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  • Summary: Enter the realm of a retired assassin, forced back into action by treason. You may be a hired killer but you still have a sense of loyalty and justice. Visit the dark recesses of a world corrupted by crime, greed, degradation and dishonor. And a past that catches up with you. Trust no one - if the price is right, the finger of your most trusted ally will be on the trigger. Your targets may hide in the most remote areas of the planet, but their destruction is never prevented - only postponed. Learn your trade - master your tools - overcome your obstacles - outsmart your enemies - eliminate your targets. Remember: rash decisions bleed consequences. Know when to strike instantly, know when to take your time. Chance favors the prepared. Failure is not an option. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. A game that’s as near to perfection as any other game in the genre.
  2. Involving, intriguing, solid, and just flat out fun. Who could ask for more?
  3. It has you working through a story that's both compelling and, unlinke so many games these days, not utterly ridiculous. [Dec 2002, p.160]
  4. Drastically improves on its predecessor’s shortcomings and turned out to be one the better games that I’ve played in a while – the presence of the in-game saves that were missing from the previous version alone nearly makes the game 5 times better.
  5. Exceptionally well done in most every way and represents a major improvement over the original.
  6. 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.
  7. A deep, refreshingly stylistic adventure that lets you play at the pitch you desire. [Dec 2002, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. AkshayB.
    Oct 27, 2003
    10
    This game is just the best game u will eva play so buy it if u like shooting games.
  2. EdB.
    Aug 5, 2005
    10
    You play as a hitman, your bald, you use stealth, guns, shooting, hell you strangle people with fiber wire too... what else do you want from a game? Hard to get controls and hints in maps at first but once you get the hang of it you will replay the levels over and over to improve you execution. You can also save at anytime this is awesome ...cause I hate games with checkpoints that make you replay the easy crap over and over. Expand
  3. PeterS.
    Oct 4, 2002
    9
    As the review says above PURE CLASS i was in a line waiting for this game along with other fellow fans of hitman series i was there for 2 hours and trust me well worth it i gave it a nine because i hardly give 10s. the mark lost was because of strange controls. Expand
  4. Andrew
    Apr 11, 2006
    9
    For those who played the game as a straight shooter, you missed out on one of the most tense and exciting experiences in gaming. Played as the title suggests, as a silent, patient assassin, you get some of the best infiiltration and subsequent payoff kills in any video game to date. Expand
  5. ZiggyStardust
    Nov 7, 2002
    8
    It's strong points include a great concept, awesome music, cool bases to infiltrate and many ways to do so. It's weak points I would say are it's poor sound effects, little replay value, and the high degree of patience it requires. It plays like Max Payne, but with the strategy of Metal Gear Solid 2. Expand
  6. JonathanF.
    May 4, 2003
    8
    Coming from the makers of Deus Ex and Tomb Raider I would say this is a mix of both. It has the decide-your-own-fate sort of feel from Deus Ex, and the third-person shooter thing from Lara Croft. It's also quite like Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Since all these are cool games, I would also say that Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a cool game too, if not a tad frustrating at times. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Oct 21, 2002
    2
    The controls completely ruin the game! Its terrible!

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