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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: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. ArturP.
    Mar 25, 2003
    10
    Very cool. I'm not entered that silenthill2 was in pc CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD OR BUY? im from mexico.
  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 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
  3. BrianL.
    May 3, 2003
    10
    QUALITY!!!!
  4. PauliusP.
    Apr 5, 2003
    10
    This is one of the best game that i ever played. Steve T. is an idiot and/or never played this game.
  5. 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
  6. Nov 28, 2015
    9
    Absolutely unsurpassed atmosphere. The voice acting and gameplay kneecap it a little, but even clunky controls can't stop this from being theAbsolutely unsurpassed atmosphere. The voice acting and gameplay kneecap it a little, but even clunky controls can't stop this from being the best horror game I've played.

    Best played at night in a quiet room, and only consult a guide if you're stuck enough that it's spoiling your fun.
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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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