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Silent Hill 2 (PlayStation 2)

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The player is cast in the role of James Sunderland, on first sight a normal person who got confused, as anyone else would, when he received a letter from his wife asking him to come to Silent Hill, their special place. The only problem is that his wife died three years ago, and has kept the secrets surrounding her death. James decides to honor the letter's request, wondering if this is a sick joke or if there is more to this. As James reaches the outskirts of the town, he finds that the road is blocked, and parks at an abandoned restroom. Little does he realize that this is the first step forward into the mystery of Silent Hill and his own past.

Silent Hill 2 is a survival horror game. The gameplay is similar to that of the first installment. The player navigates James around the town of Silent Hill and collects weapons, health-restoring items, and objects needed to solve puzzles in an unlimited inventory. A radio alerts James when enemies are near. Like the protagonist of the first game, James is not very skillful in combat; he can fight with basic melee weapons or firearms with scarce ammunition. Most of the puzzles are logic-based and are often shaped like riddles, though there are a few simple inventory-based tasks as well.

While the basic concept is the same as in the previous entry, the game is set in a part of town that was unexplored in it, and the weapons and enemies are mostly new as well. Also new is the ability to change the standard "survival horror" (character-dependent) controls into the more widespread, 3D (camera-dependent) navigation. The difficulty level can be adjusted separately for combat and puzzles.

Unlike the North American release, the PAL and Japanese releases have an extra Making of Silent Hill 2 disc featuring various behind-the-scenes materials, interview with developers, Konami game trailers and more.


Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 Real time effects such as lighting, mirroring, fog, and such are really helping increase the ambient.
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 Browsing through your inventory. This is also the screen which shows your health, where you can change ingame options, look at the map,...
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 Row row row your boat far too slowly down the stream. This part in the game is a nice touch, no matter it may become frustrating in certain occasions.
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 After some time of playing, even you will start to question your sanity.

Alternate Titles

  • "寂静岭2 " -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Silent Hill 2 (Special 2 Disc Set)" -- PAL title/release
  • "SH2" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Jijing Ling 2" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Sprayers, four-legs, pyramid heads, nurses... is this a dream? Cor 13 (171997) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
A masterpiece and a benchmark for smart, psychological horror. AkibaTechno (228) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Pyramid head Horny-Bullant (56) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Terrifying visuals, eerie sounds and sexual depravity – you’re in for a treat. りき Hideto (18248) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Survival Horror at its finest... at least, for now... Reborn_Demon (124) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
I wanted this game so much! And now I know why... コナン (85056) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Psychological thrill ride David Bryan (25) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Best eerie-evil blaster since Resident Evil Fos (13) unrated

The Press Says

Gaming Target Oct 05, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
Game Revolution Oct 01, 2001 A- 91 (UK) Dec 25, 2001 9 out of 10 90 Nov 15, 2001 18 out of 20 90
GamePro (US) Sep 24, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
games xtreme Nov 27, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Super Play Oct, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Sep 24, 2001 7.7 out of 10 77
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2001 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

Silent Hill 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


In September 2008 the game was "demade" for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes competition as Soundless Mountain II.


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コナン (85056) added Silent Hill 2 (PlayStation 2) on Feb 24, 2002