Welcome to our guide, 47.
Your target is to stop blundering your way through kills in Hitman 2 and instead become a true silent assassin. For that, you’ll need to learn some stealth techniques, including the best approach to killing in Hitman 2.
We will leave you to prepare. By reading this guide, that is.
The Clothes Make the Man
For the most part, sneaking in Hitman 2 is identical to its 2016 predecessor. There are a few additions, including the ability to hide in tall grass and in crowds à la classic Assassin’s Creed.
The most iconic feature of Hitman’s stealth, though, is its disguises. The typical way to progress through a mission is to swap Agent 47 into the clothes that make the man and sidle your way into out-of-bounds areas.
You’ll usually start out looking for low-level disguises, like blue-collar workers, progressing from there to specialised roles (e.g. a chef) before arriving at high-ups like personal bodyguards or unique NPCs.
When wearing a disguise, 47 can wander around without needing to sneak. You’ll only need to watch out for Enforcers, the NPCs with white dots above their heads. Enforcers can see through your current disguise if they get a good look at you. Plan your route around them or use Blend In actions to throw off suspicion.
Best Weapons for Stealth in Hitman 2
Hitman 2 includes a few exciting additions to the stealth arsenal. One is a tranquillizer pistol worthy of Solid Snake. In a pinch, you can use it to subdue a target before killing them, but it’s more useful for clearing the way to your target by taking out non-targets without losing your Silent Assassin status by killing them.
One of the best weapons for stealth in Hitman 2 is still 47’s trusty fiber wire. With this, you can sneak up behind the target and kill them silently. Unlike most weapons, fiber wire is innocuous in situations like frisking and 47 can carry it openly in his hands, though it can take an agonising few seconds to subdue a target.
Less perfect are silenced weapons. These can get the job done, but they’re messy and liable to attract attention if 47 is seen carrying them. Still, they can save you in a pinch.
With all this talk of stealth, you may be left wondering: what is the best approach to killing in Hitman 2?
Hitman’s trademark is the range of options it presents. The best approach to killing by stealth is whichever works while leaving you undetected.
Pursuing Opportunities is by far the easiest way to set up a stealthy kill. These are individual “stories” you can follow, each one presenting an obvious way to accomplish a kill, usually by staging an elaborate accident.
If you don’t want to rely on Opportunities, then finding ways to get your target alone before deploying your fiber wire is a quick way to get the job done. Poison is another popular option.
Half the fun of Hitman 2 is improvising your way into danger and back out again, so seize chances as they come. If you keep the above advice in mind, you’ll be ready to take these chances without blowing your cover.