Hitman 2 is a stealth third person shooter and is the sequel to the episodic Hitman that was released in 2016 and is available this month on PS Plus. Hitman 2 revolves around you getting revenge on the Cabal who controls the major events of the world as a result of the events and revelations of the first game. The hub worlds are these big maps and are beautiful and packed to the brim with detail.
From secret locations to tragic people who give side stories but they’re all amazing for different reasons from varying population, interactions, weapons and disguises to find and they are all great and extremely replayable. That’s the value aspect of Hitman 2 as it is extremely replayable as you could have one single target on a level and have 60 different ways to get to him and that is fantastic. Once you beat one map from the start this will unlock different locations and different disguises for you to use in the same level and that is a great way to try something different.
The score in Hitman 2 is solid and it gets the job done in my opinion as some of the songs are good and others are just average. I felt myself not really paying attention to a lot of the songs themselves because none of the tracks really stood out for me but again, I think they’re solid and they just get the job done. Voice acting is pretty good and the voice actor for Agent 47 doesn’t talk much but when he does it feels like you have to listen. The voice actors for the NPC’s are also great either in world or in the cut scenes themselves.
The best part about the audio is when you’re actually in highly populated areas as the amount of environmental audio that goes on in this game is just spot on. From important conversations that you need to pay attention to, footsteps and people who are watching you and, in the background, you have the wind, sea, animals and side conversations going on in the back. It’s just so well done and I just adore the amount of environmental audio happening in Hitman 2. Everything works not only to maintain the ambiance but to also make sure that the player is informed which is amazing.
Patience and options are the name of the game and as a hitman you will be dropping targets. Your style will vary as you go on a rampage with your silenced pistols or use disguises to your advantage. You can use poisons, fiber wires and very useful tools for distractions and even explosives. Not only that but you can just create opportunities by just walking around in the world and paying attention to certain little side stories going on and that is the awesome part and the best part is that there’s more than 30 plus ways to take down a single target.
There’s another mode called Sniper Assassin that basically puts you at the beginning in a certain position and you have to take down certain targets and you can also play this mode with a friend. There’s also contracts that you can create or participate in contracts that other people created. If you own Hitman 1 you can play those levels through Hitman 2 which is great and adds more to the overall package. When it comes to Agent 47, he’s a little slow to control and a little stuff in my opinion but he can be athletic as well hanging from edges to shimmy around.
Another one of my gripes is the fact that the side stories that go on in the maps aren’t directly connected to your story and I wish that some of those side stories connect to you in a certain way but it doesn’t. The weakest aspect of Hitman 2 is the story as the levels are basically masterpieces of architecture, the gameplay is awesome, the stealth sections are great and it is just supreme high quality in terms of graphics and audio but the story itself is just weak compared to the rest of the game.
It’s not really that impactful for me as the gameplay makes up for it. Overall Hitman 2 is a very good game and probably one of the best stealth games out right now and is more of the same as the previous game but that’s not a bad thing as this is a very fun game with lots of replayability. If you like traversing some of these levels and figuring out creative ways to assassinate your targets or stealth games you are going to love this game.
Hitman 2 will be available to PlayStation Plus members until Monday, October 4.
The levels in Hitman 2 are impressive and enjoyably complex and the new mechanics are great improvements from the previous game. Legacy levels are a fantastic bonus for owners of the first game as Hitman 2 is more of the same but is so fun to play and a joy to replay each level.