Welcome to Games You Should Have Played. Where I attempt to shame you for not playing specific video games. Numbers don’t lie. Since the release of the original Silent Hill, the games have struggled to raise sales as the years have gone by. It’s a damn shame because it’s a great series. And for the most part each game has come with a solid story, great atmosphere, and nightmarish creatures. A lot of fans of the franchise have gotten more and more harsh towards each new game in the series, as Konami and the random developers attempt to bring the game into the future while retaining deep roots. Past the break I hope to shame you into playing Silent Hill: Origins if you haven’t. Enjoy!
Now I know some things on this list may make you think I hate them, but I assure you that isn’t the case. The things on this list really make the game what it is. Awesome.
Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles
As you can see in the picture below, there are puzzles. A lot of puzzles. I myself love puzzles. I always have a pad of paper or stack of post-it notes with me when I’m playing a Silent Hill game, and it was no different for Origins. The game continually scared the bejesus out of me while making me use my brain as well. A deadly combo indeed.
The Butcher, Man
This guy. Oh man this guy. If anyone creeps me out just as much as Pyramid Head, it’s The Butcher. This creepo walks around Silent Hill butchering (see what I did there?) its inhabitants. He carries a HUGE over-sized butchers knife which, though not as big as Pyramid Head’s, it’s still scary. I would love to see a cage match between the two.
If you’re familiar with the Silent Hill series, then you know Alessa. This little bitch doesn’t say a god damn word the entire game, and pretty much messes with you the whole time. She burns me to my core, as she stalks you while waiting for you to finish tasks she can’t do herself.
My Stress Level
I kid you not, about 90 percent of the time I was playing Origins I was on edge. My heart was constantly beating a bit faster than normal and my pulse was racing. In my opinion that makes a great survival horror game. One that doesn’t let up, and leaves me feeling constantly threatened.
Composed By A Genius
Akira Yamaoka. I hope you’ve heard that name. He’s synonymous with the Silent Hill series, Yamaoka has composed just about every track of music for the Silent Hill series. The latest entry, Downpour, was taken on by hit show Dexter’s composer, Daniel Licht. Akira hits it out of the park again with SHO. The game even starts out with a familiar voice you may have heard before if you are familiar with the series. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, or Melissa Williamson, has sang in the Silent Hill series from 3 and beyond. Her amazing and haunting voice has been an incredible addition to the music in the series.
As far as I can recall I’ve never been let down by a main character’s plot line in a Silent Hill game. Like most fans, the story in Silent Hill 2 is my personal favorite. I loved the story in Homecoming (blasphemy, I know). Travis Grady’s story in Origin’s is like a child’s horror story and worst nightmare. I don’t want to reveal too much in case my shaming leads you to play the game. For the unfamiliar, Travis and his father came to Silent Hill when he was a child because his mother was admitted to Cedar Grove Sanitarium. The events that followed, well, no child should go through that.
Strategically placed mirrors in the game allow Travis to travel between foggy Silent Hill and dark, bloody, metallic, industrial, gooey Silent Hill. I love this aspect of the game because you are forced to travel to the even darker side to progress through the game. Sometimes to get to heaven you have to go through hell, right?
We all remember this drug addict looney toon from the original Silent Hill. Well Origins takes place 7 years before the original games story. She’s a trainee over at Alchemilla Hospital and an avid PTV user. PTV is a recreation drug made up for the Silent Hill world. She adds to the eeriness of Silent Hill by being one of the only living people wandering around the town. Not many of the “normal” people you ever meet in Silent Hill are very normal, and she is no different.
The Endings. The Good, The Bad, The Unidentified Flying Object
Fans of the series know about Silent Hill’s famous endings. In most cases you get a good, a bad, and a UFO ending. Usually, you have to finish the game at least three times to get them all. The good ending in Origins is quite peaceful. The bad ending gives me nightmares. The UFO ending warms my heart. By all means, if you don’t mind spoilers watch all three in the video below.
Breakable Weapons, Breakable Ridiculous Weapons
There are a lot of melee weapon choices in Origins, enough where you will almost never need a weapon. If you want, you can collect them throughout the game as I did. I build up probably 50 random melee weapons and carried them all around with grace. I’m talking spears, katanas, screwdrivers, sledge hammers, scalpels and more. You also get one time use RIDICULOUS weapons like portable TVs, mini filing cabinets, toasters and more. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to bash a creepy sexy nurse in the fucked up face with a mini filing cabinet.
Bare Knuckle Brawling
SHO is the first game to let you straight up box it out with Silent Hill’s most horrible creatures if you have exhausted all of your portable TVs. Though attempting to punch my good friend the Butcher in the face will result in your prompt mutilation.
Among many of my friends, most have not played Origins. It seems to be a Silent Hill game that should be up there with the best, most talked about games. Alas it is not. The game got an average of about a C+ for reviews, which isn’t too bad. Personally I would have given it a higher score. I seriously recommend this game, especially to fans of the older Silent Hill games. Hey, that’s why I wrote this!
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