Review by dGalloway

"Neat game, but a few problems."

Hitman 2 is, naturally, the sequel to Hitman. The first game, although unique in premise, suffered from bad gameplay, a terrible plot, and a general lack of diversity. Fortunately, Hitman 2 corrects most of these problems, although it adds a few of its own later on.

Graphics: The graphics are pretty good. The back of Hitman's head is a bit messed up, but it's better than looking at his ugly face (ew). Also, a good deal of detail went into the enemies and locations. However, the graphics sometime seem jaged at certain angles. (9/10)

Music: There isn't a lot, but what's there is excellent. Each area has its own set of music, which reflects the general location and feel of the mission. However, it tends to be a little too quiet sometimes. (9/10)

Sound: The sound effects are good. Gunshots sound like gunshots, garrote wire sounds like garrote wire, etc. The voice acting is tolerable, unlike a lot of games. The enemy guards, however, just grate on your ears after a while, though. (9/10)

Gameplay: Mercifully better than the first. Once again, your job is to enter an area, kill someone, and escape. All the control porblems have been fixed; you can now switch your action from opening a door to pushing the fire alarm button without having to mess with seventy different keys. Enemy AI has also improved; if you walk past a guard in broad daylight, they can see right through your disguise and sound the alarm. And you can save, too...but only a limited number of times per mission. Unfortunately, the difficulty gets pretty low when you reach the end of the game, which is what keeps the gameplay from getting a perfect. (9/10)

Plot: Sadly, this has barely improved (then again, ANYTHING can be better than Hitman's plot). Number 47, our favorite assassin, has donated his vast funds to the church and become a gardner at Gontranno Sanctuary in Sicily. When his friend, Father Vittorio, is kidnapped by a Sicilian mob boss, he contacts his old group, the Agency. In exchange for information, he has to do missions for them again. Basically, the plot's just there to give a reason for Hitman's constant killing. It picks up a bit at the end, much like the first one, but you have a LONG space between those two sections to fill. (5/10)

Replay: High. This game has tons of ways to do the hits. For example, one time you can poison a guy's chicken noodle soup, while another time you can pull out a sniper rifle and pop him one. While the previous example never happens in the game, it shows how open-ended this can be.

Overall: Hitman 2 is an excellent game, and is virtually better than Hitman in every way. If you prefer gameplay over plot, then this is the game for you. If you like plot more, pick up the game anyway and convert to gameplay. It's just that good.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 10/14/03

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