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                         Endings FAQ / Guide for Silent Hill 2
                                    by Matt Clark
                                     Version 1.4
                                 Last Updated 06/20/06
    
    
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                                      -=Contents=-
                                    1. The Introduction
                                    2. The Endings
                                     a. Leave
                                     b. Maria
                                     c. In Water
                                     d. Rebirth
                                     e. Dog
                                     f. UFO
                                    3. The Letter
                                    4. The Frequently Asked Questions
                                    5. The Closing
    
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                                     -Updates-
    
     5/8/03 - Version 1.0 - Submited the initial FAQ.
     
     4/30/06 - Version 1.1 - Added the Letter section, updated email, fixed typos
                             and made various other fixes.
     
     5/6/06 - Version 1.2 - Fixed various typos, added bonus ending information,
                            added some new Frequently Asked Questions.
     
     5/14/06 - Version 1.3 - Fixed various errors in the scripts, added supported
                             sites, added contact info, some small format fixes.
     
     6/20/06 - Version 1.4 - Updated e-mail...again...
    
     Currently, this FAQ should only be found on the following sites:
    
                              www.gamefaqs.com
                              www.neoseeker.com
                              www.supercheats.com
     
     If you see this guide posted on any other sites, please let me know.
    
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                                    1.The Introduction
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     You're probably reading this because  you're  looking  to  obtain  a  certain
     ending. Or maybe you DONT want to obtain an ending and you just want to  read
     the description rather than play through the game. Whichever fits you, you've
     come to the right place if you have questions about the endings.
    
     This FAQ Includes: 
    
                - How to obtain each of the endings
                - Descriptions for all of the endings
                - Ending Scripts 
    
     Yes I know all of this can be found in most of  the  walkthroughs  but  after
     spending about 20 min looking for some info on  an  ending,  I  gave  up  and
     decided to put all the ending information into  one  neat  and  tidy  FAQ.  I
     suggest you play through the game once before reading this FAQ, because  your
     chances of having something spoiled are high.
                 
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                                     2.The Endings
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     Depending on which version of Silent Hill 2 you have, you will either have  5
     or 6 endings. In the original version of SH2, there are 5 different  endings.
     Greatest Hits and the XBox version have 6. The following  is  information  on
     all 6 of the endings. From this point on, expect massive ***SPOILERS***
    
    
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                       _   LEAVE   _
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              Requirements for "Leave" ending:
                        
     Do...
                            
     - Listen to the entire hallway conversation
     - Examine Marys picture and letter occasionally
     - Heal immediately after being hurt
     - Excede maximum health limit
                                         
     Do Not...
                                       
     - Do not try to return to the apartment
     - Do not stay close to Maria
    
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              Quick Description
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     When the final boss is killed, James talks one last time with  Mary
     in her bed. After they're done talking, Mary gives James  a  letter
     and then passes on. A scene of Laura and James walking up the  path
     through the cemetary is shown while the letter* is  read  aloud  by
     Mary. It is believed that this represents  James  fulfilling  Marys
     wish and adopting Laura.
     
     *the entire letter can be found just after Endings section.
    
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                  Script
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     (James approaches the figure at the top of the building)
    
     JAMES: Mary?!
    
     MARIA: When will you ever stop making that mistake? Marys dead.
            YOU killed her!
    
     JAMES: Maria? Its you. But I dont need YOU anymore...
    
     MARIA: What?! You must be joking?  But I can be yours. Ill
            be here for you forever. And Ill never yell at you
            or make  you  feel  bad. Thats what you wanted! Im
            different than Mary. How can you throw me away?!
    
     JAMES: I understad now. Its time to end this nightmare...
    
     MARIA: No! I wont let you. You deserve to die too James!
    
     (Maria transforms into a demon and James fights and kills her)
    
     MARY: James...James...James...James...James...James...James...
    
     (Fade in to Marys bedroom)
    
     JAMES: Mary?
    
     MARY: (cough cough cough) James...
    
     JAMES: Forgive me?
    
     MARY: I told you that I wanted to die James. I wanted the pain
           to end.
    
     JAMES: Thats why I did it honey. I just couldnt watch you suffer.
            No...thats not true. You also said, you didnt want to die.
            The truth is, I hated you. I wanted you out of the way. I
            wanted my life back.
    
     MARY: James...If that were true, then why do you look so sad?
    
     JAMES: Mary?!
    
     MARY: James...please. Please do something for me. Go on with your 
           life.
    
     (Mary passes away and James gets her letter. A scene of James
      and Laura walking through the cemetary is shown while  Mary
      narrorates the letter) 
         
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                       _   MARIA   _
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             Requirements for "Maria" ending:
    
     Do...
    
     - Try to return to Maria's jail cell after James
       finds her dead
     - Stay close to Maria
     - Revisit Maria's hospital room when she lays down
     - Make sure Maria recieves very little damage
    
     Do not...
     
     - Do not attempt to return to Nathan Avenue after
       the bowling ally
     - Do not examine Marys picture and letter
     - Do not stay far away from Maria
     - Do not bump into Maria a lot
    
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              Quick Description
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     When the final boss is killed, James returns to Rosewater Park with
     Maria. He ultimately decides to leave with her.  Maria  coughs  a
     few times. Is James doomed to repeat what happened with Mary?
    
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                  Script
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     (James approaches the figure at the top of the building)
                          
     MARY: James. Ive been waiting.
                
     JAMES: Mary. Im sorry I took so long
    
     MARY: Didnt you want to see me?
    
     JAMES: Yes I wanted to see you, even an illusion of  you...thats
            why I came here.
    
     MARY: Its  not  true...is it?  You killed me.
    
     JAMES: I couldnt watch you suffer.
    
     MARY: Dont make excuses James (cough)I know I was a burden on you.
           You must have hated me. Thats why you got rid of me.
    
     JAMES: Its true. I may have had some of those feelings. (pause)
            It was a long three years. I was...tired...
    
     MARY: Thats why you  needed this Maria  person?  James...do
           you really think  I  could ever FORGIVE YOU FOR  WHAT
           YOU DID?!?
                 
     (Mary transforms into a demon and James fights and kills her)
    
     MARY: James...James...James...
            
     (Screen fades in to James and Maria)
    
     MARIA: You killed Mary again?
    
     JAMES: That wasnt  Mary.  Marys gone. That was just something 
            I...Maria?...Maria?
    
     MARIA: What James?
    
     JAMES: I want you. I want you with me.
    
     MARIA: Are you sure?
    
     JAMES: Cmon, lets get out of here.
    
     MARIA: What about Mary?
    
     JAMES: Its ok. I have you.
    
     (Maria coughs 3 times)
    
     JAMES: We better do something
            about that cough...
      
    
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                       _  IN WATER _
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             Requirements for "In Water" ending:
    
     Do...
    
     - Examine Angelas knife often
     - Read the diary on the hospital roof
     - Stay at low health throughout the game
     - Listen to the entire hallway conversation
     - Listen to the headphones in the reading room after
       watching the tape
     - Read the second message to James in Neelys Bar
    
     Do not...
    
     - Do not heal right after taking damage
    
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              Quick Description
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     When the final boss is killed, James talks one last time with Mary.
     She hands him a letter and then passes on. James picks up Mary  and
     carries her out of the room. The screen fades to black and you hear
     a car door shut. A car can be heard driving erratically and then it
     stops and James says: "Now we can be together".  The  screen  fades
     back in and it is a view from underwater. The letter* Mary gave  you
     is read aloud.
    
     *the entire letter can be found just after the Endings section
    
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                  Script
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     (James approaches the figure at the top of the building)
    
     JAMES: Mary?!
    
     MARIA: When will you ever stop making
            that mistake? Marys dead.  YOU
            killed her!
    
     JAMES: Maria? Its you. But I dont need
            YOU anymore...
    
     MARIA: What?! You must be joking?  But I can be yours. Ill be here for
            you forever. And Ill never yellat you or make  you  feel  bad.
            Thats what you wanted! Im differentthan Mary. How can you throw me
            away?!
    
     JAMES: I understad now. Its time to end this nightmare...
    
     MARIA: No! I wont let you. You deserve to die too James!
    
     (Maria transforms into a demon and James fights and kills her)
    
     MARY: James...James...James...James...James...James...James...
    
     (Fade in to Marys bedroom)
    
     JAMES: Mary?
    
     MARY: (cough cough cough) James...
    
     JAMES: Forgive me?
    
     MARY: I told you that I wanted to die James. I wanted the pain
           to end.
    
     JAMES: Thats why I did it honey. I just couldnt watch you suffer.
            No...thats not true. You also said, you didnt want to die.
            The truth is, I hated you. I wanted you out of the way. I
            wanted my life back.
    
     MARY: James...If that were true, then why do you look so sad?
    
     JAMES: Mary?!
    
     MARY: James...please. Please do something for me. Go on with your life.
    
     (Mary passes on and James pick up her body and the screen fades to black)
    
     (A car door is heard closing. It starts up. The sounds of a car
           going extremly fast and screeching. It all stops)
    
     JAMES: Now we can be together...
       
     (fades into underwater view. Mary letter is read aloud by Mary)
    
    
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                           Bonus Endings
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     The following endings are bonus endings(including  one  that  is
     only found in the Greatest Hits version). These endings  require
     special saving techniques,  so  please  read  carefully  or  you
     might not get them.
    
     In order for most of these endings to work, you must use what is
     known as a  "Replay Game".  These  replay  games  save  whatever
     new ending you get during a replay of  the  game,  to  the  last
     played SH2 file. This means that you can have credit for getting
     more than one ending on a save file. 
    
     For example, the Dog ending requires that you have received  all 
     three normal endings on one save or completed the Rebirth ending
     on one save. After obtaining these endings on one save, you  can
     then select "Replay Game" and the Dog ending should be unlocked.
    
     The "Replay Game" option can be found at  the  Main  Menu  after
     completing the game once.
    
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                       _  REBIRTH  _
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            Requirements for "Rebirth" ending:
    
     Collect the following items during a "Replay Game"
        after beating the game once with any ending:
                               
     - White Chism:    Located on kitchen counter in room
                       with Coin Puzzle in the Blue Creek
                       apartments
                      
     - Book Of Lost    Located in a  newspaper  dispenser
       Memories:       at the Texxon  Gas  Station  after
                       meeting with Maria
                      
     - Obsidian        Located inside  a  broken  display
       Goblet:         case inside  of  the  Silent  Hill
                       Historical Society
    
     - Book of         Located in the Reading Room  after 
       Crimson         watching the tape
       Ceremony:
    
     If you have all of these after killing the final boss, you
     should achieve the Rebirth ending.
     
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              Quick Description
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     When the final boss is killed, James returns  to  the  rowboat  and
     rows to an island in the middle of Toluca Lake. The island is  seen
     to have a small church/alter on it. He rows up to  a  dock  on  the
     island as the screen fades to black. According to many theories, he
     was attempting to use the dark ritual to resurrect Mary.
    
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                  Script
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     (James is rowing in a rowboat)
                                       
     JAMES: Mary...you looked so...peaceful. Forgive me for waking you
            but without you, I just cant go on. I  cant  live  without
            you Mary. This town...Silent Hill.  The  old  gods  havent
            left this place. And they still grant power to  those  who
            venerate them. Power to defy even death.
    
            Ahhhh...Mary...
    
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                       _    DOG    _
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             =Requirements for "Dog" ending=
    
     ***You must have completed the Rebirth ending or all three***
      ***main endings one one save in order to get this ending***
    
     Pick up the Observation Room Key inside of the Dog
     House in the lot DIRECTLY across from the exit  of
     Rosewater Park after meeting Maria.
                      
     Continue through the game until you watch the tape.
     After you watch the tape, use the key to open  the
     Observation Room next to Room 312 for this ending.
    
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              Quick Description
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     As James opens the door to the Observation Room,  he  spies  a  Dog
     sitting in a chair infront of a control panel. So it  was  the  dog
     all along! I knew it! Or did I?
    
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                  Script
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     Sorry, no script for this one. You'll just have to get it  or  read
     the above description.
    
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                       _    UFO    _
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              Requirements for "UFO" ending
    
     ***This ending is only available in the Greatest Hits*** 
               ***version and the Xbox version***
    
     After you have completed the game and the extra Maria
     scenario, start a new game and look for a "Blue Gem"
     in the reststop bathroom. Use the Blue Gem in the 
     following places throughout the game:
    
     - The Brookhaven Garden after fighting the hanging men
     - Infront of the row boat on the dock  after  exiting
       the meat locker
     - In Room 312 before you watch the tape
    
     If you did it right, you'll recieve a new ending. This
     along with the "Dog" ending are both joke endings. 
    
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             Quick Description
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     When James uses the Blue Gem the final  time,  a  short  black  and
     white movie is played. All I'll say  is  that  the  movie  involves 
     James, Harry and  Aliens.
    
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                    Script
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     Again, no script for this one. You'll just have to get it  or  read
     the above description.
    
    
    
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                                    3.The Letter
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     The following is the letter mentioned  in  two of  the  endings.  It  can  be
     interpretated in any way you'd like.
    
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     In my restless dreams,
     I see that town.
    
     Silent Hill.
    
     You promised you'd take me
     there again someday.
     But you never did.
    
     Well I'm alone there now...
    
     In our 'special place'
     Waiting for you...
    
     Waiting for you to
     come to see me.
    
     But you never do.
    
     And so I wait, wrapped in my
     cocoon of pain and loneliness.
    
     I know I've done a terrible
     thing to you.  Something you'll
     never forgive me for.
    
     I wish I could change
     that, but I can't.
    
     I feel so pathetic and ugly
     laying here, waiting for you...
    
     Every day I stare up at the cracks
     in the ceiling and all I can think
     about is how unfair it all is...
    
     The doctor came today.
     He told me I could go
     home for a short stay.
    
     It's not that I'm getting better.
     It's just that this may be
     my last chance...
    
     I think you know what I mean...
    
     Even so, I'm glad to be coming
     home.  I've missed you terribly.
    
     But I'm afraid James.
     I'm afraid you don't really
     want me to come home.
    
     Whenever you come see me,
     I can tell how hard it is on you...
    
     I don't know if you
     hate me or pity me...
     Or maybe I just disgust you....
    
     I'm sorry about that.
    
     When I first learned that
     I was going to die, I just
     didn't want to accept it.
    
     I was so angry all the time and I
     struck out at everyone I loved most.
     Especially you, James.
    
     That's why I understand
     if you do hate me.
    
     But I want you to
     know this, James.
    
     I'll always love you.
    
     Even though our life together had
     to end like this, I still wouldn't
     trade it for the world.  We had
     some wonderful years together.
    
     Well this letter has gone on
     too long so I'll say goodbye.
    
     I told the nurse to give
     this to you after I'm gone.
    
     That means that as you read this,
     I'm already dead.
    
     I can't tell you to remember me,
     but I can't bear for you to
     forget me.
    
     These last few years since I
     became ill...I'm so sorry for
     what I did to you, did to us...
    
     You've given me so much and
     I haven't bee able to return
     a single thing.
    
     That's why I want you to live
     for yourself now.
     Do what's best for you, James.
    
     James...
    
     You made me happy.
    
    
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                            4.The Frequently Asked Questions
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      Q: How many endings are there?
    
      A: If you are playing the original version, 5. If you are playing the  Xbox
         version or the Greatest Hits version, 6.
    
    
    
      Q: Is there a good or bad ending?
    
      A: I do not believe there is a best ending. All  endings  give  a  different 
         spin on the story. I reccomend playing through the game once and  seeing
         what ending you get without trying for one ending in particular.
    
    
    
      Q: Is there an ending I should go for?
    
      A: If you're reading this guide to decide on which ending you want,  you're 
         really taking a lot of mystery out of the game. But I guess since you've
         read this far, it doesnt really matter anymore,  does  it?  My  personal 
         favorite is "In Water", but its all a matter of opinion  or how you feel
         the story should end.
    
    
    
      Q: Is it possible to load up a save near the end and get a different ending
         if I do things differently?
    
      A: Indeed it is possible. Although very difficult. You  would  have  to  be 
         very close to getting another ending for it to work. Please note though,
         that you will be unable to save both endings on the file in order to get
         credit for both endings. You will have to beat the game 3 seperate times
         on the same time if you want the dog ending.
    
    
      
      Q: I beat the game and The UFO Gem/Dog key/Rebirth items  were  not  there. 
         What happened?
    
      A: In order for these items to appear, all ending requirements must be  done
         on the same save file. In order to do this, you must  first load the file
         that you completed the proper ending with. Then you must  select  "Replay
         Game" at the main menu. When this is done, the credit for the ending  you
         complete on Replay game will remain on the same file.
    
     
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                                    5.The Closing
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      Thanks go out to the following people:
    
        muni_shinobu - For creating an awesome End Point Chart which can 
                       be found here: 
                       http://www.geocities.com/muni_shinobu/faq/sh2_endpoint.html
    
                 MMY - For ripping all of the Silent Hill sounds which allowed me
                       to write the scripts :D
                      
    
              ---Contact---
     
     If you would like to contact the author, please send an intelligible email to
     HappinessForDogs(at)gmail(dot)com. You can also reach me on AIM at HFDLU.
    
               ---Legal---
    
     This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
     private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
     publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
     web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a
     violation of copyright.
    
     All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
     respective trademark and copyright holders.
    
    
     Copyright Matt Clark 2003