- Considering Silent Hill 0rigins' troubled on-again/off-again development process, the final product has certainly turned out better than most Silent Hill fans expected. When initially revealed, this survival-horror prequel broke from series tradition with Resident Evil 4-inspired combat and a not-so-spooky aesthetic overhaul.
Thankfully, Konami had the foresight to dump that L.A.-based development team and completely reset the project, handing it over to a different team across the pond at Climax UK. Their version of 0rigins plays it awfully safe, wisely mimicking the fan-favorite early Hill games with exacting precision.
Here, you once again traverse the famously fog-shrouded burg, dividing your time between thwacking shambling monstrosities and solving fetch-quest puzzles in order to unravel your own dark destiny. As always, the audiovisual trappings provide most of the "wow" factor -- exploring the game's lushly detailed environments (both the dilapidated "real-world" locales and their hellish "other-world" mirror images) remains a thrill, even on the small screen. Until heavy hitters such as God of War and Crisis Core hit in 2008, this ranks as the best-looking game on PSP: Evocative lighting effects, impressive cut-scenes, and stylish grain filters set it apart from the pack. 0rigins also deserves...