• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 24, 2001
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  • Summary: Players assume the role of James, who receives a cryptic letter from his wife (who has been dead for 3 years) beckoning him to meet her in Silent Hill, a place that holds great meaning for the couple. The mystery of the letter compels him to return to the surreal horror and all-too-realPlayers assume the role of James, who receives a cryptic letter from his wife (who has been dead for 3 years) beckoning him to meet her in Silent Hill, a place that holds great meaning for the couple. The mystery of the letter compels him to return to the surreal horror and all-too-real danger in Silent Hill. Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. While Silent Hill 2 retains the same basic format of the original, the story is decidedly more coherent and the graphics have been upgraded immeasurably.
  2. It uses a combination of sight, sound, imagery and imagination to create the scariest game on any home console. Turn off the lights, grab your controller and enjoy the horror of Silent Hill 2.
  3. 96
    If "Resident Evil" was likened to "Night of the Living Dead," then think of Silent Hill 2 as "Twin Peaks," minus the damn fine coffee, but plus the atmospheric gloom and cast of insane deviants, with the entire mixture then taken out back into the woods, shot, hacked into small chunks, and buried.
  4. With a unique and interesting story, mind-blowing graphics, incredible soundtrack, great gameplay and FIVE endings, it’s hard to find fault with Silent Hill 2.
  5. 85
    Quite simply, mature PS2 owners craving a creepy game that's perfect for playing with the lights out and speakers cranked, pick up a copy of Silent Hill 2 and you will not be disappointed. Clean underwear not included.
  6. Next Generation Magazine
    80
    The action, though, is simply repetitive, as even the most common creatures must be bludgeoned repeatedly to “kill” them (and there are a lot of creatures). [Nov 2001, p.100]
  7. Suffers a bit from being too close to its predecessor in terms of gameplay, but it does manage to scare up enough dread to be a worthy game for fans of the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 259
  1. Mar 12, 2015
    10
    The symbolism alone makes this worth a few replays, not to mention the alternate endings you can unlock. The story is haunting once it comesThe symbolism alone makes this worth a few replays, not to mention the alternate endings you can unlock. The story is haunting once it comes into place, and the atmosphere is immeasurable. One of the best psychological horror games ever, if not the best. Play it with the lights off -- you'll be terrified. Expand
  2. DanielM
    Jan 21, 2010
    10
    In my opinion, this is game of the year, all years. This game, is more then a game. It is so deep that almost every last little detail, from In my opinion, this is game of the year, all years. This game, is more then a game. It is so deep that almost every last little detail, from a wall's wallpaper, to a whisper that's just barely audible, and a radio's seemingly random burst of static, all has a profound and revealing reason to be there. I feel so bad that I read the ending before playing this game. If you plan on buying this game, and this is your first non-spoiler review, please. Do not continue reading reviews, just buy it. Many reviews here have spoilers. I hope they make another Silent Hill as good as this one, and that next time, I can play through it with my knowladge of the plot inexistant. Expand
  3. Nov 9, 2019
    10
    Игра на все времена!Сюжет один из лучших в игровой индустрии!
  4. Feb 27, 2022
    10
    In my restless dreams, I see that town. Silent Hill. You promised me you'd take me there again someday.
    But you never did.
  5. Dec 9, 2019
    10
    Sin duda alguna uno de los mejores juegos de todos los tiempos, un precursor del genero del Survival Horror, Silent hill 2 es y será una obraSin duda alguna uno de los mejores juegos de todos los tiempos, un precursor del genero del Survival Horror, Silent hill 2 es y será una obra maestra.
    El juego nos presenta a James Sunderland, un hombre que que recibe una misteriosa carta de su fallecida esposa pidiéndole que vaya a su reencuentro en una vieja habitación de el hotel en el misterioso pueblo de Silent Hill. Desde la premisa notamos que esta no será una experiencia común y corriente a la que nos tiene acostumbrado muchas otra obras del mismo género.
    La introspección, psicología y personalidad del personaje es la materia prima que la trama y la narrativa utilizarán para contar esta historia, que va más allá de clichés y argumentos simples y que en realidad busca presentarnos una obra madura y llena de referencias al arte del terror y la filosofía humana.
    Hablar de aspectos técnicos termina siendo irrelevante en este juego, pero hay que resaltar el apartado gráfico que exprime al máximo su motor gráfico y en el caso de las consolas las lleva a utilizar todo su potencial.
    Si te interesa conocer más de la saga, este juego es el indicado ya que no guarda relación directa con la historia principal de la saga. Nada más que decir, espero los nuevos jugadores que van en busca de una historia que merezca la pena disfrutar se topen con este juego que no parece haber envejecido a pesar de que ya está cerca de cumplir los 20 años de existencia.
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  6. May 27, 2020
    9
    Una de las mejores experiencias que puedes tener con un control en la mano.
  7. Jan 27, 2021
    0
    ufff que juegazo de 10, tanto en soundtrack como en gameplay graficos e historia

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