Story - 78%
Graphics - 80%
Audio - 85%
Gameplay - 82%
Replayability - 88%
Agent 47 is back on the scene with targets to eliminate without leaving any traces. Hitman 2 follows on from the reboot instalment of Hitman.
The first thing that must be mentioned is how happy I was to find out that they are not releasing Hitman 2 in stages like they did the previous game. The game follows on from the story of the reboot where Agent 47 is in pursuit of the “Shadow Client”, but there are some mysteries afoot and why is the ICA working with Providence. All of this is up to you to uncover in the six missions offered in the game.
Now some of you might say: Hold on! Only six missions? Yes, six missions in the reboot of the Hitman franchise can keep you plenty busy as you can replay missions to try and eliminate your targets using different weapons, environments and starting at different locations. There are so many things to do in a single mission that you can easily play one for days. Every time you complete a mission you will unlock more things relating to that missions like starting locations, drop points, ways to take out targets and more.
The first mission starts you off with some basic re-learning / tutorial to get used to the game mechanics again. Surveillance cameras play a big role in the game and you either need to take them all out or you need to destroy the evidence from a server. Concussive gadgets are now available to give you more options in your missions, whereas you can render a person unconscious instead of killing them. This helps a lot when you get to areas where you can’t sneak past someone and do not really want to kill them. The suitcase also makes a return to the game, you can use the suitcase during missions to assist in concealing larger weapons and not be suspicious.
Hitman 2 has all the different game modes returning like elusive targets and custom missions. A new mode is introduced called Sniper Assassin, which can be played co-operatively or alone. In this mode you have targets that you need to eliminate in a certain time limit and you are sitting at a sniping position. You can also play as Knight or Stone who each have their own unique ammo types. There are different difficulties you can try to play the levels on which offers different challenges, for instance on the easiest difficulty, surveillance cameras do not play a role and you can make more ruckus.
The graphics are not bad but also not the best out there, you can see some outdated details in scenes and dragging people can still cause a great laugh in glitches. The gameplay itself has been improved and Agent 47 feels a lot more responsive. With saying all the above the game still delivers and to be just, the core of the game is till great and fun.
Hitman 2 is a great step in the right direction of the reboot and I’m very happy to play as Agent 47 again. The locations are beautiful, the targets are great and interesting, and the story has a good flow. This is one of my favourite franchises and I might be a little biased but at te same time also a bit more critical. Make sure Hitman 2 is on you xmas list if you love the stealth type games.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, PC, Xbox One
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive / IO Interactive
Estimated RRP: R900
Release Date: 13 November 2018
- Agent 47 is back
- No episodic release
- Sniper Assassin
- Minor Glitches