STAFF REVIEW of Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams (Xbox)

Thursday, May 23, 2002.
by Tony Ingrassia

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams Box art If your into the horror genre,this game is very entertaining. Creepy visual effects and sound help draw you into this scin-crawler. Although i know this game is not for everyone, if you enjoy a good scare you will enjoy this game, VERY ENTERTAINING!

Gameplay is pretty basic, you can manuvre in a 2D or 3D mode, straight forward item exchange. The true appeal of this game is that it will scare you. I think Konami went to great lenghts to achieve this. The fog plays tricks on you just like in real life, you may start buy plowing forward, but you will catch yourself slowing down a bit and peaking around corners, very cool! The puzzels are solvable, you can edit the difficulty of the game and puzzles, which is a nice touch to avoid getting frustrated. High rating for creepiness factor alone!

This is were the game shines, it may seem like nothing, but the fog effects make the game what it is...CREEPY! Cut scenes are very nice, no jaggies, pop-up etc... to be found. Charecters are well rendered, and the environment big enough to keep you going. Shadow effects are spectacular!

DON'T TURN OFF THE LIGHTS! My best advice. Ambient sound is fantastic, obscure enough not to notice right away, but when you hear the "White Noise" your heart will pick up the beat a little. Screems,creeking floor,static on a TV,walking through leaves, mud, it's a masterfull job Konami has done.

The control system could be tweaked a bit. A little margin for error would benefit finding and picking up objects.

Overall: 9.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


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