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Following on from the highly successful first Hitman game you will once again find yourself taking on the role of the mafia hitman who looks like the well known Italian football ref with the nice shiny head and a stare that will leave you with nightmares. Known only as 47 the storyline opens with you having made the break from your former life and living peacefully in a small village tending the local churchs cemetry however this would not make for a very exciting action game so soon the local priest is kidnapped and it is back to the life of violence and death for you. In all there are 20 missions in Hitman 2 and these will take you all over the world to a number of locations. In all the missions there is a target to be eliminated and as with the first game you have a host of weapons at your disposal including a range of small and large guns, knives and a garrott. To complete the missions you will need to rely on a mix of stealth and straight forward shooting mayhem of which te latter is great fun made even better with the simplicity of the controls which in my view are a big improvement on version 1. You encounter numerous enemies that need to be eliminated and there are also people you have to protect and avoid killing. In most cases your target is well protected and there are also civilians who get in the way and of course the police will get involved if they see you with a weapon. You have the option to play this game in either third person or first person mode which is a really nice touch, personally I find the game easier in third person as you have greater vision and control over the character. This game plays really well, all of the scenes are full of detail and very realistic, one of the best features in a gory sense is the way that the victims die when shot as each body sems to react differently as it is shot and it quite realistic. I certainly found this game a challenge especially on the difficult setting which was a bit too tough for me. Definately worth checking out if you are into this type of game.
Hitman 2s storyline begins in a Sicilian monastery. Agent 47s attempts to distance himself from his violent past are detoured when he is discovered by local criminal underworld and tricked into returning to his trade. Caught in the middle of a ring of deception, Agent 47 soon discovers that he has been manipulated and the hunter must now watch his back, as he has become the hunted. Choice of 1st and 3rd person viewpoints. Mid-mission save options. Revised and enhanced inventory system allowing gamers to acquire and carry weapons and equipment from mission to mission and ending pre-game shopping. Detailed ranking system. Multiple play styles allow gamers to complete missions with the primary target as the only casualty, or gamers may choose to play blast-your-way-through style. Advanced level design and engine dynamics system providing gamers with open levels and no set path to play