Silent Hill 2 Enhanced Edition updates, with fixes to shadows, effects, and more

The Silent Hill 2 Enhanced Edition is an ongoing project aiming to modify the PC port of Silent Hill 2 with various improvements—some fixing issues that were present in the original console release and others that are specific to the port. This latest update video shows off progress in soft shadows, self shadows, restored post-processing effects, controller support (it should actually rumble like a heartbeat now, like it's supposed to), and plenty more.

There's some real attention-to-detail in the changes, even to the point of changing the mouse cursor in the menu so that it matches the cursor used in the PC versions of Silent Hill 3 and Silent Hill 4: The Room. Blood pools are now bigger, matching the size they were on the PS2, and even the joke 'dog ending' has been tweaked so the blank monitors display security footage.

There's plenty more, as shown in the video. Full instructions for downloading and installing these improvements are available on the Enhanced Edition website. It'll work with either the North American or European (Director's Cut) version of Silent Hill 2.

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Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.