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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 the truth, unaware that the answers he seeks require the ultimate sacrifice. Check out the PC exclusive features below! [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  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. 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.
  6. It's strong on setup but extraordinarily weak on payoff. [Jan 2003, p.101]
  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 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jun 17, 2011
    10
    Filled with tension, sadness and despair, Silent Hill 2 is a great sequel and one of the most disturbing and scary games you'll ever play. Just wait till you meet Pyramid Head and you'll know what i mean. Expand
  2. 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 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
  3. 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. 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
  4. Dec 9, 2013
    10
    any comment that's new under the sun for silent hill 2? nope. it still is the best psychological adventure thriller out there, that leaves its marks on your psyche and makes you think of itself even years and years later. a true rare gem of a storytelling.. Expand
  5. Aug 1, 2013
    10
    A common Japanese game, which the story and music prevailed other factors. Too bad Team Silent was dismissed, and Silent Hill can never be as good as the first 4 versions. Expand
  6. Feb 26, 2013
    9
    Absolutely awesome game. Great storytelling, nearly unrivaled atmosphere, horrific enemies. This game had me gasping as I turned around more than I care to admit. Loses a point because the controls (even on directional style) are in no way optimized for PC. I found the control scheme extremely aggrevating. This is one area of the game that is showing its age, and for that it loses a couple.

    Modern horror films could learn a lot from SH and SH2 including those lame SH movies. A classic, one of the best games every by many accounts, and definitely the best horror/survival game I have ever played. 9/10
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