Silent Hill 2: Extra Riddle Mode In-Depth FAQ

Author: XykoJester (xykojester@indigonova.com)
Version 1.0, created 8.10.2

This document Copyright 2002 by Branden "XykoJester" Conley. Any reproductions
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Table of Contents
A: The Coin Puzzle (Quick)
B: How to Unlock Extra Riddle Mode
C: Playing With Extra Riddle Mode
D: The Safe Puzzle
E: The Coin Puzzle (Full)
F: The Coin Puzzle (Another Perspective)
G: The Innocent Man Puzzle
H: Contact Info


This guide was made specifically for the English PlayStation 2 version of
Silent Hill 2. However, due to the limited focus of the guide, I'm fairly
certain that everything in here is also applicable to all OTHER English
versions of Silent Hill 2, which would include the XBox (and soon to be) PS2
versions of Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams.


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--- A: The Coin Puzzle (Quick)
Answer: Old Man, space, Snake, Prisoner, space

If your trek through Extra Mode went ANYTHING like mine did, this is all you're
here for. For the explanation of why this is the answer, see below.


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--- B: How to Unlock Extra Riddle Mode
According to the rest of the internet, to get Extra Riddle Mode, you have to
beat through the game on all three of the riddle modes.

I'm not sure if this is true or not. I'm willing to bet that you only have to
beat it on Hard mode to unlock Extra Mode, but I haven't actually verified this
yet. Expect a definite answer to this question in a future update of this FAQ.

In the meantime, you should beat all three riddle modes ANYWAY. They're fun
puzzles, and if you're so set on completely obliterating the hardest riddle
mode, then you probably like puzzles. Also, the text is VERY different from
mode to mode, and some of it (the Innocent Man puzzle in particular) is fairly
interesting.


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--- C: Playing With Extra Riddle Mode
You've been through the game with every riddle mode, but you STILL didn't
unlock the Extra mode.

One of two things has happened. You might not have used the same game start
every time. When you beat the game, it will give you the opportunity to save
your file, and replay the game again from that file. In order to unlock Extra
mode, you MUST load that file before going to New Game (in yellow, to symbolize
the "Next Fear" or whatever). Yes, the game will auto load the Game Start file
if you have one on the card, but if you have more than one, it will load the
first one in it's list, which is not necessarily the one you're working on. So
to be safe, always load the Game Start file before hitting new game.

If this is your problem, I can not help you. You've been through the game a few
times, but they weren't all on the same file. I'm so sorry. *heh* But you're
gunna have to do it all again.

The other problem is that the game isn't very clear that you've UNLOCKED Extra
mode. I stumbled upon this quite by accident. To play Extra Riddle Mode, unlock
it, and then play through on Hard mode. When you save your game it will say
that you are playing in Extra Riddle Mode, and the Safe, Coin, and Innocent Man
puzzles will be different from Hard Mode.


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--- D: The Safe Puzzle
When I went through the slip of paper in the wallet says a >> 3 << 4 >> 5. I
just figured that "a" was, most logically, the number proceeding this sequence,
and since the first direction was "right" that I'd need to go left to get to it
to start the puzzle.

But this IS Extra Riddle Mode and it IS supposed to be much harder than the
other ones, right?.  After beating the game on Extra Riddle Mode, I found
another FAQ that includes the Extra Riddle Mode solutions... Where was it when
I needed it, eh? Anyway, Chris Parker's FAQ @
http://www.megagames.com/megacheats/files/silenthill2walkthru.txt credits
"renholder" with THIS solution:

"The numbers only go 1-9. After 9, letters take their place. A=1, b=2,
c-3 and so on. Take the number of the letter and add 9 onto it to get
the number you need. For instance you have 8>>f<<4>>g, it will equal
8>>15<<4>>16. F=6+9. G=7+9."

If Chris Parker and renholder are right, then I must have, somehow,
accidentally gone through "10" on my way to spin to "2". I'm going to go
through the game AGAIN and check this out. One way or another, I'll have a
solution for you when I update this FAQ. But, since the safe doesn't give you
anything more than handgun bullets, and is completely optional, I'm going to
finish out this FAQ "as-is" for now.


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--- E: The Coin Puzzle (Full)
Answer: Old Man, space, Snake, Prisoner, space

If you examine the coins, they will have a reverse side, which they don't have
in any of the other riddle modes. You can't put the coins in with they're
backside showing, so this really only helps in solving the puzzle.

I wasn't sure how this helped. I didn't SOLVE this one... After fooling with it
for a couple hours, breaking down and checking http://www.gamefaqs.com for the
answer, and not finding it, I did what every devout gamer should do before
giving up: I said "[expletive deleted] the [expletive deleted] puzzle! I can
get past here WITHOUT solving it!" and I spent ANOTHER couple hours trying
EVERY POSSIBLE COMBINATION.

So I got the answer you see above. *points* Eventually. But I noticed that the
answer there *points again* is the same answer as one of the first ones I tried
PREVIOUSLY before giving up, but I had it backwards... space, Prisoner, Snake,
space, Old Man.

Here is what I THINK is the reasoning behind this answer, but it all hinges on
the idea that it's implying that the puzzle moves right to left. It is nothing
more than my flummoxed assumptions. If anybody has a better answer, let me
know.

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Like coins in the hazy
aether tossed
Our Souls must by
their sinful weight
Descend to earth
with lightness lost

To "right" the sins
that they hath laid
When thrice in falling they intone
Then Happiness shall be thy own

The first note be not by
the Horned One rung
Though it be there that
all sins be sprung

the Bringer of Life and
the Bringer of Shame
The sins of the latter be
even more tame

Though coming
in the Aged One's wake
The Formless One's soul
in fear doth quake

The Needless One, silent
with hungers all sated
Is least then in sin
with his lusts all abated

For the gravest of sinners
His place be appointed
And if he be lucky
may his soul be anointed
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So, the first verse is nothing more than the intro filler stuff. "Use the
coins" basically. It explains that the order of the coins has something to do
with the order of the sins represented by the coins. I think the "with
lightness lost" line means that, left to right, the crimes are getting worse.

Then the second verse has the "right" line... Which, I think means that they
are listing the crimes from right to left... I can't think of any other reason
why the word would be in quotes, and when teamed up with the "lightness lost"
line it makes the rest of this solution make sense. The line "When thrice in
falling they intone" lets you know that there are three coins in 5 slots, and
also relates the coins falling into the slots, or whatever, as "tones". Which
leads to the first line of the third verse...

...which says the "first note be not by the Horned One rung, though it be there
that all sins be sprung". Who is the Horned One that all sins are sprung from
here? Well, Biblically, the first sin was when Adam and Eve were coerced into
eating from the Tree of Good and Evil by Satan in a snake's form. Satan is also
typically portrayed (when not a snake) as having horns. Or maybe its the
Crescent Moon on the back of the snake coin (looking like horns) that make him
the Horned One? So, the first (right-most) coin is NOT the snake, though it IS
the source of sin. It is also implying that being the source of sin does not
necessarily make him the worst of the three sinners.

Then, in the fourth verse, "The sins of the latter be even more tame" explains
that the "Bringer of Life" apparently had crimes worse than "Bringer of Shame".
The Bringer of Life is the Prisoner, because woman give birth ("Bringing
Life"), or because the Eggs on the back of her coin bring life. I think the
Bringer of Shame is the snake (mentioned again), because after the snake talked
Adam and Eve into eating the fruit, the two were filled with shame and ran off
to cover their naked bodies: the Snake brought shame. So we know so far that 1)
the Snake is NOT the first (furthest right) coin, and 2) the woman is WORSE
(heavier sin, thus further right) than he is. So we know that of the three
coins, the Snake is to the left of (though not necessarily immediately next to)
the Prisoner.

In the fifth verse, "The Aged One" can be nothing other than the Old Man. "The
Formless One" is an empty space; without form. This "Formless one" comes in the
wake of the Aged One, which means it's BEHIND him. From right to left, that
means that there is a space just to the right of the Old Man.

Sixth verse: "The Needless One, silent" is the Old Man. There is a grave on the
back of his coin, which signifies his death. He has neither needs, nor the
ability to make noise. Snakes hiss, women... make woman noises, but dead people
just sit there and rot. (Unless you're playing Resident Evil *grin*) So,
because he's dead, and has had his hunger sated and his lusts abated (he is
dead, and thus he has no more sinful desires), he "is least then in sin", and,
moving right to left, takes up the left-most hole. Since we're not talking
about tones being rung, or anything like that, and we've actually given a name
to at least ONE of the spaces, being "least in sin" means he's in the left-most
hole.

Add a Formless One in the wake of (immediately to the right of) the Aged One,
and you've got: "Old Man, space". Since the Snake is less bad than the
Prisoner, it means that following "Old Man, space" is either "Snake, space,
Prisoner", "space, Snake, Prisoner" or "Snake, Prisoner, space". The first of
the three possibilities is the solution to the Easy Mode puzzle, which would be
pretty lame to repeat, and the second one would leave the Formless "Two"
following in the Aged One's wake (Old Man, space, space). Which leaves the
final answer... "Old Man, space, Snake, Prisoner, space"

With the riddle solved, the seventh verse is there just to sound pretty, I
guess. Either that, or it's saying that the "gravest of sinners" (the Old Man,
punned to death) is the last (most left) place. Then, it says that he might,
"if he be lucky", have his soul "anointed", meaning it is made holy. But since
it only talks about one of them getting this special forgiveness, then you
would THINK it would be the Old Man, with the least sin. The only thing that
throws this off is that, grammatically, the "gravest" of sinners would be the
WORST one. But I think they're dropping grammar for the sake of the pun.


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--- F: The Coin Puzzle (Another Perspective)
According to the OTHER FAQ I found (Chris Parker's FAQ @
http://www.megagames.com/megacheats/files/silenthill2walkthru.txt), THIS is the
reason the answer works.

"The Aged one is the Old Man, who is in the first slot. He is
a bringer of life and shame. It says the Horned One, the Formless One
trails behind him on the third falling. Thus the snake coin is in the
third slot. Finally, the Needless One is silent and is kept away from
sinning, all hungers sated in his prison. Obviously, he pays for his
sins by being close to the Horned One (who I assume is the devil), so
place the Prisoner right after the snake."

His is obviously much shorter, and easier to read, but I really don't see how
he came up with it. Here is why I think this isn't the answer: This is NOT a
bash on Chris Parker, who seems to have written an otherwise fairly extensive
FAQ. It is simply a comparison of solutions with THE ONLY OTHER EXTRA MODE FAQ
ON THE INTERNET.

1) How is the Old Man the bringer of life and shame? He IS older than the
woman, but he ISN'T older than the snake who (by his own admission, later) is
supposed to be Satan, who came LONG before people. And even so, I don't see how
it makes him the Bringer of Life. And there really isn't any connection to him
being the bringer of shame. Also, with the way the puzzle is worded, the
Bringer of Life and Bringer of Shame have to be two different people, or you
couldn't compare them by saying "the latter"... For how could the Old Man's
crimes be "even more tame" than "the latter one" who is ALSO the Old Man?

2) The Horned One and the Formless One are probably not the same person: If you
have no form, where would you hang the horns? *lol* And I'm not sure where he
gets "the third falling" part, unless it's from the lines "When thrice in
falling they intone Then Happiness shall be thy own" since that's the only
other place that the word "three" (or a derivation there of) comes up... It's
pretty clear that it's saying when you put all three coins in you will find
"Happiness" (solving the puzzle, getting the key, etc.)

3) The Needless One CAN'T be the Prisoner, if for no other reason than The
Needless One (supposedly a female Prisoner) is called "he" several times. Also,
his definition of "sated" seems to be a little off: someone would not have
their "hungers sated in prison" unless they happened to be fed really well
there. *lol* The bit about the Prisoner paying for her crimes by being close to
the Horned One seems to work, since sinners get thrown in hell with Satan. But
since it isn't ANYWHERE in the puzzle itself, I'm inclined to think that this
is just a coincidence.

4) The back of the coins don't come in here ANYWHERE, even though Extra mode is
the only time you get to see them. I am aware that I only BARELY fit that part
in, but mine works, at least. But with this solution, the backside of the coin
actually works AGAINST him. Here, the tombstone is on the back of the Bringer
of Life, Bringer of Shame, though a tombstone represents death. Death doesn't
bring life, and death FREES a person from shame (Ever heard of seppuku? *lol*).

5) What happened to the "with lightness lost" line? According to this solution,
the crimes actually get lighter as you move through it... And why is the word
"right" the only one in quotes? I know that sometimes part of the puzzle is
just there to throw you off, like the "the other one, my secret name" and "I'll
take care of you four ever" lines, but this seems to be a little more
significant.

That's enough nitpicking from me. Especially since I'm not THAT sure of my
answer anyway. Got any other ideas?


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--- G: The Innocent Man Puzzle
Answer: The Thief is innocent.

This one I'm sure of.

At one point in the puzzle, after setting up the whole "one guy is innocent"
bit, it says "The bloodstains remaining are proof of their guilt" and then goes
on to list them.

--
The white bandages stained
with crimson
The remains upon the scorched
black earth
The whispered cries of
the maiden
They are but meaningless
contract

They are also signs of guilt.

But one of them was
done without reason.
It was done out of fear
and a ripe imagination.
--

So, white bandages stained with crimson (blood, obviously) is either Murder or
Bodily Injury. But if the victim is dead, you don't bandage them, right? So the
first guilty man is Bodily Injury.

Scorched black earth. Arson. That one's easy.

The whispered cries of the maiden? Kidnapping. It certainly isn't arson. *lol*

At first I just dismissed the "meaningless contract" line as being just random
filler. That would leave Swindling, Murder, and Thievery. Then it goes on to
talk about a crime committed "out of fear and a ripe imagination"... I can't
see someone robbing or conning someone out of fear, so that had to be Murder.
And, on a hunch, I figured they DID mention a "meaningless contract" even if it
wasn't directly related to the signs of guilt. So, in the spirit of 50/50
guesses, I figured my odds were better that it was the Thief who was innocent.
And there you have it.


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--- H: Contact Info
Got a problem with my FAQ? Any reason why I'm wrong? Any OTHER reasons why I'm
right? Questions, comments, anything for the good of the cause? Am I unclear
anywhere? Any obvious spelling errors or anything like that?

If you have ANY reason to tell me ANYTHING, email me at
xykojester@indigonova.com.


This document Copyright 2002 by Branden "XykoJester" Conley. Any reproductions
part or in full must be done with written authority.