Hitman 2 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor. It requires players to take control of Agent 47 who is an assassin for hire and tasked with the depressing requirement of ensuring a laundry list of rich, high-profile individuals meet their untimely end at his hands. While this is easy enough to create in a video game world, the true art is doing the deed in a way that doesn't draw any attention to the player. Agent 47 mustn't trigger any alarms or have any witnesses when completing his missions and must get away from each situation completely free of blame. While violent in its content and only recommended for mature audiences, Hitman 2 isn't overly bloody. This makes the game an interesting concept for something that's predominantly an action title that's usually overly dependent on gruesome scenes of gore.
Hitman 2 takes a lot from its predecessor. In fact, there are some areas of the game that are completely the same. This is a good example of not fixing something that's clearly not broken, which is evident in the tutorial system that was entirely imported from the original game and teaches the mechanics and intricacies of the game perfectly. For the most part, players will also find that the menus and disguises are all copies of their originals with slight remastering to help make use of modern technologies.
The game is far from a clone of its original though and any repetitive areas doesn't detract from the overall gaming experience. This is because players will need to invest quite a bit of time in completing the missions and needn't tackle them in a puzzle-like fashion as the predecessor. Players will be more free to roam the areas available to them and choose the most opportune moments to make their move rather than having that move commanded onto them at the moment the game's programming says to.
Players will also find that there's quite a bit more to do in Hitman 2. Many missions feature several different areas to explore when completing an assassination and choosing the right area to do the deed might mean the difference between stealth and detection. There's usually vast areas to consider. For example, its main level Santa Fortuna contains a billionaire's mansion, nearby building sites, underground tunnels that help facilitate drug transportation, and even a rural area of rainforest. Where players choose to make their assassination is entirely up to them and the location of the target at any given moment. It needn't follow any sort of linear fashion that would be expect of them in the original title.
Hitman 2 enjoys critical acclaim in the gaming world having received a generally positive 83/100 on MetaCritic. While players might find the gameplay experience a little familiar, this can be a welcoming aspect knowing the game follows much of the tried and test formula that made the original such a big hit in the gaming world. It is well-worth adding to a gaming library.