Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut

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Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut
Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut cover
Team Silent
Windows Creature Labs
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2002
Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut guide at StrategyWiki
Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut at Wikipedia
Silent Hill
Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut 2002
Silent Hill 3 2003
Silent Hill 4: The Room 2004
Silent Hill: Homecoming 2008

Key points

Unofficial mods enhance the game and make it more playable on modern systems.
Silent Hill 2 PC comes with improved flashlight lighting, a quick-save function, real-time weapon swapping, and a movie gallery.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS; use Silent Hill 2 Enhancements to fix.

General information

Silent Hill Wiki - A wiki for the series
Silent Hill Memories - Informative site
Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition Installation Guide


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM. Patch 1.1 removes the DRM.
Released on 3 CDs.
There are two versions: the North American version and the European Director's Cut version. If the title screen lacks "Director's Cut" on it, it's the North American version. Both versions include the extra scenario Born from a Wish along with an extra UFO ending.

Essential improvements[edit]

Silent Hill 2 running at 1920x1080
Silent Hill 2 running at 1920x1080

Silent Hill 2 Enhancements[edit]

Silent Hill 2 Enhancements is a collection of unofficial mods which implement widescreen resolution support, add PlayStation 2 quality audio and fog that were missing from the PC version, improve controller support and much more.[1]
See also Enhanced Edition Essential Files and Enhanced EXE.

Silent Hill 2 Audio Enhancement Pack[edit]

The PC version's audio is compressed and lacks detail in comparison to the PlayStation 2 version.[2]
The Audio Enhancement Pack replaces the PC version's audio files with the original, higher quality PlayStation 2 ones.

Silent Hill 2 FMV Enhancement Pack[edit]

The PC version's FMVs have a reduction in quality compared to the console versions.[3]
The FMV Enhancement Pack improves the quality and upscales the resolution of the FMVs.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\
keyconf.dat stores input bindings.
language.ini stores language settings.
options.ini stores gameplay and volume settings.
settings.ini stores video and audio settings.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\save\

Video settings[edit]

Video settings
Video settings

Increase noise effect resolution[edit]

Change IncreaseNoiseEffectRes[4]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2 Enhancements.
  2. Open d3d8.ini.
  3. Change the IncreaseNoiseEffectRes value to 1024, 2048, or 4096.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse buttons cannot be remapped with other keys.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Not supported in the pause menu.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
DirectInput only. For XInput controllers, see Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Use Silent Hill 2 Enhancements to assign multiple actions to any button.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be set between Soft, Normal, Hard, or Off. DirectInput only.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

A fix is required for the game to recognize XInput LT/RT and D-pad when assigning controls.
Add XInput support[citation needed]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus.
  2. Set the Target Program to sh2pc.exe.
  3. Go to DirectInput and check Enable DirectInput Output.
  4. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/12.
  5. Assign DPAD to Button 13-16.
  6. Click Apply and OK.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Background music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[5]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore hardware-accelerated 3D sound functionality on Windows Vista and later.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download. Includes a widescreen patch.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Side effects playing the game at 60 FPS[edit]

Some of the game's elements play too quickly or bug out.[6]
The handgun and shotgun bullet casing sound effects don't play correctly.[6]

No soft shadows[edit]

The PC version lacks soft shadows present in the PlayStation 2 version.

Issues fixed[edit]

Music fades randomly and sound loops[edit]

The game can only run stably on a single core.
Limit the game to one CPU core[citation needed]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2 Enhancements.
  2. Open d3d8.ini and ensure SingleCoreAffinity = 1 is set.

Game hangs at startup[edit]

On Windows 7, having single core affinity enabled through Silent Hill 2 Enhancements may prevent the game from running.
Disable SingleCoreAffinity on Windows 7[7]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open d3d8.ini.
  3. Change SingleCoreAffinity = 1 to SingleCoreAffinity = 0.
  4. Doing this will require manually changing the single core affinity from Task Manager every time you run the game.

Clicking or popping sound effects[edit]

Use IndirectSound[8]
  1. Download IndirectSound.
  2. Copy dsound.dll and dsound.ini to the installation folder.
  3. Open dsound.ini.
  4. Change earlyStopFadeOutTime = 0 to earlyStopFadeOutTime = 0.002.

Textures appear as solid white surfaces[edit]

Use OGL wrapper[9]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2 Enhancements.
  2. Open d3d8.ini and ensure d3d8to9 = 1 is set.
  3. Download WineD3D For Windows (version 1.7.52).
  4. Copy d3d9.dll, libwine.dll, and wined3d.dll to the installation folder.

"Insert a disc" message in the ending[edit]

Rename ending.bik[10]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\movie\.
  2. Rename ending.bik to end.bik.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable

Make James run without slowing down[edit]

Apply unlimited stamina hack[11]
  1. Open sh2pc.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Press Ctrl+G and go to the address 001356D1.
  3. Change the value CF to C8 and save the changes.

Disable background fog[edit]

Disable fogging[12]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the path to <path-to-game>\sh2pc.exe
  4. Disable Run in Window.
  5. Click on the Direct3D tab and enable Disable Fogging.
  6. Click OK, File, Save, and start the game with DxWnd running.

Add icon to executable file[edit]

sh2pc.exe may have no icon set by default.
Set icon with Rcedit[13]
  1. Download Rcedit depending on your OS bitness, and copy it to <path-to-game>.
  2. Download and extract sh2_new.ico to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open a Command Prompt.
  4. Type in and enter cd <path-to-game>.
    • Replace <path-to-game> with the actual path; e.g. cd C:\Games\Silent Hill 2.
  5. Type in and enter rcedit-x64.exe sh2pc.exe --set-icon sh2_new.ico.
    • If you use the 32-bit version, replace rcedit-x64.exe with rcedit-x86.exe above.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon - 700 MHz
Intel Pentium - 700 MHz
AMD Athlon - 1 GHz
Intel Pentium - 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.8 GB 2.3 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
64 MB of VRAM