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Silent Hill 2

Extra options menu:
Press L1 or R1 at the options screen to display an extra options menu with blood color, map zoom, and other selections.

In-game reset:
Press L1 + L2 + R1 + R2 + Select + Start during game play.

Completion bonuses:
Successfully complete the game. Start another game and enter the extra options menu to access new features.

A "Bullet Adjust" option can be set, allowing the normal amount of ammunition found at a location to be doubled or tripled.
A "Noise Effect" option can be toggled.
Another new option can be toggled, allowing scenes to be viewed without distortion.

Additional riddle difficulty:
Successfully complete the game under the easy, normal, and hard riddle difficulty settings. Select the hard riddle difficulty again and begin a new game with a new combination of riddles.

Reveal signs:
Unlock all five endings, then start a new game. All signs will now be revealed.

Book Of Lost Memories:
Successfully complete the game. Start a new game and look for the newspaper stand near the Texxon Gas Station. The Book Of Lost Memories can be found inside.

Book Of The Crimson Ceremony:
This book can be found in the reading room on the second floor of the "Nightmare" hotel.

Chain Saw:
Successfully complete the game under the normal difficulty and normal riddle difficulty settings. Start a new game to find the Chain Saw among logs before the cemetery.

To get the Chain Saw easier, complete the game under the easy difficulty and easy riddle difficulty settings. Get the "leaving" ending (where he leaves the town with the girl). The Chain Saw will be located in the section just after the first graveyard. You will hear it, and it will be sawing away on some logs.
andy dawkins.

Dog Key:
Successfully complete the game with the "Rebirth" ending. Start a new game and a dog house will now appear near Jack's Inn and the gas station. Look inside the dog house to find the Dog Key. It is used to open the observation room in the ''nightmare'' hotel.
Philippe Bourassa.

Hyper Spray:
Successfully complete the game two times. Start a new game to find the Hyper Spray on the south side of the motor home.

Obsidian Goblet:
Successfully complete the game. Start a new game and enter the Historical Society building. The Obsidian Goblet can be found on a shelf.

White Chrism:
Successfully complete the game. Start a new game to find White Chrism vial in the kitchen of apartment 105 in Blue Creek Apartments.

Introduction FMV sequence audio:
If you wait at the title screen for awhile, the introduction FMV sequence will begin. In some scenes, there will be no audio. Successfully complete the game one time and the audio will be restored to those scenes.
CT Fan and PSX7466.

UFO ending:
Successfully complete the game once with the Leave ending (where James and Laura leave the town), then complete it again with the Rebirth ending (where James is going to revive Mary). Start the game again and a Blue Gem should appear in the bathroom where you start. Use the Blue Gem at the evil hospital garden, the dock (before you get on the boat), and room 312 before the intermission sequence. After using it in room 312, the UFO ending will begin.
andy dawkins.

Hint: Innocent Man riddle:
One of the rooms you will enter in the Labyrinth will include six men that have been hung by the ceiling. Your job is to free the innocent man in the group. In easy riddle mode, the innocent man will always be, "The Kidnapper". In normal riddle mode, the innocent man will always be, "The Arsonist". In hard riddle mode, the innocent man will always be ,"The Counterfeiter". Once you find out who the innocent man is, pull the corresponding empty noose in the second room to release the body. In his place, the Key Of The Persecuted will be on the floor below.
Rob Van Ham and RingMaster.

Hint: Box combination:
When you get almost to the end of the hospital area and go down in the elevator, you will get a call on the radio. It is game show which will ask three questions. You must go to the third floor storeroom to get your prize. The combination to the box is 3 1 3. Note: This is for the easy and normal difficulty setting.

Hint: Chain saw:
Start a new game and when asked which puzzle and difficulty level to be played, chose the easiest difficulty and hardest puzzle settings. When you start the game on those settings, you will find the chain saw stuck in some logs along the side of your path into the town of Silent Hill. You can find it by looking or listening for a loud annoying sound in front of you.

Hint: Hidden skulls in picture:
Go to room 307 in "Wood Side Apartments". On the third floor is a picture on the wall. Press X and the message "There's a painting hanging on the wall. It looks like a landscape of this area." will appear. Look at the picture to see two skulls on the side of the mountains.

Hint: Picture on floor:
After the Angela scene in the Blue Creek Apartment Building, and after you get the knife, there is a picture on the floor in the middle of the room.

Hint: Defeating Eddie:
In the first battle, equip your rifle and as soon as you get the chance, shoot him four times. He will run away. Follow him into the next room. Get far away from him and just keep shooting until he dies. If he gets in close, run away and shoot him. If done correctly, he should be locked in between shots and you will not get hit.

Use the following trick to kill Eddie with one or two hits. This works for both rounds with Eddie. Get next to him, take out the Great Knife and slice away. If you hit him, he should die in one hit. If not, attack him again. After he gets hit, blood flies everywhere.
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To defeat Eddie easily, you must have the Pyramid Head's sword which can be found in the labyrinth. Hide behind the hanging meat and wait for Eddie to get near. At the correct moment, hit the meat with the sword. Eddie will fall back. While he struggles to get up, unequip the sword and move near him. Equip the sword, then as he cocks the gun, strike him. Do this repeatedly. Note: If this is under the Easy difficulty setting, it will take about two hits. More hits are needed for higher difficulties.
julien delgado.

Hint: Defeating the Doorman/Angela's Papa Boss:
Obtain the Great Knife (very big sword), in the labyrinth (from the room protected by the pyramid head enemy). Start the Boss battle by immediately pressing Start. Go to the menu and equip the Great Knife. Hold down Ready Attack before the menu screen disappears, and press Attack as hard as possible. If done correctly, you will do your fierce sword attack, and since it requires about two and a half seconds to complete by the time you swing you will have hit the Doorman. Now that it is stunned, just tap Attack to do the lesser swing and kill the Boss. If it does not, just swing the necessary amount of times, and it will die quite easily.
Hunter Lucas.

Hint: Defeating Pyramid Heads:
Use the following trick to avoid using any ammo or health while you face the Pyramid Head in the apartment. When you go into the staircase on the second floor, immediately go to the right (or left if the camera is facing on James). Dodge around the Pyramid Head until you get to the wall. Wait until he jumps down the staircase filled with water, then he is gone until the hospital.
Keefe Neise.

First, get the apartment stairway key in the Blue Creek apartments. Then, go to the locked door at the end of the hall on the second floor. Once you are inside, you will find the Pyramid Head doing something to a monster. He will then throw the monster down and go for you. Take out your gun and start firing. Your action level determines on how many bullets you have to shoot. Note: If he gets close, run. His attack is very powerful because he has the Great Knife. You will get the Great Knife later. If he hits you, and you do not die, quickly get a med-kit. Keep running back and forth, shooting until he swims down the stairs and the siren goes off. Then, run down the stairs. You will not encounter him again until the hospital. Go out the door to get outside.

Use the following trick for a quick and easy way to defeat the two Pyramid Head enemies at the end of the hotel. This will allow you to defeat them without using any health or ammunition. First, enter the room and start running around it counterclockwise. Let them get fairly close to you and then quick spin around backwards and equip the Great Knife. However, you have to make sure that James is directly next to the wall (with the wall on his left and the Pyramid Heads attacking from the right). Use the low swinging attack. Since James swings the knife from right to left, the knife will hit them a second time as it bounces off the wall. Keep swinging and they should not even be able to hit you.

Although there are many ways do defeat the Pyramid Head(s) with different weapons, it is also possible to just run. In the apartment complex, he is holding the Great Knife. The room is small, but it is fairly easy to dodge him even in hard mode. The fight may last more than five minutes with just running, but you will not have to use any bullets. It is possible that shooting him will make him leave earlier, but under the hard difficulty setting with very limited ammunition, it is better just to avoid him. When he is shot, it sounds like James just hit metal and it looks like Pyramid Head takes no damage. In the labyrinth, he can be avoided easily. In the last fight with two Pyramid Heads with spears, the same tactic is usable. They may be a lot faster, but the room is also much larger. After a long time, the siren will start and they will impale themselves. The Hyper Spray (with a 10 star ranking) can make Pyramid Head flee immediately.

Hint: Killing enemies:
When you encounter an enemy, try and get fairly close to it. When it attacks, quickly hold Square and side step out of the way by pressing either L1 or R1. Then, face the enemy and attack it with the board with a nail in it. Most of the early enemies you encounter have a slow reaction time after they attack and can easily be taken down with the board and nail. :Note: This is only recommended for use with those types of enemies and should not be used when facing later enemies.

In the streets of Silent Hill, your radio will go off, indicating there is a monster or monsters near by. Slowly walk and go into first person view. If done correctly, you will see a monster not moving or stuck in mid-step. You can shoot them with your gun and kill them. However, if you walk too close they will come to life.

To easily kill a normal monster, shoot it until it falls down, then run up and press Action. James will kick or step on the monster and it will die.
david hall.

Hint: Bar dance:
Once you enter the bar with Maria, walk over to one of the poles and press X. This may require a few attempts. If done correctly, Maria will ask if you would like her to dance for you. Select "Yes" and she will start dancing until James says something similar to "What are we doing? We don't have time for this!"
James Johnson.

Strategy: by Brian Coney
Strategy: by endeviguel_unknown
Strategy guides from GameFAQs
Published strategy guides: Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams Official Strategy Guide
Published strategy guides: Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams Official Strategy Guide (alternate)
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