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The perfect hitman, Agent 47, tries to distance himself from his violent past and becomes a humble church gardener. But he is tricked into returning to his trade when his friend, a priest, gets kidnapped by an Italian mafioso. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a third-person stealth game. As a titular hitman, you have to complete a number of missions all over the world. Each mission generally involves assassinating someone, and possibly fulfilling a couple of other objectives.

Typically, your target will be protected by numerous guards. While there's a large arsenal of weapons available to you - ranging from stealthy weapons such as a garrote or a silenced pistol, up to machine guns and sniper rifles - your main weapon will be stealth. Agent 47 can sneak around to remain undetected, and he can disguise himself in clothes from killed or stunned guards.

The guards aren't completely stupid, however, as they will investigate suspicious noises, and they'll react if they see you waving around a gun. They'll get suspicious if they see you running around, raise alarm upon finding a corpse, and if you hang in a disguise around them too long, they'll eventually realize you're not one of their buddies.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin brings something new to the series: depending on your stealthiness, you are given a rating upon completing a mission. Going trigger-happy on everyone will result in being called a "Mass Murderer", while only the most patient and skilled players will manage to receive the "Silent Assassin" rating, which generally involves stealthily eliminating the target without raising any suspicion.

Screenshots

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Windows Mr. 47 gets an appointment with his intended victim, Dr. Von Kamprad, by pretending to be one of her patients. If you look out the window, the Hospital island looks almost exactly like the one from Jame Bond's Die Another Day
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Windows And of course, here's an obligatory screenshot of Mr. 47 recreating the lobby shootout scene from the Matrix.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Windows Hospital Island itself looks almost exactly like the Golden Temple, Sikhism's most important shrine and the site of a real life massacre in 1984. The Sikh community was rather upset about Eidos letting Mr. 47 just walk in and start shooting people.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Windows Mr. 47 always wanted to be a surgeon! Dewanna Ji, the cult leader, puts up about as much resistance as you would expect from an unconcious geezer in a hospital gown. Killing him is easy, it's getting away with it that's the tricky part.

Alternate Titles

  • "终极刺客2:沉默杀手" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)
  • "Hitman 2: Бесшумный убийца" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Behold the future of adventure games: A bald dude with two guns! Windows Zovni (9318)
A really fun and exciting game, but with a few very annoying flaws. Windows kbmb (399)
Great Shooter Game PlayStation 2 Boris Stovich (29)
Ups the ante on first (or third) person sneakers...excellent! PlayStation 2 Lucas Schippers (59)
Wow, it's the PERFECT game! Windows James1 (238)

Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 GameCube 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
GamePro (US) Windows Dec 11, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Thunderbolt Games GameCube Jul 18, 2003 9 out of 10 90
XBox Solution (XBS) Xbox Oct 30, 2002 9 out of 10 90
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Jul, 2003 86 out of 100 86
Gry OnLine Windows Oct 30, 2002 85 out of 100 85
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 02, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN GameCube Jun 18, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
Game industry News (GiN) PlayStation 2 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PCG Windows Nov, 2002 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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Extras

On the CD, you will find some goodies: The Hitman 3D Studio Max model, some early screenshots of the game, which are quite humourus, and some wallpapers.

References

  • In the Shogun Showdown mission, there's a big security workstation on the castle's 3rd floor that monitors the entire stage. On its main screen however, you can see a screenshot of IO's upcoming (at the time anyway) Freedom Fighters! Though if you look carefully (use 1st person view = F1) you can see a few changes in the interface, such as a radar screen added next to the health bars.
  • In the "Jacuzzi Job" mission check out what's on top the small counter in the bedroom... That's right! It's a Dopefish spring-toy! And for further Id related sightings check out the monitors in the previous "Graveyard Shift" mission: most of them are playing Quake III: Arena. Even the sysadm!
  • At the very beginning of the "Graveyard Shift" mission, you can see a video camera pointed at a coffee pot. The camera plays a part in one of the in-game puzzles in that mission. What you might be wondering is why anyone would dedicate a video camera just to watch over a pot of coffee. It's possible the coffee pot camera is a homage to this.
  • On the mission "Shogun Showdown", 47 enters a room with a lot of monitors and a big red button to press. In this same room, there is a bookcase. Looking on the titles of the books, you can find one titled "Vamos Arregaçar". This is Brazilian slang for something like "Let's kick some ass!". It looks like they had a Brazilian guy in the development team...
  • In the first St. Petersburg mission, there is a building called "Zaitsev Building". It was obviously named after the famous soviet sniper Vasily Zaitsev (immortalised in the movie Enemy at the Gates). Quite fitting, if you think about progress of the misson.

Sergei Zavorotko

The game's main villain, Russian arms dealer Sergei Zavorotko, bears a remarkable resemblance to a character in Arnold Schwarzenegger's Eraser movie that introduced us to the joys of railguns.

That character, also named Sergei, was also a Russian arms dealer and a secondary villain who showed up at the end of the film. Both he and the Sergei from Hitman have surprisingly similar appearances. Both have shoulder length hair, a thick moustache, and both wear wool turtlenecks under a red leather coat.

The Sergei from Hitman is balding on top, while the Sergei from Eraser isn't, but otherwise the two characters look almost exactly the same. It's possible the character design for the Hitman Sergei was inspired by the character from the Eraser movie.

Information also contributed by Alan Chan, Carlos Aquino, James1, SGruber and Zovni

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