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
Metacritic 70
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Horror, North America
Series Silent Hill
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Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut is a survival horror game developed by Team Silent, ported by Creature Labs, and published by Konami. It is the second installment in the Silent Hill series.

The game was originally released for the PlayStation 2 on September 21, 2001 worldwide. The game later received an extended Director's Cut version on PlayStation 2 as a Greatest Hits re-release, Xbox, and PC, which added a new Born from a Wish scenario, a secret UFO ending, and for the PC version, a quick-save function, real-time weapon swapping, and a movie gallery. The PC version also features improved flashlight lighting like in the Xbox port, however, it also has a number of inaccuracies, missing or downgraded effects, and lower audio and FMV quality than previous versions.[1] It also has compatibility issues with newer versions of Windows and hardware (see here for details).

There have been growing efforts by modders to fix the issues with the PC version, starting with sh2proxy by emoose to address compatibility issues and implement widescreen support for the game. It has since been succeeded by Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition, a community-driven project for the PC version that restores features from the original PlayStation 2 version, adds support for HD and widescreen resolutions, improved controller support, and other quality-of-life improvements.

General information

Silent Hill Memories - Informative site
Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4.83 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: Enhanced Edition[edit]

All improvements in this section are included in the full installation of the Enhanced Edition project.
Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition 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, provide upscaled images and FMVs, improve controller support and much more.

Silent Hill 2 PC Fix by Steam006[edit]

This fix should not be combined with the Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition project.
A fix which adds new features and fixes some bugs.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Copy all the files to <path-to-game>
  2. Configure the width and height and other options in Silent_Hill_2_PC_Fix.ini.
  3. Start the game with DLLInjector.exe.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
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\Folder 01\[Note 1]


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
4K Ultra HD
Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition, then set ScreenMode = 1 in d3d8.ini.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition, then set ScreenMode = 2 in d3d8.ini.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition for SMAA; set EnableSMAA = 1 in d3d8.ini. Alternatively, MSAA can be forced via the GPU control panel; see here for instructions and recommended settings.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Capped at 30 FPS. See High frame rate for a workaround.
120+ FPS
Capped at 30 FPS. See High frame rate for a workaround.

High frame rate[edit]

Change the frame rate cap[2]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
  2. Open d3d8.ini.
  3. Add the following to its own lines in the file:
; Controls the frame rate limit, but it may cause bugs if increased above 30 FPS.
FPSLimit = 60


Changing the value to 0 will disable the frame rate cap.
Playing the game at high frame rates causes various audio/visual bugs, some of which are detailed below.[3]
  • The intensity/effectiveness of the motion blur is reduced by half.
  • The bullet casing sound effects for the handgun and shotgun glitch out.
  • Animation for James transcribing notes onto his map is significantly faster.
  • James's inner monologue (immediately upon exiting the hospital) may be significantly faster.
  • Water animates/moves quicker in all areas (James rowing on the lake, water in the labyrinth, etc) and drains significantly faster during the RPT Apartment boss fight.
  • The flames in Angela's staircase move significantly faster.
  • The flashlight dies out significantly faster in the prison bug room.
  • The "ritual" prison monster's footsteps happen way too fast.

Change noise effect resolution[edit]

Change IncreaseNoiseEffectRes[4]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
  2. Open d3d8.ini.
  3. Set IncreaseNoiseEffectRes to any value between 128 and 4096. The larger the value, the smaller the noise grain will be. 512 is the default noise grain value.


Keyboard and mouse State 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.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition to assign multiple actions to any button.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
See Controller support.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
DirectInput only. Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition to restore vibration for XInput controllers.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

Analog triggers and vibration on XInput controllers won't function without workarounds.
Fix triggers and vibration via Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition[5]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
The "XInput Plus" package contained in the project has to be installed. This will restore trigger and vibration functionality for XInput-based controllers and includes a pre-configured keyconf.dat file so that inputs on XInput controllers are correctly mapped for Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut out of the box.
Fix triggers and vibration via XInput Plus
  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. Click Apply and OK.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Background music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore hardware-accelerated 3D sound functionality on Windows Vista and later. (DSOAL is included in Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition)


Use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition to restore the language selection in the options menu.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download. Versions for both the original game (which includes an older widescreen patch, it's recommended to use the one by thirteenAG instead) and Enhanced Edition are available.
Brazilian Portuguese
For the vanilla game: Silent Fandub - Silent Hill 2: Dublado e Legendado. For Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition: Text only (interface/subtitles) – download; Text and audio: Silent Fandub - Silent Hill 2 Enhanced Edition: Dublado e Legendado.
Fan translation by « / Ashigaru».
Improved fan translation also available, download.
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Audio stutters endlessly or stops completely[edit]

The game shipped with a buggy, beta version of CRIWARE audio middleware. Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition comes with a custom reimplementation of this audio engine to fix the issue.
Use EnableCriWareReimplementation[citation needed]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
  2. Open d3d8.ini and ensure EnableCriWareReimplementation = 1 is set.

Clicking or popping sound effects[edit]

Use AudioClipDetection[7]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
  2. Open d3d8.ini and ensure AudioClipDetection = 1 is set.

Textures appear as solid white surfaces[edit]

Use WhiteShaderFix[8]
  1. Install Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
  2. Open d3d8.ini and ensure WhiteShaderFix = 1 is set.

"Insert a disc" message appears during the ending[edit]

In rare situations, the game will look for "end.bik" instead of "ending.bik" for the credits video. If that happens, this error will occur.
Install Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition[9]
The project fixes this issue without having to rename the video file.
Rename the video file[10]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\movie\.
  2. Rename ending.bik to end.bik.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1 For Direct3D 9 support, use Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.
Shader Model support 1.4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio ADX Sound files are compressed compared to the PlayStation 2 version. PlayStation 2 quality audio can be restored into the PC version by installing the Audio Enhancement Pack as part of the Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition project.
Cutscenes Bink Video FMVs are compressed and play at 29.97 full frames per second (29.97p), compared to the PlayStation 2 version which plays them at 59.94 half frames per second (29.97i). The quality of the PC version's FMVs can be improved by installing the FMV Enhancement Pack as part of the Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition project.

Silent Hill 2 HD Collection Voice Pack[edit]

This replaces the original voice acting with the new voices from the Silent Hill HD Collection release.[11]
The HD Collection voices are very divisive and often considered to be inferior to the original voice acting.
The HD Voice Pack includes and integrates the Audio Enhancement Pack and FMV Enhancement Pack from the Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition project for its audio improvements.

Make James run without slowing down[edit]

Apply unlimited stamina-hack[12]
  1. Open sh2pc.exe with a hex-editor such as HxD.
  2. Press Ctrl+F and find address 89 BE 20 01 00 00 D8 B6 40 01 00 00 (Hex-values).
  3. Press Ctrl+G and go to 41 (offset relative to: current offset).
  4. Change the value CF to C8 and save the changes.

Disable background fog[edit]

Disable fogging[13]
  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[14]
  1. Download Rcedit depending on the 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 the 32-bit version is used, replace rcedit-x64.exe with rcedit-x86.exe above.

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).