Silent Hill 2 (SH2) is a survival horror game originally published in 2001 by Konami for the Playstation 2. It is generally considered to be one of the best games of the genre, and so one would expect that a publisher such as Konami would treat this game with the care and respect that it deserves. Unfortunately, Konami is run by a bunch of incompetent fools, and they have been completely neglecting the classic SH games for years now. Not only did we never get a satisfactory HD remaster of the original games,1 there does not appear to be any official way to even obtain the original games legally anymore. On top of that, the PC ports of the games were widely considered to be vastly inferior to the Playstation versions, and there was never a version released for Linux.
I was recently tempted to replay SH2, only to realize that the original PC port of the game doesn’t work smoothly on Wine. Moreover, the original looks like trash on modern high-resolution monitors, so this begs the question: how do I get SH2 to work in high definition on a modern Linux computer? It’s easy if you know what to do:
This gets you all the necessary files in order to play the modern enhanced version of SH2. There’s just one problem: it doesn’t work on Linux. If you run
wine sh2pc.exe, you’ll notice nothing is different from the original: everything is still low-res and the game is full of glitches caused by incompatabilities with modern systems. This is ostensibly because the load order of DLLs is different for Wine than it is for the actual Windows OS, and the enhanced edition of SH2 cannot function without its own
d3d8.dll. The fix to this problem is due to jcplemons and involves a few additional simple steps:
d3d8to “(native, builtin)". This will cause Wine to try to load the native version of this DLL first, only resorting to the system built-in when no native version can be found.
Now you should be able to run the SH2 enhanced edition via Wine. Just navigate to the installation folder and run
wine sh2pc.exe. There are still some minor problems to watch out for that I wasn’t able to fix, however:
All in all, the game runs pretty well and it looks and sounds fantastic. It’s what the official HD remake should have been.
The offensive turd that is the official Silent Hill HD Collection emphatically does not count. ↩︎