I'm gonna go ahead and write up another one of my impression/review for Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams since I haven't seen anything posted yet about the game. First and Foremost I'm just gonna go ahead and say it...I am utterly biased with this game. I love Silent Hill 2. In the "game of the year" thread I chose SH2 for my game of year. I was really anticipating the X-box version for the Born from a Wish side quest and the other added extras. With that said, if you didn't like the story of the game or didn't enjoy the game for the PS2 this version won't change your mind. Its the same game. For those that haven't played the game....get ready for something special. I have beaten Silent Hill 2 about 8 times on the PS2 and I am about 2 more sections away from beating it for the first time on the X-box (I am currently in the prison. Yes I know I am an utter dork but I've been playing the game all day since I didn't have work today). So I feel Im pretty qualified to comment on the quality of the game. Lets get on with it.... Graphics: This game was no slouch on the PS2. It ran smooth as butter and it looked fantastic. Some did not like the grain effect added to the game but I am of the opinion that it very much enhances the mood of the game. I considered it to be one of the best looking PS2 games out there. The X-box version is even better. One not so good thing about the PS2 version was the decent amount of flickering and aliasing apparent in the backgrounds as you moved or even if you didn't move at times. It was a bit distracting but not anything that detracted from the game (In hindsight I didn't even notice it until I got compared the X-box and PS2 versions). One example is the fence that blocks the road to Silent Hill right at the start of the game. In the PS2 version the fence flickered and shimmered like crazy when you moved. Also the bushes in the background did the same. All this is gone from the X-box version. Everything is rock solid and you will not see a hint of flicker anywhere on the screen. This is a minor improvement and not anything to go crazy about but when comparing the two it is noticeable and it is one of the reasons it gives the X-box the graphical edge over the PS2 version. Believe it or not they added even more grit and grain to the game. They seem to have upped the graininess of the game and also softened and dimmed the picture from the PS2 version! THIS IS A GOOD THING! It adds even more atmosphere to the game makes things even dingier. Some may not like this change but I think its great. It makes the PS2 version look downright clean Also, the added lighting effect are very nice. You can now see the shadow of a creature that is coming from behind you completely engulf your character and cast on the floor in front of you. Its a nice effect and adds some good fright factor. Finally the framerate is rock solid. Contrary to some reports some have mentioned there is not a hint of slowdown in the game at all. It runs absolutely identical to the PS2 version. No worries here my friends. Sound: AH....Silent Hill 2 in 5.1. The 5.1 soundtrack is very nice. The radio static appears in the surround speakers as do some of the monster yells and cries. There is not much directionality in this track so dont expect that. There is some good use of the discrete channels every once in awhile though. Such as the yells of a dying man appearing in the left surround and scaring the poop out of me! The track has its moments and makes the disc even more worth the purchase. The center channel is again not used in this at all though. (Like most X-box games. I hope developers can get a handle on what is going on with this and correct it in future games) Story: Im not gonna go into much of the story. I'm sure you have all read about it by now. I just want to mention that no game and damn no near no movie has freaked me out as much as this game has. Rules for playing SH2: Rule #1 Play alone!!! Rule #2 Turn off all the lights and play in absolute darkness. Rule #3 Dont play during the day. Play only at night. Rule #4 Make sure its cold. Cold helps the freakiness for some reason. Gives you the willies Extras: Born From a Wish: This was the main reason for me buying this game and I have to say as of now its interesting. Its not mind blowing or anything but it is interesting. I have gone through about 50 minutes of the side story and it is developing well. I also wanted to comment on something that EGM wrote. In their review for the game they mentioned that the side-story was riddled with slow down. I honestly dont know what they are talking about. This story runs identical to the main game. It runs identical to the PS2 version of the game. Again I dont know what EGM is talking about here. Also the option to turn the grain noise effect on or off is now instantly in the options menu. You dont need to beat the game to unlock this now(WOOHOO). Gamplay: My one gripe. The X-box controller does not lend itself well to the game. The dual shock 2 is much better. All is not lost though. I was a dissapointed when first playing the game since I was using the default controller setup and it was really awkward. You'll understand when you play it The minute you pop the game in go directly to the option screens and change the controller setup to type#2. MUCH MUCH BETTER. Almost all of my issues with the controls were instantly relieved. I got a big smile on my face after finding that(heaven forbid I read the manual) Its still not as smooth as the dual shock but it is adequate and it controls decently smooth. I wanted to mention load times too. In the PS2 version you would go into a room and you would see those little white footsteps while the loading screen came up (The PS2 load times were very fast in of themselves). The X-box has almost no load time. When you click on a door the screen will freeze for a moment and you will be on the other side. Rarely will you see the load screen! NICE! Summary: If you have never played this game and have an X-box and a PS2 ....GO BUY THE X-BOX VERSION!. If you are a Silent Hill 2 nut that has played and owns the PS2 version and you also happen to have an X-box...GO BUY THE X-BOX VERION! You'll get the definitive version of the game. For those who aren't Silent Hill 2 nuts and have played the game for the PS2 and own it (along with an X-box)....GO RENT IT! I have to suggest renting it as the improvements are only major if you are an utter SH2 fan. For the casual person it may not be worth the money for an extra scenario and graphical improvements. PHEW! only 6500 characters for this! (man these reviews can get long!) Anyway I apologize for these lengthy reviews I've been writing lately. I just get too much into writing about all these good games. I'll shut up now...ENJOY!