For the most part, strategy guides for video games are more than helpful. Not only do they give you a detailed walkthrough of how to get through certain missions, but they also let you in on some of the hidden goodies within the game itself, such as hints, tips, and cheats.
Prima's Official Strategy Guide for "Hitman 2: Silent Assassin" is not one of these strategy guides, sadly.
The guide is just a dry outline of a walkthrough for all of the missions given. The details are brief and short, not giving you a full idea of what should be done. You'd think that they would have tons of multiple alternate routes to take, but they really don't. The only time that they do is when they do it very briefly. The guide offers a handy little intro that gives you some great techniques of how to move in the game, but that's the only extra thing that's in here. There are no cheats or hidden goodies within this guide.
Is it helpful? Sure, to a point. It does give you a vague idea of how to get through these missions, but it offers nothing more. It certainly isn't worth what it costs. The people who created this strategy guide should really look at the "Grand Theft Auto" guides so they will have a better idea of what a real strategy guide should consist of. All in all, this strategy guide is a tad helpful, but should only be considered as a last resort--as it isn't extremely helpful to begin with.
Let's hope they don't make the same mistake when the new "Hitman" game comes out. -Michael Crane