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Well worth buying : if you have the patience
on 4 October 2002
After the great success of the original Hitman, I, among many, was waiting to see what marvels the sequel could produce. We have not been disappointed. Enemy AI has been completed re-vamped make the sadistic joy of killing your target in a cunningly stealthy way even more rewarding than before. The game’s design allows you to capitalize on their humanistic weaknesses just as if they are real people.
The lush visuals (which really shine on this Xbox version) make great use of the Xbox’s hardware capability and feature some dazzling lighting effects. Everyone’s favourite assassin (“47”) now has a vast array of weaponry ranging for surgical scalpels to hi-tec sniper scopes including a welcome selection of melee weapons and the classic fibre – wire. The start of the game gives a brief tutorial where you can get to grips with the game’s controls and mess about with some big guns – really useful if you are a new comer to the Hitman series (where have you been?!).
The in-game save option saves a lot of cursing at the screen when your character dies just seconds before you almost completed your elaborate operation to kill your target and allows you to be more experimental in what you do. The game is so dynamic and malleable it means that there are lots of ways to complete a mission: NEVER only one or two. This means that you can use your own style, although some styles can be more rewarding (points AND gameplay-wise) for example, avoiding the massacre of civilians and only killing your intended target.
The inclusion of a First-Person view also helps with aiming when you decide to go on a rampage and generally makes life easier .The jaw-dropping selection of locations (from Sicily to Russia) helps make sure you don’t suffer from déjà vu and keeps you interested. A symphony orchestra created the incredibly atmospheric soundtrack where brings the game alive and is well worth turning the volume on your TV up for.
And now for the few negative points. Some of the impatient among you may feel that waiting for a Security Guard to go to the toilet is a bit slow and tiresome. I personally feel that it adds to the realism and depth, but this game definitely requires patience. Also, the plot isn’t as engaging as the original Hitman which is a shame, but you probably won’t take much notice…
This game is a must – it provides a unique sense of achievement at the end of every stage and presents a great replayability value as you can try out different ways of completing the 20 missions. Anyone who thought the idea of Hitman was good, but were put off by its flaws should DEFINATELY consider buying this sequel.