Never played Silent Hill 2. Should I emulate the PS2 versions or play the PC version with the Enhanced Edition patch?

Never played Silent Hill 2. Should I emulate the PS2 versions or play the PC version with the Enhanced Edition patch?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I played the pc version, it’s fine, just don’t expect a masterpiece or it being as good as sh1

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      it's true.
      It's better

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        yes sh1 is better than sh2

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Most people consider the second game to be the best in the franchise. It is a masterpiece by all accounts, including on a technical level at the time on the PS2 with full use of Sony's face texture technology.
      Your opinion is shit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      sh1 is a very good game but sh2 is much, much, much better

      yes anon... I rarely cry watching movies or games but SH2s letter in the ending made me cry

      same
      I played it when I was suicidal and it helped me a lot.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Sh1 is a much better horror game and has a better story. Dialogue is more eerie not bloated. Puzzles are better and the setting is actually novel. I much prefer the sound design on it too as it is grittier. It’s a horror masterpiece.

        Sh2 is a great spooky melodrama. Just great. Doesn’t add much more to the series beyond graphics and soundtrack. Step down in monsters, horror and characters. The problem is it’s a hollow regurgitation of sh1. It’s got nice atmosphere, but it eventually and quickly feels rather quiet and somber as opposed to unpredictable and dreadful. Sure, I know that was the direction for sh2, but the depressive take on it is nice but not anything to rave about. It’s not the first game to take on serious themes lol, nothing mind blowing about it

        All in all Sh2 is an overpraised, derivative melodrama. Doesn’t expand that much from the original. It’s just praised because of nostalgia and it being one of the first notable releases on the ps2. The average person who loves it always sounds like a depressive homo who used this game as an outlet so go figure. I enjoyed it a lot, but it’s simply not the masterpiece people claim it to be. Not including graphic disparities, Sh1 did everything sh2 but better.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          you just don't get sh2
          sh1 is basically a shitty cult fan fic

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            What is there to "not get"

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              sh1 is basically gyromancy
              sh2 is NOT melodrama, you're probably too young to get it

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if there's a way to make the loading times go faster the ps2 version I guess, low res, grainy, great fog, you almost cant see nothing

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It’s also on my backlog. I’m probably just gonna play it on the PS2 since I already have the game on my softmodded PS2’s hard drive, and I don’t really mind having another excuse to play PS2. If you mean PCSX2 when you say PS2 then you might as well set up the Enhanced Edition.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i had a lot of issues with it when i played it on pcsx2, i've been giving it a replay in the EE, currently at the woorkside apartments and I've had no issue

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I would say at this point just play the PC version with enhanced mods. The PS2 version still has a few things I don't think mods have entirely fixed; however, I think at this point must stuff has been taken care of where the PC version is arguably the better choice. The only thing better would be a CRT with actual hardware just for the "authentic" experience but honestly just stick with the PC version.

    t.beaten SH2 unironically 50 times since it's release.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    here anon

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      But if I’m not spending almost as much time obsessing over god’s chosen way to emulate the game or mod the pc port as I am playing the game, am I really gaming? What if I’m getting a less than ideal experience?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        the ideal experience is to play it on a CRT, dumbass

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          But what if someone, somewhere made an infographic that tells me at length that I should play the Enhanced Edition? I won't be able to game in peace with that in the back of my mind... I better just keep posting and never play the game to begin with just to be safe.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      can we make this image bigger? add more paragraphs of things I'm not going to read? maybe some charts comparing the Game Boy version of Silent Hill to the PS1 game? I can't deal with the pressure of having to not be overwhelmed with information.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        can you kiss my dick and lick the balls?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Recently bought a PS2 for $50 and my grandma gave me a CRT she was gonna throw away.
      >Got SH2, 3 and 4, even got OPL on a memory card and a hard drive to play PS1 games (SH1). >Played them for a few minutes each and never touched them again.
      Gamin' ain't easy

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      3 was way scarier than 2

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Holy based.
      Btw, you could just use a PS2 for all four games, though I don't recommend SH1 through component video, it's too damn sharp!

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >I don't like things looking better

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Enhanced Edition is great, also you can play with headphones on a PC, ambience is great, go anon

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That fucking house is such a great safe haven it's unreal. And you all felt it too.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    PC version for sure, PCSX2 is dogwater.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's the opposite, actually.

      Enhanced Edition doesn't fix stuff such as the 30 FPS FMVs, bad audio mixing, and compressed audio quality (they reencoded ontop of the original audio files for the port). It also has carryovers from the Xbox version such as the cone flashlight that shows too much of the game, and the gamma/brightness settings are all kinds of fucked on PC, requiring you to do a lot of tweaking.

      The current dev version of PCSX2 (1.7+) doesn't have any known issues with SH2 emulation. The only substantial thing I see on the wiki is mentions of a menu glitch that occurs if you use save states, but you should never use save states to begin with.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Oh also, regardless of whichever way you decide to play the game on PC, you should be playing at 4:3 and 1x PS2 native resolution. The game looks terrible at higher resolutions and the fog effects are less convincing since Enhanced Edition also applies a degraining filter to make the fog look more "flat".

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Don't listen to this anon, he doesn't even know that the flashlight issue was already fixed years ago to act just like the PS2 flashlight. See here:

        The Enhanced Edition on PC is THE definitive edition of SH2 to play. It even fixes bugs that plague all of the console versions. And compared to PCSX2, it has properly scaled cutscenes in original 4:3 compositions that do not show frozen characters out of frame, softer shadows, restored fog effects, per-pixel lighting, etc. You can check the comparison screenshots here:
        https://enhanced.townofsilenthill.com/SH2/about.htm#compare

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          And the comparisons with PCSX2:
          https://enhanced.townofsilenthill.com/SH2/compare.htm

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          All of the things that you've mentioned about Enhanced Edition "doing better" are just denoising and inaccuracies to original game's visual style. And EE still doesn't do anything about the rencoded audio and FMVs. You shouldn't be playing SH2 in widescreen anyways, as outlined in the other post, so the fanfic recomposition of cutscenes is actually a bad thing that detracts from the original vision of the game.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >All of the things that you've mentioned about Enhanced Edition "doing better" are just denoising and inaccuracies to original game's visual style.
            Blurriness is not a visual style. Fixing bugged shadows is not denoising.
            >And EE still doesn't do anything about the rencoded audio
            I don't know where you got that from, but audio is not re-encoded. From the doc:
            >Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition uses extracted, lossless audio arrangements from the PlayStation 2 version. All audio is saved as pre-recorded files. Dialogue and background music are saved as stereo. Sound effects are saved as mono. DSOAL enables HRTF (binaural audio) for the game, which renders stereo 3D positional audio for the sound effects to create a more immersive experience.

            >and FMVs.
            FMVs are in 30fps because the game is not fully compatible with 60fps yet, in fact you are recommended to play it in 30fps even with the Enhanced Edition since going higher introduces some bugs. For someone so invested in m-muh vision you shouldn't bitch about 30fps FMVs.
            >You shouldn't be playing SH2 in widescreen anyways, as outlined in the other post, so the fanfic recomposition of cutscenes is actually a bad thing that detracts from the original vision of the game.
            You are not forced to play in widescreen since it supports every resolution and aspect ratio known to man, but it's there for those who want to do it.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >Blurriness is not a visual style.
              I never said the game was blurry.
              >Fixing bugged shadows is not denoising
              The shadows were never bugged, again, just modders fixing shit that never needed to be fixed.
              >I don't know where you got that from, but audio is not re-encoded. From the doc:
              So you're saying... EE changes the audio mix... just as I said... Gotcha.
              >You are not forced to play in widescreen since it supports every resolution and aspect ratio known to man, but it's there for those who want to do it.
              You aren't, but at the same time, don't fix what isn't broken. If you're a drooling retard and you hate black bars, then yeah, I guess stick to EE if you want more FOV to make the game easier and watch inaccurate cutscenes.

              In the end it comes down to:
              >Play the original game the way it was released that has no known issues
              or
              >Play the PC port that has been fan-patched and still has known issues
              If you pick the latter, you're just dumb, or someone who can't deal with playing a game at its original resolution and aspect ratio.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >I never said the game was blurry.
                That's what you get for playing in the original res. Just saying it's a technical limitation, not a visual style that can be broken.
                >The shadows were never bugged, again, just modders fixing shit that never needed to be fixed.
                They are unless you play in software mode on PCSX2. Learn the difference between hard and soft shadows and how they work on the original PS2.
                https://enhanced.townofsilenthill.com/SH2/compare.htm#softShadows
                >So you're saying... EE changes the audio mix... just as I said... Gotcha.
                If you think replacing audio in the PC port with high fidelity audio files from the PS2 original is changing the audio mix, then sure, it changes the audio mix. Weird thing to complain about if you're all for preserving the original vision, though.

                >make the game easier
                It's not an action game and the combat is already braindead easy without having to go widescreen. If you think that's why people go wider, you're unironically retarded.
                >inaccurate cutscenes
                I don't see the issue here. Either play it in 4:3 with all the rest of the bells and whistles that come with EE or in widescreen with properly scaled cutscenes that match the 4:3 versions.
                >Play the original game the way it was released that has no known issues
                If you wanted to play the original game the way it was released, you would hook up a PS2 to your CRT like some of the other anons are doing in this thread, not run the game on a reverse engineered emulator coded by fans that can't even play FMVs properly unless in software mode.
                https://wiki.pcsx2.net/Silent_Hill_2#FMV_freeze
                >Play the PC port that has been fan-patched and still has known issues
                Like what? The aforementioned flashlight bug which was fixed 3 years and 5 patches ago? Clearly you haven't kept up with EE's development. Not that you should, but you might want to keep your mouth shut if you don't know what you're talking about.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >All of the things that you've mentioned about Enhanced Edition "doing better" are just denoising and inaccuracies to original game's visual style.
            Blurriness is not a visual style. Fixing bugged shadows is not denoising.
            >And EE still doesn't do anything about the rencoded audio
            I don't know where you got that from, but audio is not re-encoded. From the doc:
            >Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition uses extracted, lossless audio arrangements from the PlayStation 2 version. All audio is saved as pre-recorded files. Dialogue and background music are saved as stereo. Sound effects are saved as mono. DSOAL enables HRTF (binaural audio) for the game, which renders stereo 3D positional audio for the sound effects to create a more immersive experience.

            >and FMVs.
            FMVs are in 30fps because the game is not fully compatible with 60fps yet, in fact you are recommended to play it in 30fps even with the Enhanced Edition since going higher introduces some bugs. For someone so invested in m-muh vision you shouldn't bitch about 30fps FMVs.
            >You shouldn't be playing SH2 in widescreen anyways, as outlined in the other post, so the fanfic recomposition of cutscenes is actually a bad thing that detracts from the original vision of the game.
            You are not forced to play in widescreen since it supports every resolution and aspect ratio known to man, but it's there for those who want to do it.

            Silent Hill 2 looks good in widescreen and all, but 4:3 is the original vision and I prefer it over a pan-and-scan cropped and tweaked 16:9 image.
            Widescreen works best when it adds more to the image, rather than subtracts from the image, which is why IMAX versions of films are usually better than the standard CinemaScope versions.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Enhanced Edition doest crop, it adds to the left and right.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Either is fine. Enhanced Edition is ideal but if you're not autistic the PS2 version is perfectly sufficient.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Silent Hill 2 is best on Xbox. Anybody who says otherwise is a complete retard.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      LMAO all the konami ports on xbox are compromised turds with missing effects and shit framerates.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Not him but I'm pretty sure the only difference visually between Xbox and PS2 is the flashlight effects. The framerate thing is kind of a half-truth, the Xbox version has a weird microstutter that isn't present in the original game, but it's fairly infrequent. It's certainty still better than the black-label PS2 version at least. Red-label is still king though.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I played it once on PS2 and once on PCSX2. It was good.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    emulate the xbox version with xemu or play the PS2 version on original hardware, use freemcboot if you don't want to pay for the game.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >xemu
      https://github.com/mborgerson/xemu/issues/1046
      Just use PCSX2, xemu still has issues.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >emulate?
    no my man.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You had over 20 years to play it, why now? Oh yeah, because you're a band-wagoner who saw the remake trailer and didn't give a shit until the keys were dangled in front of your face.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      holy mother of autism

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        He's right, you should fuck off back to where you came from

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          "band wagoner" yes Im sure you've been here a long time......

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Ok, and?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Don't bother this board is filled with Gankerermin and it's too late to fight the good fight. Letting GBA shitters sneak past the rules before sixth gen cancer was allowed ruined it all. Fucking ns I tell you.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    played the EE on PC a month ago anon. honestly it doesnt matter what platform you play it on what matters is that you play and finish it because its one of the most artistic scary and atmospheric games you'll ever play

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      SH2 is a work of art

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        yes anon... I rarely cry watching movies or games but SH2s letter in the ending made me cry

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Watch Lost Highway and prepare to lose all respect for Silent Hill 2.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          This? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Highway_(film)
          Why? I heard that SH took a lot of inspiration from David Lynch's work and Jacob's Ladder. I really enjoyed Jacob's Ladder but I haven't watched any Lynch movie.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          OP, if you're playing on PC just get the EE.
          Ideally, the best way to play is to do it on original hardware and a CRT, but not everyone wants to go through the trouble.

          Why? I love that movie AND SH2.
          I guess they have some similarities but also completely different executions.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Why? I love that movie AND SH2.
            I think David Lynch and the guy who made Jacob's Ladder are the 2 main influences of SH2, I think that's what anon is implying. Maybe he meant that the movie is better than SH2? When I saw those scenes at the end of Jacob's Ladder I realized that most of the otherworld is basically taken from that movie

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I'd recommend Blue Velvet as well. Lynch's work is much deeper than any of the SH games, especially on a spiritual level. Once you reach a point where you understand what he's doing (not trying to be pretentious but the sad truth is many people won't) they're some of the most genuine works of art in any medium. Lynch's work is incredible, and horrifying, once you understand his process and that many of his ideas and explored themes are literally coming from another place. He's not just being a weirdo memelord when he talks about those kinds of things. Many of us unconsciously do it to some degree, Lynch very consciously does it with intense focus and clarity. I appreciate other works that take inspiration from Lynch but they all lack the authenticity and depth, Silent Hill included.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The PC version with the Enhanced Edition modifications is *the* way to play SH2 these days.
    You can easily pick up the already extracted PC files on myabandonware then just place the Enhanced Edition setup exe in there, run it and go through the wizard.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I agree that enhanced ios the best way to play save for one thing - is there a way to play the original FMV videos instead of the AI upscaled shitheaps??

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You can choose which features you would like to install via the brand new enhanced edition setup tool. Just unselect the FMV Enhancement Pack and you're good to go.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No love for the Xbox version? It has extra content, but I guess the PC version probably has that too.
    Mod an Xbox and play it there. Now you have a modded Xbox too.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The extra content in the xbox version is present in the red-label PS2 version

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Who is this Enhanced Edition shill? Is he a dev? I see him spam his garbage a lot on Silent Hill threads

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Who is this PCSX2 shill? Is he a dev? I see him spam his garbage a lot on Silent Hill threads

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    have an actual argument instead of spouting buzzwords at every post you don't agree with

    [...]

    name one reason for why you don't like emulation without resorting to ad hominem

    [...]

    it's an emulator for an entire console vs a mod for one game, of course the results will reflect that, dumbass
    also, how do you shill something that is free? go back to Wrong board

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >it's an emulator for an entire console vs a mod for one game, of course the results will reflect that, dumbass
      Yeah, that's my point, retard. A vast majority of the results in my image are just same post over and over again. It's not comparable to the discussion of an emulator. If the retard can point out blatant copy paste PCSX2 shilling for SH2 then I'll concede my point.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Are these adverts in the room with you, retard-kun?
    >inb4 hurr adblock and/or noscript
    Both disabled.
    https://files.catbox.moe/t0bdnq.png

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >doubleclick on tracker list (3rd party advert tracker service enabled at all times)
      >google analytics
      >t-there's no profit motive I swear!
      Ok dev-kun. Your mod will never be the definitive version of Silent Hill 2 by the way.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >gets called out
        >tries to deflect
        >cloudflare? it's not tracking, I swear!
        Lmao, get fucked shill. Your emulator will never achieve 100% compat with any game by the way.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >retard doesn't know what a website host is
          >can't differentiate host tracking from 3rd party trackers
          Many such cases, I can't blame you though since you can't differentiate between the PS2 version and PC version of SH2. Clearly you have a history of blindness.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >it's okay when your website host does it!
            >dumbass genuinely believes google analytics can track and pay you for non-existent ads
            Sad! Not as sad as thinking you are getting the genuine PS2 experience on a shitty emulator, though. Enjoy your broken FMVs, lul.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Lmao you absolute retard, out of all of the things to bring up, you mention FMVs? The original PC port FMVs are reencoded just like the game's audio, and the only way to "fix" them with EE is to replace them with shitty upscaled and interpolated cutscenes. Literally the worst thing about EE is that there's no way to achieve the original PS2 experience because the devs are so up their own asses that they think their remastered garbage is superior to the original game. They have literally 0 respect for Silent Hill as a franchise.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Uh oh, looks like this retard is still running on outdated information. Take a look at

                You can choose which features you would like to install via the brand new enhanced edition setup tool. Just unselect the FMV Enhancement Pack and you're good to go.

                and see that both the audio and the FMV enhancement packs are optional. You just can't stop getting BTFO, can you? Maybe you should have taken the advice of that other anon and kept your mouth shut if you didn't know what you were talking about. It's too late now.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Yeah and if you turn them off you're just stuck with the original PC port FMVs and non-remasted audio, which is all still garbage. You either accept the shitty PC port stuff, or you gargle EE's cock and accept their fanfic remaster.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                No, you either install EE with the audio from the PS2 version for a modern experience or hook up your console to a CRT for the purist experience. The shitty choice is the middle ground emu route which can't do either properly.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >No, you either install EE with the audio from the PS2 version
                *remastered and remixed by EE
                >or hook up your console to a CRT for the purist experience.
                This is good too.
                >The shitty choice is the middle ground emu route which can't do either properly.
                You're painting it as a middle ground option because in your mind EE is the definitive version (because you're the dev/spammer). In reality, emulation is the closest thing anyone without real hardware is going to get to playing the ACTUAL definitive version of SH2. The game has no known issues on the emulator when configured correctly, certainly less than your mod. If you have real hardware, then you DEFINITELY should never touch the PC port under any circumstances. You would be a gigaretard if you did so.

                Want to do a second playthrough because you're curious what a fan recreation of SH2 with widescreen composition would look like? Knock yourself out, install EE, eat your heart out. But don't ever recommend it as a first experience to people like OP and pretend like you're a true Silent Hill fan.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >*remastered and remixed by EE
                Copying and pasting files from the PS2 version is not remastering or remixing.
                >This is good too.
                Always has been.
                >emulation is the closest thing anyone without real hardware is going to get to playing the ACTUAL definitive version of SH2. The game has no known issues on the emulator when configured correctly, certainly less than your mod.
                Again, you are basing your argument on outdated information from years ago. You could configure the PC version to play in 4:3 and with the base assets, too, which would get rid of modern additions like widescreen resolutions for current monitors, upscaled images and upscaled FMV. The flashlight, the shadows and the fog were all fixed to be like their PS2 counterparts. There's literally no reason to gimp yourself just to run it under emulation.
                >you're curious what a fan recreation of SH2 with widescreen composition would look like? Knock yourself out, install EE, eat your heart out.
                This is good too, for those who want a modern experience like I said.
                >pretend like you're a true Silent Hill fan
                Nobody would work on a mod like this if they weren't a Silent Hill fan. Do you regularly work on things you don't truly like for this long?

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Enhanced Edition if you wanna play it on native resolution and input.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *