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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 55 out of 69
  2. Negative: 8 out of 69

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  1. Sep 11, 2012
    5
    Sometimes I wonder why such classics like this get released on platform they're clearly not designed for, with no effort being made with regards to changing the cotnrols to suit console. Hitman 2 is an absolute gem but the controls on PS2 are unbareable in every way. The button layout is random and not logical, senistivity is non-existent, it';s not responsive and overall it's very clunky.Sometimes I wonder why such classics like this get released on platform they're clearly not designed for, with no effort being made with regards to changing the cotnrols to suit console. Hitman 2 is an absolute gem but the controls on PS2 are unbareable in every way. The button layout is random and not logical, senistivity is non-existent, it';s not responsive and overall it's very clunky. The graphics on this game aren't particularly good, but they're hideous on PS2 compared to PC. It's a lazy port to cash in on extra sales from the best-selling console without making any effort to make the game suitable. Expand
  2. L.G.
    Oct 25, 2003
    5
    Got this and Splinter Cell at the same time. Played through Splinter Cell and was blown away. I was ready for another tasty stealth adventure when I popped this in, only to be disappointed. There seems to be little logic in how the enemy goes about blowing your cover. Sometimes sneak by one guard wearing one disguise or another, only for the guard around the corner to get suspicious and Got this and Splinter Cell at the same time. Played through Splinter Cell and was blown away. I was ready for another tasty stealth adventure when I popped this in, only to be disappointed. There seems to be little logic in how the enemy goes about blowing your cover. Sometimes sneak by one guard wearing one disguise or another, only for the guard around the corner to get suspicious and start shooting at you for no good reason. There was much more logic to Splinter Cell's stealth system than to this one's. Expand
  3. SagacityRecords
    Oct 11, 2002
    5
    It amazes me how so many game companies can take a beautifully designed game and completely ruin it with bad controls. This game is incredible in concept, design, and style. However, the controls are, . . . how can I put this? . . .GARBAGE! A game that requires this much stealth needs precise controls and they offer everything, but precision. It is not like this is the first game in this It amazes me how so many game companies can take a beautifully designed game and completely ruin it with bad controls. This game is incredible in concept, design, and style. However, the controls are, . . . how can I put this? . . .GARBAGE! A game that requires this much stealth needs precise controls and they offer everything, but precision. It is not like this is the first game in this style, why couldn?t they just copy another game that got it right? I just don?t understand how every gamer and reviewer can tell you within 5 minutes of playing a game that the controls stink, but the game designers never seem to notice until it?s too late. There is nothing worse than a trial and error game that causes you to mess up because the character won?t do what you need him to do, when you need him to do it. You have all been there. This is one of those games that will have you throwing your controller over and over. Much more so than a game like Stunt Driver, because of the extremely slow pace. Nothing moves fast in this game. To do it right you must walk almost everywhere. Can you still love this game? Absolutely, but instead of being a game that nearly everyone would love, like GTA 3 (yes, it could be that good), it is a game that only those with extreme patience will enjoy. It really is a shame, because I want to love this game, but I can?t. Expand
  4. JanJ.
    Oct 17, 2002
    6
    The idea is great, the mood and tension works, but when it comes to stealth and suspense there is nothing in this game compared to MGS or MGS2. Hey, even a game like Syphon Filter has more stealth in it. In Hitman mission 2 and 3 you must run with your sniper riffle in your hands right in front of guards who doesn't recognise you just to make the hit in time. I surely hope that the The idea is great, the mood and tension works, but when it comes to stealth and suspense there is nothing in this game compared to MGS or MGS2. Hey, even a game like Syphon Filter has more stealth in it. In Hitman mission 2 and 3 you must run with your sniper riffle in your hands right in front of guards who doesn't recognise you just to make the hit in time. I surely hope that the game improves in the coming missions, otherwise there is not much "Hitman" but rather bulldozer type of playstyle in this game. Another thing to be aware of are the difficulty in controlling your character almost Max Payne like (without the slowmo), which is severely annoying and troublesome when the guards are alerted and you need to shoot straight. You will die plenty of times due to poor controlling features. The idea is exellent, the lay-out not so good (please let 47 keep his sniper rifle in a guitar case instead of just walking around with a rifle in his hands in front of the guards) and the engine to move the charater sucks big time. If you have a very deep talent to fantasise yourself into a game you might rate this higher than 6, but honestly thats what it's worth. And one more thing please let's get the inflation out of the game reviews, to may poor games get character of 8 (80) and the like. Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2014
    5
    Played and finished the game on PS3 on expert difficulty. The controls are terrible and AI is even more terrible, it's frustrating. The game clearly haven't aged well, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty(2001) is like from the other planet. If you want to play old sneaking game with amazing story, play MGS 2.
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 84
    While the awkward controls and trial-and-error gameplay design might deter some gamers, Hitman 2 is deep with the kind of gameplay that stealth and shooter gameplayers have been craving for on PS2.
  2. I was utterly addicted the moment I started playing Hitman 2. [Dec 2002, p.204]
  3. Smart gameplay couples with intelligent AI to make sure you're kept on your toes at all times through this deep, stealthy shooter.