Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
"I really couldn't find anything wrong with the game - it's fun, intense, and most of all, highly enjoyable. " - ActionTrip.com
"it's a phenomenal game in its own right and one that's sure to have broad appeal, particularly among those gamers who like to put a little more thought in to their carnage." - IGN.com
You must enter the mind of a genetically engineered assassin Codename 47, whose deadly efficiency is now needed more than ever. Lured back into a global ring of deception, you must kill not only to make a living, but to continue living. This time it's not just business. It's personal.
Hitman 2's storyline begins in a Sicilian monastery. Codename 47 has been attempting to distance himself from his violent past, however the local criminal underworld discover his true identity and blackmail him into returning to his trade. Caught in the middle of a ring of deception, Codename 47 soon discovers that he has been manipulated and the hunter must now watch his back, as he has become the hunted.
Hitman 2 will improve on the original in every conceivable way. The game offers a variety of ways to complete a mission, 1st and 3rd person perspective, mid-mission save options, a new ranking system and a revised inventory system that allows you to acquire and carry weapons and equipment from mission to mission. Codename 47 is armed with an arsenal of over 30 weapons such as pistols, sub-machine guns, shotguns and sniper rifles. You also have access to new non-lethal weapons and pacifying gear including chloroform, poison darts, stun guns and fibre wire for garrotting.
Missions take place in countries across the globe and each location features inhabitants speaking in their native tongue. To further heighten the dramatic atmosphere the game's music has been composed and performed by the Budapest Symphonic Orchestra.
20 missions situated in all new locations: Including Sicily, St. Petersburg, Japan, Malaysia and India
Choice of 1st and 3rd person viewpoints
Mid mission save options
Enhanced inventory system: Acquire and carry weapons and equipment from mission to mission - no pre-game shopping
New ranking system: Based on number of saves, retries/continues, shots fired, casualties, hidden bonuses found and time/money spent
Multiple styles of play: All missions can be accomplished with the primary target as the only casualty or "shoot-your-way-through", and variations in between
Massive weapons arsenal: Knives, handguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, various explosives & grenades, non-lethal weapons (chloroform, poison darts, stun guns), laser aiming devices, night vision goggles, lock picks, and remote cameras
Advanced level design & engine dynamics: Independent and open levels, bullets penetrate doors & windows
100% real-time lighting
Music composed and performed by the Budapest Symphonic Orchestra
Classic Titlejimsteryo2 | May 3, 2013 | See all jimsteryo2's reviews »
Huge number of missions, with a great variety in locations and a decent story holding it together combined with very well-designed levels will challenge anyone. The satisfaction in this game comes from thinking out ways to approach each mission like a real assassin. You can just shoot everyone, but the whole point of a stealth game is to be as sneaky as possible. And when your plan works... it is a good feeling. What makes Hitman 2 the best in the series (in my opinion) is how it's completely stand-alone. The story (it has one, for a start) has no bearing on other Hitman games. It's also crafted with a direction, so while being a Hitman can seem to be a compilation of random levels (as in other Hitman games), Hitman 2's story flows parallel to the levels. That's the main thing which sets it apart. It feels structured and motivated. The levels have a link, and aren't glued together by a flashback or the lazy claim that a Hitman only does what he's paid. In terms of graphics and sound, they are much improved over Codename 47. You can barely tell that they use the same game engine. The variety in levels couldn't be more vast. The level design, the locations, the objectives, the size, the length, the significance... all varied yet still without losing focus of the direction. Which is an incredible achievement if you think about how that's even possible. It's hard to imagine how this game could be improved, other than by adding more sophisticated AI and game mechanics. Overall, this is one of the classics.
Better than Codename 47, but they still had a ways to gomugaro | March 12, 2013 | See all mugaro's reviews »
A lot of the levels look very similar. This was a PS2/XBox generation game that was released in 2002, and it shows its age. Not every game ages well after 10+ years, only the absolute golden masterpieces. This wasn't really one of them. In the course of the game it slowly tells a story that is moderately interesting but rather forgettable. The objectives are always the same: kill the target. It doesn't really deviate from that original plan much. The controls can feel clunky at times, especially trying to use the wire. The disguise system needed a lot of improvement here also.
If you like classic games and are a fan of the Hitman series, it's definitely better than Codename 47 but I honestly can't see it being worth more than $2.
ChallengingLekes | Jan. 8, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »
Huge number of missions, with a great variety in locations and a decent story holding it together combined with very well-designed levels will challenge anyone. The satisfaction in this game comes from thinking out ways to approach each mission like a real assassin. You can just shoot everyone, but the whole point of a stealth game is to be as sneaky as possible. And when your plan works... it is a good feeling.
Hitman 2 - reviewcarlyle | Jan. 8, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »
Hitman 2 is a particularly complex and that sums up in a single title so many aspects of other games, we have the action of FPS, strategy, puzzle solving and management of our resources in preparation for missions. In practice it is a very complete game and appealing to those who like to engage in the challenges. One might complain that it is a little too short to finish. There is also to take into account that Hitman 2 is absolutely replayable. Each mission can be accomplished in many different ways. In Hitman 2, as in the previous chapter, the view is third-person behind the protagonist. Already with the first Hitman this was a winning choice. The fact of seeing their character and part of the surrounding environment, in a game that relies heavily on stealth elements, is something to be reckoned with. We can easily check where we are and take "walk" the corpses of our enemies and hide them so that no one can see them.
As Hitman fan it's a must haveDonVercetti | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »
‘Hitman 2: Silent Assassin’ the game from the Hitman franchise that got me into playing this dangerous assassin called Agent 47. This title is ofcourse a little older now, but it sure holds it’s charm very well. It’s not the greatest looking game in the franchise anymore, but nothing gave me more pleasure than roaming around in that curchyard in Sicily. Having your own shed with your collected arsenal on those sacred grounds of Father Vittorio. This game already had the famous Hitman possibilities, dragging enemies around, wear their outfits to sneak around other guards and multible way to eliminate your target. The cold Russia level is still fresh in my mind, from when I played it for the first time a long time ago. This game is legendary for gamers who have been around fora bout 10 to 12 years. Plus for this price, it’s a must have!