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Creeping its way into the 71 spot…
Creepy mist, strange vistas and demonic twisted creatures, oh my! The Silent Hill series made its fans by giving them a thorough scare, not necessarily by cheap jump scares, but by the setting. All Silent Hill games are set in the fictional town of Silent Hill that was taken over by an unmistakable evil. The town changes itself from the regular world to a dilapidated world reflective of the main character’s psyche. Silent Hill 2 was the pinnacle of this series.
Terror at its finest
Silent Hill 2 starts off with the protagonist, James Sunderland, receiving a letter from his wife that died three years ago. Letters from dead people are never a good thing, and this is a constant reflection through the entire game. You encounter creepy creatures and frightening monsters, but this game isn’t all about combat. Silent Hill’s mastery is the art of the psychological creep factor. From the setting in dilapidated hotels and hospitals to a carnival that is truly terrifying, Konami developed one of the best settings in all of horror games.
The masterful combination of setting, story, and enemies has put Silent Hill 2 at the top of horror games and set the bar for the entire genre. The game wasn’t just about the monsters or setting, it also had some of the best puzzles found in a single game. I remember wracking my brain about how to complete some of the devilishly simple puzzles.
Not all scares are good
While Silent Hill 2 is one of the greatest horror games of all time, it is not without its flaws. Horror games, almost as a rule, use cinematic cameras to get their story across to the player. Silent Hill 2 tried to combine a controlled camera along with cinematic cameras, but unfortunately it turned into a more complicated feature that sometimes made it harder to play the game. The storyline was very in depth and made you really think, but it may have been a little bit too hard to follow along. It could take multiple playthroughs just to get the entire story.
Silent Hill 2 is a phenomenal game that elaborates on a terrifying series and helps to spawn numerous sequels and movies. Few other games have actually frightened me personally like this game. If you are looking for a game to keep you on edge and tell a great story of loss and grief, pick up this title. For all of these reasons The Ultimate Gamer gives Silent Hill 2 a 5 out of 5.