What is Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition?

Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition is an ongoing project of enhancement packages that add various visual, audio, and bug improvements for the PC version of the game. Notable examples of what the enhancements improve on is the use of a widescreen camera in the game; higher display resolutions; removal of prominent audio bugs; PlayStation 2 quality audio and fog; better controller support; and much more. The use of these enhancement packages, made by a collaborative team of wonderful modders and programmers, makes for a definitive Silent Hill 2 HD experience. This page will guide you on how to install these enhancements to experience the improvements for yourself. Be sure to follow the steps below in order.

If you have already played Silent Hill 2 before, please watch the following video to understand and see examples of the many improvements in action. Note there are many game-related spoilers in this video:

Installation Guide Changelog

  • 2018-08-01:
    The entire installation method for Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition has changed. The introduction of the new and improved SH2 Enhancements mod, whose installation step will be addressed in this guide, streamlines the process of implementing and using fixes for the game. However, before being able to use this new enhancement package, several files/fix packages from previous installation methods must first be removed. If these files aren't removed, there will be conflicts and crashes between the new SH2 Enhancements mod and the older fix packages. Follow the steps below to prepare use for the new Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition installation method:
    1. Backup your game save files found at \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\data\save\Folder 01\.
    2. Uninstall the game.
    3. Delete any remaining content found within the \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\ folder.
    4. Follow the new installation steps below.
    5. Restore your game save files to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\data\save\Folder 01\.
View additional previous changelog notes.
  • 2018-07-25:
    IndirectSound now solves the issue of audio "clicking" and "popping" whenever a SFX file gets cut off prematurely. The installation step for installing IndirectSound has been updated to specify which version to now use along with what settings to adjust.
  • 2018-07-03:
    • Introduced two new installation steps: Installing SH2 Enhancements and the Audio Enhancement Pack. These fixes replace the PC game's audio files with the PlayStation 2's audio which are considered the best.
    • Renamed the Installation Guide from the Silent Hill 2 Widescreen fix to Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition. The name change was due to the ever-expanding enhancement releases made by a wide gamut of modders and programmers beyond just the fine folks who created the Widescreen Fix.
    • Changed the step order and re-worded most of the steps in this guide for further clarifications.
    • Included a "Credit and Thanks" page located on the left-links column. Please consider taking a moment to visit the page to learn more about the programmers and modders making your Silent Hill 2 PC experience better.
  • 2018-04-07:
    Renamed the "Replace Game Executable" step to "Install Launch/Menu Enhancements." This is due to adding enhanced visuals for the game's main menu and knife cursor to this package download. The steps have also been revised to reflect the addition of these files.
  • 2018-04-05:
    Slightly reworded the Install Silent Hill 2 step and Directory Tree of New Fixes for further clarifications. Added a new bullet point under Troubleshooting in regards to the game hanging upon launch.
  • 2018-02-27:
    Windows 10 users have experienced severe lag/stuttering when using the latest version of WineD3D For Windows with Silent Hill 2. Using version 1.7.52 appears to alleviate this issue. The WineD3D For Windows installation step now mentions downloading this specific version of the fix.
  • 2018-02-19:
    Introduced a new installation step: Installing IndirectSound. This fix emulates audio hardware acceleration on modern Windows operating systems to enable 3D positional audio for the game.
  • 2018-01-31:
    Included a controller mapping diagram to the Xinput Plus installation step.
  • 2017-12-21:
    Included new download options for the FMV Enhancement Pack: The Original FMV Enhancement Pack and the new 16:9 FMV Enhancement Pack. Be sure to read the notes under the "Install Widescreen Fix" step for more information on how to properly use each version of the FMV Enhancement Pack.
  • 2017-12-13:
    Thanks to recent developments, the fix packages used in the Installation Guide now work with both the North American and European versions of the game. The Installation Guide has been re-worded to address this by changing mentionings of Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut to just Silent Hill 2. The demonstration trailer will be updated in the future to also address this change because, at the moment, it only refers to the Director's Cut version of the game.
  • 2017-12-04:
    Included steps to enable anti-aliasing for Nvidia and AMD graphic cards.
  • 2017-10-20:
    Included a directory tree listing all the fix files at the bottom of the guide.
  • 2017-08-05:
    Included information on the Widescreen Fix's new "Fix2D" modifier under Troubleshooting. Completely reworked the Widescreen Fix installation step to address its new built-in D3D8to9 converter. Because of this new feature, the ENB Converter installation step has been removed from the guide due to redundancy. Remember: If in doubt do a fresh install of the game and all the fixes below.
  • 2017-07-24:
    Reworded a portion of the Widescreen Fix step to emphasize the importance of running its Mod Updater.
  • 2017-06-30:
    Moved the Fog Fix installation step towards the end of the process to help avoid confusion on which files to copy over.
  • 2017-06-27:
    Launch of the Installation Guide.

1. Install Silent Hill 2

Read this step fully before installing the game. Both the North American and European versions of the game are compatible to use with the Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition fix packages.
It is recommended to install Silent Hill 2 to a local user directory such as your \My Documents\ folder, as opposed to the \Program Files\ directory. The SH2 Enhancements mod package, which will be addressed in detail later on, has the ability to check and replace its files when new updates for it are released. If Silent Hill 2 is installed to an admin-protected directory, such as \Program Files\, SH2 Enhancements will be unable to update its files (unless you run the game as Administrator), even though the mod says the update was successful. By saving to a local user directory, SH2 Enhancements will successfully replace its files after performing any updates.
  1. Follow the CD installation instructions to install Silent Hill 2 on your Windows computer.
  2. During installation, when prompted, save the movie files to your hard disk.
  3. Near the end of installation you will be prompted to install any necessary DirectX 8 files. Say no to this as modern computers will be running newer versions of DirectX already.
  4. Once installed, and if you installed the game to an admin-protected directory such as \Program Files\, the user's permissions for the game folder need to be set to Modify, otherwise you won't be able to save your progress in the game. Refer to the steps below to modify your folder permissions. Note that these steps might vary depending on your version of Windows.
    1. Right-click the game's parent installation folder, which by default is \KONAMI\, and go to Properties.
    2. Go to the Security tab.
    3. In the Group or user names field, select your correct, currently-logged-in user name.
      If you do not see your correct user name in this list:
      1. Click the Edit button.
      2. The Permissions window will pop up. In it, click the Add button.
      3. The Select Users or Groups window will pop up. In it, click the Advanced button.
      4. A new window will pop up. In it, click the Find Now button.
      5. The Search results field below will populate with user names. In it, find and select your correct, currently-logged-in username.
      6. Click the OK button to go back to the Select Users or Groups window, then click the OK button again.
      7. Now, back on the Security tab, select your correct, currently-logged-in user name from the Group or user names field.
    4. Below that, in the Permissions for <selected user name> field, check the Allow box for Modify.
    5. Apply all changes.

2. Install Enhanced .exe

The enhanced Silent Hill 2 PC executable makes launching the game with the mod packages easier and more streamlined.
  1. Go to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\.
  2. Rename sh2pc.exe to sh2pc.exe.bak. This creates a backup of your original executable for safe-keeping.
  3. Download either the English Enhanced .exe (v1.0) or the Multilanguage Enhanced .exe (Director's Cut).
    • The English executable allows the game to be played in English only, and uses the game's default main menu font.
    • The multilanguage executable allows the game to be played in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and modifies the main menu font to accomodate the different languages.
  4. Copy the content of the \Silent Hill 2\ folder from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\.
English Enhanced .exe (v1.0)
 
Multilanguage Enhanced .exe (Director's Cut)
English
Multilanguage Enhanced .exe (Director's Cut)
French
Multilanguage Enhanced .exe (Director's Cut)
German
Multilanguage Enhanced .exe (Director's Cut)
Italian
Multilanguage Enhanced .exe (Director's Cut)
Spanish

3. Install SH2 Enhancements

SH2 Enhancements is a project designed to enhance Silent Hill 2 PC by providing game fixes and containing improvement packages by other parties such as the SH2 Widescreen Fix and Fog Fix. SH2 Enhancements is the culmination of fixes and fix packages made by many talented programmers and modders. This broad, encompassing packaged solution makes user installation manageable and allows for future package updates to be more streamlined and intuitive.

This improvement package is the result of a collaborative effort. Please take a moment to visit the Credit and Thanks page to learn how these amazing individuals have helped make your experience with Silent Hill 2 PC better. Please also consider sending these individuals a message of support or donating for their countless hours of coding and playtesting.

  1. Download SH2 Enhancements.
  2. Copy the contents from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\.
You can change settings for SH2 Enhancements by going to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\ and opening the d3d8.ini file with a text editor. It is recommended to use an editor such as Notepad++ to preserve the file's formatting.
Information on settings for SH2 Enhancement's d3d8.ini file (and other package's settings) can be found here.
You may periodically receive an Updates available dialog box upon game launch. If you see this box that means there is an important update for SH2 Enhancements. Choose how the updater will handle your d3d8.ini file then click Download and install updates now. If you have modified any settings in the d3d8.ini file you may want to choose Don't replace INI files during the update to avoid having your customizations reset. But note that an update may add new modifiable settings within the INI file you would not receive if you choose to not replace the INI files.
If you installed Silent Hill 2 to an admin-protected directory such as \Program Files\ you will need to run the game as Administrator during the mod's update process in order for SH2 Enhancements to succesfully update and replace its files. Otherwise, the mod will say it successfully updated files but actually hasn't. If you installed Silent Hill 2 to a local user directory, such as \My Documents\, SH2 Enhancements will update and replace its files without issue. You can always go to SH2 Enhancements' website and manually download the latest version of the mod and replace your files that way.
SH2 Enhancements allows for the ability to change the game's framerate (FPS) via the d3d8.ini file. However, it is strongly recommended to keep the game running at 30 FPS. There have been numerous, noted issues when playing the game at any other framerate. This is because the game was only ever intended to run at 30 FPS.
Forced windowed mode can be achieved by setting EnableWndMode = to 1 in the d3d8.ini file. You can change the size/resolution of the windowed game by adjusting the ResX = and ResY = values accordingly. (Set these values to "0" to inherently size the game to your display's native resolution.)
Support for SH2 Enhancements can be found by opening an issue on its GitHub page.

4. Install Enhanced Edition Essential Files

The Enhanced Edition Essential Files include various file-based fixes for the game. Improvements include main menu background/mouse cursor enhancements, camera clipping fixes, environment adjustments, and grammar/punctuation/sentence structure improvements for the English text of the game.

This improvement package is the result of a collaborative effort. Please take a moment to visit the Credit and Thanks page to learn how these amazing individuals have helped make your experience with Silent Hill 2 PC better. Please also consider sending these individuals a message of support or donating for their countless hours of coding and playtesting.

  1. Download Enhanced Edition Essential Files.
  2. Copy the content of the \Silent Hill 2\ folder from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\. This will also create a new sh2e\ folder in the game's main directory.
Do not rename the sh2e\ folder. The sh2e\ folder is what houses and makes all the file-based improvements work. The SH2 Enhancements mod will search for and read game-specific files contained in the sh2e\ folder, taking precedence over files housed in the data\ folder, so long as the filenames and paths within are identical. This method allows for improvements without having to place or overwrite files in the game's data\ directory.
Ensure UseCustomModFolder = is set to 1 in the d3d8.ini file. This allows the improved files housed within the sh2e\ folder to take effect.

5. Install FMV Enhancement Pack

The FMV Enhancement Pack brings the quality of the game's full motion videos to that of the PlayStation 2's version which are considered the best. You can learn more about how each version of the game compressed the FMVs here. The FMV Enhancement Pack was created by angular graphics. Please consider taking a moment to thank them by sending a message of support or donating.
  1. Download either the Original FMV Enhancement Pack or the 16:9 FMV Enhancement Pack.
    • Note: Both download packages are large, at 2.8 GB and 4.4 GB, respectively.
    • Read the information block below for an explanation of their differences.
  2. Copy the content of the \Silent Hill 2\sh2e\movie\ folder from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\sh2e\movie\.
If using either version of the FMV Enhancement Pack ensure both FMVWidescreenMode = and FMVWidescreenEnhancementPackCompatibility = are set to 1 in the d3d8.ini file.
Ensure UseCustomModFolder = is set to 1 in the d3d8.ini file. This allows the improved files housed within the sh2e\ folder to take effect.
Depending on the resolution of your display you may want to download either the Original FMV Enhancement Pack or the 16:9 FMV Enhancement Pack.
  • The Original FMV Enhancement Pack scales the videos to accommodate widescreen displays without stretching the image but results in pillar boxes (vertical bars on the sides) when viewed on a standard 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. This package may be ideal to use on any aspect ratio other than 16:9.

    For example: On ~16:10 aspect ratios (such as 1920 x 1200) the videos will be scaled to fill the display's resolution nearly perfect, with only minor image cropping occuring but without pillar boxes being shown and without the videos being stretched.

  • The 16:9 FMV Enhancement Pack scales the videos and slightly stretches the image to completely fill a standard 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio without cropping any of the video's composition. This package is ideal for players who prefer minor video stretching to remove the pillar boxes on 16:9 displays while avoiding any image cropping.
Original FMV Enhancement Pack
Shown on a 16:9 aspect ratio
Original FMV Enhancement Pack
Shown on a ~16:10 aspect ratio
16:9 FMV Enhancement Pack
Shown on a 16:9 aspect ratio

6. Install IndirectSound

IndirectSound emulates audio hardware acceleration on modern Windows operating systems. This enables Silent Hill 2 PC to have 3D positional audio (i.e. surround sound played out of rear and side speakers) like it was intended when the game was originally released. Additionally, IndirectSound fixes the "clicking" and "popping" issue for Silent Hill 2 PC whenever the game abruptly ends a sound file before it plays to completion. IndirectSound was created by John-Paul Ownby. Please consider taking a moment to thank them by sending a message of support or donating.
  1. Download IndirectSound (version 0.17 or higher).
  2. Copy dsound.dll and dsound.ini from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\.
  3. Open the dsound.ini file, find the line earlyStopFadeOutTime = 0, and change its value to 0.002.
    • Setting the value to 0.002 will add a two millisecond fade-out to sound effect files that end prematurely in-game. This eliminates the "clicking" and "popping" you would otherwise hear when a sound effect abruptly ends before playing to completion.
Ensure you are adjusting the correct earlyStopFadeOutTime = line in the dsound.ini file. There are two mentionings of this line and one of them is used as part of example text, which adjustments to it won't affect anything.
IndirectSound should automatically work. To ensure correct performance, after placing the IndirectSound files in the game's directory, verify Software 3D sound is set to Hardware 3D Used in the game's Options > Advanced Options menu.

7. Install Audio Enhancement Pack

The Audio Enhancement Pack brings the quality of the game's audio files to that of the PlayStation 2's version which are considered the best. You can learn more about the audio differences between the PC and PlayStation 2 versions here. The Audio Enhancement Pack was created by Elisha Riedlinger and Nisto, with support by Ratiocinator. Please consider taking a moment to thank them by sending a message of support or donating.
  1. Download the Audio Enhancement Pack.
    • Note: This download package is large at 1.5 GB.
  2. Copy the content of the \Silent Hill 2\sh2e\sound\ folder from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\sh2e\sound\.
Ensure EnableSFXAddrHack = is set to 1 in the d3d8.ini file, otherwise the Audio Enhancement Pack files will not work.
Ensure UseCustomModFolder = is set to 1 in the d3d8.ini file. This allows the improved files housed within the sh2e\ folder to take effect.

8. Install WineD3D For Windows

This step is recommended only for users who are using Nvidia graphics cards. If you are using an AMD graphics card or integrated graphics (such as Intel integrated graphics typically found in laptops) this step can be skipped. This is because WineD3D is a resource-heavy fix that is generally only needed for Nvidia users. We hope to fix what WineD3D fixes without having to use WineD3D in the future, so as to both remove this step from the process and keep the game running as DirectX for Nvidia users.
WineD3D For Windows is a DirectX-to-OpenGL wrapper based on WineD3D that can enhance backwards compatibility with older games. For Silent Hill 2 this fixes numerous Nvidia glitches such as areas being solid white instead of black; missing fog at the Observation Deck in the game's beginning; and chunks of the wall disappearing when SH2 Enhancements is in use. WineD3D For Windows was created by Frederico Dossena. Please consider taking a moment to thank them by sending a message of support or donating.
  1. Set d3d8to9 = to 1 in the d3d8.ini file.
  2. Download WineD3D For Windows (version 1.7.52).
  3. Copy d3d9.dll, libwine.dll, and wined3d.dll from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\.

9. Install ReShade & Filters

ReShade is an advanced, fully generic post-processing injector for games and video software. For Silent Hill 2 PC, ReShade can give the game visual improvements such as color corrections, level adjustments, built-in anti-aliasing, and more. The ReShade filter included in the download package will make the game closely resemble the PCSX2 (PlayStation 2 emulator) version of the game. ReShade was created by crosire and the "SH2 PC PS2" ReShade filter was created by Ratiocinator. Please consider taking a moment to thank them by sending a message of support or donating.
The ReShade & Filters download packages below are different depending on whether or not you are using WineD3D For Windows.

If you are not using WineD3D For Windows:

  1. Set d3d8to9 = to 1 in the d3d8.ini file.
  2. Download ReShade (DirectX) & SH2 PC PS2 Filter.
  3. Copy the content of the \Silent Hill 2\ folder from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\.

If you are using WineD3D For Windows:

  1. Set d3d8to9 = to 1 in the d3d8.ini file.
  2. Ensure WineD3D For Windows' files are placed in the game's directory.
  3. Download ReShade (OpenGL) & SH2 PC PS2 Filter.
  4. Copy the content of the \Silent Hill 2\ folder from the archive to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\.
The following keybinds are used for ReShade's menus and functionalities:
  • Ctrl + W: Opens ReShade's control panel.
  • F12: Enables/disables the filter while in-game.
  • Print Screen: Takes a screenshot of the current in-game screen. Saves to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\.
Note: Updating ReShade may change/overwrite these keybinds.
The ReShade Filter - SH2 PC PS2.ini file adjusts the game's visuals to closely resemble the PCSX2 (PlayStation 2 emulator) version of the game when it is played in software mode at 4x its native internal resolution. This is achieved by conservatively adjusting levels and color balance, while also adding specific types of anti-aliasing to mirror results seen on PCSX2.
PC Default
 
PC ReShade
 
PCSX2 (software mode)
Using 4x native internal resolution

10. Install Xinput Plus

This step is for users who want to play the game using an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller. If you do not plan to use either of these controllers this step can be skipped.
By default, the game supports the use of these controllers. However, it does not recognize the controllers' triggers or D-pad. Xinput Plus fixes these problems. Once you complete the steps below, run the game and go to its Options menu. Under Button Configuration you can now assign actions to all of your controller's inputs. Xinput Plus was created by 0dd14. Please consider taking a moment to thank them by sending a message of support or donating.
  1. Download Xinput Plus.
  2. Run the software and set the Target Program to \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\sh2pc.exe.
  3. Go to the DirectInput tab and check the Enable DirectInput Output box.
  4. Then set:
    • LT/RT to Button 11/12.
    • DPAD to Button 13-16.
    • GUIDE to Button 17.
  5. Optional: You can set the controller's D-pad to act as an additional movement pad (to mimic the controls on the console versions more closely). This will also allow you to use the D-pad to navigate the game's menus. However, doing so will remove the ability to use actions on the D-pad.
    1. Go to the KeyAssign tab.
    2. Set Left Stick to Multiple Key.
    3. A new window will pop up. In it, check Left Stick and DPAD.
    4. Click OK.
  6. Apply the changes.
Force feedback (rumble/vibration) for the game will not work when Xinput Plus is used.
Your controller must be plugged in to your PC prior to launching the game in order for Xinput Plus to work. You will hear a beep/chime (unless you disabled this feature via the Xinput Plus software) as the game launches confirming Xinput Plus has detected the controller.
For your convenience, the diagram below shows the default console controller layout for Silent Hill 2 displayed on an Xbox One controller. The diagram also includes two suggested button actions not available to the original console releases: Left joystick press for quick heal and right joystick press for quick reload. Note that the PC version of Silent Hill 2 binds the "look (in search view)" function, which is bound to the right joystick on console versions, to the movement pad, meaning you must fully stop moving to look around in search view. This is hard-coded into the PC version of the game and cannot be changed.

Troubleshooting

Issue OS GPU Recommendation
The game freezes/hangs upon launch. Any Any Wait up to 60 seconds after launching the game.
Any Any Ensure your antivirus/anti-malware software is not preventing the game or enhancement packages from running.
Any Any Ensure you are not using traditional anti-aliasing methods such as MSAA or SSAA while using WineD3D For Windows.
Windows 7 Any Disable single core affinity by setting SingleCoreAffinity = to 0 in the d3d8.ini file. You will then need to manually enable single core affinity each time you launch the game via the Task Manager. Running the game on a single core fixes the sound glitches/looping that is otherwise prevalent throughout the game.
Any Any Install the game to a directory in the C:\ drive.
Any Any Uninstall the game, delete any remaining content found within the \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\ folder, then follow the installation guide steps again.
Upon installing IndirectSound, the following error occurs on game launch: "The program can't start because MSVCP100.dll/MSCVR100.dll is missing from your computer." Any Any Install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86).
Using IndirectSound freezes/hangs the game upon launch. Any Any Install DirectX 9 SDK
Any Any Do not set the value for earlyStopFadeOutTime = too high in the dsound.ini file.
Any Any If using audio output from your GPU (such as Nvidia's "HD Audio" component), disable it and use your motherboard's onboard audio output instead.
The game screen turns solid grey when D3D8to9 is enabled in the d3d8.ini file. Any Any Install DirectX 9 SDK
The game runs slow in general. Any Any Tone down the value (intensity) for IncreaseNoiseFilterRes = in the d3d8.ini file if you increased it beyond 512.
Any Any Disable your anti-aliasing solution, if you are using any.
Any Any Remove the ReShade & Filters files, if you are using them.
Any Any Remove the WineD3D For Windows files, if you are using them.
The game runs slow during outside segments in the game. Any Any Tone down the values (intensity) of the Fog Fix settings in the d3d8.ini file or set Nemesis2000FogFix = to 0.
The FastTransitions feature is noticeably delayed while playing in fullscreen mode. Any ATI/AMD Set EnableWndMode = 1, WndModeBorder = 0, ResX = 0, and ResY = 0 in the d3d8.ini file.

SH2 Enhancements sometimes doesn't take effect when the game launches

While there can by many reasons why the fix won't launch, including issues specific to your PC only, the most important thing to do is to ensure you are using the latest version of SH2 Enhancements through its Mod Updater. You can open a support ticket for SH2 Enhancements on its GitHub page if further assistance is required.

The markings on the map "float" above the borders on the sides of the screen

The game does not render its overlaid 2D images beyond their original full screen aspect ratio, so when you open the map you will see borders on the sides. Yet, the markings on the map "float" above these borders. This issue can be resolved by setting Fix2D = to 0 in SH2 Enhancement's d3d8.ini file. Using this fix will make the map fill the widescreen resolution of your display, but will stretch the image in the process. This will affect all overlaid 2D images including the menu/inventory screen, memo screens, save screen, subtitles, etc.

In some cutscenes characters are "frozen in place" for a while

The cutscenes were made with only full screen displays in mind so when you run the game in widescreen you'll see things you were never supposed to see. This includes "frozen" character models that have been loaded in, right outside the full screen boundaries, ready and waiting to enter the scene. This issue can be resolved by setting ReduceCutsceneFOV = to 1 in SH2 Enhancement's d3d8.ini file.

My game crashes or freezes when I use WineD3D For Windows and force anti-aliasing through my GPU's control panel

There have been noted game freezes and crashes when forcing traditional anti-aliasing methods (such as MSAA and SSAA) through a GPU control panel while WineD3D For Windows is in use. However, anti-aliasing can be achieved by using ReShade. Installing/using ReShade for the game is addressed in the Installation Guide above.

If you want to use a traditional method of anti-aliasing through your GPU's control panel, such as MSAA or SSAA, you will need to remove WineD3D For Windows and ReShade OpenGL (and their associated files) from the game's directory; set d3d8to9 = to 0 in the d3d8.ini file; and launch the game at least once after installing the SH2 Enhancements mod before attempting any type of anti-aliasing override. However, you should consider forgoing forced traditional anti-aliasing in favor of the beneficial fixes D3D8to9 and WineD3D For Windows provides for the game to Nvidia users.

Can I edit .ini file settings while the game is running and the changes take effect live?

No, editing settings within the .ini files while the game is running will not change the settings live as you're playing the game. You must fully exit the game and then re-launch the game to see your saved, adjusted settings take effect.

My video capture software records a blank screen for this game now

This is a result from using WineD3D For Windows for the game. A work-around is to run the game in forced windowed mode (achievable via the SH2 Enhancements mod) and tell your video capture software to record your monitor's screen (as opposed to the game's specific window), then crop the video's composition to just the game window in your video editing software during post-production.

The download links no longer work/are dead

Be sure to double-check that the URL is correct. Alternatively, you can search for these download pages online by their names. You can download mirrors of the packages from this page but this should only be done as a last resort as the mirrors may not be the most up-to-date versions of the packages. The package creators may have released newer, better, more optimized versions of their work. Click here for mirrored package downloads.

Mirrored Package Downloads

You can download mirrors of the packages below but this should only be done as a last resort as the mirrors may not be the most up-to-date versions of the packages. Outdated versions of the packages below may not work alongside newer versions of other packages.

SH2 Enhancements

Version: 1.2.1260.0

Archived: August 23, 2018

Enhanced Edition Essential Files

Version: 1.0.1

Archived: August 30, 2018

Original FMV Enhancement Pack

This package is large at 2.8 GB.

Version: N/A

Archived: December 21, 2017

16:9 FMV Enhancement Pack

This package is large at 4.4 GB.

Version: N/A

Archived: December 21, 2017

IndirectSound

Version: 0.17

Archived: August 1, 2018

Audio Enhancement Pack

This package is large at 1.5 GB.

Version: 2.0.0

Archived: August 1, 2018

WineD3D

Not required unless needed.

Version: 1.7.52

Archived: June 27, 2017

ReShade (DirectX) & SH2 PC PS2 Filter

Use without WineD3D For Windows.

Version: 3.4.0

Archived: August 1, 2018

ReShade (OpenGL) & SH2 PC PS2 Filter

Use with WineD3D For Windows.

Version: 3.4.0

Archived: August 1, 2018

Xinput Plus

Not required unless needed.

Version: 4.14.3

Archived: June 27, 2017

Directory Tree of New Fixes

The directory trees below only show files and folders that would be added to Silent Hill 2 PC's directory through the fix packages mentioned in this installation guide. It does not include Silent Hill 2 PC's default installation files.

Without WineD3D For Windows:

  • \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\
  • reshade-shaders\
    • [All files and folders within]From ReShade: These files and folders are what make the ReShade filters work.
  • sh2e\
    • bg\
      • [All files within]From Enhanced Edition Essential Files: These files contain camera clipping and/or environment adjustment fixes for the game.
    • bg2\
      • [All files within]From Enhanced Edition Essential Files: These files contain camera clipping and/or environment adjustment fixes for the game.
    • etc\
      • message\
        • *_e.mesFrom Enhanced Edition Essential Files: These files contain grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure improvements for the English text of the game.
    • movie\
      • [All files within]From FMV Enhancement Pack: These files contain the new FMVs for the game.
    • pic\
      • etc\
        • [All files within]From Enhanced Edition Essential Files: These files contain main menu background image and mouse cursor improvements for the game.
    • sound\
      • [All files and folders within]From Audio Enhancement Pack: These files and folders contain the new sound effects, background, and dialog audio for the game.
  • d3d8.datFrom SH2 Enhancements: This file contains pathing information for the game's memo/riddle images which certain fixes use.
  • d3d8.dllFrom SH2 Enhancements: This file is what makes SH2 Enhancements work.
  • d3d8.iniFrom SH2 Enhancements: This file allows you to adjust settings for SH2 Enhancements.
  • d3d9.dllFrom ReShade: This file is what makes ReShade work.
  • d3d9.iniFrom ReShade: This file allows you to adjust settings for ReShade.
  • dinput.dllFrom Xinput Plus: This file is part of what makes Xinput Plus work.
  • dinput8.dllFrom Xinput Plus: This file is part of what makes Xinput Plus work.
  • dsound.dllFrom IndirectSound: This file is what makes IndirectSound work.
  • dsound.iniFrom IndirectSound: This file allows you to adjust settings for IndirectSound.
  • ReShade Filter - SH2 PC PS2.iniFrom ReShade: This file adjusts the game's visuals to better match the PCSX2 version.
  • sh2pc.exeFrom Enhanced .exe: This executable makes launching Silent Hill 2 easier when using fix packages.
  • XInput1_3.dllFrom Xinput Plus: This file is part of what makes Xinput Plus work.
  • XInputPlus.iniFrom Xinput Plus: This file allows you to adjust settings for Xinput Plus.

With WineD3D For Windows:

  • \KONAMI\Silent Hill 2\
  • reshade-shaders\
    • [All files and folders within]From ReShade: These files and folders are what make the ReShade filters work.
  • sh2e\
    • bg\
      • [All files within]From Enhanced Edition Essential Files: These files contain camera clipping and/or environment adjustment fixes for the game.
    • bg2\
      • [All files within]From Enhanced Edition Essential Files: These files contain camera clipping and/or environment adjustment fixes for the game.
    • etc\
      • message\
        • *_e.mesFrom Enhanced Edition Essential Files: These files contain grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure improvements for the English text of the game.
    • movie\
      • [All files within]From FMV Enhancement Pack: These files contain the new FMVs for the game.
    • pic\
      • etc\
        • [All files within]From Enhanced Edition Essential Files: These files contain main menu background image and mouse cursor improvements for the game.
    • sound\
      • [All files and folders within]From Audio Enhancement Pack: These files and folders contain the new sound effects, background, and dialog audio for the game.
  • d3d8.datFrom SH2 Enhancements: This file contains pathing information for the game's memo/riddle images which certain fixes use.
  • d3d8.dllFrom SH2 Enhancements: This file is what makes SH2 Enhancements work.
  • d3d8.iniFrom SH2 Enhancements: This file allows you to adjust settings for SH2 Enhancements.
  • d3d9.dllFrom WineD3D For Windows: This file is part of what makes WineD3D For Windows work.
  • dinput.dllFrom Xinput Plus: This file is part of what makes Xinput Plus work.
  • dinput8.dllFrom Xinput Plus: This file is part of what makes Xinput Plus work.
  • dsound.dllFrom IndirectSound: This file is what makes IndirectSound work.
  • dsound.iniFrom IndirectSound: This file allows you to adjust settings for IndirectSound.
  • libwine.dllFrom WineD3D For Windows: This file is part of what makes WineD3D For Windows work.
  • opengl32.dllFrom ReShade: This file is what makes ReShade work.
  • opengl32.iniFrom ReShade: This file allows you to adjust settings for ReShade.
  • ReShade Filter - SH2 PC PS2.iniFrom ReShade: This file adjusts the game's visuals to better match the PCSX2 version.
  • sh2pc.exeFrom Enhanced .exe: This executable makes launching Silent Hill 2 easier when using fix packages.
  • wine3d.dllFrom WineD3D For Windows: This file is part of what makes WineD3D For Windows work.
  • XInput1_3.dllFrom Xinput Plus: This file is part of what makes Xinput Plus work.
  • XInputPlus.iniFrom Xinput Plus: This file allows you to adjust settings for Xinput Plus.