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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
86
4.0
PlayStation 2
84
3.7
Windows
85
3.9
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Description

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 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.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Windows 47's first assassination coming out of retirement, to kill a Russian general. Here, Mr. 47 snipes the target in the head from a building across the street. The proper way to carry out an assassination.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Windows Mr. 47 is sent to infiltrate an underground Russian military base. Sounds tough, until you realise you can disguise yourself as a Russian soldier and remain unmolested. Unless you start shooting people, of course.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Windows It's your old CIA 'buddy' Agent Smith, who seems to constantly get himself captured, stripped, and tortured. Here, he's being held hostage by the General, who will kill him if you don't act quickly!

Alternate Titles

  • "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 (9366)
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 (240)

The Press Says

GameDaily Xbox Dec 31, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone GameCube Jul 26, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online GameCube 2003 88 out of 100 88
Gamers.at Windows Nov 03, 2002 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot GameCube Jun 18, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
Fragland.net Xbox May 16, 2003 81.5 out of 100 82
UOL Jogos Windows Dec 11, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Jul, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation 2 Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Game industry News (GiN) Xbox 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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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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