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
Probably the best Hitman of the seriessmilzoboboz | March 17, 2015 | See all smilzoboboz's reviews »
I find it difficult to review this game. When I started playing it I got caught from the very beginning by the attention to details on almost everything. Some settings (mostly in Russia and Japan) are imprinted in my mind as realistic and gorgeous they were.
Game plot is really nice and intriguing, guards AI feels far, far more human than the first entry of the series and sniping is not easy anymore because now you have breath simulation while aiming. Sadly they enabled (with certain limits) in-mission savegames but I strongly suggest you not to use them, reloading a savegame just ruins the atmosphere.
Game graphic is top notch for a 2002 game, music is extremely good too (not to mention that is also 100% fitting).
Just to let you realize how good this game is, when I completed the last mission I felt sad because it was finished and I wanted more, and more... strongly suggested to anyone, a must have.
One of the better entries in the series.Gmen | Jan. 13, 2015 | See all Gmen's reviews »
This is likely my second favourite in the Hitman series to date, after Blood Money.
You once again take control of Agent 47, genetically engineered clone trained to be a killer and embark on a series of missions, being dragged back into the very profession he sought to escape.
The Hitman series is actually a stealth-orientated one, and so you need to deal out silent kills or knock opponents and even civilians unconscious and borrow their outfits in order to blend in so as not to attract attention. The first game was more of a traditional third person shooter affair, but this game is the one that really introduced the concept of stealth to the series.
You can obviously play the missions any way you want most of the time, but you will get a higher score if you do it as the subtitle suggests -- being a silent assassin, and getting in and out without too many people even noticing. It's a fine art to get this done though, and will see many playthroughs of a mission trying to get it just right.
If you want to go in guns blazing, there are plenty of guns in the game, and this appeals to me as I am admittedly a fan of guns, especially guns in games.
The music was composed by Jesper Kyd and performed by the Budapest Symphonic Orchestra. It's a treat, with the main menu music being about my favourite.
The controls were never the best part of any Hitman game, and this is evident here too. The controls are clunky, and unresponsive. As a result, Agent 47 isn't particularly agile or fast.
There are better games in the series as I said, like Blood Money, but this is still pretty good, and probably still worth a play.
Really showing its age...LSD | Dec. 20, 2014 | See all LSD's reviews »
Being around 12 years old, the game's mostly only fun for nostalgia's sake (and for its difficult missions). There aren't as many memorable missions in Silent Assassin, and a lot of missions are somewhat one-dimensional in how you're able to complete them. The story is a bit all-over-the-place, as well. If you've never played it before, but have played the more recent Hitman titles, coming back to such an old title will be pretty difficult.
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.