Often, sequels can prove high expectations wrong since if the first game was great, sometimes it’s hard to match that. But although new Hitman has number 2 behind the title, it’s actually the seventh game in the series.
Hitman is a video game developed by the Danish studio IO interactive in 2000. The plot follows Agent 47 who is a cloned assessing with an impeccable record. The game was first available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube. The game even had a movie adaptation in 2007 which had success at the box office although it received negative reviews.
Hitman 2 is the sequel to 2016 game which was released in November this year for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Hitman 2 brings us once again dace to face with enigmatic and stealthy Agent 47, a perfect killer for hire to make certain complications go away. Unfortunately, this is something we already knew about him from previous games so no big surprise here. He hardly gets any new weapons, which is really unsatisfying on so many levels that don’t get me started.
The formula that worked so well for previous games is present here as well. What I mean by this is that we have missions in densely populated areas which are always challenging and thrilling to pull off. Nothing gets the adrenalin running as the possibility to get discovered and captured or killed, especially when you are trying to blow someone’s head off.
The plot is typical with Agent 47 on the mission to track down and eliminate a powerful figure, in this case, “Shadow Client.” There is a lot of cutscenes which tell more about Agent 47 and you will find out what consequences that has on the overall plot. When it comes to side stories, they can be interesting to hear since it will give you some explanations about the main story.
Now, just because there are rarely any new weapons, it doesn’t mean that Agent 47 is badly armed. He has the usual variety of nasties that will do the trick, but I honestly expected some panache. After all, it’s 2018 and we deserve some powerful weapons with a sequel to a game about an assassin who uses stealth to eliminate his targets. If that doesn’t call for some cool new weapons, then I don’t know what would.
But, the lack of more new weapons left me disappointed not dissatisfied, since I could still use some good old weapons like wire to quietly get rid of the threat. If you need to raise hell, then mines or grenades will come in handy, just make sure you do it at the right time. This is the game famous for its stealth so try to abide by the rules – you’ll live longer.
The game is full of exciting moments, no matter what the basic story stayed the same. I mean, finding some genius ways to infiltrate the territory and take down your target takes a lot more than experience in the previous game. At one point, you can pretend you are a dearly departed and wait until the target comes to pay their respects. Then you simply wake up like you were a zombie in Romero movie and stab her to death, hence mission accomplished with flying colors. But the moment you do that is overshadowed by the preparations for the act itself. You have to infiltrate the premises and find a weapon to use on your target, and that took time and bunch of disguises. And that is where you will find the charm of Hitman games – in the preparations and planning, stalking your targets and studying the behavior of people. It takes finesse though and you will certainly have fun while trying to execute all that in the stealthiest possible way.
Besides this fun tidbit, you will also have to learn how to hide more than one body, throw a guy off the cliff you are hanging from, strangle someone with a measuring tape and trigger a nano-bomb in person’s neck. These are all the moments you will enjoy playing Hitman 2 just like you did previous games. And if you never played a Hitman game before, I truly envy you since you will have so much fun.
One thing you have to use with this game a lot is patience. If you are not a patient person, this may somewhat be a problem since, without it, you will be in a lot of trouble with the gameplay. Even the smallest failure can destroy a hard work you put into a mission and ruin everything in the end. However, this tends to happen, and in that case, hold on to manual and autosaves whenever you can, since that can save you in more ways than I can count. But, also remember that failing to complete a mission can be frustrating and you will have to do everything again in order to do it right.
Hitman 2 is a smart and exciting title that will keep you on the edge of your seat during the planning and executing the missions. It feels amazing when you work on something for hours and hours and it finally pays off. Sniper Assassin mode is full of scenarios you can customize, while Ghost multiplayer is all new. This is a 1v1 mode happening in different realities and you and your opponent can meet in the same one if you obtain Ghost Coin and throw it into their plain of existence. In the end, you will spend a lot of time running around the map and trying to take down your friend and thus win.
Although the game lacks a better plot, it is not a bad title to play. It was really exhilarating and at times I really doubted I could pull off some of the more demanding missions. Let’s just hope that next sequel will do more on the plot so we could really have a contender for the Game of the Year at our hands.