It’s hard to write a review for a game that you beat 10 years ago and lost the review for, but here I go...
Silent Hill 2 isn’t just a frightening game. Silent Hill 2 is a rarity among games. It is a life-changing event. Allow yourself to get sucked into the game world, and you will take a cerebral, mature, and gut-wrenching trip through a man’s regret, love, loss, anger, fear, and horror.
The “acting” in all the cutscnes is bar-none (I’m sure it looks clunky by today’s standards, but it’s the meaning behind the technology that makes it stand out). The story actually makes sense, unlike most Silent Hill games, and in the end, has true meaning and impact on the main character’s life--and if you’ve let yourself get lost in the game, yours too.
I played this game in one sitting, the night that it came out. A friend watched me play it, and there were times when he and I were holding our hands over our mouths in disbelief at what was happening on screen. There were moments where we wanted to cry. There were real moments of fear, as we turned lights on throughout the whole house just to make it to the bathroom safely. This game can affect you.
Aside from the content of the storyline, the music alone has the power to send shivers up your spine. Akira Yamaoka’s Silent Hill soundtracks are among the best video game soundtracks on Earth.
I would recommend Silent Hill 2 to everybody--even if you don’t like horror games. This game is so much more. It’s smart. It’s brave. It’s emotionally challenging.
And it’s scarier than shit.
Game Title: Silent Hill 2
Platform: PlayStation 2
Genre: Survival Horror
Release Date: 24th Sep 2001