Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams
Windows - 2002
Description of Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams Windows
Silent Hill Anecdote #27: We were rummaging around a new and used games/comic shop in Tokyo last summer, one with lots of action figures on display, 'swimsuit' calendars and looping videos featuring the virtual cheesecake of Dead or Alive Volleyball, and a large and somehow arrogant-looking fellow working the counter. You just knew he was a jaded, hardcore gamer nerd, the kind of guy who'd sneer if he caught you playing a demo game on easy. We somehow got talking about the merits of Silent Hill 2. He looked at us, shook his head a little too slowly, and said (in surprisingly perfect and colloquial English): "No. No, I couldn't hang with that game at all." We were a little shocked - enough, in fact, to sort of blurt: "What, are you kidding? You thought it sucked?"
"Oh, no, it was very good." he said. "I just had to stop playing it. It was giving me all these really messed-up dreams."
If you haven't yet played the console versions, here's the setup: Silent Hill 2 puts players in the shoes of James Sunderland, a 30-something man whose life is upended when he receives a letter from his wife Mary, urging him to meet her in the resort town Silent Hill - a place of many memories and emotions shared between the two. The brief, intimate urgency of this reunion-summons would be the stuff of bittersweet love songs if it weren't for one near-unspeakable fact: Mary Sunderland has been dead for three years now, victim to an unspecified wasting affliction which James can only think of as "that damn disease." James is heartsick, and certainly confused, but not completely stupid; at some level, he knows that to believe the letter is a sick folly, to answer it a form of madness. And yet -- torn, desperate and numb -- he makes his way to Silent Hill anyway.
But something has gone eerily and horribly wrong in Silent Hill. The town is deserted (save a scattered handful of troubled people James can encounter). Roads are blocked, surreally shorn off, or in some cases disconnected from reality altogether. More-or-less complete town maps are available -- no minimap though; you must constantly pause and peruse the inventory screens to reorient yourself, but at least James makes handy marks to notate points of interest -- and although many of the town's buildings are simply locked, many others are not.
Silent Hill 2 requires serious exploration, and in fact one building is an entire three-story complex, with individual apartments to check out on each floor. The fog-shrouded streets are alive and crawling with things that aren't, and shouldn't be. The town's pervasive silence is broken only by James' echoing footfalls or the teeth-grating shriek of his malfunctioning pocket radio (which inexplicably blares warning static whenever some monstrosity approaches from the mist); before long, even the player's own sense of time and location begin to misfire, landing James in a bleak and nasty place where the town's dark past begins to bleed through into the canvas of the present.
And we do mean "bleed." They don't call it "survival horror" for nothing, and soon James has two choices: get busy killing or get busy dying. James has, well, Things coming after him - some of them look a little like inside-out dogs and some of them look a bit like wet mannequins with too many legs. But some of them don't look much like anything at all, which can be its own special kind of disturbing. Between the somehow hysterical shriek of James' kaput radio and his attempts to bludgeon, stomp and shotgun things than often cannot even be identified, Silent Hill 2 has a uniquely nightmarish feel.
Gamers spoiled with first-person combat interfaces may find the removed third-person combat "nightmarish" in an entirely different way, but the game's aiming scheme allows James to constantly realign himself with gun drawn to any incoming threat. In the game's Hard puzzle/action modes -- which is the only proper way to play the game -- ammunition is scarce and the rounds you expend early in the game you will sorely miss later on. Happily and logically, Silent Hill 2 seems to hinge on a basic philosophical stance on danger, which we find supremely sound: RUN.
Even with such clear thinking, there will be times when you're cornered and have to fight - but before then, why ask for trouble? True, this approach does make you a sissy... but if the sissy in question is still alive when all the blood dries and the dust settles at the end of the game (and with a few rounds left in the clip to boot), he can make up whole-cloth the saga of Silent Hill any damn way he pleases, can't he? Damn straight.
Unlike Resident Evil, Silent Hill 2's camera is not fixed, and it follows James as he makes his way down Silent Hill's streets or through the interiors of its buildings. The control scheme translates to the PC, but it's not ideal - if you've got a console-style controller for use with your computer, Silent Hill 2 is the place to use it.
Also as with the Xbox version, the PC version allows players to disable the game's noise filter effect from the get-go, instead of forcing the player to beat the game first. It's a coin-toss: With the filter effect off, the game's great visuals become cleaner, more distinct; with the filter enabled, everything in Silent Hill takes on a slightly scratchy, grainy look that adds to the game's already nightmarish feel.
Convenient key-binding saves a lot of repeated trips to game-pause screens for inventory purposes. On the whole, Silent Hill 2 has survived the trip to PC Land in excellent shape. The voice acting in the excellent-looking cinematic bits still often tends toward the wooden and stilted, but it maintains the mood; in other words, there's none of that drama breaking unintentional hilarity that plagued the first Resident Evil. In fact, there just aren't a lot of yucks to go around in Silent Hill; even the game's one moment of definite humor is rather sick and visceral. Again, trust us - you'll know it when you see it.
As an added bonus, albeit a small one, the PC version includes a mini-scenario, separate from the main game, playable as... well, as somebody who's not James. We don't want to ruin any more good bits than a decent review forces us to. It's not a very long addition, but it's a nice touch taken (again) from the Xbox version. In fact, there's really nothing at all new here, except for the fact that PC gamers can finally explore Silent Hill 2. Only SH2's relative lateness and nothing-new status keeps it from getting our highest score.
But don't worry about any of that. You're not here for the humor, or to whine about having a minimap, or to quibble about how a few lines of dialogue could have been improved, or to worry that you have to take an extra second to aim your gun. You're here, presumably, to be creeped out by evocative visuals, very wrong-looking monstrosities, a couple of good old-fashioned cheap-jack scares, and a dark, disturbing, mature story that more sensitive gamers may find themselves reviewing in their heads long after the PC and the lights go off. If Silent Hill 2 is your first PC horror game, then congrats -- and woe -- to you.
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Comments and reviews
trinitylilith 2020-02-16 0 point
please help me.I couldn't do it.
I tried that, but it doesn't
Either save or close the game
Vro 2020-02-07 0 point
Everything works perfect, except it doesn’t save. It says “Save game is damaged”. Does anyone know what to do?
Io 2019-11-03 2 points
After installing WinCDEmu, what do i have to do? I tryed to open CD2 and CD3 but it doesn't work
Pigface 2019-07-12 2 points
Right, I've installedit, started the game, but it just asks for silent hill disc 2? Hmm, any help please?
greenlizard72 2019-06-20 2 points
Can I just burn the iso file to a disk and not have to use nocd or any of the other patches
RETROMOOSE 2019-05-31 5 points
I found a site that has remastered Silent Hill 2 through various mods & fixes. There's an introductory video that walks you through all the fixes and mods and the entire site is devoted to helping you through each installation step by step. This is a community driven project with updates still incoming. Check them out.
Game Fan 2019-04-16 2 points
Works just fine! I'm using WinCDEmu. First of all, open the Disc 1 and install. Then, it will ask to insert the Disc 2. Go the the Disc 2 image, right click on it, and select letter and the unity (for example:(F:)). Do the same with the Disc 3. Then, download the NOCD patch, wich you can find on the site. At last but not least, download the Widescreen fix here: http://thirteenag.github.io/wfp#silenthill
Sister Twi 2019-02-28 23 points
Hello. I ran into 2 problems when trying to install this and I found solutions for both of my problems. I hope these solutions help you guys as well!
Firstly, do not use Daemon tools. I couldn't mount CD2 and CD3 because of this program, so I instead used WinCDEmu ver. 4.1, which works better and can mount both of the discs.
The other problem I ran into was my Setup.exe wasn't launching after I closed out of it once. This is what I did to resolve the issue. I went under Setup.exe Properties, went over to compatibility, selected to run on Windows 98/ Windows Me and checked marked to run as an Administrator. Then it works.
For newbies who need more help for installing...
Mount Disc 1, run the setup.exe
The installation will get around 26% and then asks you to insert Disc 2. Unmount Disc 1 at this time and mount Disc 2 IN THE SAME DRIVE YOU MOUNTED DISC 1. Then once that installation reaches a certain percentage again, it will ask for Disc 3, which you, of course, unmount disc 2 and mount disc 3 on the same drive. Once that is done, it requires you to place disc 1 back in. Unmount disc 3 and mount disc 1 on the same drive. It will ask you if you want to install Direct X update, DO NOT install that update.
Lastly, this PC port is very buggy, so I recommended using the Silent Hill 2 Enchantment fan patch. This fixes everything that is wrong with this port. There is a good YouTube video on how to install it if you need help.
I hope this helps :)
Anonymouslul 2019-02-16 1 point
A few months ago, I was able to install the game, but I had the popular "please insert disc 1" problem. I couldn't find that could fix it. I uninstalled the game. Though now, when I open it, and mount the disc, the autorun application dosen't work now. I have no clue what the hell is happening. I've already tried to redownload the ISOs but it's still the same.
Valencio 2019-02-05 -1 point
Damn guys, using WinISO I can't mount CD2 and CD3 versions :(
Anyone know how to solve this?
Daysgoneby 2019-01-11 2 points
If you are getting the problem where the setup asks for Disk 1 for DirectX and then crashes, you can try doing this. Install the game normally like you usually do. When the setup finishes 100% and the setup asks for Disk 1, go to task manager and kill the process of the setup. This will end the setup but your game that has already been installed will not be deleted.
Hope it helps :)
Confused as hell 2018-12-28 0 point
It won't let me run the game. It says it requires a DirectX update and CD1 and that I don't have either of these things. I really want this game so this just blows tbh.
woowoo 2018-12-04 1 point
So I mounted all the ISO's and installed them (anyone getting "ISO corrupt" just use Daemon to mount). DirX was installed and it's still asking for disk one. Anyone know how to get past that?
Edward Malus 2018-11-28 0 point
I installed Dirext X 8.1. Installation fails at that step every time anyways.
yama 2018-10-25 1 point
If you are installing with daemon tool, after having mounted the first dick you simply have to unmount CD1 and mount CD2, you simply do the same thing with CD3 and the installation should be finished. You also need to make sure to mount on the same drive or else it will not work.
Lost & Confused 2018-10-23 2 points
I'm pretty new to this, so forgive me if I'm missing something obvious, but when I try to install the game it asks me to "please insert Disk 2 with data3.cab" and I have no idea what to do. I've downloaded the patches and I've found the Crack file but I'm not sure what to do with them
helpppp 2018-09-02 1 point
please help me, it keeps telling me to insert disc two and find the pathway but I cant find it, i want this so bad, but im dumb.
DavidCool 2018-08-13 8 points
For anyone having the "Insert CD1" problem. After installing the game open the CD1 folder in there you'll find a "Crack" folder. Copy whats inside the folder into the game directory. After that it should work.
My name jeff 2018-08-01 0 point
I used magic iso to extract the files I suggest that instead of daemon tools
Tal 2018-07-18 1 point
During install it asks for disc 2, I mount disc 2 and it says it can't find the file it's looking for. What's the deal? Anyone had this problem or gotten by it?
someonehere 2018-07-07 0 point
you need install the patches and select the option that install the video archives on the HD, it's working perfect here
Pyramid Head 2018-04-18 9 points
Restless Dreams is what the Director's Cut is called on PC. It contains the additional scenario "Born From A Wish", where you control Maria from the game. Silent Hill 2 is a self-contained story with no connection to the other entries of the series and a very good starting point. Probably the best in the series.
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