STAFF REVIEW of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (Xbox)

Thursday, October 17, 2002.
by Tony Ingrassia

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Box art If your a big fan of stealth and cunning, you will enjoy Hitman 2. I never played the original version so i have nothing to really compare it to, which is o.k. Plain and simple, you are an assasin forced out of a peacfull retirement by an unknown foe. "Silence is deadly" in this game. Sneak around sniping, drugging, and disguising yourself to complete your mission. Somewhat of an old idea, but the stealth play is a welcome change from the "run & gun" games of the past.

The appeal is in the attention to detail as it translates to what you can do. Sneak up behind a guard and use a zip line to strangle him or use cloraform to knock him out. Then drag the body to some hidden spot to avoid being discovered, and while your at it, swap clothing to get past the gate undetected. If that were not enough, if you happen to forget to ditch your firearm and they frisk you, your dead meat. Again attention to little details is amazing in this game. The control scheme seems complicated when you start, but actually grows on you effortlessly. One small problem, you will occasionally drop a weapon you had not intended to, just a minor glitch in the system. The levels are nice and big, detailed and offer multiple access points, making gameplay different for every user. The storyline may be right from a "B" movie, but it works well. The other "detail" i noticed was the dialouge. I'm Italian, and speek fluentlly, well the comments and vulgar language was dead my surprise. All in all a pleasurable experience that still has me playing, very addictive and who doesn't love pretending they are in a covert, hush, hush, situation were they can nail that head shot with a silencer. Alot of fun!

Visually the game is adequate, nothing earth shattering. Real time shadows, nice textures, basically what we would now accept as bear minimum in a game. The dead guys you drag around bend kinda funny, and when i draged one into the pool, i didn't even get a ripple.

The score is great for this type of game, the dialougue as i mentioned is perfect, and the ambient and sound effects are nicelly done. DD pulls you into the game a little more. Nice Job!

Maybe a graphical tweek, and some sort of co-op mode would add to the replay value.

Overall: 9.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


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