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    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
    part or in full must be done with written authority.
    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.
    --- 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.
    --- 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
    --- 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.
    --- 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.
    --- 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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    --- 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
    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
    That's enough nitpicking from me. Especially since I'm not THAT sure of my
    answer anyway. Got any other ideas?
    --- 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
    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.
    --- 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
    This document Copyright 2002 by Branden "XykoJester" Conley. Any reproductions
    part or in full must be done with written authority.

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