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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Survival Horror-Not a shoot em Up For Goodness Sake!
Dont buy this if you are looking for a Resi Evil blast all zombies in sight game. This series is brilliant and SH2 is by far my favourite. The game makes you THINK in terms of the story as the clues are hidden throughout James' quest.It is intenionally circimspect with the clues-no beating you over the head with a sledgehammer- "oh we go this way then..." The endings ARE...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for XBOX 360!!
Probably a great game from what I've heard, but I wouldn't know - it does not work with xbox 360, despite Microsoft claiming its backwards compatible. DO NOT BUY IT FOR 360!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Survival Horror-Not a shoot em Up For Goodness Sake!, 15 April 2005
This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
Dont buy this if you are looking for a Resi Evil blast all zombies in sight game. This series is brilliant and SH2 is by far my favourite. The game makes you THINK in terms of the story as the clues are hidden throughout James' quest.It is intenionally circimspect with the clues-no beating you over the head with a sledgehammer- "oh we go this way then..." The endings ARE worth completing the game over and over for as they give you a unique insight to SH. Admittedly there are a few flaws - such as the translation from Japanese to English is a bit wooden and James can seem to be a bit thick at times..but hey dont complain.
The visuals are superb and the sound...well thats something else- building on the soundtrack from SH1-evocative and scary in equal measures.
The puzzles in hard mode need the grey matter and you dont(thankfully) have to get key from safe to open dungeon for key to door to get key to open the gate to the next level!!!
Compared to some of the rubbish out there this game is streets ahead of the rest.Now I,m off to the pub-if only it wasnt so darn foggy outside.............
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HORROR AT ITS BEST!, 9 Oct 2002
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This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
The story begins with our man James Sunderland venturing back into the spooky town Silent Hill. His late wife Mary who suffered a tragic death three years before beckons him to return by way of a letter. The scene is set.
Firstly on loading you begin in the mens toilets, the cinematic sequences are breathtaking, really showing off what the Xbox is capable of. This heightens the realism no end but the best bits are still to come. Notably graphics and lighting effects, the fog that hangs over the town looks so real you'll be reaching for a cloth to wipe the moisture off your face. The 3D is silky smooth and the controls are childs play. Though to be honest they iniatially looked complicated on opening the box yet came to hand logically and makes the whole experiance all that much better.
The graphics, especially in the buildings brings a sense of death and decay. You can see every tear in the wallpaper, writing scrawled in blood, puzzles to keep you guessing. Though this never becomes tiresome as the whole game just oozes atmosphere.
Another worthy mention is the camara angles. These work superbly, and in most areas if you find James looking directly at you, a quick push of left trigger and you'll return behind him. The system is great and doesn't trip up like other titles have done in the past. Save games come nicely spaced so you won't have to recover ground for hours to get back to where you died.
Is it scary? Does it do what Konami claimed? - The answer to that is - OH YES! Turn off the lights, put the sound up and you'll be jumping at every noise. This is horror gaming at its finest. Forget the static pictures of resident evil, pick up Silent Hill and creep round corners with your heart in your mouth in beautifully rendered 3D.
And if that wasn't all enough, the good people at Konami have added a new bonus scenario for the X-box version.
So if you enjoy watching monsters blood fly, hear their screams in full dolby digital, dodge their acid spray and explore some of the spookiest graphics on a games console, the world of Silent Hill is definetly for you.
Now what are you waiting for? Order your copy today and see the kind of game the Xbox was built for. Won't dissapoint.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT GAME, 29 Oct 2002
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L. Apps "l_apps" (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
Silent Hill 2 is brillaint,if u like Horror, and u play games, just buy this now. This game is the most disturbing game your ever play. I seriously recommend you play this, with lights off, curtains drawn, and wear a set of headfones. This grid locks u into this brillant masterpiece.
When you first play the game, first impressions are, confusion, poor graphics, empty. You start off in a public toilet, and have to make your way to silent hill, in which you have to walk, through a foresty area, where u can barely see 2 metres ahead, because silent hill and the surrounding area, is coated in dense Fog.
Now the Graphics look grainy as some complain, but its supposed to. This doesnt make sense till you progress in buildings and alleys ways, since when you reach the darker sections, even the graphics scare you. Honestly!. Once you reach Silent Hill, its empty, and to begin with you will be a little lost, but once you get going, work out where you should be, things start picking up. What some dont know is you can aactually turn the grainyness off, revealing even BETTER graphics.
The creatures you face, are disturbing and just the thought of seening them alive scares the hell out of you. Id love to meet the person behind them
I seriously recommend this to anyone who wants a scarey, or to be disturbed in a frightning way.
Best game I've played since Buffy the vampire Slayer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, scary, addictive and brilliant, 28 April 2003
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Andre Mountain (Lincoln, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
Having seen numerous positive reviews of this game, I purchased it two months ago and I was not disappointed. The storyline is as follows : you play James Sunderland, who lost his wife Mary to a mysterious disfiguring disease three years ago, and the game starts with a letter that James has received, supposedly from his dead wife, asking him to meet her in a town called Silent Hill. The game involves following clues around various locations and solving puzzles to reach a meeting point with Mary, whilst avoiding / killing zombies and assorted other freaks which are lurking around the streets and buildings of Silent Hill.
So what’s it like then? Well, it’s pretty bloody good. Despite the tricky movement and occasionally obstructive camera angles, Silent Hill is very involving, and not least because half of the time you are trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and the rest of the time you are just plain scared. From the start you begin to piece together a fragmented tale of how this town came to be like it is, and why your dead wife is sending you letters. The music and effects, which are easily amongst the best I have heard, really deepen the gameplay and make this one seriously dark game. If you are playing on a system with surround sound, you WILL need your teddy. Echo and reverb are perfectly proportional to your environment and add to the whole experience - it really does sound and feel like you are there. With some of the rushed efforts that have been released for the Xbox, music and effects are not always top notch, so it is good to see a game where this has been given real attention.
Apart from the movie clips, the graphics aren’t amazing, but they are not so bad as to come anywhere near harming the experience. Objects and environments are a little rough, but this is helped by use of fog, low lighting, and a grainy filter over the top. The gameplay is somewhat linear, but this also does not really detract from the experience - there are plenty of movie clips and events to break up play, and this really keeps things flowing. I can honestly say that I never found this game boring. The bad guys, in the main, are pretty easy to dispatch, although the bosses can be a little tricky and frustrating on the hard difficulty setting. The game has both Action and Puzzle difficulty settings, along with five different endings to locate, so once you have completed the game you will want to pick it up again to find out a little bit more of the story that surrounds the game.
In summary, if you like horror or just like to be scared, you really must own this game, which is widely revered as THE most disturbing game available to date. It’s dark and unnerving, yet rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere-heavy Masterpiece, 27 July 2003
This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
I once spent an hour on a friend's Playstation immersing myself in the original Silent Hill, so I had an idea of what to expect from 'Inner Fears'. Clearly the sequel is many great strides advanced from its forerunner in terms of production, but it is the subtlety and sheer creative brilliance of the storyline which confirm this as the best game I have yet played on any system. The characters are convincing; I became quite attached to Maria, and loathed the objectionable fat kid; although the cut scenes do reveal the hero as somewhat foolhardy, lacking in common sense and on occasion downright rude.
The puzzles are inventive and varied, and the balance of nervous exploration and fighting is about right. What is more, along with 'Project Zero', 'Silent Hill 2' sits at the pinnacle of truly terrifying gameplay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a hidden gem, 2 Dec 2003
This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
This game is great.
It's not that quick and entertaining, although you will feel the shivers soon enough.
There's no point in trying to understand the plot right away. One of the striking things about SH2 is that until the first ending one has hardly any idea of what is going on in Silent Hill and why James actually went back to that town. A few people were disappointed because of this 'forlornness'. But if you start thinking at the end of the game, you might go back to a few interesting places as for instance the historical society, and you will see that the history of the place and James' past have much more in common than is revealed to the eye at first sight. Lovers of subtle horror will find Silent Hill 2 one of the most brilliant games ever written. Enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Teddy�s view of Silent Hill: Inner Fears, 22 Mar 2003
This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
To date there is not a great deal of choice in the Survival Horror genre for the Xbox. Aside from the likes of The Thing and Genma Onimusha, which are both quasi-horror titles based on genre mixes - Silent Hill is the best pure horror title available for the Xbox.
You would be quickly forgiven if you were to state that this title is little more than a straight port of the Play Station 2 title- Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams. The reason being that you would be largely correct in you assumption. The only differences are that the graphics and sound have been tweaked ever so slightly, there are several hidden endings which are not in the previous version and there is a sub-game which you can play once you have thought, hacked and slashed through the main game.
Graphics
AT first glance the game does seem graphically quite dated now, despite the fact that is was not that long ago that the PS2 title was released. The scenery is often dark, and largely devoid of colour and when combined with the extreme misting in the outside environments you really do being to question why the game has been made like this. It is only after a few minutes of wandering blindly through the pea soup fog from hell feeling isolated and horribly claustrophobic, that you realise the genius that is at work! The over-fogging is far too extreme to be anything other than deliberate and the consequent lack of colour adds another level to the total immersion of the whole experience.
Sound
What really makes you feel so very alone vulnerable and blind as a bat though is the sound! If you have Dolby 5.1 linked to your Xbox you are in for a real treat! The use of sound in the game is nothing short of amazing! Like all true horror films it is the sound that really gets the shivers going up your back! Turn the sound off and it seems like nothing more than a stroll through the park (albeit a very foggy, messy park). Turn the sound on and the sound you will remember in this game will haunt you for far longer than the visuals ever will! The majority of the sound is background noise, although there is sometimes music there to add atmosphere. The sounds range from the static white sound from a radio, which it turns out, can some how pick up demons in close proximity, even when you can't see them to the hideous grating of metal on stone! Combined with the debilitating graphics, you quickly find yourself having to rely on your ears to hear your way through the hell that is Silent Hill!
Plot
The plot elements are put together like a murder mystery in which you have to solve the crime. Right from the beginning there is an obvious supernatural element at work as you, in the role of the somewhat "normal" character of James Sutherland set out back to Silent Hill having received a letter from someone claiming to be his dead wife, Mary. It is not long before the classic elements of a horror classic are at work and a series of rather odd characters are introduced - not least Maria, who for some reason looks the spitting image of Mary but for a few cosmetic differences. The plot soon twists and turns its way into the darkness, which turns out to be more a quest for sanity. It is done in such a way that just about everything that seems comparatively nice is eventually revealed to have a putrid underbelly! All the characters, including James himself have a mystery to be solved and a story to be unveiled as the plot progresses. In the end you will find that nothing is how it initially seemed and the mystery of what really happened to Mary is revealed!
I personally felt that the whole package was really aimed more at the die-hard fans of the Silent Hill series than the casual player. The game does hold its own as a standalone title, but it contains more than a few clues and pointers to the first Play Station title. Having played through the game, I personally felt that playing through again in the hope of getting another ending was more than I was I was prepared to do! There is very little scope for deviation off the linear path carved out by the plot, and there are only a hand full of choices to be made in the game which have any effect on which ending you will reach at the game's climax. These choices seem more than a little ambiguous, even with the aid of a walkthrough; without one you would quite literally be groping in the dark! Even the additional mini game, "Born from a wish" in which you assume the role of Maria, seemed like a chore, after I'd battled my way through the very forces of insanity and hell in the main game! It felt like nothing more than a gimmick, bolted to the package as an extra for the sake of an extra!
Despite this the game was certainly a definitive experience, and one which there is nothing else close to on the Xbox. I would say it is certainly worth a play, certainly if you have not played Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams. You will certainly remember the experience even if you will not want to rep
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting. To say the least., 27 Feb 2004
This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
Firstly, this game isn't everyone's cup of tea. Definitely not for the faint hearted either.
How to start... well firstly, the graphics in this game are amazing. Although most of the scenery is not interactive, some serious time and effort has gone into the design, although sometimes can seem repetative in buildings (the flats are an obvious example) nothing is ever the same in any one area. Blood smears, haunting screams, the remnants of someone...
Let's get the gameplay sorted. It handles fairly well, it's not perfect, i'll admit, but the controls allow the player SOME freedom of movement and combat whilst making it as unfrustating as possible so that you can actually focus on the environment.
That's sort of where the main perks of the game lie. The environment is basically a foggy town, you turn up looking for your dead wife... who sent you a letter tellin you to hi-tail it down to Silent Hill for some reason. After ditching your car you end up walking around the town to find its deserted. This is where you find the... to put a better word to it, zombies. They're creepy at first. And they continue to be until they start to really annoy you. Fighting them REALLY isn't much of an option if you ever want to get anywhere. They're just such an annoyance and on the hardest difficulty settings, they are almost invincible. The fog gets annoying after a bit too :/
The downsides to this game are just as important to a buyer, so here they are.
Firstly, this game encourages replay value through multiple endings. It's not much fun to play through again, even though I have achieved two of the endings, the story doesn't change much, if at all. Ultimately you'll play this once, whether you love the game or hate it, the ending is unique. Whatever one you end up with.
The sound effects are fine, very haunting but the voice acting is APPALLING :D. There's no way of saying it kindly, but James really just sounds like he doesn't care. Its very possible all the voice actors in the game are robots as there's just no emotion there at all, and therefore very little desire to connect to the characters.
Lastly this game doesn't encourage much violence. This is either a killer or a plus for you, as most people buy survival horror games to kill. But if you're in the Project Zero (Fatal Frame) catagory of gamer and are willing to try something new, this is the one. Otherwise, buy another Resident Evil ;)
All in all, me and my mate who played it with me decided the game was exceptionally creepy with awesome sound, a lot of dodgy voice acting and an ending that made us think.
Give it a try, you might just get a shock :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for XBOX 360!!, 12 Aug 2011
This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
Probably a great game from what I've heard, but I wouldn't know - it does not work with xbox 360, despite Microsoft claiming its backwards compatible. DO NOT BUY IT FOR 360!
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It does get better!, 6 Oct 2002
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Graham Hodgetts (Brampton, CAMBS. United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Silent Hill 2 - Inner Fears (Video Game)
When you first start playing this game, the first thing that hits you is your immense feeling of disappointment. The graphics are grainy, the controls are shockingly unresponsive and the mist, which has obviously been put in for atmosphere is just plain annoying! But after about an hour of playing the game you adapt to the controls and something seems to click and it makes you keep playing and playing onto the wee hours of the morning.
This game is good, but is by no means a RE: Code Veronica.
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