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  • Summary: Travel the globe and track your targets across exotic sandbox locations in Hitman 2. From sun-drenched streets to dark and dangerous rainforests, nowhere is safe from the world's most deadly assassin, Agent 47. Prepare to experience the ultimate spy thriller story -- your mission is toTravel the globe and track your targets across exotic sandbox locations in Hitman 2. From sun-drenched streets to dark and dangerous rainforests, nowhere is safe from the world's most deadly assassin, Agent 47. Prepare to experience the ultimate spy thriller story -- your mission is to eliminate the elusive Shadow Client and unravel his militia, but upon learning your target's true identity and the truth about 47's past, nothing will ever be the same. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Nov 21, 2018
    95
    As with the 2016 reboot of Hitman, Hitman 2 is one of the best games of the year and is so far my personal Game of the Year.
  2. 90
    Hitman 2 is an absolute masterpiece of emergent, sandbox game design. Retaining all the key elements of the 2016 original, developer IO Interactive has instead restricted itself to a handful of minute but important changes. Streamlining the overall experience and producing what is, hands down, one of 2018’s most entertaining and satisfying titles.
  3. Nov 12, 2018
    86
    Hitman 2 is for people who liked the episodic Hitman and wanted to see maps that were more even and consistent, have access to additional equipment for Agent 47, and generally get more of what they wanted. It does have some issues where it can feel disjointed, but this is really most noticeable in the campaign and will not be an issue for folks who want to take on contracts, hunt down Elusive Targets, complete challenges, and learn everything they need to know about each of the locations in the game. The Ghost Mode has potential for those who feel like they are going to put upwards of 30 hours into it, but I feel like it could be a while before Sniper Assassin hits its peek. If you are an Agent 47 fan, it is time to grab your briefcase and put on your suit again.
  4. Nov 8, 2018
    80
    Hitman 2 is the proper evolution to the Hitman formula. It may not be a monumental step forward for the franchise, but the number of features and adjustments that are made only help create a more gratifying and highly-captivating experience.
  5. Nov 19, 2018
    80
    Each mission in Hitman 2 is a treasure trove of wonderful emergent gameplay, excellent satirical writing, and lashings of delicious, jet-black humour. The targets you'll hunt are almost universally rotters which thankfully takes care of any lingering moral quandaries you may have about their imminent demise. It's better that way. We really don't want to feel bad about tinkering with an old man's oxygen tank so it blows up and kills him when he sparks up a cigarette, do we?
  6. Nov 13, 2018
    80
    Suffice it to say, if all the stabbing, choking, and hippo-mauling is your kind of fun, Hitman 2 is the most Hitman there ever were, for better or worse. Its story, while plain, serves its purpose without getting in the way, and you’ll be able to stretch the murdering on for weeks to come, despite what few innovations there are being minor. There’s just nothing quite like Hitman, a series that defies everything we’ve learned about modern game business.
  7. Nov 29, 2018
    62
    Hitman 2 is a disappointing follow-up. Instead of working to expand on the elements that worked in the previous entry, there's been a misguided effort to simply add bullet-points to the back of the box. A bad story, less impressive levels, and superfluous new modes leave the sequel lacking an identity, like 47 himself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 78
  2. Negative: 8 out of 78
  1. Jun 29, 2020
    10
    Great game, really makes you feel like hitman 10/10 ign bruh bruh bruh bruh
  2. Nov 22, 2018
    10
    Great game! Much like the predecessor it gives you lots of freedom to do whatever you want to!
  3. Nov 10, 2018
    10
    Hitman isn't for everybody, if you didn't enjoy the first season then you're definitely not going to enjoy this one. However if like me youHitman isn't for everybody, if you didn't enjoy the first season then you're definitely not going to enjoy this one. However if like me you absolutely loved the first season then you're going to love this one even more. It's essentially the same amazing gameplay from season one but now there are six huge brand new levels to explore and murder people in. However this time, better attention has been paid to level design and the levels are more consistent in quality, whereas in the first some levels were great but others were lacking. If you love Hitman then this developer deserves all your support. They're one of the few developers left who make game like this. Buy this game, it's worth it. Expand
  4. Jan 3, 2020
    9
    In reviewing this I will be reviewing both Hitman seasons 1 and 2 simultaneously seeing as how you can now import the first seasons levelsIn reviewing this I will be reviewing both Hitman seasons 1 and 2 simultaneously seeing as how you can now import the first seasons levels into the second game if you own both making it seem like one cohesive product.

    The Hitman reboot is really a masterclass on how best to reboot your game series. After potentially one of the best games of all time in Blood Money, developers IOI went astray with the good looking yet bizarre aberration to the formula that was Absolution. After going dark for some years and having to split from big brother producer Square Enix, they could be forgiven for losing their way moreso. However despite an odd choice to release the first season episodically and a little bit of shaky start what they ended up with when you view the product on the whole is quite spectacular.

    Better than almost any other game company I have seen, IOI listens to their fan bases and adapts accordingly. Playing through again you can see the development improving as they became attuned to what the fan base enjoyed. As such you end up with levels of incredible variety and depth, tons of things to find and explore, countless ways to achieve your objective and a wonderful sense of freedom throughout.

    But that isn't all. The game plays wonderfully and its controls are intuitive. You rarely feel out of control of 47 and granted this hardly a fast paced action game when there is so much variety in the game it speaks to its quality design that 47 nearly always does what you wanted him to do. It looks wonderful and the levels and the locales within are nearly always sprawling, varied and demand exploration. Some of their best level design ever is within this game with Whittington Creek, Miami and Sapienza being amongst the highlights. I would venture to say there isn't a weak level in the 13 available.

    The biggest selling point to Hitman is the replay-ability and IOI realized this masterfully. The main appeal of all previous Hitman games was to play they over and over and over finding out all the many different ways you could do things. You could easily finish this game within a weekend if you only played each level to completion once but that is barely skimming the surface. The hook is completing them again and again in such different ways that it always feels new and entertaining. You can choose for the game to lead you to these methods, checkpoint to checkpoint and still feel entertained or choose the purist route and explore the world looking for clues and eavesdropping to figure them out for yourself. There is an incredible level of satisfaction to achieving objectives in this game in part because each one seems like such a unique little puzzle on its own. It feels like you are outwitting the AI when after all in every level basically every other person is a potential enemy either in direct combat or reporting you for doing something wrong. Whenever you head for an exit having taken out your targets it always feels impressively satisfying.

    So with so much good why only a 9? There are some minor faults.

    The story isn't the best and frankly has never been IOI's strong point. It all gets quite muddled and honestly just serves as a reason as to why you are now on the other side of the world having to kill some other poor sap. Your targets vary from scientists to fashion designers to spymasters to rock stars to just plain old evil other assassins. I didn't really much care for the story and it never really hooked me in. It didn't have to because the gameplay was so good but if they had put a better story into this then I think it really could have been an all time great, 10 out of 10 sort of game.

    Another gripe is the voice acting whilst astoundingly varied (apparently over 72k lines recorded) is annoyingly similar no matter where you are in the world. The game literally takes you to nearly every continent, nearly every mission is in a different country with the exception of perhaps 3 or 4 taking part in the US. The issue is nearly every NPC sounds American and also sounds pretty much the same. It removes from the immersion when you're running through Mumbai and everybody sounds like they're from the US. It's a very minor quibble, the voice acting is really, really extensive and well performed but you have to take that little leap of imagination to ignore how the entire world in Hitman is apparently American.

    Those two things aside this is one of the best games for years, the best IOI have made if not as envelope pushing as Blood Money and incredible value for money. Their odd choice to release episodically probably meant that unless you were a fan of the series then you probably passed on this at release and thats to the detriment of people like me who paid full price pre-order and to the good of you folks now who can probably get everything on sale or game pass for cheap.

    This is simply a brilliant game that plays to its strengths wonderfully. Great value, a true benchmark.
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  5. Dec 14, 2020
    8
    Hitman 2 continues to improve the gameplay of its predecessor, however, the non-animated cinematics take some of the shine out of the game's plot.
  6. Dec 16, 2018
    8
    This game is great! Not only does it have tons of replay value ( contracts, storylines, etc. ) but it is hilarious as well. The fact that whenThis game is great! Not only does it have tons of replay value ( contracts, storylines, etc. ) but it is hilarious as well. The fact that when you kill a target in front of everyone, and hide out for 10 minutes, their partner who is still alive, has no idea that his partner got murdered, its like the thought of cell phones are non existent in the Hitman universe. Besides that loophole, this game is is really fun and lets you be creative in how you manhit through it's many modes. Expand
  7. Jun 30, 2020
    0
    repeat and boring story
    terible map design
    dump ai
    worst sound and music.
    waste of money.

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