Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
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"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
A great sequelRinkashikimo | Oct. 28, 2014 | See all Rinkashikimo's reviews »
A great follow up to a great game, this is the second game in the Hitman franchise and it's a great upgrade when compared to the first one. It's still a trial & error game, with a great story line modeled by missions that are somehow connected to each other. The game suffered a huge upgrade, both in graphics and in gameplay. I first bought this game many years ago when it was still only available on CD but it stopped working over the years. When I first saw it on Steam I bought it without blinking (I bought the whole franchise to be honest because I simply love it).
Oldie but a goodieKingTed | Oct. 6, 2014 | See all KingTed's reviews »
Agent 47 is back for new missions around the world.
Hitman 2 : Silent Assassin does what the franchise is known for and it does good. Most of the time, you have to infiltrate areas and kill one particular target. Of course, the more discrete you are, the higher score you get. And to accomplish your missions you have plenty of possibilities, weapons and tools.
That's the strength of Hitman : you are free to do as you like. Wanna storm inside the mansion and kill everyone? You can. Wanna get inside, disguised as a delivery man? You can too.
Graphics are good and controls are fine. The only problem with this game is that the A.I. isn't really smart most of the time or can randomly be kinda "supernatural" (Yeah right... So when I'm dressed like one of your generals I just can't run or move to fast because one of you will discover that I'm in fact a bald assassin? You, guards, are annoying... )
Another thing that is not quite as good as the rest of the game : some missions are just there to make you travel to your next target home/work/public area where he/she is. Those missions are not as fun as the assassination ones, essentially because of the A.I. and the more linear level design. And, frankly, 47 is no Sam Fisher or Solid Snake. Infiltrating a fortress in the mountain, guarded by ninjas equipped with night goggles, is really hard for him to do.
Hitman 2 is a fun game but with a few issues. Fortunately, latter games are better.
How to on pro murderyngdr | Sept. 9, 2014 | See all yngdr's reviews »
Hitman 2 SA brings to the table a robust open ended system. There is a freedom in how you play that is hard to beat. Open world, choice of style, and even what you use. Graphics are bit dated as it was made in '02, however, the game is still enjoyable and even playable. The sounds do the game justice as the dialogue is changed to where you are in relation to the missions. Controls are no longer clunky and perform how they should. A sale on this or the series is just icing on the cake.
Be a MurdererAkiMatti | May 7, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
Okay, first of all, as you can probably see from other reviews here, this game is pretty good at what it tries to achieve. I won't argue that.
But what I do argue with is the main point of the whole series. Being an assassin? Really? Could you somehow be more immoral? Well, maybe you could, but you don't have to be. This is murder in cold blood where you plan how you will take another persons life and probably end up killing many other people too. Morally outrageous. Would not recommend.
This is the game that made me fall in love with the series!Shaheed_Jamal | April 16, 2014 | See all Shaheed_Jamal's reviews »
Hitman 2 is about the closest we will ever get to a proper cinematic experience for the franchise. Everything from the setting to the premise oozes character and purpose. It's also the game that brought attention from the mainstream critics who loved its authentic take on the professional killing business.
The art style is impressive, as you feel immersed in the many places you visit throughout the course of the game. From the cities of St. Petersburg, to the mountains of Japan, there's never a dull moment to be had. The graphics are ok for its time, with no aliasing to be seen in sight. the characters in the game all look convincing enough for a ps2 era game.
The sound in this game is amazing, with Jesper Kyd putting out a phenomenal soundtrack that brings to life the various locations of the game. There are a whole range of sounds that convey suspense and action which puts the player on edge as he walks the line between being hidden and being exposed to his enemies. All in all, a commendable effort.
The gameplay is good as there is no latency issue to be had with the game. The fibre-wire mechanic has been botched as it is almost impossible to stealth-kill someone with it.
There's a hundred ways to finish each mission. This is the ultimate hitman simulator and you will feel like an accomplished hitman after mastering the levels in this game!