or should I stick with origins?
But anon, Silent Hill Origins shows the real beginning of the franchise. Why play 1 when it's explained better in Origins?
Hell, even the characters that appear in 1 are better acted and showcased in Origins.
SH1 is THE best game in the series, so HELL YES.
Origins, on the other hand, is one of the worst games in the whole series, and a complete lore-rape. Avoid like plague.
Everything in this post is just wrong.
I did. I don't care.
Anyway, in case there's people who've been living under a rock and have NOT yet played SH1-4, you can now play them on your PC:
SH1 NTSC DDL:
SH4 torrent: Kickass torrents
And in case someone's once again new to this PC gaming stuff: Use a program like DaemonTools Lite to mount the ISOs of 2 & 3, and then run their installers like always.
The SH1 is a PS1 rip that you gotta emulate.
The "sh2proxy" fix of SH2 also works as a no-cd crack as well, and is included in the pack.
Origins is pure diarrhea.
SM is OK, maybe the best western SH game, but won't have any impact if you don't finish SH1 first. It is NOT a replacement of SH1, but a totally different game.
here's the recommended emulator settings for SH1. Works great on all other games too.
The plugins used are:
Pete's OpenGL 1.77; has more options & better performance than 2.x versions.
Eternal's SPU Engine.
alternatively just use a software renderer for very 1:1 PS1-like graphics, including 240p only.