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  • Summary: James Sunderland's life is shattered when his young wife Mary suffers a tragic death. Three years later, a mysterious letter arrives from Mary, beckoning him to return to their sanctuary of memories, the dark realm of Silent Hill. Now James must go back to that special place to uncover theJames Sunderland's life is shattered when his young wife Mary suffers a tragic death. Three years later, a mysterious letter arrives from Mary, beckoning him to return to their sanctuary of memories, the dark realm of Silent Hill. Now James must go back to that special place to uncover the truth, unaware that the answers he seeks require the ultimate sacrifice. Check out the PC exclusive features below! [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. If Silent Hill 2 is your first PC horror game, then congrats -- and woe -- to you. Pleasant dreams.
  2. The creatures are incredible. They look and move like distorted corpses that have been in tragic accidents or have undergone unspeakable experiments. They limp, writhe and undulate their way into our unconscious.
  3. 86
    This is, without a doubt, one of the creepiest, scariest, downright disturbing games I've ever played … and yes, I mean that as a compliment.
  4. Frightening and utterly absorbing in equal measure.
  5. It's strong on setup but extraordinarily weak on payoff. [Jan 2003, p.101]
  6. Though there are a few good scenes--such as the first time you see Pyramid Head--it becomes quickly apparent that there aren't many startling, truly scary moments to support the mood.
  7. With its lackadaisical pace, clumsy action sequences, and surreal atmosphere that's more disjointed than disturbing, Silent Hill 2 is a nightmare, but only to play. [Apr 2003, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. MauricioG.
    Apr 5, 2003
    10
    This one of the best game that i played.
  2. JoelW.
    Mar 2, 2003
    10
    It kick s ass !!! i had wet pants afterwards man, it deserves atleast 9.
  3. Oct 25, 2012
    10
    Silent Hill 2 is literary genius embodied in a video-game. Symbolism plagues the town in this which game takes place, leaving story intenselySilent Hill 2 is literary genius embodied in a video-game. Symbolism plagues the town in this which game takes place, leaving story intensely convoluted and abstract. This in no way impairs the game though, but instead adds to the tension of the situation, And If are able to untangle the complex ideals that this intelligent game offers, you will be rewarded with story that parallels (and in some cases surpasses) a novel. In general, Silent Hill 2 is BADASS!!! Expand
  4. BrianL.
    May 3, 2003
    10
    QUALITY!!!!
  5. WaliLi
    Jan 3, 2004
    10
    Silent hill 2 game is the most frightening game I ever have played. Steve don't know what the hell he's talking about.
  6. Jun 25, 2012
    10
    This is one of the best games ever made. Team Silent did a great job with the first few Silent Hills, and this is the best, in my opinion.This is one of the best games ever made. Team Silent did a great job with the first few Silent Hills, and this is the best, in my opinion. The story and music are amazing, the game play is solid, it's got great atmosphere, and can be really scary. It has also aged pretty well on the PC if you mod it for widescreen support and all that. Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2014
    2
    Silent Hill 2 is a spinoff in the silent hill franchise and ultimately falls short of the magic of the two games it falls between. TheSilent Hill 2 is a spinoff in the silent hill franchise and ultimately falls short of the magic of the two games it falls between. The storyline is a bit dull at times, and clunky controls hold it back. The atmosphere is not scary like Resident Evil or even other games in the series. The PC port performs poorly at times jumping from 60 fps to 30 fps on high end PCs. It's a poor game functionally and it's got the worst story out of the first four games in the series. Expand

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