re there or who happens to be there with you, and you’ll occasionally encounter some nasty enemies and deformed creatures throughout the area.
One interesting element is the ability to switch between worlds. By touching a mirror, you can go back and forth between the real world and a hellishly evil dimension. In our brief demo, we didn’t get to see much of the benefits of being able to switch between them aside from finding new items, but all that will be revealed once the game launches.
Graphically, the game looks extraordinary on the PSP’s screen, with a variety of bells and whistles that made the console versions look so great. The film grain quality has returned (though it’s a little difficult to see on the PSP unless you hook it up to a TV). The character models look great and very well-detailed, and the lighting and shadow effects are some of the best I’ve seen in a PSP game. Not to mention that the art direction is still phenomenally creepy and could scare the pants off of you at times.
Silent Hill Origins is turning out to be a very exciting and frightening PSP title that packs a lot of punch in a tight, portable package. Look for it next month.