History Videogame / SilentHill2

15th Jun '16 11:07:41 PM SinNanna
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* CentralTheme: Guilt and punishment.
8th Jun '16 8:32:05 PM EricNeoMatrix
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Most fans and critics alike regard ''Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams''[[note]]''Restless Dreams'' is the North American subtitle of the game; ''Inner Fears'' is the European subtitle, and ''Poem of the Last Moment'' is the Japanese subtitle[[/note]], the second game in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' franchise, as the series' apex for its intensely psychological storyline, its handling of metaphors and taboo topics, and the much-improved gameplay. The game also features MultipleEndings based on James' [[KarmaMeter general behavior]] throughout the story (rather than on specific choices at certain junctions). This game is also regularly regarded as one of the greatest games ever made ''period'', let alone in its genre.

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Most fans and critics alike regard ''Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams''[[note]]''Restless Dreams'' is the North American subtitle of the game; ''Inner Fears'' is the European subtitle, and ''Poem of the Last Moment'' is the Japanese subtitle[[/note]], the second game in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' franchise, as not only the series' apex for its of the ''Silent Hill'' series and the greatest horror video game ever made, but also regularly as one of the greatest games ever made ''period''. This is primarily because of it intensely psychological and memorable storyline, its handling of metaphors and taboo topics, and the much-improved gameplay.gameplay compared to the original. The game also features MultipleEndings based on James' [[KarmaMeter general behavior]] throughout the story (rather than on specific choices at certain junctions). This game is also regularly regarded as one of the greatest games ever made ''period'', let alone in its genre.
4th Jun '16 9:48:50 PM nombretomado
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* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The "Born from a Wish" sub-scenario in the PS2's Greatest Hits version, the Xbox version, and the HD re-release, where you play as Maria [[spoiler:just before she meets James out by Toluca Lake]].

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* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The "Born from a Wish" sub-scenario in the PS2's [=PS2=]'s Greatest Hits version, the Xbox version, and the HD re-release, where you play as Maria [[spoiler:just before she meets James out by Toluca Lake]].
29th May '16 6:50:53 PM nombretomado
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** UFO: Another series staple. [[spoiler: Harry from the first game (still looking like he did on the PS1) arrives at the hotel and the two protagonists discuss their motives before James is abducted as well.]]

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** UFO: Another series staple. [[spoiler: Harry from the first game (still looking like he did on the PS1) [=PS1=]) arrives at the hotel and the two protagonists discuss their motives before James is abducted as well.]]



** Harry's cameo in the UFO ending uses the blocky PS1-era graphics.

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** Harry's cameo in the UFO ending uses the blocky PS1-era [=PS1=]-era graphics.
29th Apr '16 3:52:29 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* MercyKill: [[spoiler:James claims that Mary's death was this; his overwhelming guilt after the fact is what sets the events of the game in motion. Whether or not he did it out of mercy is ambiguous - James' admission and reasoning, and whether Mary accepts and forgives or hates him is different in each ending.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler:James claims that Mary's death was this; his overwhelming guilt after the fact is what sets the events of the game in motion. Whether or not he did it out of mercy is ambiguous - -- James' admission and reasoning, and whether Mary accepts and forgives or hates him is different in each ending.]]
* MetaphoricallyTrue: [[spoiler:James' belief that Mary died three years ago (which is eventually proven false) likely stems from a subconscious feeling that the idealized Mary who he loved, was effectively lost to him when she began to mentally and physically deteriorate from her decease. The implication is that Silent Hill latched on to this subconscious feeling and allowed him to believe that is what actually happened.
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5th Apr '16 2:44:17 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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He just has one small problem with the letter: Mary has been dead for years.

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He just has one small problem with the letter: Mary has been dead for three years.
7th Mar '16 1:16:43 AM TARINunit9
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* CastFromHitPoints: The unlockable Hyper Spray will slowly damage James. Luckily it takes about 3 minutes of continuous spraying to kill him from full health.



* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: For whatever reason, the dev team decided to avoid a particular UnwinnableByInsanity moment. If you somehow make it to the final boss (who flies and is thus immune to melee) without any ammo, [[spoiler:[[https://youtu.be/Ud39KTWnguU?t=10m32s it will run a special script, rapidly take damage, and die anyways]]]].



* UnwinnableByInsanity: Averted. If you somehow make it to the final boss (who flies and is thus immune to melee) without any ammo, [[spoiler:[[https://youtu.be/Ud39KTWnguU?t=10m32s it will run a special script, rapidly take damage, and die anyways]]]].
6th Mar '16 10:46:46 AM TARINunit9
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%%All references to the Great Knife trick will remain commented out until we get video proof that overturns this one: https://youtu.be/U81JzUj9i10?t=8m58s


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%%All references to the Great Knife trick will remain commented out until we get video proof that overturns this one: https://youtu.be/U81JzUj9i10?t=8m58s


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%%All references to the Great Knife trick will remain commented out until we get video proof that overturns this one: https://youtu.be/U81JzUj9i10?t=8m58s


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* UnwinnableByInsanity: Averted. If you somehow make it to the final boss (who flies and is thus immune to melee) without any ammo, [[spoiler:[[https://youtu.be/Ud39KTWnguU?t=10m32s it will run a special script, rapidly take damage, and die anyways]]]].
6th Mar '16 10:26:47 AM TARINunit9
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** However, one fun thing to do with the Great Knife: Equip it, turn off your flashlight, and walk around. The monsters will run in fear.

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** %%** However, one fun thing to do with the Great Knife: Equip it, turn off your flashlight, and walk around. The monsters will run in fear.



** You can also make the enemies essentially have one by equipping the Great Knife and turning off the flashlight. The enemies will hear the knife dragging on the ground and ''run like hell''.

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** %%** You can also make the enemies essentially have one by equipping the Great Knife and turning off the flashlight. The enemies will hear the knife dragging on the ground and ''run like hell''.



* SinisterScrapingSound: Pyramid Head scrapes his giant blade along the ground. This works to James' advantage later in the game: if he equips the Great Knife and moves around with the flashlight turned off, monsters will run away from the noise.

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* SinisterScrapingSound: Pyramid Head scrapes his giant blade along the ground. This ground.
%%This
works to James' advantage later in the game: if he equips the Great Knife and moves around with the flashlight turned off, monsters will run away from the noise.
5th Mar '16 7:57:01 PM TARINunit9
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* KarmaMeter: Unlike the rest of the main ''Silent Hill'' series, the ending is determined by an invisible Karma Meter. And unlike most video games, it's not just "good" and "evil": [[spoiler:staying at full health as much as possible gives you "Leave" and "Maria" points. Glancing at Mary's photo periodically and not giving much of a damn about Maria gives you "Leave" ending points. Doing the opposite gives you "Maria" points. Glancing at Angela's Knife and not bothering to stay at good health gives you "In Water" points. Various documents and other items you can examine can give you points on all three meters.]]
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