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After receiving a letter from his late wife, from Silent Hill, James Sunderland makes his way to the town in an attempt to find her.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Guy Cihi Guy Cihi ... James Sunderland (voice)
Monica Horgan Monica Horgan ... Mary Shepherd-Sunderland / Maria (voice)
Donna Burke ... Angela Orosco (voice)
David Schaufele David Schaufele ... Eddie Dombrowski (voice)
Jakey Breckenridge Jakey Breckenridge ... Laura (voice)
Dominic Allen Dominic Allen ... Game Show Host (voice)
Dennis Falt Dennis Falt ... Doctor (voice)
Ward Sexton Ward Sexton ... Ernest Baldwin - Restless Dreams version (voice) (as Ward E. Sexton)
Florence Minowa Florence Minowa ... Amy Baldwin - Restless Dreams version (voice)
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Storyline

After receiving a mysterious letter from his late wife, James Sunderland takes a terrifying trip to the small, lakeside town of Silent Hill. Now the question is not what brought him there, the question is will he get out alive? Written by J Hoffman

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Trivia

Received an HD "remaster" on March 20th, 2012 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as part of the Silent Hill HD collection: Silent Hill 2 HD (2012). This version was highly criticized for its poor handling with bugs and glitches not in previous versions along with new voice overs, graphical changes, and creative changes. There is an option to use the original voice overs, but even when this option is selected some of the new voices are still used. See more »

Goofs

The speed limit signs in South Vale are in kilometers per hour. The game takes place in the United States, which uses miles per hour. See more »

Quotes

Mary: In my restless dreams, I see that town... Silent Hill. You promised you'd take me there again some day... but you never did. Well, I'm alone there now^Å in our special place... waiting for you.
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Alternate Versions

The HD version on PS3 & XBox 360 contains the option to either play the game with the new English dub or the original English dub. See more »

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Referenced in Silent Hill (2006) See more »

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Chilling and Beautiful
22 September 2002 | by XploitedyouthSee all my reviews

I always thought that video games were due for some respect as a legitimate art form, but far too many games relish their positions as mindless gorefests. That's why this game is such a breath of fresh air. It combines all the best elements of a video game with the creepy ambiance of films like SEVEN. Even better is that the game gives you characters that are complex and troubled.

You play as James Sunderland. James lost his beloved wife Mary to a strange disease three years ago, and he's been drifting through his life in a deep depression since then. Then, out of the blue, he receives a letter signed by his late wife saying to meet her in the town of Silent Hill, a faorite vacation spot of theirs when they were married and the site of Mary's death. So James travels to the town, to find it devoid of natural human life and engulfed in fog. Something terrible has happened here, and James starts to learn the truth about the town's horribly mutated, monstrous inhabitants.

Few games have made characters seem so real. James doesn't have superpowers, and he isn't trying to survive any longer than it takes to find his wife. He's not searching for treaure, he's searching for a reason to live, and he doesn't necessarily care if he finds it. There are several other mysterious characters inhabiting the town. All have stories to tell, none of which are pretty, and we watch in fascination as various characters fold under the mental strain of the sights they are seeing.

By the end of the game, there are several questions left unanswered, and several new ones are raised. Where did the monster's come from? Where did the strange little girl come from, and how did she survive? And (most interestingly) does this nightmarish Silent Hill actually exist, or is it all a figment of James' twisted imagination?

The game provides some brilliant environments and creature design, some challenging puzzles and creepy, grainy camerawork. It uses these things to grab hold of your emotions and twist them around. Few games have ever been able to capture raw fear, but this one succeeds brilliantly. Most importantly of all, this game makes you think. This is a formula that more games of this genre should follow, if video games ever hope to receive respect as an art form.


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