Let me start by saying I am not a fan of stealth games because the game play is repetitive and it is time consuming. This however is an exception to the Hitman series as the gameplay and the situation in the game is different in every scenario in Hitman.
When I heard developer IO interactive will be realising Hitman 2 I had mixed feelings towards the game. It has been years since I played Hitman and I was hoping that the new series would blow my expectations out of the water.
Old but Gold
When I first started the game I was greeted at a training facility. Here, I was put in a scenario with a storyline for me to refresh the controls of the gameplay or for those who are new to Hitman. During this training session I find that the mechanics are the same as the first hitman but with a certain quality of life to make the game better. That is a plus point for me.
Like in the previous Hitman, I had the option of taking out the target in any manner I see fit and that is what I love about the Hitman series. I really like that the controls of the game have not changed drastically.
Target acquired,Target neutralised
I love a good storyline in any game that I play. It is the storyline that keeps me engaged in the game. Not once have I been disappointed with Hitman’s storyline. In Hitman 2 the storyline is better and (no spoilers) it is worth the time. Hitman 2’s storyline is ironed out to perfection. It gives me the immersion I crave from a good stealth game. I am able to infiltrate a building, don new disguises and my favourite is taking out the target in any method I want, provided the game asks me to kill a target with a certain method or wearing a certain disguise.
Murder for Hire
In Hitman 2 I am happy to see the contract is still part of the game. The contract is by far the best way to keep the players after the storyline is over. Contracts like the previous series allow me to take contracts created by other players online and take out their marked targets. Each contract is unique as players would craft different ways of taking out the target. Some are easy and some can be rather challenging.
There are other modes that I could not obtain as it is by purchase through the downloadable content or the content is time gated. The modes are Ghost Mode, Sniper Assassins and Elusive targets.
In the Ghost mode, I will be pitted against players online and my objective is to eliminate my targets to gain points and beat my opponent.
Sniper Mode is where I am given a sniper rifle and a target. Like any other contracts, I am to kill the target by any method and wearing any disguise unless stated by the objective.
Elusive targets, on the other hand, are rather tricky as it is time gated. This mode has a time allocated for the targets to arrive at a certain location and I have to be quick to get to the target or I will miss it. The waiting can be very long as I have to wait for fifty hours – Yes I said it, 50 hours!
Overall I am happy with Hitman 2 so far but IO interactive can make it better. The thing that bugs me here is the downloadable content to unlock other contents. The DLCs have a hefty price tag and I believe some players are more than happy to play the base game. Hitman 2 has the potential to go further if the Downloadable contents have a reasonable price tag.