Silent Hill 2
By this day and age, I'm pretty sure I don't have to explain why Silent Hill 2 is one of the scariest games ever. The game is FULL of symbolism and a perfect atmosphere that will leave you breathless. Akira Yamaoka did a amazing job on the games soundtrack, and the voice acting is top-notch.
Recommended for dedicated gamers.
First off to explain the title, I started playing horror games after I played dead space so my review is less about how amazing this game is and more of a warning this game is not for everyone some of the puzzles require quite a bit of thinking, never the less that is half the fun, the graphic's were great for its time, but I still feel they could have pushed it a little more like they did with SH:3 and SH:4, that being said if you are looking for a shooter horror game or action horror game, then this is not for you, it is fun in its own unique way because it keeps you on edge and make you keep guessing whats around the corner, It makes you think outside the box and it really pushes you to your limits.
One of the reasons I still own a PS2
I do a majority of my gaming nowadays on my Xbox 360. It's not that I love Microsoft or hate Sony or Nintendo; it just worked out that way. That being said; my PS2 still gets quite a workout: The Shin Megami Tensei RPGs, Xenosaga Trilogy (essentially a whole lot of older RPGs), and the Silent Hill Series.
Silent Hill 2 is similar to the older Resident Evil Games but with more emphasis on the horror aspect and atmosphere and less on the gun-play and fighting. Don't get me wrong: you'll do your share of fighting in Silent Hill 2 but it just doesn't take center stage. Because the whole point of the Silent Hill games IS the plot and story I won't give anything away....You are essentially traveling around a town called Silent Hill trying to find someone that may or may not be alive. The story progresses from there and branches to multiple endings according to your actions (or lack thereof). The graphics are decent for the PS2... the cut scenes are pretty crisp but the game itself is a big grainy.... I actually found this heightened the fright-factor when combined with the fog and dimly-lit areas. The sound is great; music is not constant but used to good effect and the sound effects, which are essential in any good scary game/movie/whatever, are great. The game-play itself isn't the smoothest but it's fine, if a bit clunky, once you get the hang of it. Combat can be a little awkward but I found it reinforces the whole idea that you aren't some commando or ninja or trained solider; you're just "some guy".... so you wouldn't expect your character to be destroying everything left and right with ease. The puzzles are cool.... they can be a little hard at times but there are lots of online tips and FAQs that you can turn to if you get stuck (although I'd strongly consider using that as a last resort..... solving a crazy-hard puzzle and advancing to that next area can be SOOOO gratifying when you've had to struggle with it for a while.
If you enjoy Survival Horror games you'll probably enjoy Silent Hill 2. When i say "Survival Horror", I suppose I mean the older-school definition where the game is very difficult, you have to check every door and every corner of every room to find enough medicine/ammo/equipment to survive, and combat is best avoided where possible. This isn't a "Run and Gun Kill Everything with Hand Grenades" kind of game; it's story intensive, heavy with atmosphere, and relatively thinking-intensive. If you are looking for a laid-back shooter: I'd probably look elsewhere. If you want a tense experience that will test you and give you a few freaky moments (and a cool story), then I'd give Silent Hill 2 a shot. (And hey, if you enjoy it you know you've got a whole catalog of Silent Hills to try)
Waiting for you.....
this game its one of the best games ever made , its creepy and very addictive, you will not regret...
She was always waiting for you...
This is a great silent hill game, an amazing story, freaky atmosphere even though its older its still an amazing game. If you like the silent hill siries go to silent hill wiki it has anything you could ask on there monster charicters anything. but this game was close to the best if not the best silent hill.
Very good definition on SURVIVAL horror.
8.5 out of 10
Time Spent:10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:"Surprisingly good"
A great many thrills and very scary-
Incredible main Antagonist-
Bad acting and wording-
Some of the story comes across very corny-
Maria is as annoying as !@#$...
Silent Hill 2 is a very grim and terrifying game. The story is very interesting and has it's share of surprises. You protagonist is a just an ordinary guy so therefor is no the best at combat. Making the game realistic in that way and gives you a good scenes of vulnerability and makes the game a true 'survival' game. The puzzles you come across are some of my favorite and really make you think.
Your character, James Sunderland, is haunted be a deep guilt. You find out at the end of the game. The creation of this guilt is a horrifying grim reaper known as the Pyramid head by most. This horrifying creature is the embodiment of James' guilt.
As good as the plot is the voice acting and wording is done very poorly and you often can't help but make fun of and laugh at the dialogue. James' voice is also very flat and often a plain mono tone. Not to mention that he is one of Silent Hill's more stupid inhabitants. Mind you he's still a very interesting protagonist.
Along with the bad acting you get a very annoying side character, Maria. What was intended for he was to create a character that would tempt James with a different life in contrast to him trying to find his wife. Think of Spider man and how he is often torn between his life as Spider-Man and his life as Peter Parker with Marry Jane. Sadly Konami only ended making someone who will make you cringe every time she talks. This could of been done well, but sadly did not.
As for game play Silent Hill does very well. The combat is intentionally clunky and difficult. This will often force you to either run or sneak past the various monsters. The difficulty is just right though so you wont be stuck for a ridiculously long time, but still provides a challenge.
There are also a good number of thrills and terrifying moments that will have you on edge through the whole game. The horror is especially focused on the psychological terror/horror. You will often here noises that you will be sure that are a monster that may or may not be there. The environment is also vary horrifying and grim. Though some of the monsters are rather a little bit much to the point you not the scared of them. One looks like a table with feet.
Bottom line Silent Hill is an excellent game and is worth the time and money.
For me, its always like this.
So amazing, fantastic, I belive this is the best story ever told. The best graphics for its time and better graphics than any other game for 5 years. But thats not what is important, there is so much hidden meaning in this game its unbelievable. Play it you'll love the game, and check out online, research on how they made this game, so crazy. What else that is so good about this game is that is so real, meaning every character has their own type of syco logical pain. And is deplicted well, this may not make sense, I can't really explain this game to anyone until they play it, but please do, this game should never be forgotten.
Horror Survival At It's Finest!
Silent Hill 2 is probably one of the bets survival horror
games ever made.
You play as James Sunderland, whose wife Mary has
just died 3 years ago or so it seems. James receives
a letter from his dead wife asking him to meet her in
the sleepy resort town of Silent Hill.
The game plays just like the original Silent Hill
but the graphics and sound are much better and
so is the gameplay.
It is much more scarier and atmospheric as well
esp. when you are exploring abandoned buildings
and Silent Hill outside at nightime.
The enemies are really creepy and scary. There
are items to find throughout the games such as
health drinks, first aid kits, many weapons and
ammo for them as well as melee weapons which
don't require ammo.
The town of Silent Hill has many areas to explore though
on a somewhat liner but thrilling path. Areas include
various outdoor locations, an apartment complex, an
abandoned hospital, Silent Hill Historical Society,
Tulca Prison, The Lakeview Hotel and a few other
locations including nightmare/alternate versions
of said areas and locations. You also have a map
but can only see it if you have access to light or a
James has a flashlight he will get eventually as well
as a radio. The flashlight is good for exploring in dark
places and the radio emits static when enemies are
The Boss fights are not that hard except on hard difficulty
level. On Normal and Easy they are a piece of cake almost.
The storyline has some interesting characters in it but
it is hard for some people to understand and requires
reading some online material from Silent Hill websites
in order to understand.
There are multiple ending for people that play through
the game multiple times in different ways as well as some
bonus weapons like a chainsaw and hyperspray when playing
the game a 2nd time and beyond.
All in all this is a good but short (took me 15 hours to beat
first time through, second and third times and beyond only
6 hours) that is really creepy, scary and has an intense
atmosphere about it.
If you like Silent Hill games or Resident Evil ones even
Alan Wake I recommend this game.
i have been playing playstation games for my WH0LE life and when i waz little i remember my dad playing this game so i found a PERFECT copy of it and started playing it. and it wasn't 2 my taste. i thought it waz going 2 be like resident evil but i was wrong and im not saying "0H I HATE THIS GAME D0N'T BUY IT!!!!!!!! " im just saying that its like a more scary , harder , dumber game then resident evil. and if u r looking 2 buy it then go ahead buy it. and return it if u don't like it. it just wasn't my kind of game. :|
BEST SILENT HILL YET
Silent hill 2 is and forever will be one of the best horror games of all time the story is amazing with huge plots twists a lot of scary encounters the atmosphere was amazing very creepy eerie the music was amazing some were just terrifying others were plesent the game was over all amazing various endings depending on your gameplay best silent hill i have ever played to date