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
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!
Great GameAutocyclist | March 7, 2014 | See all Autocyclist's reviews »
A true classic, both in cult status and pushing the envelope of the stealth genre. Sneak your way through a huge variety of environments to take down your targets, or go all out with some duel pistols and a lot of attitude. Hitman 2 lets you garrotte, camouflage, snipe and poison seamlessly in an array of violence and stealth to please the whole family. Most definitely a game to play, and if you're a sucker for punishment, to master.
Classicchataolauj | Jan. 23, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »
This game is a classic of the Hitman series. Probably the best one, but it's hard to decide if this one or Blood Money is better. The mood of the game is what makes the game great. The stealth has improved from the first one, but it could still use work. If you don't like using stealth, then you still have the choice of just charging in and blazing every enemy that you see. This is a definite must have if you haven't played it yet. I would still buy this if I don't already have a copy because I want to replay it. Just writing this review makes me want to play it again that much more. I think I'll go play if after writing this review; if I can find the disc and install it again.
Probably the best in the series, besides Bloodmoneyficha13 | Jan. 18, 2014 | See all ficha13's reviews »
Hitman 2 is an example of a excellent sequel. The first one had an interesting concept and was extremely fun for the time, but unfortunately hasn't aged well. The sequel takes all the elements that made first one amazing and fixed all the little quirks and bugs. Bigger environments, better weapons, improved sneaking, more, better and interesting ways to dispose of your targets and a whole load of fun. Add good voice acting, an interesting (albeit simple) story and great aesthetics and you have a really interesting game. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but it's not as punishing in other games and if you like, you can always go guns blazing if a level starts getting on your nerves
Smooth Criminallairdjaren | Dec. 28, 2013 | See all lairdjaren's reviews »
Hitman 2 offers something that a lot of stealth/assassin games really don't: freedom. We're not just talking about some pseudo-moral dichotomy that segregates stealth and going guns blazing. Rather, most missions will present you with a brief, often incomplete dossier, on the target's protection and then challenge you to figure out your own approach. There won't be quest markers... heck, you may not even know who you target is unless you can recall personal habits noted in the brief. Naturally, this can be frustrating. However, pulling off a hit grants a sense ownership over the gameplay that is often lacking in games that hold your hand.
Is Hitman 2 worth getting? Admittedly, the graphics are a bit dated. However, the setting still hold up quite well and while individual NPCs often have similar features they can still be easily distinguished by their classes/roles. The soundtrack is great too. Most of all, the gameplay expertly conveys the feel of being a smooth international assassin in a fun, challenging way.