PS4 Review: Hitman 2

More than just Hitman Season 2?

Travel the globe and track your targets across exotic sandbox locations in Hitman 2. From sun-drenched streets to dark and dangerous rainforests, nowhere is safe from the world’s most deadly assassin, Agent 47. Prepare to experience the ultimate spy thriller story — your mission is to eliminate the elusive Shadow Client and unravel his militia, but upon learning your target’s true identity and the truth about 47’s past, nothing will ever be the same.

The Hitman reboot saw the gameplay of 47’s missions refined and changed forever, but was released episodically and it caused a lot of controversy as a result. After separating from Square-Enix, IO Interactive’s future and the future of the Hitman series itself was up in the air, with many not thinking we’d get a second season or conclusion to the series, but luckily they were picked up by Warner Bros and now the second game is now out. But can it improve upon the original and please fans alike?

Hitman 2 literally picks up after the end of the first game, giving you new targets and pushes the story forward. It’s a more complete package and isn’t episodic, though there is an Expansion Pass which will naturally add more content. The original missions are also thrown in for extra measure, with trophies to earn for them as well.

Besides the new missions, there is also a co-op mode called Sniper Assassin which is also highly addictive and opens up the game to new ways to hunt your target. The new missions are well designed and thought out, with some truly inventive ways to kill your intended target either by making it look like an accident or by using more conventional methods and they are multiple ways to kill your target, so mixing it up is a must to get the most out of the levels.

Visually, the game seems slightly improved from the original and runs at a smooth framerate. Load times are average, while the voice-acting is great and David Bateson shines once more as 47. The soundtrack is also pretty good, something that has always been common in the series.

The Verdict

Hitman 2 improves upon the first season with new content, a new co-op mode and comes into it’s own. It may be more of the same on the whole, but when the first season worked so well (besides it’s episodic approach) why change it? And ask yourself in what other game can you actually kill someone with a coconut?

Score: 9.0