Enter the realm of a retired assassin, forced back into action by treason. You may be a hired killer but you still have a sense of loyalty and justice. Visit the dark recesses of a world corrupted by crime, greed, degradation and dishonor. And a past that catches up with you.
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Release Date: Oct 1, 2002

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Enter the realm of a retired assassin, forced back into action by treason. You may be a hired killer but you still have a sense of loyalty and justice. Visit the dark recesses of a world corrupted by crime, greed, degradation and dishonor. And a past that catches up with you.
Trust no one - if the price is right, the finger of your most trusted ally will be on the trigger. Your targets may hide in the most remote areas of the planet, but their destruction is never prevented - only postponed.
Learn your trade - master your tools - overcome your obstacles - outsmart your enemies - eliminate your targets. Remember: rash decisions bleed consequences. Know when to strike instantly, know when to take your time. Chance favors the prepared. Failure is not an option.
  • Pick up contracts in exotic locations around the globe: Sicily, St. Petersburg, Japan, Malaysia, and India.
  • Operate in a non-linear world where the outcome of your actions and proficiency as a hitman are measured on a balance between stealth and aggression.
  • Stalk and eliminate your targets up close and personal, in either 1st or 3rd person perspectives.
  • Execute your assignments with a diverse arsenal of equipment, from armor-piercing sniper rifles and explosives to chloroform and poison darts.
  • Acquire and carry weapons and tools from mission to mission through an enhanced inventory and save-game system.
  • Original soundtrack composed by Jesper Kyd and performed by The Budapest Symphony Orchestra.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Microsoft Windows 98/ME/XP, Pentium 3 450 MHz or equivalent, 100% DirectX 8.1 compatible video card with at least 16 megabytes of video memory, 128 MB system RAM, 100% DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card, 800 MB uncompressed free hard drive space, 100% Windows 98/ME/XP compatible mouse and keyboard
    Recommended: Pentium 3 1GHz equivalent or greater, 256 MB system RAM, 100% DirectX 8.1 compatible 3D Accelerator video card with 32 MB video RAM, 100% DirectX 8.1 compatible EAX Advanced HD Sound Card
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90 of 94 people (96%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
So, I owned this game back on CD until that one broke, and when it appeared on Steam, it didn't take me long to make the decision to re-acquire it.
This game is one of the classics and my personal favorite of the series (maybe, mabye tied with Blood Money).
Don't expect HD graphics as the game is fairly old, but they still hold up and the gameplay makes well up for it.
The game mostly gives you free reign over how you deal with your missions, wether you go in guns blazing or infiltrate the building disguised as the milkman, take out your target and leave without anyone ever knowing better; the only consequence being a distinct shift in your overall mission ratings (though wether or not a Mass Murderer rating is good or bad is still technically up to you. *wink*).
What you have to know is that if you play it quiet, you play it slow. Be prepared to wait for good whiles to learn guard routes or for your target to be in the perfect spot; be prepared to reload often (if you're a perfectionist) when things didn't go as planned, or quickly adapt to your new situation.
So, overall, if you enjoy the thought of being the unseen angel of death that puts Altair and Ezio to shame, or if you played and enjoyed any of the other Hitman titles (and for some reason don't already have this one), this is a definite must-have.
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82 of 85 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
As my first experience with that genre, the Hitman series turned me into a stealth addict!

I remember back when I was in college, I borrowed Hitman : Codename 47 from a close friend of mine. He told me : "It's an amazing game, non-linear, and you can choose the way you want to complete your objectives and kill your targets. There, for instance, there is that mission in which you can disguise as a waiter and poison the food."

So when I tried that very mission a few days later, I would just end up on the roof, and snipe the target from a small concealed window, because screw the poisonned food : hiding on the roof like a coward was the way I did it, and it worked.

This game was so much fun! I spent my evenings on it - almost didn't pass my school year because of that, but it was worth it. Sure, I was struggling with the hardest missions, but enjoying beating them nonetheless. Eh. killing a drug lord with a minigun has its own benefits.
Two weeks later, I gave the game back to my friend and said "Boy, that was INSANE."

You will easily understand how excited I was when he told me they did a sequel called Silent Assassin! The fangirl in me HAD to try this.

(Besides, I'd like to thank my friend Liam sooo much for gifting me the whole Hitman collection for Christmas 2012. Liam, if you read this... you're awesome and I love you.)

I then got the opportunity to try the second game, which improved a lot from the first. More freedom, an incredible amount of missions, a really clever plot, and a great difficulty. It's a must-have for all Stealth lovers, and some of the best Hitman missions are to be found in that second episode. I mean, you can murder evil twins, one of them eating crisps and pizzas in the basement of a Malaysian airport, the other relaxing in his jacuzzi at the top of a highly guarded skyscraper. You'll never see that again in your life.

Then Blood Money followed. Graphically, it was a stunning improvement, but the gameplay also was a lot deeper : body hiding, weapon customisation, beverage poisoning, etc... Blood Money is the core of all good stealth mechanics. And those custom newspaper articles at the end of each mission are hilarious! That third episode is worth gold, and I really recommend your to play it!

I finally acquired Contracts when it released on Steam, as known as Silent Assassin's spiritual sequel, which subtly links the events from the original game, with a certain chapter found in Blood Money's cutscenes. Apart from Contracts being a much darker game than the others, it's an awesome addition to the series.
Half of the missions are remakes of the memorable ones from Codename 47; they were redesigned completely, so the layout of the maps and the buildings have changed, and there's even more places to explore, and exciting ways to finish your job successfully.

Well, I could talk about Hitman for hours, or relate my funniest anecdotes, but the best you could do for now, is try by yourself and embody the well-known Agent 47 for the best assignments of your life.
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178 of 222 people (80%) found this review helpful
217 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
HITMAN!
Yes?
I NEED YOU TO KILL THIS GENERAL!, BUT STEALTHY!
Alright,im just gonna take this ak,5 pistols,a knife....
ENOUGH!
Alright,alright.

*20 minutes later*

HITMAN!
Yeah?
I SAID 1 GENERAL NOT THE WHOLE RUSSIAN POPULATION!
Oh , oh sorry boss.
HIIIIITTTTTMAAAN!

Pineapples(overkill)/10
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123 of 155 people (79%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
My Childhood is on steam.
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50 of 52 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 1, 2014
The Hitman series is a piece of history. I think this game was the fruition of the stealth/action genre, and its effective implementation have inspired dozens of other games, including Assasin's Creed. Hitman 2 is my favorite, not because it's the best, but because it was one of the first PC games I fell in love with. The atmospheric mood, soundtrack, and art stylization really drew me in and have greatly influenced what I look for in the medium. While the gameplay has dated, the effective combination of other aspects have kept it consistently in my top 20, even a decade later.

Gameplay: 5
In a post Assasin's Creed world, it has definitely dated. At the time, however, the controls and AI were stellar.

Story: 6
Nothing revolutionary, but it serves to draw together the wide variety of locations presented in the game.

Art: 9
The mood and atmospheres are incredible. No other game at the time captured the diversity of worlds so well with so little graphically, justifying literally hundreds of hours of slow sneaking - without ever feeling dry or boring. This combined with the music makes it a classic.

Music: 9
Jesper Kyd is a master. At a time when most games featured popish midi synth, he had his soundtrack was performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra.

Should you play this?
If you haven't played this before, you likely won't be impressed. But if you like classic games and want to see a bit of history, enjoy it for the fantastic environmental moods the game creators were able to capture. For those of you who enjoyed it 10 years ago, you'll appreciate a replay.
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47 of 53 people (89%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
This is the true Hitman game.
One of the best action games ever.

+ Game with best graphics that was released in 2002
+ Amazing story and awesome missions.
+ Atmosphere
+ Gameplay
+ Great music
+ Difficulty
+ You can dress like a woman
+ ???

9/10. Highly recommended.
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46 of 52 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin provides an estimated duration of ten hours (parameter now average), an in my opinion very addictive, definitely living. Fans would highly recommend it as it is the better of the two chapters on the history of Agent 47 while those new to the saga recommend you try it, maybe at your neighborhood store, to see if the setting menus and commands may be to their liking. If you allow me, a final warning: do not be discouraged, this is a title designed to be extremely difficult, at times slightly frustrating (spend three afternoons trying to accomplish a mission may also get tired!) And then, if you want to play with, arm yourself with a good patience ... good luck, agents 47!
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115 of 162 people (71%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2014
Can't beat level one
10/10
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58 of 76 people (76%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
> Be me, 13-14 years old.
> While at school and during recess i explain to my best friend what type of game is Hitman.
> I showcase him (live action) how to kill someone with fiber-wire.
> Teacher passes by, thinking that i'm trying to harm my friend.
> I end up in directors office explaining what i was trying to do.
> Feel so embarrassed!
> They say nothing (the teachers).
> I'm free to go!!!

Must play 10/10! All the good memories that i have from this game...
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44 of 56 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Hitman 2: Silent Assasin - Rating: 8.8/10

General Impression
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a stealth game, made especially for people who can keep silent. The graphics for the year 2002 are wonderful, the soundtracks are very enjoyable, the atmosphere varies from tunnels, buildings, cities and even more areas, also the countries vary, such as Russia, India, Sicily, etc. The gameplay is pretty much just to kill enemies, you have a lot of guns to choose from, such as pistols, shotguns, rifles, grenades and even melee guns, such as katanas, knifes, swords, etc. You can even get your enemy asleep for a period of time, with anesthetics. The story is about a Hitman who retired as a yard keeper, until the priest of the church got kidnapped by a Russian mob. He has to accomplish some tasks for his agent, Diana. After he accomplishes them all, he will have to fight through the church to kill the Russian mob and liberate the priest.

Graphics

The graphics are wonderful for the year 2002, a big improvement from the game Hitman: Codename 47. They are well optimized, and they are wonderful even on budget computers. They are set in natural destinations (such as Japanese mountains), where we may see snow, trees, rocks, etc. well designed. The guns seem to be well designed, as well as the sky, the buildings, in the city destinations. Even in tunnels, the graphics are still well optimized, not dark.

Atmosphere
The atmosphere varies from countries such as Russia, Italy, Japan, Afghanistan, India, Sicily and Germany. This game has many areas, such as subways, sewers, palaces, mansions, mountains, cities, deserts, etc. The variety of areas makes this game complex, proving that the developers had a lot of inspiration and were able to create a complex game. The weather varies from area and country, such as Afghanistan (desert) where it's sunny, or Russia (city) where it's snowy, etc.

Audio/Music
The soundtrack of this game were composed by Jesper Kyd, a well-known composer for video games and movies. They tend to change often, such as if you have alerted the enemy, a dynamic music will play. If you are just making your way through, a calm music would play. The sounds of guns are pretty good, also the door closings and openings are realistic. We may also find weather sounds, such as raining or snowing. When you walk on snow, your walking will start becoming noisy. Also, explosions are well designed to be pretty realistic.

Gameplay
The gameplay is about a hitman who accomplishes tasks, such as planting bombs, killing important targets, eliminating all hostiles, introducing poison in an enemy, liberating characters, etc. In this game, you can not drive cars, which is a disadvantage, in my opinion. Hitman can kill the enemies in many ways, such as shooting him, punching him to death, killing him with a grenade, backstabbing him, or simply make him sleeping for a while. The enemies tend to firstly search for Hitman before killing him. If you give any clues to the enemy, such as a dead body or a wrong movement, they will be alerted. If they see you, they will start firing at you. The game has a lot of ranks, from Silent Assassin to Mass Murder. By making Silent Assassin, you will unlock better guns.

Story
The story is about a retired hitman called "47" due to the code which was imprinted on the back of his neck "110706040147". After his retirement, he got a job as a yard keeper at a church in Sicily. In a day, the priest of the church has been kidnapped by a Russian mob. Hitman has the task to do his agent's favors in order to know where the priest has been kidnapped. He has to fight through many areas and countries, killing important people, such as Generals, business men, etc. The game has 20 missions, each one of them taking less than an hour to complete (depending on the difficulty and on the style you want to play with).

Engines
The engines on this game are well optimized, I haven't met any bugs or crashes, neither screen freezes. The people's movements are realistic, starting from walking calm to running due to being alerted. The sky does not move, however, the snowflakes fall unlimitedly. The railings are also falling forever. In the cities there are a few cars moving normal. The water through the sewers can be well seen while it's flowing. In the desert, the dust can be well seen while the wind takes it through the air, among many other engines. This game can be played even on low performance computers, which give it a huge advantage.

Other Features
The user interface is pretty well-designed, simple but neat. The controls are well-chosen, which are not complex, and very easy to learn. The mechanics are pretty well-optimized, everything moves nicely, but sometimes soldiers hit the walls by accident (they go back to normal very quick, it just happens). Overall, it’s a pretty nice stealth-based game, which can be played however you want.

Positive Points
  • Pretty nice graphics
  • No bugs or crashes
  • Good soundtracks
  • Awesome voice acting
  • Optimized engine
  • Properly made AI
  • Many environments and areas
  • Many ways to complete missions
  • Many weapons to choose from
  • A well-chosen ending

Neutral Points
  • A multiplayer or a CO-OP option would be an amazing feature
  • A mini map would probably improve the easiest difficulty

Negative Points
  • It is very hard to complete SA rank
  • Enemy snipers are too powerful
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18.5 hrs
Posted: September 27
Great Hitman-Game!!
Another great stealthy Shooter from the series
18-20 hours of FUN - even if you play again after all those years ;)

*many different Weapons (from Revolvers to SniperRifles)
*killing with any Tool lying around
*good AI (esp for that age)

btw, Ok-gfx (1024x768 ,4:3 ,AA ,anisotropic filter,etc - top notch back in the day^^)
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Tristan
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
white
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Deadly Dick
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
Uhmm well I got this game for free and I'm really impressed by coming to know about the fact that such a game was made in 2002. It's the Best Stealth Game under 750MB even now I guess.

All Hail THE BALD AGENT 47!
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Calais
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
forgive me padre for i have sinned
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Poofie Love bird
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
14 year old poop.
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Barrfind V.
0.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
Agent 47 have return n this perfect continuation.

The game comprises more than 20 missions. Though the settings and the details of each mission are different, most all of them share some basic goals: getting in, eliminating a key target, and getting out. How you meet your objective is up to you, whether by guile and stealth or by brute force, and most missions are cleverly designed to have at least several viable, even intuitive solutions.

One of the big differences between Hitman 2 and its predecessor is that a forceful approach is much more viable in the sequel. At the normal difficulty setting, it's in fact much easier, and much faster, to just blast your way through most missions.

For me perfect return of out bold friend with his so friendly face.
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smething. for NiP
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 15
Bad game.
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Noise.
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
Nice!
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Crunch Time Confirmed
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Best entry in the series by far, such a cool variety of places to see, and people to kill. And Kyd's music really sets the tone for some awesome gameplay.
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Bora.
8.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
Well being bald and dangerous never felt so good as in this one. This game is fun. when it comes to graphics it still holds up (according to someone who thinks first MGS looks sexy) but where the game shines is in gameplay, you can go in with guns blazing and enjoy some quality ragdol physics, but to be a true bald killing machine, you need to use your wits, disguises, kill only your target and left without being noticed (sounds tricky and difficult? Well, it is). And if you just can't be bothered to play game at all. Check out speedruns of this game because they are amazing to watch. I can't recommend this game enough. A more than one way to kill your target, very good story (for hitman game. To catch up, to mass effect is still haves some work to do) and this feeling of being ♥♥♥♥ing genius after getting a silent assassin rating without consulting YouTube.

Bald and proud/10
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