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The player is cast in the role of James Sunderland, an at first sight 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.


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.
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 Talking with... err, Maria through the bars.
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 Entering the freezer.
Silent Hill 2 PlayStation 2 There will be a time when you'll have to take care of someone else beside you. A better looking someone else.

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Silent Hill 2 Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "寂静岭2 " -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "SH2" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Jijing Ling 2" -- Chinese title
  • "サイレントヒル2" -- Japanese spelling
  • "사일런트 힐 2" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

A masterpiece and a benchmark for smart, psychological horror. AkibaTechno (254) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Pyramid head Horny-Bullant (59) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Terrifying visuals, eerie sounds and sexual depravity – you’re in for a treat. Rik Hideto (461269) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Survival Horror at its finest... at least, for now... Reborn_Demon (136) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 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

FHM Magazine 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Target Oct 05, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94 (UK) Dec 25, 2001 9 out of 10 90 Nov 30, 2001 90 out of 100 90 Dec 29, 2021 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online Dec 14, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Quebec Gamers Aug 03, 2013 8.9 out of 10 89
games xtreme Nov 27, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85 Nov 22, 2001 83 out of 100 83
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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    • 2001 – Best Movie Trailer of the Year

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MAT (230299) added Silent Hill 2 (PlayStation 2) on Feb 24, 2002