I recently finished a Silent Hill 2 and was somewhat disappointed in it. I had heard for years the it was the best survival horror game to ever be made. Maybe my expectation were to high or maybe I am just getting jaded in my old age, because the game did not live up to that. The game is wicked easy and I finished it in under 8 hours. I give it a 7 because I do understand it's place in history and recognize it's importance in the history of game story telling, but in my opinion it is really starting to show it's age.
At first glance this game is just another survival horror game but when you play it longer then you will realize that this game has subtle differences than say.... a resident evil game. First off this game is no RE4 okay, so don't expect one. This game is more about being scared than action. The controls take some getting used too, but after about 5 minutes of playing around with them you should get the gist. The graphics are surprisingly good for a game that came out in 2001. The sound design is flawless, anytime you start to shrug off the uneasy feeling in the air the sound effects will put you right back through the experiance again. So now when you put the game in you know what to expect. Welcome to silent hill a somber hellish place that has a dark past. Your character (James) Starts out in a bathroom, with a dumb-stuck look on his face. After about an hour or so into the game he starts to question the fact the letter he got is from his wife, (who died 3 years before)really sent him a letter telling him to meet her in their "spiecal place". If you've ever played RE2 then you get the slightest feeling that james resembles leon from RE2. But enough of that. The game has a good story and the presentation is good. However the controlls make moveing around in tight spaces somewhat of a chore. It is easy to say that this game is the best of the series. The music seems to always kick in with creepy sounds when you least expect it keeping you on edge the whole damned experience.
All in all its a great game for fans and other gamers alike. The game really gives you something to appreciate with the attention to detail, and the creepy monsters are just great too.