Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic 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. 84
    A deep, if confusing and somewhat tiresome adventure that's scary in a disturbing, eerie fashion.
  5. Some of the most horrifying and shocking gameplay and movies of any title to date.
  6. Frightening and utterly absorbing in equal measure.
  7. It's strong on setup but extraordinarily weak on payoff. [Jan 2003, p.101]
  8. 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.
  9. The whole thing has a "what the hell is going on here?" sensibility that never lets up, even after the game is over. [Feb 2003, p.70]
  10. Though the visuals have their upsides, the camera is ATROCIOUSLY AWFUL.
  11. 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]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 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!!! Full Review »
  2. 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 asA 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 itsany 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.. Full Review »