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SILENT HILL 2 FAQ/WALKTHROUGH SONY PLAYSTATION 2 WRITTEN BY: CVXFREAK COPYRIGHT 2001 BY CVXFREAK VERSION 6.0 Silent Hill 2 is a game that throws people off, especially the puzzles for some reason. But this guide is different from the other ones. It is simple, yet specific and even helpful in other areas of the game, like endings, complete item lists and etc. NOTE: This guide will eventually be converted to cover the XBOX version of the game! So when THAT comes out next month, don't bug me about the XBOX version! Email: [email protected] Please, e-mail me with questions if needed! If you thank me for writing the FAQ, your very welcome! ======== CONTENTS ======== 1. UPDATES 2. CONTROLS AND IMPORTANT OPTIONS 3. STORYLINE 4. CHARACTERS 5. WALKTHROUGH 6. MODES 7. ITEM AND WEAPON LIST 8. MONSTER AND BOSS LIST 9. RANKINGS 10. MEMOS 11. ENDINGS 12. VERSIONS OF SILENT HILL 2 13. MY PERSONAL REVIEW 14. CONCLUSION ========== 1. UPDATES ========== ================ November 2, 2001 ================ UPDATE: Added descriptions for the game's endings, my personal review and have added more strategies for the entire game. The boss FAQS have been improved and hopefully this latest version will rule! =============== October 7, 2001 =============== UPDATE: Finished the game, finished the version of this guide. This guide is now complete, full of information. Not to criticize, but the other guides aren't specific enough and don't have on par item lists- I hope to achieve that! It's been great making this guide and I will give it another update soon! =============== October 1, 2001 =============== UPDATE: Finished walkthrough up to Toluca Prison. Added many more files, thanks to "Rmagri" for them. He is now a co-writer, though he may now know it. Big thanks to him, again! I added a new strategy for fighting the Pyramid Head monster. ================== September 30, 2001 ================== UPDATE: I finished the Normal Hospital Walkthrough. I added some item lists to that section and added a disclaimer at the top. I also added many more memos I found. The projected finish date for this guide is October 10, 2001. ================== September 29, 2001 ================== UPDATE: Made it all the way to the start of Brookhaven Hospital. Also Added Maria's Biography. ================== September 28, 2001 ================== UPDATE: Started guide. It isn't finished, but people ALREADY need help. Ho hum! ================================= 2. CONTROLS AND IMPORTANT OPTIONS ================================= ******** CONTROLS ******** TRIANGE BUTTON: Map X BUTTON: Attack/Confirm/Search SQUARE: Press/Hold to run O BUTTON: Flashlight Control D PAD/L3 STICK: Move character R1: Arm weapon START BUTTON: Item Screen SELECT BUTTON: Pause ***************** IMPORTANT OPTIONS ***************** The Analog Noise Screen is the "grain filter" of the game, causing the blurs of the game to be gone. To get this option, press L1 on the first option screen. The brightness level is for making the game dimmer or brighter, depending on your personal preference. The auto loading of guns is an option, though you might want it off for the challenge. The control type lets you choose whether or not you want to use the standard controls or the controls where you move the direction you push the D-Pad. The subtitles are useful, if you are playing at night and can't hear what they're saying- you can now read what they say! The stereo or mono sound is an option, too. Change your sound preference. ============ 3. STORYLINE ============ In the first Silent Hill, Harry Mason went to the northern area of Silent Hill to go on vacation with his daughter, Cheryl Mason. With a dead wife, Harry only had Cheryl. Upon arrival in SH, a girl in the road causes him to crash his jeep. He wakes and sees Cheryl gone. Harry chases Cheryl through an alleyway and then is "killed" by little zombie children. Harry somehow awakes in a cafe with a cop named Cybil Bennett. She gives Harry a weapon and tries to find a way out of town. Harry searches separately, encountering the girl from the road many times, vanishing before his eyes. It turns dark, light, bloody. The school and hospital he explores experience that. Dahlia Gilespie, a girl Harry meets, feeds him information for the town. Lisa Garland, a nurse and Dr. Michael Kaufmann, a doctor, meet up with Harry. Harry eventually confronts the REAL enemy, Dahlia and figures out his daughter, Cheryl, and Alessa, Dahlia's daughter, share one soul. Cheryl, Harry tells to Cybil after they reunite, that she is adopted. Harry is forced to kill his daughter, but Alessa forks over a new one. Harry, Cybil and the new baby escape, while Lisa and the others aren't so lucky... Harry and Cybil get out and look at the baby at a cemetery. Thus their ordeal ends... Now... James Sunderland receives a letter from his wife, dead for 3 years. Mary. That's her name. James reads the letter... now he travels to Silent Hill to find her, wishfully thinking she is alive. What are his secrets? You'll find out during gameplay... ============= 4. CHARACTERS ============= ================ JAMES SUNDERLAND ================ He is the guy you control. Looks A LOT like Ark Thompson from Resident Evil: Gun Survivor... all the way down to the clothes. He runs slow, but has a very mature ego. His wife died 3 years ago, like Harry's wife. He goes to Silent Hill to find out the truth. ============= ANGELA OROSCO ============= She is looking for her family in SH. She is the first person James meets. Is she really looking for her family? We'll find out. ===== LAURA ===== Jerky little girl! She kicks away an important key during the game, making you do an extra task in the first "building" you explore. How convenient... She's MUCH worse than Cheryl Mason. ===== MARIA ===== She looks and talks like James' wife, Mary. When you meet her, she follows you. You can even shoot her, but the game will end. She has different hair and clothing from Mary, but otherwise she is a carbon copy. Her name is technically the same. Maria means Mary in Spanish. =============== MARY SUNDERLAND =============== This is James' dead wife... dead? She can't POSSIBLY write a letter, unless she somehow obtained a virus from a guy named William Birkin, which makes her have super powers AND revives her death. But I doubt it. What is going on and what is her connection to the cult from Silent Hill 1? ================ EDDIE DONBROWSKI ================ Whose side is this guy on? Well, when I first met him, he was vomiting very badly. He says he never killed anyone, though there is a dead body in his apartment room. Did he? You'll find out. What is he doing in SH? We'll find out. ============== 5. WALKTHROUGH ============== ============= ENTERING TOWN ============= After the scenes, head west from the bathroom. In the car, grab the Silent Hill Map. [NOTE: For the course of the game, maps will be VERY important. Use it when navigating. When I say "head into Sanders Street", use the map to get to it.] Head down a flight of stairs and head across a path. You should see a gate nearby. Head through. Inside the graveyard, you'll see Angela. Talk to her and exit through the gate to the west. Follow the path and you'll be on a road. That road is Sanders Street. Head to Lindsay Street to find blood. Head north on Vachss. There are some Health Drinks on the right side of the street. Grab them... you'll need them, especially on hard mode! Follow Vachss Road. There's a lawn nearby with the first save point of the game. Instead of the notepad from SH1, you get some red slab. There are 2 health drinks nearby... you'll need them. Continue on Vachss Street. At the end is a wooden block in. Climb through and you'll encounter your first monster. Inside, a scene happens. James gets his first weapon... a Wooden Plank! It is effective close-up. Strike the monster and finish it off. The Plank is effective, since the Handgun isn't coming your way for a while. You also get the Radio, which sounds when monsters are nearby. Head back to Lindsay Street. From there, find your way to Saul Street and then to the very top of Martin Street. [NOTE: You can find a trailer at the west end of Saul Street, pointing to the top of Martin Street... it's probably useless, but it has a save point.] Monsters now roam the streets... dodge them since you have a lot of space. On the top is a corpse. On it is a key. It is the Apartment Gate Key. Look at the map to find "WOODSIDE APARTMENTS." To get there, head west on Katz. The gate is nearby. Use the Key you just found to get in. Head to the nearby door. You are in the Woodside Apartment Building. It is MUCH like the Midwich School from the first game. =================== WOODSIDE APARTMENTS =================== Inside the building, grab the Map of Woodside. You'll need it! Grab the Health Drink and save. You can't see the map yet because you need a flashlight. Head up the nearby stairs. Enter through the door to the second floor. Turn right and travel down the hall passed 2 doors into room 205. Inside, explore the human decoy. Grab the Flashlight and a monster attacks. Hurt it with the Plank. Now that you can see the map, we need more weapons, after that weird monster. While the Handgun isn't coming for a while, we stock up on bullets. Run to Room 210, using the map for guidance and killing monsters with the Plank on your way there. Inside the rooms, grab the Handgun Bullets. Now that we have decent stock, head to 3F. There, you'll see a key across a gate. A girl will kick it away. Head to room 301 on 3F. Inside is the Handgun in a cart. [NOTE: The Handgun runs out fast against all the monsters. You might want to stick to the Plank, since we've been doing good with it. But if you are a beginner and are playing on Hard Mode, stay equipped with the Gun.] Go to Room 208 now. Passed it is a gate with a monster. Beyond that gate is something important- a door! Inside 208, a man lies dead. On a shelf is Room 202 Key. Take it to Room 202 on 2F. Inside, head to the kitchen for an important Health Drink. A bedroom with some green stuff and bats has a Clock Key. Take the Clock Key to Room 208 and head into the room near the dead guy. Inside is a clock. Use the Clock Key on the face. Now use the D PAD to turn the keys of the clock. Keep turning it until you hear a click. When it clicked while I was playing, it was a 9:10. It may be random, depending on the riddle difficulty you chose at the start of the game. Now go to the side and try to push the clock. Examine the clock like you would any item and select "yes" when pushing it. It reveals a hole in the wall leading to another apartment. Head out this apartment and save. Outside the room, you are on the other side of the gate near the door leading to Room 208. Head through the door to another flight of stairs. Climb it to 3F. Examine the Map to find out that you can now get to the other side of that gate where that girl kicked the key. Run there. Grab the Fire Escape Key. Head into Room 307. After a scene, grab the Courtyard Key in the closet and exit. Head to the stairs on the east, noted on the map. Head down to the bottom of the stairs to 1F. The door nearby leads to Canned Juice. Grab it. Head back up to 2F by taking the stairs you just went down on. Head up to 3F, down the north stairs, through Room 209, through the room with the clock and dead man and to the laundry area by the stairs you first used to get to 2F. There is a garbage tunnel there. After about 10 minutes of figuring, the realized the heavy thing you needed to drop into there was the Canned Juice you found. Now I ponder... where do we go next? Outside. This took me an hour to find, but outside, near the gate you first entered from, is a garbage dump. Examine it to get an Old Man Coin. Head inside again and to the locked door at the foot of the stairs. Use the Courtyard Key and head out. In this pool area, run down into it and shoot the monsters. Head to the cart in the middle and grab the Snake Coin. Now head to the other door in this courtyard. It is near the one you used to get to this building. Head into Room 101. Inside, is Eddie. After talking to him (It never occurred to me that we had to explore that area, so we couldn't move ahead), leave. Head back through the courtyard and climb to 2F. Head to the left side of the lobby and use the Fire Escape Key to head through. You arrive at another building... another damn apartment building! ===================== BLUE CREEK APARTMENTS ===================== We are in another apartment building, but this one is shorter than Woodside. We are in a bedroom. Run out into the bathroom. AndyRose2000 told me to check in the toilet for a combination. Check it and you get a combination. It might be random. Jot it down, along with arrows' direction. Head into the main area o the same room and you will find a safe. Use the combination from the toilet. When going to a new number, turn the dial in the direction of the arrow after the previous number. Inside are 4 Handgun Bullets. Thanks to AndyRose2000 for this extremely helpful tip. Now we need to head out. Arm the Plank for now. Head out. Outside, find a door under an exit sign. It is a stairway and to James' right is the Blue Creek Map. Use it to follow my next directions. To get back to Woodside Apartments, use Room 203, as hinted in the map. But we don't need to bother with that place anymore, but if you want to ever get back to the areas at the start, that's the path you use. If you want to save, head to Room 105, on the first floor. For another dose of ammo, head to Room 109. Head through the white door in that room and you'll see a scene with Angela. You know have her knife. But it isn't a weapon! I've tried! [NOTE: Rumor has it that examining the Knife may affect the game's ending. I can guess that if you examine the Knife in the item screen, a new ending occurs. I will have to try this out.] Collect the coin nearby. It is the Prisoner Coin. Like the Snake and Old Man Coins you found at Woodside, we are going to need this for a puzzle coming up. Head to Room 105. Look at the little drawer with the 5 circles. The coins you found are needed for it. Since I'm playing on all 3 Riddle Modes, here are my solutions. For the HARD Mode, insert the Old Man in the second slot. Put the Snake in the fourth slot and the Prisoner in the last slot. For the NORMAL Mode, insert the Old Man in the second slot. Put the Prisoner in the middle slot and the Snake in the last slot. For the EASY Mode, insert the Old Man in the first slot. Insert the Snake in the middle slot and the Prisoner in the last slot. The drawer should open, revealing a key called the Lyne House Key. A person named Lyne probably owned this place. The Lyne House Key fits into Room 209, so head there on 2F. Inside, you'll hear someone whisper. But I couldn't hear what he said. If anyone heard, please e-mail me! Anyway, head to Room 208 via the balcony. Inside 208, there is a Save Point. SAVE!!! Then grab the Apartment Stairway Key and the Bullets- you'll need the bullets for your first boss fight! Travel to the north stairs on 2F. Travel across the balcony again to 209 and turn left to the stairs in the northern area. The Key you got should work there. Remember to SAVE!!! Head down to a boss fight! This is fairly hard, so arm the Handgun and have at least 45 Handgun Bullets. ====================== BOSS # 1: PYRAMID HEAD ====================== DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM This is probably the monster President Evil called "Pyramid Head" in his analysis of SH2. Now it's after us! Arm the Handgun and get as far as possible from Pyramid Head. Start shooting it. On Normal and Hard Modes, reload your gun in the menu because James can get hit doing it manually. Believe me, I know! Keep shooting and running passed it. It hits pretty hard. That Knife is the best weapon James can find later and if it is stronger than even the Handgun, imagine the damage it can inflict on James. Although it seems P. Head isn't getting hurt, it is. Just listen to the clank of the bullets. P. Head will eventually go down the stairs. DON'T FOLLOW! I followed him and I got killed. The water will drain and you can now exit the damn place. Exit and you are back outside, on the other side of the blocked area near Woodside Apartments. Another away to defeat him, thanks to someone e-mailing me, which I will post his name soon, is to just dodge him until he leaves the room down the stairs. Some people say it is impossible to hurt him, and it is. BUT the shots make it faster for him to surrender. Which strategy shall YOU use? Experiment and see which one is best for you. I personally would shoot it out! ====================== BOSS # 1: PYRAMID HEAD ====================== ======================================= ROSEWATER PARK AND PATH TO THE HOSPITAL ======================================= We need to get to the park James wanted to go to at the start of the game. Run to Rosewater Park. Use the Map to get there. That bratty little girl who kicked the Fire Escape Key at Woodside Apartments is in a scene. After she leaves, proceed to Rosewater. Run through the park until you see Maria. She will accompany you for now on. According a few people, what you do with her affects the game. Now look for "Pete's Bowl-A-Rama." Head inside. Turn to the door to the left and you'll see Eddie and the girl, named Laura. [Note: if you continue toward the north part of the lake, where SH1 took place, the place will be blocked and a corpse will be there to tell you to go to Pete's Bowling Alley. I directed you to go there directly to avoid a long walk.] Leave the place for now. Talk to Maria and head down the side of Pete's. Turn right and you'll see a gate. Head through and turn left. After a scene with Laura, try opening the nearby door. After another scene, head through the door and up the stairs to the right. Look for the tiled door and head through to a night club room. Head out and turn right. Follow Laura to the hospital. Head inside. =================== BROOKHAVEN HOSPITAL =================== Hospitals... brings back [UN]lovely memories, especially in SH1 and RE3. To the left is a Hospital Map- you'll need it like all the maps thus far. If you want to save, there's a red slab in the Reception Office. Head to the Document Room, via the Reception Room. There's a Purple Bull Key by the typewriter. Read the journal nearby, too. Using the map, find the staircase so we can go to Floor 2. Head inside the Women's Locker Room. Examine the bear for a Bent Needle. The Shotgun is in the nearby locker. Head inside the Men's Locker Room. Inside the Exam Room Key. Go back downstairs and unlock the Examination Room. Head to the Doctor's Lounge for very important Shotgun Shells. Travel to 2F again. Head into Exam Room 3. Grab the First Aid Kit. Check the typewriter for a VERY, VERY important code. JOT IT DOWN ON PAPER, because it is random! Head into the room called M2 and grab the Lapis Eye Key. The Shotgun Shells nearby are a needed item for the boss at the end of this section. Head into M3 for Handgun Bullets and a Health Drink. M6 has Shotgun Shells and a Health Drink. Head to Floor 3. Go to the door leading to the hallway with the "S" Rooms. You need a code. That code is 7335 on Easy and Normal Riddle Modes and 1328 on Hard. To find this out, read a memo in the First Floor Exam Room. Head to Room S3. Maria will leave James' side. There's a key nearby. Grab the Roof Key. Head over to the roof, via the staircase. Use the Roof Key to unlock it. On top is a diary. Read it if you want. [NOTE: I hear the if you read the diary, you get a certain ending. I have not confirmed this, but it seems very likely. Stand around it if you don't want to hear it. Stand for a few moments and then try heading out.] As you head back in, something will be blocking the door. Pyramid Head, from the Blue Creek Apartments, has returned. After a scene, you'll be back on the third floor, in the Special Treatment Room. Down there, head through the door left of the sign. Inside, read the blood-spattered wall. Try to figure out the code. JOT IT DOWN ON THE SAME PAPER AS THE CODE FROM EARLIER! Head to Floor 2 and check on Maria. Then head to the last door in that hall- S14. Inside, is a box that needs 2 codes and 2 keys to open. Use the Lapis Eye Key and Purple Bull Keys to remove the chains. Now enter the code you got from the typewriter on the right padlock. Enter the code you got from the bloody wall on the left and open the case for... HAIR!!! Ew... Anyway, this took me a damn half-hour to figure out, so I had to refer to my BradyGames Guide for this one! Thanks to BradyGames for the tip! Go to the Shower Room and look at the green slimed faucet. Go to the item screen and combine the hair from the bear with the bent needle. To combine, select the hair and then use the "combine." Now select the bent needle and select "use." You should get an elevator key. Use it on the elevator on Floor 3F. Ride it to Floor 1. Head into Room C3 and talk to Laura. After a few scenes, you are in your second boss battle. Arm the Shotgun! ==================== BOSS # 2: MONKEY MEN ==================== DIFFICULTY: Easy I call them monkey men because they hang on ceilings. Aim your Shotgun up and fire a shot from the Shotgun. There are 2 of them, so keep moving and strafing. They can damage, but not VERY much. They'll give you the occasional hit, but it won't be anything a Health Drink can't heal. But be careful... as in all survival horror games, damage adds up (I've died countless times against crows in BioHazard 2!). Keep firing that Shotgun and it'll be your best friend. The Handgun is also effective if you run out of Shotgun Bullets. Compared to Pyramid Head, this guy is a wimp! After the scenes, we arrive in the Evil Brookhaven Hospital! ==================== BOSS # 2: MONKEY MEN ==================== ======================== EVIL BROOKHAVEN HOSPITAL ======================== We are back in the Garden, but now it is EVIL, like the Midwich School from SH1. Move through the double doors. Save and grab the Shotgun Shells. Search Room C2 for a First Aid Kit, which you will definitely need. Head to the elevator. Ride it to Floor 2, 2F. There are nurses and Shotgun Shells on M4. Head into M6 and grab the Dry Cell Battery and the Basement Storeroom Key. [NOTE: Grab the Dry Cell Battery! Your Flashlight will run out in the next sections, and the Dry Cell Battery will refill it!] They are located near some strange color symbol. Grab the memo nearby. There are also Handgun Bullets and a First Aid Spray in there. Return to the elevator and go to 3F. When you emerge, there is a weird door nearby. It needs 2 rings. Didn't the file from the last room talk about a ring? Head to S11 and grab the Handgun Bullets and the AMPOULE! This makes Harry go to green health AND makes him invincible for about 20 seconds! Read the memo nearby. Head to the stairs on 3F by the Storeroom. Descend all the way to the basement level and use the Basement Storeroom Key to open it. Inside, push the shelf nearby. After a scene with Maria, climb down the ladder and grab the Copper Ring. Travel back to 3F. Head down the elevator to 2F. A radio show message comes from James' Radio, the one he found in the Construction Site when that monster first attacked him. Read it closely. Travel to the Day Room on 2F. Open the refrigerator with Maria's help to get the Lead Ring. This next section is optional. Otherwise, travel to the strange door by the elevator on 3F. ****************** TRICK OR TREAT BOX ****************** Here is the sequence box. 1 2 3 01: O O O 02: O O O 03: O O O OK. Now we need to press the right buttons. If you remember from the elevator message, you need the right answers. Well, on the "01" Row, press button 3. Press button 1 on the "02" Row. On the "03" Row, press the 3 button. The box should open, revealing 5 Boxes of Shotgun Shells and 2 Ampoules! Worth the deviating trip! ********************** END TRICK OR TREAT BOX ********************** Now we are back on track. Head to the weird door by 3F's working elevator. Use the Copper and Lead Rings. Head through the door and down the stairs. Down there, there is a long tunnel. Pyramid Head seems to have survived your battle from Blue Creek Apartments, so we need to run! Run down the tunnel as fast as you can. Keep running. If Maria is murdered, the game ends. Keep running until you're at an elevator. After a sad scene, James is at the other section of 1F. Don't be too sad, though. Head into the Director's Room and grab the Hospital Key. Check the map, too. Now we could head out. Exit through the way you came in after seeing Laura. =========================== DARK SOUTH VALE SILENT HILL =========================== Head south on Carroll Street. The travel east on Rendell. Head south on Monson. There are many items on the ground- search for many of them! Head back to Saul Street. Cross the gate. Now run to the trailer you may have gone to before and save there. Now go to Neely's Bar for an important file. Look on the window, passed the comment you saw at the beginning of the game. Head to "Gonzale's Mexican Restaurant" on East South Vale Silent Hill. Head there by going north on Neely's Street, and East on Sanders. Head north Lindsay and grab the Wrench and memo. Now we need to get back to Rosewater Park where we first saw Maria. Go west on Katz, through the gate, near the Woodside Apartments and Blue Creek Apartments you explored at the start of the game. Continue for Rosewater Park. Head through the left entrance of the park and find the statue of a praying woman. Behind the face of it, look for a brown spot and dig there. There is a box in which you will use the Wrench for. Now grab the Old Bronze Key. Head to the Silent Hill Historical Society. Head there, which is west of the Rosewater Park. Enter through the door in the parking lot. Use the Silent Hill Map from the truck in the start of the game to get there. ============================== SILENT HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY ============================== Head into the only open door in this room. Head through the hole in the wall. Keep going down for about 3 minutes until you reach a door. Through it, take the FAK (First Aid Kit). Move to the nearest door for Handgun Bullets. Now head to the far door to continue. There is a hole in this room. Jump down. You end up in a well. Arm the Steel Pipe you found at Texxon Gas Station. Examine every inch of the wall until you find a message saying some of the wall is weaker. When you find that part of the wall, hit it with the Steel Pipe to find a door. Head through are you are in a new section of the sewers from the first Silent Hill. Head to your right to find a blocked door. But near it is another door to head through. At the end of the next room is a hole in the ground. We need to open the hole first. Head through the nearby door. Grab the Spiral-Writing Key. Now the room is filled with Roaches and your Flashlight goes out. The Dry Cell Battery you found way back in the Evil Hospital. Suddenly, the door is locked. Head to the nearby panel. We need to unlock it. Check to see the lighted buttons. This will change, depending on your difficulty level. But you must only press the lighted buttons. Try out all combinations. Eventually, you'll get the code to get out. Head to the bars to the right. Use the Spiral Writing Key. Jump down the hole (again). ============= TOLUCA PRISON ============= We are in a prison beneath the Historical Society. Run to the nearest door. Inside is Eddie. After Eddie leaves, check the room for some items, including a Pig Tablet. Head out and turn left... all the way to the table. There is a map there. Take it! This place can be confusing! Head down to the door to the right. Head into the shower and grab the Seductress Tablet. Use the map to get to the bottom hall of the Toluca Prison. In the bottom hall, head to the only open cellblock for a Wax Doll. Head to the right hall of the Prison now. Head north. Head north to the middle doors of this hall and enter the one to the left. There are VERY important Rifle Shells, since we are getting the most powerful gun, the Hunting Rifle! Head to the northern hallway. To your right, head to the seventh cell block to find the Oppressor Tablet. We have 3 tablets... head to the very large room of this complex. In this yard is an hanging platform with 3 square engravings. Place all 3 Tablets into it and you'll hear a dying man scream. Nothing happens! Argh! Head back through the door you came from... there's a Horseshoe on the door! Grab it! Head to the west corridor. The best way would be to cross the northern hallway back to the west hallway, to unlock some doors. Head to the very top left door of the west hall. Head through this visiting room to the other door. On this new corridor, head to the lowest right room of this hall to get a Lighter. Outside in the hallway, there is a sewer hole. Before opening it, you might want to save in the Boy's Bathroom, nearby. Before going, check on of the doors on the left side of this hallway. Use the map for reference. Inside is the... HUNTING RIFLE! [NOTE: The Hunting Rifle is a tad stronger than the Shotgun, but a little slower. This weapon is only recommended for groups of monsters and single Pyramid Heads if you run into one (which will be very soon, actually). The Shotgun is preferred for the last 2 bosses.] Head back to the sewer hole. Got to the COMBINE option and use it on the Wax Doll. Then select the lighter and use COMBINE again. Then use the Horseshoe and the sewer door should open. Thanks to BradyGames' guide for this tip (since I couldn't figure this one out either:). We aren't out of the prison yet, though. We are in the basement. Head through the only open door. Head through the next rooms until you reach a hole (AGAIN! James' feet will eventually get CRUSHED!). Head into the nearby elevator. Ride it to another room and save, because there is a VERY confusing level next. ========= LABYRINTH ========= I call this place the labyrinth because it is a Greek word for "maze" and believe me, it's more than just a maze! It is also something that constructs itself... if you refer to the map, the maze is building as James moves! Across from the doorway is a ladder that is blocked. Turn left and find a fork in the maze. You should see a nearby ladder you can climb down- climb down. Pyramid Head is here, so if you want to fight, use the Rifle to scare it away. Circle the room until you feel you have made a circle and look at the map. The red shows you've been through that door, so you should head through the other one. Head through. Inside is the Great Knife! It's the Knife that Pyramid Head used when you fought him in the Blue Creek Apartments and when Maria was stabbed. Grab it and 2 ammo boxes. The Great Knife is stronger than the Steel Pipe and Wooden Plank, but a little slower. Head back through the ladder you came from. Using the map you have, head "DOWN" to where a hole has been made. Head down. Now is the time to use that Great Knife. ************ BLOCK PUZZLE ************ Head through the tunnels until you see a block with faces. Here is MY solution, though it may be random, depending on the difficulty level. The cube needs to have red eyes facing right side up. Turn the cube until you see an upside down face with green eyes. The exit will now be open. Head through. Maria is alive! (Weird...). Anyway, she needs to be freed and there's another way inside, passed the bars. Head back to the room with that cube. There is a wire cutter now. OK. Fight your way to the very start of the level, where you entered from the Toluca Prison. Remember the blocked ladder? Cut it with the Wire Cutter and head down the ladder. Head to the first ladder in a tunnel leading right. Climb that ladder. Follow the next few tunnels. There are some dead ends, but they only cause a 10-second devitation. The exits of the tunnels should eventually find you. Climb a few ladders and turn left, since Pyramid Head is nearby. Climb the ladders. Equip the Shotgun now. A boss is coming up! Head down the hallway. =================== BOSS # 3: DOOR BOSS =================== DIFFICULTY: Medium Pop this thing with the Shotgun. Run around this relatively slow boss and pump this thing full of Shells. After 10+ shells, the boss should die. This thing can have a devastating attack if it hits you. It smashes you and can cut your health down pretty low. Be careful, because 3 hits can spell James' doom. But don't worry. The relatively quick Shotgun and the slow boss are a good fit, especially with the Shotgun's sheer power. The Hunting Rifle is also effective. But it is relatively slower and got me killed. DON'T USE IT! You can barely move with it AND it fires slower than the Shotgun. This can be your biggest blunder, so be VERY, VERY careful! =================== BOSS # 3: DOOR BOSS =================== After killing this bastard, Angela does the honor of torturing it after death. Head out after Angela leaves. Head to the first door you see. Read the inscriptions on the bodies. I figured out this puzzle. EASY MODE: The Kidnapper is innocent. NORMAL MODE: The Arsonist is innocent. HARD: The Counterfeiter is innocent. Remember their positions in this room! Head to the next door to the left you see. Inside, depending on your mode, pull the rope that had the inscription of the guy in the previous room. If you read the papers of the hanged men, you'll see you're in a similar room. Pull the rope that had the innocent man and head back to the room with the bodies. The Persecuted Key is there. Grab it and head through the only door you haven't been through in the hall outside. Proceed and you end up in Maria's Cell, but she's now dead. Who did this? Eddie? Angela? Head through the gate. You are in a weird graveyard. Save, grab 3 Shotgun Shell boxes and head down the grave hole. Make sure you have the RIFLE equipped. Down the hole, you must fight yet another boss. =============== BOSS # 4: EDDIE =============== DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM After Eddie stops talking, hit Eddie with the Hunting Rifle twice. One hit from his gun with take you down to the bottom health, so heal with a First Aid Spray or Ampoule. After 3-5 Rifle hits, Eddie heads into the next room. At this time, equip the Shotgun because Eddie will take a few more hits. Follow him and then start shooting after he shuts the hell up. Run around him and fire the Shotgun. Eddie's Pistol can kill James in even just 2 hits. Always use a Health Drink when shot. Run around Eddie. Fire the Shotgun several more times. Eddie will eventually fall. Unlike the fight with Cybil from Silent Hill 1, Eddie can't be saved. =============== BOSS # 4: EDDIE =============== After Eddie dies, exit this weird place. We are out of the Labyrinth! ============== BOAT ADVENTURE ============== James ends up in an area behind the Silent Hill Historical Society he explored just a few minutes ago. Now that we are out of that damn strange level, we still have to get to the Hotel over by the northern area of the lake (By the area where SH1 took place). It's also day time, again, which is good. Save and head down the pier. There is a boat you have to row. On Easy and Normal Mode, head toward the light by simply pressing the D-Pad. Turn right when you get on and run toward the light. On Hard mode, you must use the twin sticks. OK. Start by rotating both sticks right. You should see the light. Now turn the left stick left and the right stick right, both at the same time. You should reach the light in no time. You are now in the hotel. =============== LAVE VIEW HOTEL =============== Climb the stairs and turn left. Look on a fountain for a Little Mermaid Box. Grab it and enter the Hotel. Inside, turn left to get the Hotel Map. Use it to navigate through for the rest of the game. Enter the Lake Shore Restaurant. Investigate the piano and you get a Letter from Laura. Find a table and gather the Fish Key. There are Door Monsters, but they are smaller than the one you saw at the Labyrinth. The Great Knife can do damage. Look for the small set of stairs behind a nearby door. Head down the B1F. look for the Venus Tears Bar. It's locked. But in the nearby elevator, is a Thinner Can. Head up to 1F and to the lobby. Inside, insert the Little Mermaid Music Box in the center stand, on the left slot. Save and head through the door left off the check in desk. Grab the Room 312 Key. Head up the staircase and turn right through the door. Search the Cloak Room. There is a briefcase you should open with the Fish Key. Grab the Room 204 Key. Grab all the other supplies. Head to Room 204. Unlock it and look for an Employee Elevator Key. Head through the hole in the room to the next apartment room. There are photos- use the Thinner to get a code. Use it on the nearby safe. The Cinderella Box is inside, like the Little Mermaid Box from the fountain outside. Head to the staircase and then through the other door. Head through the white door with the Employee Elevator Key. Inside, save and there is a save point. Near the elevator is a cabinet. You MUST store all your items. EVERY LAST ONE. Head to 1F on the elevator. Ride down and grab another map of the hotel, displaying some employee areas. Go to the Pantry Room and collect the Cinderella Box from the shelves. Enter the Office nearby and grab the Video Tape and Can Opener. Find the staircase and head down to B1F. Head to the Boiler Room, avoiding any monsters. Inside, look to your right and grab a key hanging from a rope. Head to the Kitchen now. Inside is a can. Use the Can Opener and grab a Light Bulb. Head through the other door in the kitchen to the Venus Tears Bar. On the bar, near the jukebox, use a Light Bulb on the lamp and exit the room using the Bar Key. You are now back in the hall where you found the Thinner. Head back up to the lobby and head to the center piece where you left the Little Mermaid box. Place the Cinderella Box inside, but we need the last one- it's in the cabinet near the employee elevator. Run back there, gather all your items and head back here. Place the Snow White Box inside. There may be different combinations, so place them all in whatever order. You should get the Hotel Stairway Key. Head to the 2F stairs. On the 3F level, unlock the gate to 3F. Head to Room 312 at last. Inside, view the video tape and talk to Laura. Afterwards, exit the room. Afterwards... some things will have changed... ==================== EVIL LAKE VIEW HOTEL ==================== Now travel to the Reading Room on 2F. Listen to the headphones. [After playing more than once, the headphones have been determined to get you an ending. When I viewed it, I got both the In Water ending and Leave ending. It depends on your other actions.] Head to the elevator (the one NOT used by staff). Head to Room 202 to get warped outside Room 19. From there, run to the elevator. Ride it to B1F. Enter the Venus Tears Bar. In the back of the bar, grab 5 Health Drinks. Run to the kitchen. There are Shotgun and Rifle Shells. You'll need the Shotgun Shells, trust me! Head to the Employee Stairs. After speaking to Angela, exit. When you exit, you aren't in the previous room anymore- you're at the top of the employee stairs! Weird... Head to 1F. The Manager's Office has some Rifle Shells you may need. Head through the other door that's unlocked. Run down the hall, avoiding the monsters underneath. At the end are 9 total save points. SAVE! SAVE!! SAVE!!! Load the Shotgun, since you know have to fight a boss in the lobby. =========================== BOSS # 5: TWO PYRAMID HEADS =========================== DIFFICULTY: FAIRLY HARD This is where your skills as a Silent Hill 2 gamer are tested. This boss is like the one you faced in the Blue Creek Apartments- except there are TWO of them! Also, you MUST shoot them this time, instead of just dodge like in the Blue Creek Apartments and at the labyrinth and hospital. Load the Shotgun. It is faster than the Hunting Rifle, yet slightly weaker than the Hunting Rifle. Which should you choose? Like the battle with Eddie at the Labyrinth, quickness is more than power. If you are slow, the Pyramid Heads will slash you up into pieces. If the shots are powerful, you can squeeze by with one shot before running again. There are 2 different strategies here. One for the Shotgun and one for the Rifle, since different gamers can utilize bth weapons their own way. ================ SHOTGUN STRATEGY ================ Load the Shotgun. Get as far from either one as possible. Then start firing. Fire 2 shots and move around them as they approach. They are slightly slow, yet slightly fast. Shoot them in a 2 shot pattern. You might get hit in the process- use a Health Drink or Ampoule. The Ampoule will protect you from damage for 10 seconds- so this might be the time to equip the Rifle and fire off 5 powerful shots. 19-25 shots should kill them after they stab each other. Pyramid Head's gone now! YAY! Take THAT, punk! [That bastard who killed me twice!] ================ SHOTGUN STRATEGY ================ ************** RIFLE STRATEGY ************** So you like the Rifle better? OK, that's fine. Load your rifle and run to a corner, far from them. Fire one shot. If they are pretty far, shoot again and run. Run far from them, since they are medium distance in moving. Fire one shot or two shots, again. Run to the first corner you were in and repeat. 15-18 shots kill them at long last. =========================== BOSS # 5: TWO PYRAMID HEADS =========================== Run to where the Pyramid Heads are and search them for Scarlet and Rust-Colored Eggs. Head to the nearby doors. Insert the Scarlet Egg to the right door and the Rust Colored Egg on the left door. Head through one of the doors now- it doesn't matter which one. Cross the hallway- if you listen as in stop running... you get a certain ending. If you run through without stopping, you probably will get another ending, based on my experience. Head through the door at the end. At the other side, turn left and head up the long stairs. At the top is the boss............ ***SPOILER ALERT*** (Scroll down... way down!) The boss is... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARY/MARIA! . . . . . . . . . . . ***SPOILER ALERT*** Anyway, you must fight a boss. Arm... whatever you want to arm, because like the last boss, there are 2 strategies to use here. ======================= BOSS # 6: DEMON MONSTER ======================= DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM Compared to Eddie, she's a total wimp. Arm whatever you want. So what should you arm? For the challenge, use the Handgun. For the mid challenge, use the Shotgun. For the real challenge, use the Hunting Rifle. ============ HANDGUN TIPS ============ For the Handgun, you must learn to run, shoot, run and shoot. If you fought Pyramid Head with the Handgun at the Blue Creek Apartment Building, you might know how to do it. Shoot, run, shoot, run is the strategy. Since the gun is quick, 3 shots can be fired before you must run again. Take advantage of the smallness and quickness of this gun. If the boss can never hit you, just pelting it with one bullet before running again can guarantee you a victory. I won't suggest this strategy, but merely if you want the challenge. It's harder than you believe! ********** RIFLE TIPS ********** The Rifle is the strongest and slowest weapon- major sacrifice! Shoot one shot and run. If you're lucky, the bosses' flies won't hit you. Use the strategy from the Pyramid Head fight to beat this boss. ************ SHOTGUN TIPS ************ Use the strategy you used on pyramid Head and Eddie to kill the boss. One last shot once the boss is on the ground will kill this freak. ======================= BOSS # 6: DEMON MONSTER ======================= ******** END GAME ******** You have beaten the damn game already, though it was rather short! Enjoy your ending! ======== 6. MODES ======== There are 4 difficulty modes in Silent Hill 2. They are Hard, Normal, Easy and Beginner. The hardest difficulty is well, hard. Middle difficulty ranges in the normal zone. Easy, is well, easy! Beginner is an easy version of easy! If you played SH1, Normal or Easy is the best way to start. If you never played SH1 at all, beginner is the way to go. Hard is for veterans on the go. Here is a lowdown of the major modes. ==== HARD ==== -Enemies can take more shots. -James trips once in a while (goof!) -Enemies revive faster and move faster. -James has low health. ====== NORMAL ====== -Enemies can take some ammo. -James rarely trips. -Enemies don't revive often. -James has fragile health. ==== EASY ==== -Enemies can take little ammo. -James never trips. -Enemies never revive. -James has great health. ======== BEGINNER ======== -Enemies can take VERY little ammo. -James never trips. -Enemies never revive. -James has strong health. ============ RIDDLE MODES ============ =========== EASY RIDDLE =========== Some of the puzzles are MUCH easier to solve. The decisions are a little more obvious with the files around and don't really involve any thinking. ============= NORMAL RIDDLE ============= Some of the puzzles are a little easier to solve. The decisions are a little less obvious even with the files around and don't really involve THAT MUCH thinking, though might be some behind it. =========== HARD RIDDLE =========== Some of the puzzles are much harder to solve. The decisions are not very obvious even with the files around and they really involve THAT MUCH thinking. ======================= 7. ITEM AND WEAPON LIST ======================= These are the items I found so far. I haven't finished the game yet, you know, so not all of them will be on. ********************************* EAST SOUTH VALE SILENT HILL ITEMS ********************************* ================== APARTMENT GATE KEY ================== Where: Corpse on Martin Street. Used: Woodside Apartments Gate. =============== FIRST AID SPRAY =============== Where: Many places. Used: To give James full recovery health. ============= HEALTH DRINKS ============= Where: Many places. Used: To give James small health recovery. =============== HANDGUN BULLETS =============== Where: Many places. Used: bullets for Handgun. ============ WOODEN PLANK ============ Where: Construction Zone. Used: To kill monsters. ===== RADIO ===== Where: Construction Zone. Used: To tell when monsters are near. =============== SILENT HILL MAP =============== Where: Path Used: To navigate Silent Hill. ******************* WOODSIDE APARTMENTS ******************* =============== FIRE ESCAPE KEY =============== Where: 3F. Used: To open door on 2F. ============= COURTYARD KEY ============= Where: 3F. Used: To open 1F door. ============= HEALTH DRINKS ============= Where: Many places. Used: To give James small health recovery. ========== FLASHLIGHT ========== Where: 2F. Used: To light dark areas. ============= FIRST AID KIT ============= Where: many places. Used: To give James full health recovery. =============== HANDGUN BULLETS =============== Where: Many places. Used: Handgun Ammo. ======= HANDGUN ======= Where: 2F. Used: To kill monsters. ========= CLOCK KEY ========= Where: 3F. Used: 2F Clock. ============ ROOM 202 KEY ============ Where: Room 208, 2F. Used: Room 202, 2F. ============ OLD MAN COIN ============ Where: Garbage Dump. Used: Opens drawer at Blue Creek. ========== SNAKE COIN ========== Where: Courtyard, 1F. Used: Opens drawer at Blue Creek. ********************* BLUE CREEK APARTMENTS ********************* ===== KNIFE ===== Where: Angela Room, 1F. Used: None. ============= PRISONER COIN ============= Where: Angela Room, 1F. Used: Opens drawer at Blue Creek. ============== LYNE HOUSE KEY ============== Where: Room 105. Used: To open room 209. ====================== APARTMENT STAIRWAY KEY ====================== Where: Room 208. Used: Apartment Stairway, 2F. ************************** WEST SOUTHVALE SILENT HILL ************************** ========== STEEL PIPE ========== Where: Texxon Gas Station. Used: To kill monsters. ******************* BROOKHAVEN HOSPITAL ******************* =============== PURPLE BULL KEY =============== Where: Document Room, 1F. Used: Louise Box, 2F, Room S14. ============= EXAM ROOM KEY ============= Where: Men's Locker Room, 2F. Used: Exam Room, 1F. =========== BENT NEEDLE =========== Where: Women's Locker Room. Used: Shower Room, 2F. ======= SHOTGUN ======= Where: Women's Locker Room. Used: To kill monsters. ============= LAPIS EYE KEY ============= Where: Room M3, 3F. Used: Louise Box. ============== SHOTGUN SHELLS ============== Where: Many places. Used: Ammo for Shotgun. ======== ROOF KEY ======== Where: Room S3. Used: Roof Door. ==== HAIR ==== Where: Louise Box, 2F. Used: To get Elevator Key. ============ ELEVATOR KEY ============ Where: Shower Room. Used: On 3F Elevator. ************************ DARK BROOKHAVEN HOSPITAL ************************ ======= AMPOULE ======= Where: Many places. Used: To cure and makes James invincible. ================ DRY CELL BATTERY ================ Where: Room M6. Used: Flashlight. ====================== BASEMENT STOREROOM KEY ====================== Where: Room M6. Used: Basement Room Door. =========== COPPER RING =========== Where: Basement's Basement. Used: To open strange door. ========= LEAD RING ========= Where: 2F Fridge. Used: To open strange door. ================== HOSPITAL LOBBY KEY ================== Where: Director's Room, 1F. Used: To unlock nightmare hospital entrance. *************************** EVIL SOUTH VALE SILENT HILL *************************** ====== WRENCH ====== Where: Gonzale's Mexican Restaurant. Used: To open box at Rosewater Park revisit. ============== OLD BRONZE KEY ============== Where: Rosewater Park Revisit. Used: To unlock Silent Hill Historical Society. ****************************** SILENT HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY ****************************** ================== SPIRAL WRITING KEY ================== Where: Roach Room. Used: To open hole bars. ************* TOLUCA PRISON ************* ========== PIG TABLET ========== Where: Room with Eddie. Used: To get Horseshoe. ================= SEDUCTRESS TABLET ================= Where: Bathroom. Used: To get Horseshoe. ================ OPPRESSOR TABLET ================ Where: Cellblock. Used: To get Horseshoe. ======== WAX DOLL ======== Where: Cellblock. Used: To open Labyrinth Entrance. ========= HORSESHOE ========= Where: Yard. Used: To open Labyrinth Entrance. ============= HUNTING RIFLE ============= Where: Office. Used: To kill monsters. ======= LIGHTER ======= Where: Visiting Room. Used: To open Labyrinth Entrance. ************* THE LABYRINTH ************* =========== GREAT KNIFE =========== Where: Basement Circle Room. Used: To kill monsters. =========== WIRE CUTTER =========== Where: Face Cube Room. Used: To cut wire. *************** LAKE VIEW HOTEL *************** ================== LITTLE MERMAID BOX ================== Where: Outside fountain. Used: To get Hotel Stairway Key. ======== FISH KEY ======== Where: Hotel Restaurant. Used: To open case. ============= PAINT THINNER ============= Where: Elevator Basement. Used: To clear picture. ======= 312 KEY ======= Where: Check in desk. Used: To open Room 312. ======= 204 KEY ======= Where: Briefcase. Used: To open Room 204. ===================== EMPLOYEE ELEVATOR KEY ===================== Where: Room 204. Used: To open elevator in employee room. ============== CINDERELLA BOX ============== Where: Room 204. Used: To get Hotel Key. ============== SNOW WHITE KEY ============== Where: Basement. Used: To get key. ==== TAPE ==== Where: Office Basement. Used: To view important scene. ========== CAN OPENER ========== Where: Office Basement. Used: To get light bulb. ======= BAR KEY ======= Where: Boiler Room. Used: To get out of Venus Bar ========= LIGHTBULB ========= Where: Kitchen. Used: To light lamp. ================== HOTEL STAIRWAY KEY ================== Where: Lobby. Used: To access 3F. ******************** EVIL LAKE VIEW HOTEL ******************** =========== SCARLET EGG =========== Where: Pyramid Head Room. Used: To unlock door. ================ RUST-COLORED EGG ================ Where: Pyramid Head Room. Used: To unlock door. Those are all the items I have found and those might be it. There may be more items after beating the game once, like the first Silent Hill. ======================== 8. MONSTER AND BOSS LIST ======================== =============== HEADLESS ZOMBIE =============== Damage: Light Recommended Weapon: Plank. These are the most abundant monsters in the game. They take some plank shots, but only a few Handgun Shots. ============== FACELESS NURSE ============== Damage: Medium Recommended Weapon: Pipe. These girls are abundant in the hospitals. They wield some melee weapons and are somewhat dangerous. Hit them with the pipe or shoot them with the Pistol. =========== DOOR DEMONS =========== Damage: Medium. Recommended Weapon: Shotgun. These guys appear at the end of the game. They deal some damage, so kill them with the Shotgun before they can deal any real damage. Health Drinks can cover their damage. 3 monsters only? Well, the rest are bosses. ====================== BOSS # 1: PYRAMID HEAD ====================== DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM This is probably the monster President Evil called "Pyramid Head" in his analysis of SH2. Now it's after us! Arm the Handgun and get as far as possible from Pyramid Head. Start shooting it. On Normal and Hard Modes, reload your gun in the menu because James can get hit doing it manually. Believe me, I know! Keep shooting and running passed it. It hits pretty hard. That Knife is the best weapon James can find later and if it is stronger than even the Handgun, imagine the damage it can inflict on James. Although it seems P. Head isn't getting hurt, it is. Just listen to the clank of the bullets. P. Head will eventually go down the stairs. DON'T FOLLOW! I followed him and I got killed. The water will drain and you can now exit the damn place. Exit and you are back outside, on the other side of the blocked area near Woodside Apartments. Another away to defeat him, thanks to someone e-mailing me, which I will post his name soon, is to just dodge him until he leaves the room down the stairs. Some people say it is impossible to hurt him, and it is. BUT the shots make it faster for him to surrender. ====================== BOSS # 1: PYRAMID HEAD ====================== ==================== BOSS # 2: MONKEY MEN ==================== DIFFICULTY: Easy I call them monkey men because they hang on ceilings. Aim your Shotgun up and fire a shot from the Shotgun. There are 2 of them, so keep moving and strafing. They can damage, but not VERY much. They'll give you the occasional hit, but it won't be anything a Health Drink can't heal. But be careful... as in all survival horror games, damage adds up (I've died countless times against crows in BioHazard 2!). Keep firing that Shotgun and it'll be your best friend. The Handgun is also effective if you run out of Shotgun Bullets. After the scenes, we arrive in the Evil Brookhaven Hospital! ==================== BOSS # 2: MONKEY MEN ==================== =================== BOSS # 3: DOOR BOSS =================== DIFFICULTY: Medium Pop this thing with the Shotgun. Run around this relatively slow boss and pump this thing full of Shells. After 10+ shells, the boss should die. This thing can have a devastating attack if it hits you. It smashes you and can cut your health down pretty low. Be careful, because 3 hits can spell James' doom. But don't worry. The relatively quick Shotgun and the slow boss are a good fit, especially with the Shotgun's sheer power. The Hunting Rifle is also effective. But it is relatively slower and got me killed. DON'T USE IT! You can barely move with it AND it fires slower than the Shotgun. This can be your biggest blunder, so be VERY, VERY careful! =================== BOSS # 3: DOOR BOSS =================== =============== BOSS # 4: EDDIE =============== DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM After Eddie stops talking, hit Eddie with the Hunting Rifle twice. One hit from his gun with take you down to the bottom health, so heal with a First Aid Spray or Ampoule. After 3-5 Rifle hits, Eddie heads into the next room. At this time, equip the Shotgun because Eddie will take a few more hits. Follow him and then start shooting after he shuts the hell up. Run around him and fire the Shotgun. Eddie's Pistol can kill James in even just 2 hits. Always use a Health Drink when shot. Run around Eddie. Fire the Shotgun several more times. Eddie will eventually fall. Unlike the fight with Cybil from Silent Hill 1, Eddie can't be saved. =============== BOSS # 4: EDDIE =============== =========================== BOSS # 5: TWO PYRAMID HEADS =========================== DIFFICULTY: FAIRLY HARD This is where your skills as a Silent Hill 2 gamer are tested. This boss is like the one you faced in the Blue Creek Apartments- except there are TWO of them! Also, you MUST shoot them this time, instead of just dodge like in the Blue Creek Apartments and at the labyrinth and hospital. Load the Shotgun. It is faster than the Hunting Rifle, yet slightly weaker than the Hunting Rifle. Which should you choose? Like the battle with Eddie at the Labyrinth, quickness is more than power. If you are slow, the Pyramid Heads will slash you up into pieces. If the shots are powerful, you can squeeze by with one shot before running again. There are 2 different strategies here. One for the Shotgun and one for the Rifle, since different gamers can utilize bth weapons their own way. ================ SHOTGUN STRATEGY ================ Load the Shotgun. Get as far from either one as possible. Then start firing. Fire 2 shots and move around them as they approach. They are slightly slow, yet slightly fast. Shoot them in a 2 shot pattern. You might get hit in the process- use a Health Drink or Ampoule. The Ampoule will protect you from damage for 10 seconds- so this might be the time to equip the Rifle and fire off 5 powerful shots. 19-25 shots should kill them after they stab each other. Pyramid Head's gone now! YAY! Take THAT, punk! [That bastard who killed me twice!] ================ SHOTGUN STRATEGY ================ ************** RIFLE STRATEGY ************** So you like the Rifle better? OK, that's fine. Load your rifle and run to a corner, far from them. Fire one shot. If they are pretty far, shoot again and run. Run far from them, since they are medium distance in moving. Fire one shot or two shots, again. Run to the first corner you were in and repeat. 15-18 shots kill them at long last. =========================== BOSS # 5: TWO PYRAMID HEADS =========================== ======================= BOSS # 6: DEMON MONSTER ======================= DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM Compared to Eddie, she's a total wimp. Arm whatever you want. So what should you arm? For the challenge, use the Handgun. For the mid challenge, use the Shotgun. For the real challenge, use the Hunting Rifle. ============ HANDGUN TIPS ============ For the Handgun, you must learn to run, shoot, run and shoot. If you fought Pyramid Head with the Handgun at the Blue Creek Apartment Building, you might know how to do it. Shoot, run, shoot, run is the strategy. Since the gun is quick, 3 shots can be fired before you must run again. Take advantage of the smallness and quickness of this gun. If the boss can never hit you, just pelting it with one bullet before running again can guarantee you a victory. I won't suggest this strategy, but merely if you want the challenge. It's harder than you believe! ********** RIFLE TIPS ********** The Rifle is the strongest and slowest weapon- major sacrifice! Shoot one shot and run. If you're lucky, the bosses' flies won't hit you. Use the strategy from the Pyramid Head fight to beat this boss. ************ SHOTGUN TIPS ************ Use the strategy you used on pyramid Head and Eddie to kill the boss. One last shot once the boss is on the ground will kill this freak. *********************** BOSS # 6: DEMON MONSTER *********************** =========== 9. RANKINGS =========== There are several strategies for getting the best rankings possible. This is based off of my own experience. There may be varying ways to acquire great scores. Your ending doesn't count, as far as I am concerned. GATHER ITEMS YOU SEE Yes, the item count counts for the ranking, as in the original Silent Hill. Without taking too much time away, pick up ANYTHING you see. SPEED THROUGH THE GAME FAIRLY QUICKLY Try to get a fast game. The fastest time results in a better ranking. But try to grab all the items you may see. Good ways to speed through the game is to avoid going through the item screen when unneeded. Skim through files, because most of them just take time up. TRY TO AVOID DAMAGE Unless you want a certain ending, you want to keep yourself healthy in order to help you get a faster speed ranking. Enough said. PROTECT OR HURT MARIA If you want a certain ending, protect or don't protect Maria. Hit her with the Wood Plank several times without killing her, or hang around and wait for her while she is with you. You get a certain ending, but the ending ranking will be fairly high. AVOID REPEATED AND UNNEEDED SAVING Save when you have to. Try to vary your saves between sections of the FAQ and save after something important has happened, such as a boss fight or an FMV. Don't save if you saved 5 minutes ago or don't save if you saved after a boss and only advanced by getting a new key. Saving after puzzles is smart, but if you hated the puzzle, definitely save! After playing the game several more times, saving should be very minimal. PLAY ON THE HARDEST DIFFICULTY MODES Yup. Playing on Wimpy Modes warrants a lower ranking. Playing on Hard Mode logically guarantees a good ranking. You should start by playing Beginner and Hard Riddle Mode. The Riddles are not very hard in any mode, so only the game play will throw you off. Work your way up to Normal Mode (Easy Mode is Beginner Mode with a tad of difficulty. It is a difference equivalent to that of a B+ and an A-.). HAVE FUN While this isn't a real thing, the point of this game is to have fun. While I didn't, others have and that hopefully will drive your motivation to getting that 10 Star Rank. =========== 10. MEMOS =========== I found several memos now. I haven't found them all, yet, so be patient. If you have a transcript of the files and want to save me some typing, feel free to e-mail them to me! If you do, I'll credit you in a BIG way! ======== BAR NOTE ======== There was a hole here. It's gone now. ============================ ARTCLE ABOUT MURDER INCIDENT ============================ The police announced today that Walter Sullivan, who was arrested on the 18th of this month for the brutal murder of Billy Locane and his sister, Miriam, committed suicide in his jail cell early in the morning on the 22nd. According to the Police Statement, Sullivan used a soup spoon to stab himself in the neck, severing his carotid artery. By the time the guard discovered him, Sullivan was dead from blood loss, the spoon buried 2 inches in his neck. An old school mate of Walter Sullivan's from his hometown of Pleasant River said "He didn't look like the type of guy to kill kids. But I do remember that just before they arrested him he was blurting out all sort of strange stuff like "He's trying to kill me. He's trying to punish me. The monster... the red devil. Forgive me. I did it, but it wasn't me!" The school mate then added "I guess now that I think of it, he was kinda crazy." ======================== TO THE RIGHT IS THE LADY ======================== To the right is the lady. To the left is the old one. In the center crawls the others. Now just 2 spaces remain. But fear not for now. The puzzle is done. The puzzle is done. ============== PATIENT RECORD ============== [Jack Davis] He has attempted suicide three times in the past for reasons unknown. Although he is normally a model patient who follows doctor's and nurse's orders, he must be watched closely due to his past pattern of sudden and violent suicide attempts. [Joseph Barkin] His illness seems to be rooted in the fact that he believes he is guilty of causing his daughter's death. His symptoms suggest a psychotic break and paranoid delusions. Normally calm, but has a tendency toward violence when excited. ============== SWAMP MONUMENT ============== Remains of ______ Swamp The _____ of land surround____ ____ is monument was originally swamp, but was later fil____ Fr____ng ago, t__________s nicknamed Blood Swamp because the ________ers poured the wat___ __ sed to wash the ex_________ols in here. Perhaps it's fo___________hat many pe____m to have s______ ________n the area. ==================================================== WORDS WRITTEN ON THE WALL OF BAR NEELY'S (NIGHTMARE) ==================================================== If you really want to see Mary, you should just die. But you might be heading to a different place than Mary, James. ============== WALL SCRATCHES ============== Henry, Mildred, Scott with arrows pointing in different directions ====================================== THREE DIFFERENT SIZES, TIME ON THE RUN ====================================== Three different sizes, time on the run. Three young men circlin' round the sun. Henry is short and very, very slow, Scott can't stop, he's always on the go. ===================== SIGHT SEEING BROCHURE ===================== Welcome to Silent Hill! Silent Hill, a quiet little lakeside resort town. We're happy to have you. Take some time out of your busy schedules and enjoy a nice restful vacation here. Row after row of quaint old houses, a gorgeous mountain landscape, and a lake which shows different sides of it's beauty with the passing of the day, from sunrise to late afternoons and sunset. Silent Hill will move you and fill you with a feeling of deep peace. I hope you time here will be pleasant and your memories will last forever. Editor: Roger Widmark ======== DEAR TIM ======== Dear Tim, I have to run an errand so I'm going out. I left the house key with Uncle David (You know where he lives, don't you? The key is in the room near the first staircase.). I'll be back as soon as I can, So please watch the place while I'm gone. ================ DOCTOR'S JOURNAL ================ The potential for this illness exists in all people and, under the right circumstances, any man or woman would be driven, like him, to "the other side." The "other side" perhaps may not be the best way to phrase it. After all there is no wall between here and there. It lies on the boarders where reality and unreality intersects. it is a place both close and distant. Some say it isn't even an illness. I cannot agree with them I'm a doctor, not a philosopher or even a psychiatrist. But sometimes I have to ask myself this question. It's true that to us his imaginings are nothing but the inventions of a busy mind. But to him, there simply is no other reality. Furthermore he is happy there. So why, I ask myself, why in the name of healing him must we drag him painfully into the wold of our own reality? (Something else is written by hand.) I got the key from Joseph. It's probably the key to that box. ================================= NUMBER WRITTEN ON THE WHITE BOARD ================================= 3rd floor patient wing hall - 7335 Could be random number. ======================= IMPRINT ON CARBON PAPER ======================= i know it i know the number of the box 7452 it cant help him anymore the button key doesn't scare me so nobody can stop who i am i don't know who i am is who i am is who i am is ============= 11. ENDINGS ============= =============== IN WATER ENDING =============== After the last boss dies, a letter from Mary is read. Then... ***SPOILER ALERT*** . . . . . . . . . . . . JAMES COMMITS SUICIDE. ************ LEAVE ENDING ************ After the last boss dies, a letter from Mary is read. Then... ***SPOILER ALERT*** . . . . . . . . . . . . JAMES LEAVES SILENT HILL WITH LAURA. Those are only 2 of five rumored endings. I must get them all first before describing them. ************ MARIA ENDING ************ After the last boss dies, James goes to Rosewater Park with Maria and decides to leave with her altogether. Maria coughs in the process, so supposedly he'll have to live through that nightmare again. ************** REBIRTH ENDING ************** After defeating the final boss, James runs to the boat and rides it to the island in the middle of Toluca Lake. He performs a ritual for Samael and according to President Evil, revives the cult. ********** DOG ENDING ********** After using the DOG Key at the appropriate location, a dog is at the controls of a panel. James speaks Japanese to the dog and then the ending ends. Thanks to "The_BullPen" for the description. =========================================================== 12. VERSIONS OF SILENT HILL 2 AND OTHER SILENT HILL GAMES =========================================================== SILENT HILL 2 PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 2 COUNTRY: US/CANADA/EUROPE PAL RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 This is the version of Silent Hill 2 released in America. It has a green cover with Angela on the ground, in the scene with the Knife. SILENT HILL 2 PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 2 COUNTRY: JAPAN RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 This is the Japanese version of Silent Hill 2. The cover is different. It shows James looking at us. The cover is the same as the instruction booklet cover of the US/CANADA/EUROPE version. SILENT HILL 2: SAIGO NO UTA PLATFORM: MICROSOFT XBOX COUNTRY: JAPAN RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 2002 (JAPANESE XBOX LAUNCH) The Japanese XBOX version of Silent Hill 2, subtitles "Saigo No Uta," meaning "The Final Verse," has an extra game that takes role of Maria, which was absent in the PlayStation 2 version. SILENT HILL 2: RESTLESS DREAMS PLATFORM: MICROSOFT XBOX COUNTRY: US/CANADA/EUROPE PAL RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2001 This is the American Version of the XBOX Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta. As in the Japanese Version, this will feature a new scenario featuring Maria. Restless Dreams or The Final Verse don't seem to fit the new mini game, but we will have to see. SILENT HILL PLATFORM: SONY PLAYSTATION COUNTRY: US/CANADA/JAPAN/EUROPE PAL RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 1999 This is the original Silent Hill, which features different characters and a different story line. Look at the story line for more information. SILENT HILL PLAY NOVEL PLATFORM: NINTENDO GAMEBOY ADVANCE COUNTRY: JAPAN ONLY RELEASE DATE: MARCH 22, 2001 (JAPANESE GAMEBOY ADVANCE LAUNCH) This is the original Silent Hill, built into an adventure book, where we choose choices about the story. It reveals several new things about Silent Hill. A diary of Alessa is supposedly there now. This will not see a US/CANADA/EUROPE PAL release, so importing is best, IF YOU KNOW JAPANESE OR HAVE A COMPUTER/HUMAN TRANSLATOR! ======================== 13. MY PERSONAL REVIEW ======================== SIMPLY NOT MY TYPE OF SURVIVAL HORROR In January 1999, Konami released its game called Silent Hill. It was to compete with Capcom's Resident Evil series and to be truthful, it held its own against the masterpiece, Resident Evil 2. It was a wonderful game, but Silent Hill 2 just doesn't touch the masterpiece games I got to know in Resident Evil 2, Silent Hill 1 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Silent Hill 2, to me now, is repetative, unoriginal and plain boring. Furthermore, I would like to add that I have been personally flamed and attacked for this review. But it simply makes my opinion stronger about this game and hopefully those narrowminded folks will realize that someday, they'll learn to take other opinions kindly. I am fixing several review areas to make it more understandable. But in layman's terms, I now prefer many other games over this one. Got a problem? Suck it up. Graphics: 7 The graphics are grainy for a 128-bit game. But it is the PS2's limits, if you know the hardware facts and believe me, they may surprise you. But they are crisp and the game is quite large in areas, especially the city. There is detail. Very exceptional, though CODE: Veronica looks a tad better, though CVX is dated. The graphics are kinda grainy, but Silent Hill is ALWAYS like that, though there are only 2 games. Not exactly the worst thing EVER, but I preferred the non-grainyness of the game. We can turn it off, but it simply looks washed out to my eyes. Games like Devil May Cry have my type of graphical preference. Other's opinions, of course, always vary. Sound: 7 Well, SH1 had scarier sound. The sound here gets repetative, and non scary, except for a few parts. Some scores, like the Angela/James meeting at the start, could have been made a little better. SH1 had a great soundtrack, while Silent Hill 2 comes a distant second. Sure, the sound is what some others will call scary, but they are basically reworked sounds from Silent Hill 1. I've been through them, so I was used to them. Others, again, may differ. Please remember that. Gameplay: 2 The entire game consists of running in the streets. Then you enter a building to get to another section of the street. In the building are rooms with keys to get through other locked doors to get keys for other locked gates on the other floor. Repetative? You betcha! There are 2 apartment buildings, a hotel and a hospital. They are all too repetative. They offer nothing new with getting around in these types of games, which angers me. At first it seems really cool, but now it's bland, washed out and overused. Everyone says SH beats Resident Evil. I am a RE freak, so to speak and I know survival horror. All the RE games to date (Except RE1 and Survivor) have been great and story intriguing and surpass SH2 (not necessarily SH1). Story: 7 James Sunderland has no wife. His wife died 3 years ago. Now he gets a letter from her telling him to go to Silent Hill. Mary, his wife, is nowhere to be found. A girl named Angela and Eddie are found and Maria, a carbon copy of Mary, is found. I won't spoil anything, because the story is what sets this apart from BioHazard/Resident Evil. The story is average, because the events are simply too convenient. Maria... gets hurt and then comes back! HOW?!?!?! Konami tries to blow if off with amnesia, but it shouldn't work that way. In RECVX, a dead man came back to life for a real reason (something that is almost expected in RE type survival horror). In this game, she miraculously returns. Again, inferences factor in, but I'm not a fan of them. This review is my opinion. Remember that. Control: 9 They are different from Silent Hill 1, which frustrates me. The controls for the item screen are slightly dull, but not bad. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis for PSX had better controls. While they are less advanced in SH2, it doesn't affect gameplay much. Overall, the control is a bit dull, again, but it isn't like the controls in Resident Evil: Director's Cut. Rent or Buy? If you like Survival Horror, buy the game. But you may not be a big fan of what the game offers, in comparison to the first game or even the new Devil May Cry. If you are new to the series, rest, though if you like it, you may want to try Resident Evil 2 or Silent Hill 1 for beginners. OVERALL: 4 It lushes in many aspects, yet dies in gameplay and a little in story. While every other aspect is in the 7 range, gameplay, story and even graphics are important and those are just outdated against RE3: Nemesis, which offered conspiracy, action, scares (When you hear Nemesis' voice, it is random, which makes it scary). Silent Hill 2 is OK, closer to bad than good. I wish they learned to make gameplay important, too, not just story. ================ 14. CONCLUSION ================ Well, this is my complete Silent Hill FAQ/Walkthrough. I hope you all enjoyed my guide and found it helpful, because I love being of some help! Thanks to you, again, for reading my guide. Good luck! THANKS TO: -My brother and mom for helping me buy this game. -CJAYC for posting this FAQ. -Konami for making this cool game. -Brady Games' Silent Hill 2 Guide for helping me with several areas that plain stumped me! -President Evil for the plot information. Check out President Evil's Analysis for the 2 Silent Hill games at gameFAQS.com! Thanks to them all! See ya later with the latest version of this guide! CVXFREAK [email protected] CVXFFREAK @ the GameFAQS.com Message Boards.