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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.

Screenshots

Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 "Making of Silent Hill 2" DVD - main menu
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 Meeting Eddie, not under best circumstances, though.
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 "Making of Silent Hill 2" DVD - motion capture for James and Angela characters on a burning stairwell cutscene
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 Watch who you offend, it is a strange mist circling in this eerie town that affects people's minds, so to say.

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

A masterpiece and a benchmark for smart, psychological horror. AkibaTechno (248) 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. リカルド・フィリペ (49002) 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... MAT (138994) 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

Critic Reviews

Gaming Target Oct 05, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
Game Revolution Oct 01, 2001 A- 91
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dec 25, 2001 9 out of 10 90
IGN Sep 25, 2001 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Nov 30, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Game Over Online Dec 14, 2001 90 out of 100 90
The Video Game Critic Oct 16, 2004 B+ 83
Super Play (Sweden) Oct, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PSM Nov, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2001 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Demake

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

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – Best Movie Trailer of the Year

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MAT (138994) added Silent Hill 2 (PlayStation 2) on Feb 24, 2002