Thursday is a series where we look back on games from the past in
reviews, retrospectives, and more. We will have something every week for
your retro enjoyment. You may even discover something new to love!]
With our typical Throwback Thursday here at Gamnesia coinciding with Halloween this year, we thought it would be a great idea to do a horror game. And what better horror game to do a retro review of than the fan favorite survival horror classic
Silent Hill 2. The Silent Hill franchise is well known for being one of the most famous survival horror franchises, and Silent Hill 2 is widely regarded as the greatest of all the games in the series. Not only is it simply a good survival horror experience, but it is also praised for embodying that which truly makes a sequel great: being able to use its predecessor's basis as a starting point to form its own identity, as opposed to simply ripping off the original's ideas and being an expansion pack that walks like a sequel.
Silent Hill 2 is lauded by many gamers and critics for being the epitome of Japanese survival horror, and moreover, survival horror games in general. You see, Japanese survival horror tends to take a different approach compared to western survival horror games such as Dead Space, F.E.A.R, and Left 4 Dead. While western developed survival horror games tend to focus more on immediate threats and jump-scares with action-based methods to quickly dispose of enemies, Silent Hill, and Japanese horror in general, is more slow building, creating an air of impending doom, claustrophobia, and slowly encroaching dread. Silent Hill, at least the earlier Japanese-developed ones, never feels the need to jump out and go "boo!" at you. It never has to hide in a cupboard and wait to scare you. No, it's much more subtle than that... much more sinister.
For the full review, jump on inside!