If you’ve been following my site for a while then you might remember my post about my favourite things from 2016 and one of the items was the Hitman (2016) reboot.

I thought the first game was amazing and before then, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Hitman games. I was one of those who bought the game when all the episodes were available.

Fast-forward to 2018, and developer IO Interactive has released Hitman 2, which is essentially more of the same.

Gameplay

If you played the Hitman (2016) reboot, then Hitman 2 will be very familiar. You still play as Agent 47, a contract assassin working for the International Contract Agency (ICA) who travels to various locales to eliminate high-profile targets.

The storyline in Hitman 2 is fairly straightforward and can seem somewhat weak but Hitman games haven’t always been solely focused on having a great story.

Hitman 2 is a stealth game and each level offers different ways to eliminate your targets, meaning there could be hours of replayability. There are six levels in the game including a racetrack in Miami, a fictional area in Colombia, Hawke’s Bay Mumbai, a fictional Vermont suburb and the Isle of Sgail in the North Atlantic.

If you own a copy of the Hitman (2016) reboot, then you have access to the levels from the first game in Hitman 2.

There will also be two paid expansions to Hitman 2 which will add new locations, missions, sniper maps, outfit, weapons and more.

Even though Hitman 2 offers a lot of player choice, the actual gameplay can seem somewhat repetitive, especially since it’s not that different than the Hitman (2016) reboot. Especially, that you’re not given that many gadgets and weapons.

In addition to the story missions, Hitman 2 brings back the time-limited Elusive Targets, which gives players a certain amount of time to eliminate a target with no restarts, once you die, it’s over.

Some of the other modes included in Hitman 2 are the cooperative multiplayer mode called Sniper Assassin, where players are tasked with eliminating targets using a sniper rifle within a specific time limit.

Presentation

Hitman 2 is Xbox One X enhanced meaning it’s playable in 4K Ultra HD and HDR. All the levels in the game have a lot of detail, everything from the buildings to the people.

Levels in the game such as Miami or Mumbai have a lot of colour that makes it pop.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Hitman 2 is a great game that brings more of the same. If you’re a fan of the Hitman (2016) reboot then you’ll enjoy the sequel but it is lacking in some areas such as gadget and weapon repetition.

I conducted this review using an Xbox One review copy provided by Warner Bros Interactive.

Pros

  • Fun stealthy gameplay
  • Visually stunning & detailed levels
  • Variety of locales
  • Lots of replayability
  • Refined core mechanics

Cons

  • Weak storyline
  • Missions can feel short if you don’t like replaying missions

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