• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Dec 2, 2002
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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. 90
    If Silent Hill 2 is your first PC horror game, then congrats -- and woe -- to you. Pleasant dreams.
  2. Cheat Code Central
    90
    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. PC Gamer
    62
    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. Computer Gaming World
    40
    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: 52 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. MauricioG.
    Apr 5, 2003
    10
    This one of the best game that i played.
  2. Nov 20, 2020
    10
    PS: This rating is by 2002 standards.

    Story: 10/10 Gameplay: 8/10 Graphics: 8/10 World design / Open World: 10/10 Enjoyability: 10/10
    PS: This rating is by 2002 standards.

    Story: 10/10
    Gameplay: 8/10
    Graphics: 8/10
    World design / Open World: 10/10
    Enjoyability: 10/10
    Conclusion: 10/10
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  3. KingK.
    Jul 19, 2003
    10
    It requires very good video card , sound card, and a very fast CPU if you want to have a really good display and really good 6.1 surround It requires very good video card , sound card, and a very fast CPU if you want to have a really good display and really good 6.1 surround sound. This game is fantastic. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2022
    10
    Story: 100/100
    Gameplay: 90/100
    Graphics: 100/100 Music/Soundtrack: 100/100 Main Character(s): 90/100 Side Characters: 90/100 Regular
    Story: 100/100
    Gameplay: 90/100
    Graphics: 100/100
    Music/Soundtrack: 100/100
    Main Character(s): 90/100
    Side Characters: 90/100
    Regular Enemies: 90/100
    Bosses/Boss fights: 100/100
    World/Level Design: 100/100
    Playability (Bugs and optimization after patches): 100/100
    Would I Play It Again?: Yes
    Where Does It Rank In My Top 500 Video Games of All Time List?: 6

    Rating: 100/100
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  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. Aug 14, 2019
    9
    Silent Hill 2 is a great example of story telling in video games, in how they can reach a kind of hollywood quality.
    The story is more
    Silent Hill 2 is a great example of story telling in video games, in how they can reach a kind of hollywood quality.
    The story is more personal surrounding the inner demons of the main character and how this manifest as monsters to torment him... this is good stuff.
    In graphics it was a huge step from what Team Silent manage to achieve in the first entry, making the scenarios look more real and creepy.
    The sound design still hunts till this day... it's amazing what Akira Yamaoka can do... he is a master!!!
    Monster design creepy and disturbing... and Pyramid head... is a fella you don't want to mess with.
    A lot of people consider the PC version as a bad port, but... it is not. it looks great it plays well without problems... well of course with today's hardware you cannot simply open the game and play it, the game will have problems with CPU's that have more than 4 cores, but it can easily be fixed via task manager.
    This is a great game with the best plot in the whole series.
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  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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