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February 27, 2011

Silent Hill 2 - Director's Cut

Computer game ain't what they were in the past, right? :)

Today I bring forth yet another jewel of the Survival Horror genre.

Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut   - Developer: Konami


It's been almost 10 years of its release. Yet few games of the genre have managed to capture the eearieness found here.

....Mary? Is that you?
You are James Sunderland, a twenty-something fella who drives to Silent Hill with a single purpose in mind: Finding his dead wife Mary. She's been in that state for 10 years, which is why he finds receiving a letter from her rather strange.

This sets the tone for a series of rather disturbing events which unfold in a marvelous way.. hooking you up for hours.
Without giving out too much of the plot, which would honestly be a crime, you can expect to find all those things that make Silent Hill great. Sounds and an ambience that will make you shriek every time you hear a noise; Enemies both beautiful and disgusting to look at, and a fog so thick you'll never see them coming.

Your flashlight will become your new best friend
Something that in my opinion is needed to be emphazised, is just how much you can explore given the hardware limitations. While you will most definitely find 'decoy' doors and the infamous 'broken lock' ones, there's just a whole lot to see and explore. You can sidetrack quite a bit and add a good hour or two of gameplay just by paying attention to all the detail given to the city and going around town looking for ammo lying on the ground.

Cutscenes are to be highlighted too, due to the considerable amount of them available, and the surprisingly good voice acting in general.

The 4 different endings available, and the 'sidestory' event, which tells a story from the perspective of a different character, allows for great replay value and extended gameplay.

One of the only things I found lacking is the camera. It somehow finds a way to lag in certain key moments, or to have you see in the exact opposite direction where you're going; something that will lead to quite a bit of frustration.


Nonetheless, despite these minor issues stated, SH2:DC is a very solid game. One that ought to be experienced by all those who enjoy Survival Horror.

...Scratch that, if you like games, you'll love this.


Rating 9/10

25 Comments:

husar said...

I will buy it, nice post

+ followed:)

Adam Browne said...

The best game in the series, they dont make survival horrors like this anymore. although im told dead space 2 is really good, so i might pick it up and see if can be as good as one of the classics.

wolvz said...

cool review! sh2 is one of my favorite games ever! i agree with your rating. :)

Shockwave said...

As much as I hate horror games I ALWAYS end up buying them. Looks like another title i'll be buying.

PiratesLoveVikings said...

Looks like an awesome game! I love this series.

sildude said...

Great game. I recommend it too.

ed said...

when i was younger these games scared the crap outta me, now its meh

AnonMake said...

This game is scarary :D
Left for dead 2 is the best game ever!
Review!

Kim Anders said...

dont like scary games!

Raini said...

SH2 is a great game. one of my faves

MrFredrik said...

This game guys, I played it once, not playing it twice

Eternal said...

I'd love to pick this game up, but I'm afraid it won't be nearly as awesome as The Room was.

Jcache said...

SH2 is a classic, one of the few horror survival games Ive played that is really unnerving.

Spike said...

the part on the hospital roof nearly killed me.. awesome game

ScottD said...

very cool game one of my favorites

Burger said...

I love scary games!

Gamer_Blake said...

love scary games! following going to follow a gamer like my self, nice review! :)

Grafted said...

I love SH2, definitely one of the best. Great review of it. Following.

GFTM said...

woah, uber creepy. Let alone those stunning graphics!

GremJke said...

The best one!

mac-and-me said...

that game was so awesome i am sad i lost my orginal dvd off it ;_;

rinns said...

I could never play the silent hill games, I remember watching my older brother play them late at night. I remember my chest always feeling really tight. Not so long ago I watched a "Lets play" of SH2 just so I could experience the story and I got that same tight chest feeling through the whole thing.

I can't play horror games .___.

Raini said...

^ Agree

Adventures of Life said...

it was such a good game! following

SKS FKF said...

Great game. I actually loved the camera setup in it, how the camera tends to stay wherever it was when you press the "camera" button. Amazing plot, too

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