Review by PoeticAudioX

Reviewed: 10/27/02 | Updated: 10/27/02

A fair review for Hitman 2 Silent Assassin

This is a very fair review of Hitman 2 Silent Assassin for the Playstation 2 console

In this game you play as a well known hitman that goes by the name ''47''. Your ultimate goal is to rescue a good friend, a priest from a ransom hostage situation. This is when things take a turn as you meet up with ''Agency'' who you end up working for in exchange to help find your good friend. In this game you are given a HUGE variety of weaponry to dispose of your enemies. You can use everything from sniper rifles to dual pistols to golf clubs. This game is very open ended, there are multiple ways of accomplishing your goals in all of the 20+ missions you will take a part of. You can choose to play the game in first person view or third person view.

Gameplay - 8/10
This is the most important aspect of any game and this game features some very intense Metal Gear like gameplay. Although the gameplay is similar to the MGS series stealth wise it does fail to compare in a few areas. First of all there are no rolling maneuvers and there is no way to distract your enemies by throwing objects or knocking on walls. Also. when you are in the crouching position or the sneaking position your character moves VERY slow. You are limited to hiding behind objects and using your precise timing skills to move to the next cover area. Of coarse you dont always have to be stealthy to accomplish your goals in any given round but at the end of each round you will see 2 meters that measure your performance in stealth and aggression. You will be rewarded if you do an exceptional job using stealth techniques.

Graphics - 9/10
There is one word that can sum up the quality of these graphics....WOW! The environments in this game are gorgeous and the jaggie plague that exists on many PS2 games are very limited in this game. The lighting and shadow effects are awe inspiring and the character models look slightly above average. The only flaw in the graphics is the lack of any real particle effects. Slowdown although rare does exist.

Control - 9/10
The controls in this game are similar to most FPS games. The left analog stick moves your character while the right analog stick is used to turn. The controls are very responsive as well, but can seem a little bit stiff. It does take some time to get used to these controls but after awhile they will become second nature. Being able to customize your controls however you want is also a definite plus but the default controls are mapped out very well.

Sound - 10/10
The opera style music in this game fits very well. When you are spotted by an enemy the mood of the music fits perfectly. The voice acting although not Hollywood standard is definitely better then most games. The gun fire sound effects and other sound effects are done exceptionally well. The sound in this game alone is enough to get your heart pumping.

Story 7/10
This game does have its plot twists and the story is good enough to keep you playing but its definitely not an emotional rollercoaster.

If you are a fan of stealth games like the Metal Gear Solid series then I would recommend a rental at least. This game has enough replay value to give you many hours of fun. The replay value is so good because if you don't do so well on any of the 20+ levels you can always keep replaying them to try and achieve a ''Silent Assassin'' ranking, or you can look for alternate routes to complete the level. This game can be a bit difficult at times but no matter how many times you fail to complete a mission you will always come back for more.

Overall I would give this game an 8.5/10 and that is very good considering I am one tough critic. This game is worth your hard earned 50 bucks.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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