The PSP's first addition to the Silent Hill franchise was almost as disappointing as the fourth and fifth proper instalments to the series and it is only now that Shattered Memories has been released that hints of its former glory are beginning to show once again.
Origins is available from The Game Collection for only £7.99, £2 cheaper than the next best price of £9.95 from My Memory.
The voucher code: STUDENT10% will take the price down to £7.19, making the saving even more.
The game puts you in the shoes of trucker Travis Grady as it attempts to explain the backstory of everyone's favourite holiday destination. Travis has been suffering from recurring nightmares that seem strangely familiar, the secret of which may become clear when his latest job takes a turn for the sinister as he enters the town of Silent Hill.
As usual this addition to the series offers some fantastically crafted puzzles, a tight, tense atmosphere and some predictably perfect sound and music from Akira Yamaoka but it is seriously lacking in real scares. More importantly it is lacking in any sense of originality, relying instead on series staples with nothing new thrown into the mix. The combat is fairly shoddy, as is the camera but it's nice that there's lots of extras and alternate endings to add replay value.
Disappointing as 0rigins may be, at least the rumoured remake of the original Silent Hill, with a deft change of protagonist from Harry Mason to the film's Rose da Silva never saw the light of day.