*written in 2014.
*I played the original Xbox version. This game was also released on PlayStation 2 and Windows. An updated HD version was later released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
This is my favorite horror video game of all-time. Now it might not be as scary as my first experience playing the original Silent Hill in the dark: alone. However, it captures the beauty and magic of the first game, enhances the graphics and game play and gives the players a better story and more intense situations. In fact, this is the game that launched Pyramid Head (or Red Pyramid, if you prefer) to horror icon status, especially in the gaming world.
I played the Xbox version of this game, which is subtitled Restless Dreams. The reason being, it is an extended version and has a bonus game featuring another character. This smaller game is called Born from a Wish. It ended up being a pretty awesome experience on its own and a game worth reviewing separately at some point.
The situations in Silent Hill 2, mixed with the visuals and scares are enough to have you on edge every second of this game. You are never really sure what is going to happen at any moment. The game makers did a great job of adding a lot of surreal elements and creepy sounds to keep the players disoriented, at least on the first play through.
This is also a game with an insane amount of replay value, as there are a half dozen different endings and the different choices you make throughout the game, effect the overall experience.
This game is still the strongest in the Silent Hill lineage. It is actually pretty close to what I would consider a perfect game, especially for its genre. I have now replayed it enough to know where every scare is but it doesn’t mean that I’m not still a bit freaked out when I have to jump into a big black hole in the ground or walk into a demonic prison.
Despite the fact that it is a thirteen year-old game, it is still quite effective at making the player fearful and nervous. Especially when played alone, late at night, in the dark.
Do not take hallucinogens and then play this thing.