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Silent Hill 2

Hated by: Xbox 360 Editor Charlie Barratt

Inspiring fear through entertainment is an art. It takes a delicate and masterful storyteller to know when to ratchet tension and when to release it... when to go for unsettling vagueness and when to go for full-on shock value. To truly terrify an audience, you need to strike a careful balance.

Silent Hill 2 fails miserably, and oh-so-painfully, at attempting to reach that middle ground. Actually, scratch that - Silent Hill 2 doesn't even try to reach that middle ground.

It's all build-up and no payoff. You spend at least an hour in the beginning just walking. Walking through a drab, sepia-toned soup that is not only supposed to pass for fog, but is also supposed to be this franchise's defining quality. Later, waste ten minutes of your life descending, on foot, into the underwater prison and your reward is... another endless series of dank hallways and rusty doors that look no different than the last two buildings you rummaged through like a bored vagrant.



Above: That about sums it up, doesn't it?

Know what else, Silent Hill 2? You can concoct as many disturbingly bizarre freaks as you want. You can even put them in nurse's outfits and make them have freaky bathroom sex with Pyramid Head. But unless you give them some kind of psychologically frightening reason for existing, it's... just... not... scary. (See how you like it when we drag everything out?) "It's all in the character's mind" doesn't cut it. In fact, that's a total copout. So is making someone play through this mess multiple times to get a real, mildly comprehensible ending.

If this is the best the genre has to offer, the genre is broken. Survival horror games can and should be better than Silent Hill 2.

"Playing this is like being suffocated slowly - excruciatingly slowly - with a musty old maggot-ridden blanket. By a mannequin. In the fog. Six times over." - Charlie

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6 comments

  • RanTheAwesome - February 19, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    Maybe running over hookers isn't fun to you, because you'd rather sleep with them and have them take all of your hard-earned cash. I personally enjoy running them over/shooting them for my own personal reasons. Once again, the hate for some of these game are weak.
  • CreeplyTuna - October 10, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    i hate gta 4. san andreas is fun
  • Jox - November 21, 2008 11:41 p.m.

    1st one!!!
  • Lrd_Chikn - February 11, 2009 5:18 a.m.

    WTF Donkey country is one of the best games for SNES, its not as good as Mario but its still pretty fun, I still play the gameboy color port
  • dewfish - May 25, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    I never understood the appeal of Grand Theft Auto. Does anybody think this is how real gangsters or mobsters live? I don't care how much Counterstrike, Team fortress 2, and Call of duty I play, I will never know what it's like to be a real soldier. From a gameplay perspective, the GTA series is like those combination printer/fax/copier machines. Good at one thing, mediocre at another, and horrible at the rest. Except GTA doesn't really excel at anything. As a "third person shooter", it is clunky and slow, it's driving dynamics are abysmal, and the storylines are completely uninteresting. It tries to be everything to everyone, and winds up being a huge ball of mediocrity.
  • jackrabbitslims - March 18, 2009 10:13 a.m.

    Wait, No Super Smash Bros? How someone hate GTA:SA but not the button mashing yawn fest that is SSBb Or SSBM. Has anyone noticed how shallow the fighting in the game is? Either way, great article.

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