07.12.04

Review: Silent Hill 2 (PC)

Posted in English, Juegos at 11:59 pm by Rodrigo

There are some things which should have never been made.

Luckily, this is not one of those.

This is the sequel of the game which redefined survival horror games.. at least the couple that existed back then when it appeared.

Welcome to Silent Hill.. again.

“In my restless dreams I see that town, Silent Hill..
You promised you’d take me there again someday, but you never did.
Well, I’m alone there now in our ‘special place’, waiting for you..”

This is how the game starts. You read a recent letter from your wife.. your late wife, which has died three years ago. A very intrigued James Sunderland (that’s you) travels to Silent Hill to find the author of this letter, but he finds something else.. something disturbing and not entirely human.

The game is very disturbing, specially because of one of your enemies, Pyramid Head. This.. creature, is one of the scariest creations in the history of videogames. When you see him for the first time, it’s behind some steel bars, looking at you, not moving. When you pass again by the bars, he’s not there. So you begin to wonder.. is he hunting me? And that’s when the fear begins to build up.

A very dark scenery, nice ambient sounds (sometimes, good music) and some very well designed monsters make this a very exciting experience. The story is quite good, actually, it’s a masterpiece in the world of games. It’s about love. The endings are excellent. I got the ‘Leave’ ending, where you.. well, play the game and you will know.

I cried.

When you’re playing, the story is unravelling before your eyes. There are clues, pieces of the great jigsaw of Silent Hill 2. They tend to appear more to the end of the game, and finally, in a place of great memories, you get a shocking revelation. The story IMHO, is better than the story of the first Silent Hill. It is not related, save by the town which happens to attract the.. unlucky ones.

I played the PC version which graphically is the best of the three versions (PS2, X-Box and PC). It’s a really good port, not requiring a extremely powerful machine, but with very good graphics nonetheless.

The audio is very good. It makes you very uneasy, and some special effects (like the ones in the Prison) are extremely disturbing and scary.

The gameplay is good. Some people complain about the controls, but you can remap all of them, even to a joystick or gamepad (I played using a PS2 gamepad with an USB connector, no force feedback). The menu is very accesible, and it’s easy to find everything you want. The map is nice, and very necessary, specially in some areas like the Labyrinth (amazing, no? :)).

I find this game better than the original. “Silent Hill” is scary, but in a “this is another world” sense. “Silent Hill 2” is very scary, in a “this is my own world, but something is very wrong here” sense. This makes the experience easy to assimilate, and more successful at making you uneasy.

In conclusion, this game is a must. For survival horror fans, and for people in general. It’s a bit short, but this is compensated by a very high replayability (multiple endings, hidden items and weapons, four difficulty levels) and a powerful story (but you must play it almost to the end to grasp all of it).

  • Game: Silent Hill 2
  • Platform: PC
  • Duration: 6 to 10 hours
  • Graphics: 9/10 (very good graphics)
  • Audio: 9/10 (nice audio.. disturbing)
  • Gameplay: 7/10 (some weird cameras, too simple fighting system)
  • Replayability: 10/10 (short games, a lot of options in each one).
  • Story: 10/10 (beautiful)
  • Overall: 9/10 (great game)

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