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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (Xbox)

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Back of Case - PlayStation 2 (UK):

    Death is his business.
    And business is good.

    Enter the mind of a genetically-engineered assassin-for-hire, whose deadly
    efficiency is now needed more than ever. Lured back into a global ring of
    deception by a twisted Russian crime boss, he must kill not only to make a
    living, but to continue living. This time it's not just business... it's personal.

    www.hitman2.com


    Contributed by TechSmurfy (832) on May 25, 2012.

www.xbox.com:
    Hitman 2's storyline begins in a Sicilian monastery. Agent 47's attempts to distance himself from his violent past are detoured when he is discovered by the local criminal underworld and tricked into returning to his trade. Caught in the middle of a ring of deception, Agent 47 soon discovers that he has been manipulated and the hunter must now watch his back, as he has become the hunted.

    • Choice of 1st and 3rd person viewpoints
    • Mid-mission save options
    • Revised and enhanced inventory system allowing gamers to acquire and carry weapons and equipment from mission to mission and ending pre-game "shopping"
    • Detailed ranking system
    • Multiple play styles allows gamers to complete missions with the primary target as the only casualty, or gamers may choose to play "blast-your-way-through" style
    • Advanced level design and engine dynamics system providing gamers with open levels and no set path to play

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (14587) on Sep 17, 2010.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo GameCube:
    Globe-trot with a well-dressed master of disguise.

    Eidos Interactive turned a lot of heads (in more ways than one) when the original Hitman premiered on the PC. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin allows players to resume the role of the reluctant killer on Nintendo GameCube.

    Making Amends

    Hitman 2 picks up right where its predecessor left off. Lone assassin Agent 47 moves to a remote monastery as penance for his past misdeeds.

    As luck would have it, there are others who are not so quick to forgive and forget. There's a reason why the game isn't called Hitman 2: Silent Gardener.

    Fall From Grace

    Against his will, Agent 47 and his fashionably shaved pate are forced out of retirement. Gone are the dirt-crusted overalls and work boots. In their stead are a finely woven black suit, leather gloves and a custom Baller .45 caliber pistol.

    Despite his business attire, 47 isn't above getting down and dirty. Most of the action takes place from a third-person perspective while allowing players to switch to first-person mode for precision marksmanship.

    Hit List

    While playing gun-for-hire leaves little opportunity for leisure, your 20 missions will have you taking in the sights and sounds of Russia's St. Petersburg as well as Sicily, Malaysia, Japan and India.

    As soon as you arrive on location, you are given mission objectives and parameters. How you choose to achieve them are entirely up to you.

    Since you work alone (outside of the occasional intelligence update), stealth will almost always be your primary form of approach. If you're feeling frisky, you can always run in guns blazing.

    Just don't expect to walk away without more than a few alterations to your suit. Your targets are always well guarded and don't take kindly to strangers. And if they sense anything out of the ordinary, you can be sure that they'll tell all their buddies about it.

    Master of Disguise

    So you're outnumbered about 50 to one. It hardly seems fair, doesn't it? Thankfully, you have a number of tricks up your sleeve and they don't all require ammunition.

    Part of being a successful silent assassin is the ability to not be noticed. You'll often have to improvise, relying on the shadows and on the limits of a guard's field of vision. Agent 47 can also steal the clothes of any unlucky passer-by and assume their identity.

    Just make sure not to saunter too close to nearby sentries. Someone might actually notice that the usual letter carrier has been replaced by a towering bald man who's been lifting more than Christmas parcels.

    Silent but Deadly

    At times, sneaking by security simply isn't going to cut it. You'll probably have to down more than your fair share of guards.

    While few guards can withstand a couple of well-placed rounds, the chatter of gunfire will probably attract more attention than you bargained for. Unless you're packing a silenced weapon, you're going to have to get hands-on with your work.

    Guards have remarkably tuned senses of hearing, so they'll usually turn around before you can just run up and take them out. For more delicate situations, activate "stealth mode."

    This allows you to tip-toe up to your prey without creating any audible evidence of your existence. The only downside is that you move at a snail's pace and anyone who walks by will immediately become suspicious of your behavior.

    All in a Day's Work

    This is not your straight-forward action game. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin requires you to think on your toes, develop nerves of steel and sometimes play a little dress-up. Head shaving optional.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54193) on Jul 14, 2005.

Back of Box - Windows (German):

    Früher war es nur ein Job.
    Jetzt wird es persönlich.



    Eine Welt des Verbrechens, der Habgier und des Verrats. Ein Pakt mit dem Teufel und die einzige Wahrheit: 7,65 mm kalter Stahl. Behalten Sie die Nerven und stellen Sie sich Ihrer Vergangenheit. Überlassen Sie Niederlagen den Amateuren, denn Sie sind ein Profi.
    Hitmat 2: perfekt, präzise und garantiert tödlich.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on Sep 30, 2004.

Atari Australia Press Quotes - Xbox:
    "we can expect much more geometric detail and more characters on the screen at one time, plus enhanced lighting techniques and weather effects. "The new engine allows us to have a massively increased polygon count and is highly optimised when it comes to memory and CPU consumption,"

    "Hitman 2 fixes virtually all of the problems of its predecessor and stands tall on its own merits as an outstanding action game" - Gamespot

    "Thankfully, the first-person mode will be fully interactive, as opposed to a game such as Metal Gear Solid 2 where first-person was nothing more than a method for aiming and shooting. " - Games Domain.com

    "This is a game that knows what an armchair assassin really wants - attention to detail as well as the thrill of the kill. Pure Class" - Play Magazine

    "With a stirring soundtrack, a great storyline and lots of ways to erase your enemy, Hitman 2 is the most exciting adventure of the year. Get it. Now." - Official PS2 Magazine

    "If you're looking for a mature intelligent epic, then you need look no further - Hitman 2 is truly excellent and deserves to be a massive 'hit'." - Official PS2 Magazine

    "Hitman 2 offers far more than stealth - it mixes in action, tension and beautifully orchestrated violence with a plot that would make Scorcese proud." - Official PS2 Magazine

    "This is a game with real style" "Brain as well as brawn" "Hitman 2 looks fantastic" "Buy this game as soon as possible" - PSW Magazine

    "Combine all your assassination fantasies together, illuminate them with the cinematography of The Godfather and this is what you get." - Play Magazine

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on May 11, 2004.

Atari Australia website (for Xbox):
    DESCRIPTION:

    Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is the sequel to the popular Hitman: Codename 47. Once again, enter the mind of the Hitman, a for-hire assassin trying to escape a violent past. Eventually, you are lured back into your trade by a twisted Russian crime boss bent on assisting rogue countries for his own personal and financial gain. You soon realize that you are caught in the middle of a ring of deception and discover that you have become a target yourself - of a highly trained ex-Spetsnaz assassin. Utilize stealth, tact and survival instincts to complete your missions. Plan your hits carefully and think to survive.

    FEATURES:
  • Pick up contracts in exotic locations around the globe: Sicily, St. Petersburg, Japan, Malaysia, and India.
  • Operate in a non-linear world where the outcome of your actions and proficiency as a hitman are measured on a balance between stealth and aggression.
  • Stalk and eliminate your targets up close and personal, in either 1st or 3rd person perspectives.
  • Utilize a diverse arsenal of equipment, from armor-piercing sniper rifles and explosives to chloroform and poison darts.
  • Acquire and carry weapons and tools from mission to mission through an enhanced inventory and save-game system.
  • Original soundtrack performed by The Budapest Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio and Television

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on May 05, 2004.

PlayStation Holiday Catalog 2003 - Print/website:
    Step into the world of a cold blooded killer for hire, hunting and stalking your prey in a deadly game of cat and mouse. It’s completely up to you on how to fulfill the contract. Be warned, some of your targets are heavily guarded, as well as completely paranoid. They’ll be expecting you.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69780) on Nov 21, 2003.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:
    "The Metal Gear Solid of Contract Killing" - Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine

    Completely open-ended game play experience that allows you to balance surgical precision with visceral violent outbursts.

    Lethal arsenal at your disposal to make every kill an experience to savor.

    A deadly game of disguise allows you to assume the identity of your victims.

    Massively upgraded game engine features in mission saves, selectable first and third person playable perspectives, and enhanced graphics.

    Step into the world of a cold-blooded killer for hire, hunting and stalking your prey in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

    It's completely up to you how to fulfill the contract. Be warned, some of your targets are heavily guarded, as well as completely paranoid. They'll be expecting you.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69780) on Nov 14, 2002.

Inside Flaps - Windows (Canada):
    Visit the dark recesses of a world corrupted by crime, greed, degredation and dishonor. Your targets may hide in the most remote areas of the planet, but their destruction is never prevented--only postponed.

    Death is his business. And business is good.

    Investigate target location...find an entry point...subdue the opposition...disguise yourself...eliminate the target...exit undetected.

    Master the tools of your trade and remember: rash decisions bleed consequences. Know when to strike instantly, know when to take your time.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Oct 08, 2002.

Back of Box - Windows (Canada):
    "Travel the world, meet interesting people... and kill them."
    - Gamespy.com

    Step into the world of a cold-blooded killer for hire, hunting and stalking your prey in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

    It's completely up to you how to fulfill the contract. Be warned, some of your targets are heavily guarded, as well as completely paranoid. They'll be expecting you.

    Completely open-ended game play experience that allows you to balance surgical precision with visceral violent outbursts.

    A deadly game of disguise allows you to assume the identity of your victims.

    Lethal arsenal at your disposal to make every kill an experience to savor.

    Massively upgraded game engine features in-mission saves, selectable first and third person playable perspectives, and enhanced graphics.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Oct 08, 2002.