Silent Hill Origins

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Game places you inside a scary horror movie.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

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
Not applicable

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.

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Kids say

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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Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written byYBNormal January 7, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 September 23, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Fun game for mature 11

Great game, but does have some bad content, such as frequent horror violence, mild language, and some sexuality. Main reason for the M rating is because this game does have strong violence that some may not enjoy. There is language, but it is pretty mild. You see some pictures of some sexual things, but not very graphic, and is more implied. Suggested MPAA- R: Strong Horror Violence, Disturbing Images, Sexuality, and Language.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 December 19, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Remember that Csm is a site heavily populated by adult reviewers who may not know what they are talking about,let alone play the game.

Common Sense Media is a senseless,rubbish filled site.Just because parents see something,they believe it's real because it says it's a San Francisco site dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.But then remember there are hundreds ,possibly thousands of adult reviewers out there who are just hired by Csm to write reviews.They made not even have played the game.And above all of that,know your kid,Are they mature or not?It depends on maturity not age.Believe me,I play this game on my PSP 2-4 hours a day and I dont become a video game freak nor do I get violent .Its violent,yes I agree but most of it is psychological violence with very little and minimal blood if you sent think about it,you won't be affected This is not as violent as Silent Hill Homecoming or Shattered Memories.Its not.Or even as violent as other survival horror games.Do a little research before you choose not to let your kid into such content.Is it really THAT bad?

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