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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but lateral thinking needed for once!, 23 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (PS2) (Video Game)
It must be tough being a hitman. Imagine working all those hours in unforgiving environments; no overtime pay, risking your life each time you step outside the door, not to mention having to lie to your other half about where you are at night (not so difficult, that one!!).
Hitman 2 is the follow up to the PC's rather shoddy original. You take control of '47' who is in search of vengeance against the kidnapping of his friend, the local priest. The intro depicting this is particularly well done, with impressive voice-overs and violent activity to make you believe that it actually happened. However, rather than going all out against the enemy, intelligence require your services on a number of missions in return for information regarding your friend. So begins a tale of mystery and intrigue, government corruption, and mafia warlords.
The first thing that struck me was how in-depth and detailed Hitman 2 really is. Aside from the usual weather effects and weapons, you also notice incredible AI, fabulous sound effects and crisp clean graphics and set-pieces from which to interact. Take the first level - enter the mansion and assassinate the mafia boss. You could walk right in guns blazing, but you'll lose most of your health and get a poor score. Instead, you could wait for one of the guards to come outside to take a leak then strangle him, or kill the postman and take his clothes, or kill the delivery boy and continue to deliver the groceries yourself. It's this open-endedness that makes Hitman 2 such a joy to play, and each mission can be beaten in a number of ways.
The only gripe is the control method, which can be fiddly, and changing weapons is a chore while trying to escape an enemy onslaught. That's the other gripe - it's a trial and error game that demands patience. You have to try different possibilities until you find something that works.
High praise from me, definitely worth a look.
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