Versions

Version History

Silent Hill 2 was first released for PlayStation 2 in Autumn 2001. Original version had only the main "Letter from Silent Heaven" scenario and 5 different endings.

Expanded edition of Silent Hill 2 was initially released exclusively on Xbox in December 2001 (North America) and 2002 (Japan, Europe) adding the bonus "Born From a Wish" sub-scenario and the "UFO" ending as well as other improvements. This version was later also released on PS2 and PC and had numerous subtitles on various systems confusing players who might be wondering what's the difference (in fact, next to none as the only differences are probably the title screen and language selection). Here's the short list of all major Silent Hill 2 releases in different regions:

North America
2001.09.24 - Silent Hill 2 (PS2)
2001.12.21 - Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams (Xbox)
2002.11.17 - Silent Hill 2 (Greatest Hits) (PS2 – expanded edition, no subtitle)
2002.12.02 - Silent Hill 2 (PC – expanded edition, no subtitle)

Japan
2001.09.27 - Silent Hill 2 (PS2)
2002.02.22 - Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta (Xbox)
2002.07.04 - Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta (PS2)

Europe
2001.11.23 - Silent Hill 2
2002.10.04 - Silent Hill 2: Inner Fears (Xbox)
2003.02.28 - Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut (PS2 and PC)

Here's also a great video by Digital Foundry overviewing visuals of the game's original PS2 version as well as its ports on Xbox and PC, and the infamous Silent Hill HD Collection. Note though that this video was released back in 2016 and therefore doesn't review the Enhanced Edition of the game, first released in 2018 – this would be the best way today to enjoy Silent Hill 2 in its full visual glory.

PlayStation 2

Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 cover

Region: North America
Release date: 2001.09.24
Catalog number: SLUS 20228
Media: DVD
Rating: ESRB - M

Silent Hill 2 PS2 manual (scans)
Silent Hill 2 PS2 manual (digital)

Silent Hill 2 (Greatest Hits)

Silent Hill 2 (Greatest Hits) cover

Region: North America
Release date: 2002.11.17
Catalog number: SLUS 20228GH
Media: DVD
Rating: ESRB - M

Budget re-release with additional content.

Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 cover

Region: Japan
Release date: 2001.09.27
Catalog number: SLPM 65051
Media: DVD
Rating: CERO - 15

Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta

Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta cover

Region: Japan
Release date: 2002.07.04
Catalog number: SLPM 65098
Media: DVD
Rating: CERO - 15

Budget re-release with additional content.

Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta (Konami The Best)

Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta (Konami The Best) cover

Region: Japan
Release date: 2003.08.07
Catalog number: SLUS 00707
Media: DVD
Rating: CERO - 15

Budget re-release with additional content.

Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta (Konami Dendou Collection)

Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta (Konami Dendou Collection) cover

Region: Japan
Release date: 2004.07.15
Catalog number: SLPM 66018
Media: DVD
Rating: CERO - 15

Budget re-release with additional content.

Silent Hill 2 (Special 2 Disc Set)

Silent Hill 2 (Special 2 Disc Set) cover

Region: Europe, Australia
Release date: 2001.11.23
Catalog number: SLES 50382 (Europe), SLES 50510 (Spain)
Media: DVD (+Bonus DVD)
Rating: BBFC - 15, USK - 18, aDeSe - 18+, OFLC - MA15+

Includes The Making of Silent Hill 2 DVD as well as one random sticker of four in each box. The package is a digipack instead of a standard PS2 case.

Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut (Platinum)

Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut (Platinum) cover

Region: Europe
Release date: 2003.02.28
Catalog number: SLES 51156
Media: DVD
Rating: BBFC - 15, USK - 18, ELSPA - 15+

Budget re-release with additional content.

Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 cover

Region: Europe
Release date: 2009.10.21
Catalog number: SLES 50382
Media: DVD
Rating: BBFC - 15, USK - 18

Budget re-release. Copy of original European release which means no additional content. The package is a standard blue-coloured PS2 case.

Xbox

All Xbox releases of Silent Hill 2 have additional content – UFO ending and Born From a Wish scenario.

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams cover

Region: North America
Release date: 2001.12.21
Catalog number: 30003
Media: DVD
Rating: ESRB - M

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams manual

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams (Platinum Hits)

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams (Platinum Hits) cover

Region: North America
Release date: 2003.02.19
Catalog number: 30021
Media: DVD
Rating: ESRB - M

Budget re-release.

Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta

Silent Hill 2: Saigo No Uta cover

Region: Japan
Release date: 2002.02.22
Catalog number: EK5 00001 VM005-J1
Media: DVD
Rating: CERO - 15

Silent Hill 2: Inner Fears

Silent Hill 2: Inner Fears cover

Region: Europe, Australia
Release date: 2002.10.04
Catalog number: SH2/INLAY
Media: DVD
Rating: BBFC - 15, USK - 18, OFLC - MA15+

PC

All PC releases of Silent Hill 2 have additional content – UFO ending and Born From a Wish scenario.

Minimum system requirements
Windows XP/ME/2000/98
700 MHz Pentium or Athlon processor (or equivalent)
64 MB RAM
DirectX 8.1 compliant 3D accelerator card w/32 MB VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compliant sound card
DirectX 8.1 or higher (included)
4X CD-ROM drive
1.8 GB free hard disk space

Recommended system requirements
1 GHz Pentium or Athlon processor
128 MB RAM
3D accelerator card w/64 MB VRAM
8X CD-ROM drive
Gamepad controller

Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 cover

Region: North America
Release date: 2002.12.02
Catalog number: 23429
Media: 3 CD
Rating: ESRB - M

Silent Hill 2 PC manual (scans) by Alchemilla Hospital
Silent Hill 2 PC manual (digital)

Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut

Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut cover

Region: Europe
Release date: 2003.02.28
Catalog number: SH2/INLAY
Media: 3 CD
Rating: BBFC - 15, USK - 18