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Eidos' stylish, strategic and almost puzzle-like Hitman 2 makes its console debut, managing to address many of the criticisms that haunted the PC original while still falling short of its potential. The premise sets up the player as a genetically modified hit man, forced out of retirement when things get a little personal. Each level then sets up an overall mission, broken down into sub-objectives, thankfully with a much-requested save-game feature included in case things get a little hairy. This isn't your standard walk-and-shoot kind of game, though; Hitman 2 rewards planning, and lots of it. While there's no fixed linear route through any of the levels, each will require a lot of thought to be defeated.
What limits the game's potential though is the continual stream of frustrations. The enemy's artificial intelligence, for instance, is sometimes very sadly lacking, and there are occasions when the pace drops to snail-like speed, without always generating sufficient tension to carry the player through. That said, when it hits top gear Hitman 2 can be tense, atmospheric and enjoyable. Graphically it's very polished, and those who enjoy games that reward solid thinking more than an itchy trigger finger will certainly find something to enjoy. But while undoubtedly a step forward from its predecessor, it's an ambitious game that still falls short of what could have been. Put simply, it's good, it's challenging, but it still leaves quite a lot of room for improvement. --Jon Foster
"If you're the kind of steely soul untroubled by sentiment, Hitman 2 is a stone-cold killer. 9/10." -- Official PlayStation 2 MagazineSee all Product Description
hard game really sick controls that will make you have sleepless nights wondering why you bought it, and then sometimes youll think you like it , its just a game you have to have... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by Ian Reay
Obviously the newer games are better, more interaction and better graphics etc, but as an old PS2 game goes this is great.Published on 1 Mar. 2013 by calum
This is my favourite Hitman game so far until the release of Absolution!
This provides more accessibility and more options than Contracts and Blood Money, considering... Read more
This is a fantastic game but can be very challanging at times mainly to get the Silent Assassin rank but nonetheless a good game. Read morePublished on 14 April 2008 by Shadow
the 1st ever hitman i bought was this one in 2002 and since then ive been hooked and i now own all 4 of his journeys, and all 4 of his journeys are simply BRILLIANT! Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2006 by James Robinson
This game pretty much picks up where the earlier one left off . But that is jsut where all the similarity ends. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2006 by Silent Assassin
Hitman 2 is quite possibly the best game ever on the PS2, its only rivals would be the GTA series. The game play seems a bit difficult at first cos of the analog controls but after... Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2004 by Moses Persaud
In a PS2 magazine I read recently, Hitman 2:Silent Assassin got he award of the 13th greatest PS2 game of all time. WRONG. It deserve to be right up there in the top 3. Read morePublished on 6 May 2004
Are you board of working legally on a team (Gaming wise) and want to brakeaway from it? Well Hitman 2:Codename 47 is well worth taking a look at. Read morePublished on 21 April 2004 by Sean Webber