It might have been released back in 2001, but that isn’t stopping players from exploring the darkest corners of Silent Hill 2. And it appears to have paid off: Twitter user punk7890 discovered a hidden mini-map in the game, as well as a “save anywhere” feature.
Found two well hidden secrets in Silent Hill 2 (PS2) https://t.co/zoVf1hk2Jc Complex set of button inputs enable four mini map types that display in the top right corner of the screen. The second secret button combo enables you to save anywhere, at anytime. pic.twitter.com/FIIPsGUzYc
— punk7890 (@punk_7890) July 13, 2018
punk7890 posted about the finding on July 13 via a link to The Cutting Room Floor. Both features can only . be accessed after beating the non-canonical “Dog Ending,” which means that the likelihood of their discovery was pretty small.
Here are the instructions for activating each discovery from The Cutting Room Floor:
A hidden mini map can be activated by a set of complex button combinations. First, you must have completed the Dog Ending. After you have completed the Dog Ending, make sure your controller type is set to 2 if you are playing on the international versions of the game. Finally, press the following buttons while you have control over your character: Start + L2 + Square + L3. You may need to first enter the inventory menu screen, exit, and while exiting hold Start button and then input the rest of the button sequence.
This hidden feature has a more complex set of button combinations that need to be input to bring up the save menu anywhere. Have control over your character, and then press the following buttons: D-Pad Left + Left Analog Stick Left + Right Analog Stick Left + L2 + L1 + L3″
Interestingly, players have considered the possibility of a mini-map for at least 3 years, as evidenced by a 2015 thread on Silent Hill Community that revealed a mini-map that can be enabled by manual toggles within the game’s code.
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Silent Hill 2 Player Finds Hidden Mini Map