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Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

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  • Summary: James Sutherland'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 Sutherland'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 may require the ultimate sacrifice. Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. In a game already so dark and visually menacing, the Xbox gives the phrase "jumping at your own shadow" a whole new shade of meaning.
  2. A level of detail never before seen...This is the gold standard for adventure horror. [Apr 2002, p.62]
  3. It's probably the scariest game of the last ten years, giving a face to the nameless horror that haunts many of our dreams.
  4. It's not particularly gory, but it'll send chills down the most seasoned of horror fans' spines, especially if you play it as it should be played - at night and with the lights out.
  5. Everything – even the most innocuous thing in SH2 is scary. Want to read a note on the wall? It’s written in scratchy, scary letters. Even the doors are scary looking. [Jan 2002, p.92]
  6. Edging out its PS2 brother with enhanced graphics and a new mini-scenario, SH2:RD is the definitive version of Konami’s foggy frightfest. [Jan 2002, p.230]
  7. 59
    The lack of exploration (linear gameplay) and terrible sound effects really plagued the game. I also was not keen on the control and shady camera angles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. NicholasB.
    Mar 1, 2002
    10
    Great Graphics, great story, little disgusting but still great, though not as good as Halo.
  2. RalphG.
    Dec 28, 2001
    10
    I just bought it. It's hellatight!!
  3. Jun 12, 2011
    10
    Just as good as Silent Hill 2 on the PS2, but has a different scenario that is almost imperative to play. "Born from a Wish" is a must playJust as good as Silent Hill 2 on the PS2, but has a different scenario that is almost imperative to play. "Born from a Wish" is a must play and is considerably creepy seeing you have no flashlight or radio (two key tools used to survive in the normal story mode). Makes things interesting. Expand
  4. CosmoG.
    Feb 9, 2002
    9
    Hot Title! Creepy Mood, Check it out!
  5. GrahamM.
    Dec 29, 2002
    9
    This game is great but not as great as the original.
  6. Mar 27, 2012
    8
    This was the first Silent Hill game I had access to, so I snatched up the opportunity. I'm so glad I did. I instantly fell in love with thisThis was the first Silent Hill game I had access to, so I snatched up the opportunity. I'm so glad I did. I instantly fell in love with this game and the franchise after this. The storyline is great and has quite a twist at the end, the monsters were disturbing and unsettling (especially Pyramid Head for some reason), and I just had a blast playing this game. The part that probably scared me the most? Running down the hall with Maria out of the hospital, and Pyramid Head emerges from around the corner. I threw my controller at the screen. I ended up killing Maria accidentally after that... oops. Great game, the atmosphere was even creepier than the first one. Still keeps me up at night sometimes... I feel like Pyramid Head lurks in my closet. Expand
  7. AlexK.
    Jan 23, 2002
    3
    The additional episode actually serves to degrade the value of the game's main story in my mind. By putting players in Maria's The additional episode actually serves to degrade the value of the game's main story in my mind. By putting players in Maria's shoes, she becomes a sympathetic protagonist who exists on her own merits, which eliminates the interpretation that she is a part of James' personal experience in the town. Surprisingly I would recommend that PS2 version over this one. (P.S. The central game is completely intact here and just as good as the PS2 version, which is really good.) Expand

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