DescriptionThe 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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
- Gameplay feature: Chainsaws
- Gameplay feature: Multiple endings
- Games made into books
- HUDless games
- PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits releases
- Silent Hill series
|Gaming Target||Oct 05, 2001||9.4 out of 10||94|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Dec 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|
|PGNx Media||Aug 28, 2002||9 out of 10||90|
|games xtreme||Nov 27, 2001||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Gamesmania.de||Nov 22, 2001||83 out of 100||83|
|The Video Game Critic||Oct 16, 2004||B+||83|
|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 GamesSilent Hill 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
DemakeIn September 2008 the game was "demade" for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes competition as Soundless Mountain II.
- 2001 – Best Movie Trailer of the Year
Related Web Sites
- Official Site (Official Site)
- Official website (German) (Official website)
- Wikipedia: Silent Hill 2 (Information about Silent Hill 2 at Wikipedia)
- Zarf's Review (A review of Silent Hill 2 by Andrew Plotkin (October, 2001).)