IO Interactive took a big risk when the developer turned the sequel "Hitman" into an episodic game. The entry itself was actually a reboot, changing the direction of the series. Instead of being a linear, action-oriented project, Title 2016 made the game more like a point-and-click adventure.
It utilizes more powerful hardware to create expansive levels, with hundreds of characters milling around, following script scenarios. The maps are stealth playgrounds, where players are looking for paths to eliminate their mark. The move opens up a new avenue of play, one in which players avoid using guns, and instead rely on wrongs and the environment to kill their target. Interactive betting of IO paid off well enough that the sequel was greenlighted.
"Hitman 2" is an extension of the reboot, one that sanding the game and correcting flaws in their predecessors. The main character, Agent 47, continues to hunt for the shadow client, having mistakenly taken people associated with the Illuminati group called Providence. The game offers a summary of the source, but those with the previous title can download the Legacy Pack for free. It includes the maps from the previous game and allows the newcomers to experience the whole story.
For the uninitiated, the Legacy Pack offers a good starting point for a rebooted series, and because old content carries over improvements in the sequel, it's a better experience. Players can learn the language and tools of "Hitman 2", and in doing so, the goal of the stealth game comes to sharper focus.
Like the original, this sequel allows players to use guns and guns to eliminate the mark, but by doing so, they will miss half the experience. As agent 47, players are supposed to immerse themselves in the scene. They can follow mission stories from the menu or explore the world and discover a new leader on their own.
The weapons methods that are not tested and the players sneak abilities as they often have to figure out how to isolate a target, knock them and steal their clothes and penetrate the facility. It usually means lure a sign to an isolated site by tossing a coin, or poisoning their food to send the purpose to the bathroom alone.
Changing clothing "Hitman 2" is almost like getting a keycard. It offers access to new areas, but at the same time, players must be wary of different characters who can identify a 47-like fake agent. As with other stealth games, players need to worry about maintenance rather than leaving clues of their presence. They have to hide bodies, find ways to distract the enemies to sneak by them and shoot the surveillance cameras.
More difficult tasks require players to devise a strategy to isolate a target or find a track within a base. They may have to smash their weapons because they will be searched before they enter the house or have to find poison so they can send a key figure to the bathroom where they can screw them.
This usually requires a lot of saving and loading as players understand the complexity and murder. This is one of the flaws left in "Hitman 2." It is easy to understand and manage the mechanics, but at the same time, it can be penalized if a 47 agent is discovered.
The second disappointing element is that the cut scenes shows each level and explains the results of the tasks they are still essentially painted. Unlike the previous title, "Hitman 2" offers little CG scenes. It hurts the story, and it is more compelling this time as it delves into the source of Agent 47 and his relationship to Shadow and Providence.
For its benefit, "Hitman 2" does return the live content that the group originally presented. Elusive goals make a comeback and they give players an incentive to repeat the game. The other advantage of playing levels several times is that players can finish new task stories, and they can get new tools from starting positions with any way to play.
Two new modes – mood snipers assassins – are designed to give "Hitman 2" more of a multiplayer flair. Sniper Assassins is a collaborative mode, where players work together to lower the goal, while mood is a competitive scenario, where two people go head to head to see who can pick up the most kills.
Both should extend the "Hitman 2" lifespan, but this single player core experience is special. This makes the concession prominent from a dense field.
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3 Stars from 4
platform:3, Xbox One, a computer