So last time I played this game I was clearly not mentally prepared for it; I had been suffering from some minor insomnia, which I quickly learned does not bode well with fear. But I’ve (mostly) caught up on my sleep and am far from a delirious state, so time to finish off the fourth entry in this chronicle of madness.
I remembered vaguely last time I had stumbled upon a bloodied corpse sitting in front of a television watching static, still unable to solve the clock puzzle due to an acute lack of tools. But I don’t remember if I picked up anything or if something was said that indicated where I should go next…but now I’m completely lost
»»10 MINUTES LATER««
Why the hell can’t I just take my plank and reach over to grab that key on the third floor? The bars aren’t that narrow, the board with the nails stuck in the end of it could hook onto it. But I guess since it’s a weapon and not a scripted item, I’m out of luck. Okay, let’s just check the rooms again, maybe I missed something in the bullethole-gunmania room.
Nope, just more bulletholes.
»»10 MORE MINUTES LATER««
I can’t take this anymore. I wanted more than anything to refrain from looking up a walkthrough during my Silent Hill journey, but it looks like I might have to break this vow…
Oh wait, message from my friend, let’s see what he says…
Are you fucking kidding me?!
So in my crazy insomnia-induced state, I completed missed a key that was placed on the shelf in clock puzzle room. I had completely walked by it last time I played this game. Goddamn it.
»»5 MINUTES LATER««
So it looks like room 202 was home to an insect enthusiast and a terrible pet owner as there are both dead butterflies on the floor and live ones fluttering about in my face. Actually, they do seem very attracted to me. Must be the truck-stop herpes they smell…if butterflies do smell.
There’s this weird red light glowing in the kitchen but I can’t get a good look at it; I can’t tell if it’s some appliance light or some emergency light. Seems like such a small thing to point out but it’s really bugging me that I can’t see the source of this light. This is going to be nagging me for the rest of the journey.
Upon entering the bedroom my ears are greeted by this lovely metallic thumping growing louder and louder, making me feel very hesitant to stay standing still in this room. After running around the bed for a bit I find a weird opening in the wall where James carefully inserts his hand.
GAH what the hell? It’s like…like something bit him…but didn’t?
I don’t know, something happened in that paranormal glory hole that was quite questionable. If he had been bitten, his reaction would’ve been more pained. James’ reaction was more like one of…surprise? Disgust? I can’t quite tell. But when he reaches in a second time he pulls out the clock key.
It couldn’t have been that, could it? Maybe he was surprised to find something inside. But even though his reaction was too subtle for pain, it was definitely too strong for something as simple as this. Was there…something else in that hole?
Well, best not to dwell on that shit, moving on.
Alright, time to wind this puppy up…that reminds me of that awesome Saga song.
Wind him up he can’t stop, he’s wound up tight just like the clock…
Okay enough of that.
The puzzle is quite simple. I know, since this is a play-by-play chronicle of Silent Hill 2 it is full of spoilers, but I’m going to try to refrain from revealing the solutions to the game’s puzzles. Don’t know why, but there’s something about puzzles that I hate revealing their secrets.
In any case, the clock puzzle, as I just mentioned, is easy. Pushing the clock out of the way reveals a hole leading to the next apartment.
At this point I can’t remember if the radio hissed around the red figure or not
»»5 MINUTES LATER««
Well this is cozy. Suddenly the camera decides to stick to the ceiling, making the hallway appear a lot more narrow than it is. That claustrophobia is really setting in now. The radio isn’t hissing so I’ll just quickly run to the stairwell, hopefully that’ll be a little better. The main stairwell is so big, after all.
Goddamn it, this isn’t any better. Well I’ll run up and see how the third floor is. It was quite dark, but the camera certainly gave you a bit of wiggle room to work with.
As I’m walking down the hall, that familiar radio show starts playing again. I assume it’s some other candle-wannabe looking for a dance partner, so I decide to run up to the first door I see and do a bit of exploring before the wax monster catches up to me
WHAT THE FLIPPING FUCKING CHRIST AM I LOOKING AT?! WHO THE WHAT THE FFFFFUCK IS GOING ON HERE?!?!
Holy shit it’s Pyramid Head
Is he raping those…those mannequin things?? Are they dead are they alive why is..?!
YES GET IN THE CLOSET JAMES GOGOGOGOGOGO
Oh god he’s dragging one across the room now is he..
OH GOD he knows I’m here he knows I’m here he knows I’m here he knows I’m here ohshitohshit
SHOOT JAMES SHOOT FIRE ALL THE BULLETS FIRE FIRE FIRE!!
So that was Pyramid Head.
Wow, that scene was really fucking intense. The music and ambience took a straight-up detour to hell, the sounds of…whatever the fuck just happened were unnerving and jarring, the scene was gritty and sick. And the tension went through the roof.
Phew….wow…that was really fucking intense.
So umm…was that as good for you as it was for…fuck it, nevermind.
Well after that lovely scene, I suddenly remember that I’ve been carrying a gun around. Can’t wait to use it on a regular wax creature and see how it is.
»»5 MINUTES AND 1 DEAD THING LATER««
AW YEAH James is a total badass now! That waxy prick didn’t come anywhere near me. Welcome to the real gun show now folks, BLAT BLAT
Alright, it’s time to be serious and continue with my jour—HOLY CRAP CANNED JUICE!
»»10 MINUTES LATER««
So now that I have access to the (foggy as hell) courtyard, I figure I should have a look around.
*walks up to the pool*
Oh…there’s no water in the pool, but that doesn’t really stop these fine folk from trying to take a swim. I take aim and fire into the pool running along the edge to get a better angle as they fall. I figure I’m safe up here and should—
*gets too close to the edge and falls in*
WHOA this isn’t Resident Evil, you can fall off ledges in this game! Well, better make short work of these guys.
»»FEW DEAD BODIES LATER««
Well this is bizarre. Why the hell is there a baby stroller in the pool? And why is there a snake-engraved coin inside it?
Why am I asking questions against logic in Silent Hill?
»»10 MINUTES LATER««
Eww, what the hell is that sound? I walk into this room and I hear what sounds like retching. It’s gross, you can hear some sort of liquid splashing against flesh. What the hell is…oh, it’s a person.
This is Eddie, and it seems that the townsfolk’s hygiene has gotten to him, quite badly; throughout the whole conversation Eddie has his head close to the toilet bowl and vomits noisily a few times before the next line of dialogue is delivered. I have to say, the acting and vomiting sounds are quite naturalistic and believable. I have no idea why they would ever want to replace it in the Silent Hill HD Collection; I’ve watched the clip for myself, and the new dialogue and vomit delivery made me want to do what Eddie is doing right here.
Multiple times Eddie denies knowing about any killings that have been happening, which is good because I don’t want to have to start killing human witnesses who may have seen my wax candle massacre since arriving in Silent Hill.
There isn’t much revealed through words in this conversation, but there’s a lot of subtle hints into both Eddie and James.
Eddie, when asked if he was “drawn to Silent Hill”, responds with a vague and suspicious “yeah, you could say that”; granted, there could be something else that brought him here, or perhaps he kind of volunteered to come to Silent Hill. One thing for sure is that he isn’t a resident, and likely didn’t have prior knowledge of the town; he tells James “I’m not even from this town”, his tone of voice indicated very little emotional tie to Silent Hill. But he must’ve found out about the town somehow. Or maybe he got lost? I don’t know. Strange to see another human here.
Also James’ tone of voice and dialogue kind of indicates a sort of suicidal aspect; he will “leave as soon as [he] is done here”, despite the crazy things he has witnessed and the apparent danger of being in Silent Hill. It’s clear that he wants to see this mystery through to the end, and doesn’t believe (or doesn’t want to) he will leave the town alive.
So many questions, so much further to go.
Well Eddie here seems a bit flustered right now, but he might turn out to be an okay guy. Doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with…
Special thanks to Kai for giving me the clock key hint and keeping me from looking up a walkthrough :D