I got around to playing the Born From a Wish scenario from Silent Hill 2 yesterday and completed it today. It was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be and it actually made me warm up to Maria a bit more. I've got a bit of a love-hate relationship with her character--she was awesome in the BFAW scenario and the prison scene, but her her attitude around James and whole "You promised to protect me!" scene made me want to punch her. Though I guess without the latter qualities she'd be a bit of a bland character. A more likable one, but still bland. For now I'll just say I'm really indifferent to her.
And thank you, Wikipedia, for explaining the entire BFAW scenario. The existance of Ernest was confusing the hell out of me when I finished it, and not even the power of symbolism analysis was able to fix that.
I'm hoping Konami'll add in more of these sub-scenarios. A sub-scenario in Silent Hill 3 where you get to play as Douglas would rock.