Welcome back to Silent Hill. You remember the place. Deserted, abandoned, covered in a creepy layer of fog. Oh and then there’s that siren warning when all the monsters come out. Man this game is scary in the old school way. No frills or thrills, it just traps you in a haunted town with few weapons and a boatload of monsters.
Silent Hill is known for its cerebral tingle in-your-spine frights. A cat in a closet may be good for a jump or two, but there’s something to be said for a fear that lingers with you. Much like the fog in Silent Hill, the atmosphere is oppressive and omnipresent.
The player is thrust into the role of James Sunderland, a widower who receives a letter from his curiously deceased wife. He is drawn to the quiet town of Silent Hill and the happy fun times start again. The cast of characters this time is a lot more rounded than the first game, including that one hot chick who may or may not be the ghost of your dead wifey.
Aside from the usual Silent Hill camera movement and blocky controls, it’s pretty good. Silent Hill 2 is one of those rare games that get by not on the merits of it’s gameplay (which to be honest is merely average) but by the power of storytelling. This is not a game you have fun playing while still fully aware of the fact that it’s a game, this is a game you play because if you don’t keep running, you’ll be chopped up into dog food.
For the time, the graphics were decent. Once again, being a Silent Hill game, music takes top billing, and the audio here is no exception.
Voice acting is once again awful, but not as bad as in Silent Hill: The Room. Oh dear sweet pie in the sky that one was bad. It’s like being tone deaf but applied to every day speech.
I would like to close out this review with gushing over my favorite game monster of all time: Pyramid Head. A no-nonsense disciplinarian who rapes haunted manikins and makes things die with his big freaking sword. I mean just look at him. Who else can pull off wearing a PYRAMID FOR A HEAD (A simple geometric shape mind you) and make it scary? Add that to the fact that he’s nigh unkillable and that he tries to go pacman on you, and you’ll start having bad dreams too.
Great game.. If you haven’t tried it, go and buy it.