Silent Hill 2 - for PlayStation 2
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  • There were many times I found myself terrified to go down a long hallway, armed only with a wooden plank, listening to the increasingly loud scramble of static on the radio
  • Even the best ending is not exactly happy as the player uncovers the darker side of James, who they have been playing through as the protagonist

    • by blunderkind
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      The Silent Hill series is a long-running one that spans several consoles, bringing horror to many different gamers. My favorite, though, is Silent Hill 2, which was initially released on the PlayStation 2 (and can be played on compatible PlayStation 3 consoles), and also came out on the XBox. This story follows James, a widower who receives a letter from his dead wife telling him to come to the town of Silent Hill, where they had gone on vacation. James travels to the town and finds horrors awaiting him.

      The Silent Hill series relies heavily on psychological horror. Rather than constantly throwing monsters and zombies at the player, Silent Hill relies on atmosphere to create real fear. Silent Hill 2 uses the radio that


      detects monsters with static. There were many times I found myself terrified to go down a long hallway, armed only with a wooden plank, listening to the increasingly loud scramble of static on the radio. Worst yet, a monster called Pyramid Head, symbolic of the character James’ repressed desires, roams the town, capable of killing with a single swipe of his giant knife.

      There is no normal character in the town of Silent Hill. Even the little girl you encounter along the way seems sinister and will give you a scare. The monsters are horribly mutated - even the dogs. Along the way, the player encounters terrifying words scrawled in graffiti, abandoned vehicles and empty homes, and has to confront some of the scariest

      places. The game takes the player through areas where fear would be common - a hospital and a school are two of the most prominent, though there are other places.

      There are many moments that startled me. Since the game relies heavily on puzzles and secrets, it is vital to explore areas multiple times, meaning many encounters with horrifying monsters. Sometimes I had to put the game aside and take a little break so I could play a little better.

      Depending on a player’s performance, multiple endings are available. There is a secret ending that is hilarious, while there are also a few dark, negative endings. Even the best ending is not exactly “happy” as the player uncovers the darker side of James,


      • Silent Hill 2 - for PlayStation 2
      who they have been playing through as the protagonist. In the end, Silent Hill 2 asserts that nobody is completely pure or good, and this town is the embodiment of this darker side of humanity.

      I loved the graphics. They are very misty and creepy overall, but clear enough to see well. For a PlayStation 2 game, the visual appeal is clear. Sometimes it is a little too dark or misty to see as well as necessary, but that just adds to the horror of the game. The sound adds to the creepy atmosphere - other than some occasional music, most of the background is just eerie silence, punctuated by a random scream or bang. There are footsteps behind the player at points,

      and the game uses technology to project sound around the player, immersing them in the game world. At points, I found myself looking over my shoulder, convinced something was behind me. Lastly, the voice acting is good. Most of the characters over-act and sound a little cheesy, but in a town gone wrong, this should be expected.

      Don’t play Silent Hill 2 if you do not want to be scared. It is a great thrill, but there are likely to be some nightmares that follow it. The replay value is great, and it is worth trying to unlock extra items and endings. I return to this game many times, wishing the game itself was longer, but loving every moment of it.




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