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Hitman 2

09 November 2018
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I have to say, Hitman has a very strange (but strangely consistent) ideology pumping through its veins behind its red, bloodied face. It is bizzare that it would manage to be so straight, despite the fact that it so blatantly desires to have no ideological message behind it whatsoever. In Hitman, violence solves nothing. No one "wins" when you use violence. Individuals cannot, and will never, be able to stand in for the power structures that support them. In Hitman, this is blatant even in the game's design quirks: If you shoot someone dead in the street, even the guards protecting your target will continue to do their rounds, messages will continue playing regarding the deceased's future plans. The power structures propping up the deceased are so powerful that they escape even death. And even in the game's plot, the vacuum is almost instantly filled by some other person that's going to do something someone wants a bit more. The structures stay the same. It's extremely fascinating to see.

This game hits EXACTLY the right gameplay loop for me. It's weird, because I usually HATE stealth, but this game manages to make it not just fun, but rewarding AND desirable. The act of sneaking around, distracting someone for just a split second, smacking them in the head with a brick and dumping their body in a container JUST before the other guard turns the corner is intensely satisfying. The rewarding feeling of executing a clean kill is never broken when you get caught, and end up killing every single guard in the entire level. At no point is the game so frustrating that it requires a break. The controls are smooth, quick when they need to be, slow when they ought to be, and create a wonderful tension that really adds to the fear of getting caught that you always have to have. The cover and crowd features are absolutely brilliant, and make levels feel a lot more generous with their stealthiness. You feel like you've vanished in an instant before their very eyes.
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Marnix_ 2021-09-23T04:18:16Z
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"Hitman 2" was fun, but it's literally just a set of new maps with no significant change compared to the previous installment. IO Interactive is now an independent studio, and it looks like they had to cut costs with the cutscenes. The plot never mattered much so I am glad that they gave priority to the gameplay, always as fun as it needs.
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I don't tend to write positive reviews. I'm bad at it. But for this game, I will try my hardest, because it needs more attention.
Hitman 2 has six different levels, which can theoretically be played in any order. The story doesn't matter, and is better off skipped entirely. Diana's mission briefings are all you need.
Hawke's Bay excepted, Hitman 2's levels are huge open sandboxes for the player to explore and find every unique and interesting way to kill the targets. You're supposed to play each level multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) times in order to find every nook and cranny, and the game did an amazing job of keeping me engaged through many, many plays of each level.

Let's talk about the second level, Miami. There are two targets, but I'm going to focus on the first, Sierra Knox, who is a racecar driver currently in the championship race. The race lasts twenty minutes after Agent 47 arrives. There are a few different assassinations 47 can perform that involve the winner's podium, but Sierra doesn't win the race by default. In order to perform these assassinations, 47 has to find a way to force Moses Lee to lose the race, for which there are several methods.
47 can also disguise himself as a member of Sierra's pit crew, and sabotage her car. Or he can disguise himself as rival racer Moses Lee and accept her challenge in a drinking game, where there are three ways to poison her. As always, there's lethal poison, and emetic poison so she'll throw up into a toilet, where 47 can drown her. But the drinking game involves lighting the drink on fire, so 47 can spike the drink with race fuel, causing Sierra to light herself on fire.
Hitman 2 provides many, many opportunities for unique assassinations. I didn't even get to all of Sierra's unique assassinations. Hitman 2 wants you to replay every level multiple times to increase your mastery rating for that level, and to that end, it provides you with enough content to justify playing the level even beyond getting to max mastery.

It's not all sunshine and roses, however. The final level, the Isle of Sgail, left me with absolutely zero desire to replay it. The targets are just uninteresting. It's nowhere near as bad as Colorado from Hitman 2016, but that's not much of an accomplishment.
Every Hitman 2016 level can be played in Hitman 2, which greatly extends the game's already huge lifespan.
This is a game everyone needs to try. My definition of a 5/5 is a game that I can replay over and over and over, fulfilling its primary purpose as a piece of entertainment. I've already done that with this game, despite only having it for a month.
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Rakitox 2020-01-07T02:41:28Z
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LEVELS RANKED:
1. Miami (2)
2. Hokkaido (1)
3. New York (2)
4. Whittleton Creek (2)
5. Sapienza (1)
6. Haven Island (2)
7. Paris (1)
8. Bangkok (1)
9. Mumbai (2)
10. Santa Fortuna (2)
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Up there with Blood Money for sure. The amount of choice and cool setpieces is impeccable, the AI isn't quite where it needs to be and the always online stuff still sucks, but you get a lot of value out of the levels on offer. Story is nicely paced too despite the budget cuts.
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  • JoelJoeyJoelson 2021-08-20 15:52:53.993561+00
    Santa Fortuna is the worst level though
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    • Whoa 2021-08-25 19:40:11.427536+00
      Tbh I deleted my initial order, but while I'd been 100%ing the game I found both Columbia and Miami's side missions to be the most satisfying to explore. Vermont is written well, but quickly feels like a checklist.

      Santa Fortuna = Miami > Mumbai > Isle of Sgail > Whittleton Creek
    • ... 2022-01-31 02:27:40.542542+00
      You guys underrated Isle of Sgail. I admit it's a bit of a grower and it took me 2 or 3 playthroughs to realise just how good it was but there's so much going on and so many cool side stories in it.

      Miami is still #1 for me though, it's by far the most complex and ambitious level in any Hitman game in terms of NPC scripting (both targets and non-ttargets) and the amount of choice and how everything fits together and. It's basically an entire game's worth of material in a single level.

      For me I'd say Miami > Isle of Sgail > Mumbai > Santa Fortuna > New York > Haven Island > Whittledon Creek
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  • kevinlater 2022-03-02 04:16:57.34432+00
    no isle of sgail slander here please. where are my isle of sgail fans at
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    • fade_away 2022-03-05 06:29:18.342432+00
      After replaying each level a handful of times and doing all the missions + some other challenges, I'd probably rank it 3rd behind Santa fortuna and Miami. Not sure whether Mumbai or whittleton creek is my least favorite, but those are the two I found least engaging, though still good fun.
    • ... 2022-03-05 13:33:46.393247+00
      Yeah Isle of Sgail is probably the biggest grower in the trilogy. The most obvious example of a level I thought was meh on first playthrough but realise it’s genius and depth more and more every time I replay it
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  • TheRealJimMorrison 2022-07-20 20:53:56.896271+00
    Been replaying this trilogy and having a blast. Probably much more than the first time.
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  • DaymanNightman 2022-07-22 23:25:37.024099+00
    All killer no filler
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  • TheRealJimMorrison 2022-07-29 04:08:09.991463+00
    I got it back to 4. Ya'll are welcome :))
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  • southernstargazer 2022-07-30 18:38:00.138256+00
    I need to buy this full game, I got the demo free on xbox, and it's fucking fantastic. The shooting and graphics are better than hitman 3 imo.
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    • DaymanNightman 2022-07-31 02:08:02.016313+00
      This game is cartoonishly vibrant compared to the rest of the series, every level pops with color
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