Silent Hill Origins

 
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Game places you inside a scary horror movie.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

This game is best explained as an interactive horror flick, so there's plenty of violence (shooting monsters or whacking them with objects) and blood (which appears after killing an enemy or on some of the hospital equipment and walls). One of the first scenes in the game has your character carrying a charred body of the young girl out of a burning house. Then he sees a bloody figure of her throughout the game. The other creatures though are either monster-like or are appear as mutated people, such as faceless nurses.

Sex

Some light kissing in a flashback, some seductively dressed characters.

Language

Players will hear words some might consider cursing, such as "s--t," "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the game is violent, scary, and gory. Players can smash a creature over the head with blunt instruments, shoot them, light them on fire, or punch them. Blood comes out of the fallen baddies, and also appears on walls and items. These monsters will grab and hold onto you, spit out fluid, or slash at your character's face. The imagery is also very creepy and involves a young girl, which some might find disturbing. In one of the first scenes in the game, your character must carry a charred body of the young girl out of a burning house. Then he sees a bloody figure of her throughout the game. You will also see mutated people, such as faceless nurses.

What's it about?

Fans of horror movies will likely want to explore the creepy SILENT HILL ORIGINS from Konami, which delivers chills and thrills while gaming on the go with a PSP. Silent Hill Origins serves as a prequel to the 8-year-old franchise, where the game's protagonist, a truck driver named Travis Grady, steps into the mysterious town of Silent Hill in pursuit of a little girl wandering around the freeway. Grady's nightmare begins after he awakens from a blackout and visits the local hospital, only to find he's been locked in and forced to ward off nightmarish creatures, struggle with disturbing hallucinations, and solve puzzles to find a way out. Played from a cinematic third-person perspective, the goal of the game is to unravel the mystery surrounding this town, figure out Grady's connection to it, and leave the city limits alive.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you're familiar with earlier Silent Hill games, you'll recognize most of the enemies, and amazingly, they look just as good -- and as scary -- on the PSP as they did on TV-based consoles. This includes the twisted bodies and faceless beasts that look like they've been wrapped in bloody cellophane.

Extraordinary graphics and a fantastic music soundtrack add to the immersive, albeit scary and creepy experience. This is not a game for the faint-hearted.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how a game can evoke different emotions in a player. Have games reached the point where the suspension of disbelief is strong enough to evoke fear? Even in a portable game?

Game details

Platforms:PSP
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:November 8, 2007
Genre:Survival Horror
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PSP)

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This site should not exist

Since the release of the playstation console, crime in ALL major cities dropped phenomenally, over 40% in most areas and has dropped ever since. The more violent these games get, the more stress they oppress. Its time bad parents start taking responsibility for their negligence and stop blaming third parties. Even if in one case the kid goes violent because of a video game, that doesn't nearly outweigh all the violence the game absorbs. Do a little research before you freak out and start condemning something you know nothing about.
Kid, 12 years old April 19, 2015
 

Creepy sounds + disturbing imagery = a Silent Hill game for older teens.

Parents need to know that this game is scary, incolving disturbing violence, horrifying scenes and sounds and some strong horror. Jump shocks, bad language and some other things add to the game, making it not suitable for teens 15 and under (or at least is not recommended for that teenage group). 16 and over!
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