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"Explore a universe, minutely recreated in fantasy, but based on facts – not fiction. Visit the dark recesses of a world corrupted by crime, greed, degradation and dishonor."
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin's Tagline.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (abbreviated to "Silent Assassin") is a stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube. It is the second installment in the Hitman video game series and the sequel to Hitman: Codename 47. It was released on October 1st, 2002 in the United States of America.

The player takes the place of a bald assassin named 47 after he killed his creator, Dr. Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer, and retires to a small church in Sicily.

The game was succeeded by Hitman: Contracts in 2004.

Gameplay

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Main Menu

Hitman 2:Silent Assassin is a third-person action/stealth combo revolving around a bald-headed assassin known as Agent 47, who works for the International Contract Agency (also known as "The Agency"), a conglomerate of professional assassins who provide their services to wealthy or otherwise influential customers.

In the game, 47 is given a set of objectives to complete. Most levels require the assassination of one or more people. However, how missions are completed is up to the player, and there are almost always a variety of ways to complete missions. Instead of simply running and gunning through the mission, one can set traps, like poisoning a drink, to terminate the target in silence. Some missions have assassination possibilities unique to the level.

While it is a stealth title, the game does not necessarily enforce such an approach, allowing the player to engage at their own discretion, thus highlighting the sandbox element of the series.

Before any assignment, the player is provided with a briefing, consisting of intelligence on the target, a map detailing the area where 47 is to encounter the target, and a list of weapons that they can take on the mission. The briefing is managed by 47's controller, Diana Burnwood, at the Agency. The intelligence is usually comprised of a picture of the target, sometimes video footage as well.

The game relies heavily on the disguise system. 47 can find disguises or remove them from an incapacitated person in order to blend in with his surroundings, access restricted areas, to pass by security unnoticed (unless he's too close to them) and wield weapons almost freely, depending on the disguise. This plays in with the "suspicion" system; a bar beside the health meter on the HUD represents how much suspicion 47 garners. There are multiple ways to blend in more effectively. 47's cover can be blown if suspicion gets too high, and the disguise will no longer be of any use. It is possible to switch between multiple disguises throughout the level.

New features

  • The fiber wire, the binoculars and the compass are now a permanent part of 47's arsenal and no longer need to be bought at the start of each mission. Also, the compass is now part of the HUD rather than an object.
  • Ratings are introduced. At the end of each mission, the stealth and aggression are rated. If the highest rating, Silent Assassin, is earned, a new weapon is unlocked.
  • The map now shows all AI movements in real-time, including civilians, guards, policemen, VIPs and targets. In addition, it also shows elevators, doors, stairs, ladders, ICA pickup spots, and points of interest to help traverse the map.
  • Anaesthetic, a new non-lethal weapon is introduced. Instead of killing enemies, it sedates them for a short period of time.
  • Additional melee weapons, such as the golf club, are introduced.
  • Silenced versions of selected weapons, which don't alert guards, are introduced.
  • During close encounters, 47 can knock out enemies with the butt of his weapon, creating another way to pacify enemies without killing them.
  • 47 can break the target's neck when using fibre wire in a compact place or on stairs.
  • The ability to crouch is introduced, which allows 47 to hide behind a low object.
  • 47 can now run backwards, making movement more fluent and player-friendly.
  • Detailed statistics are shown at the end of each mission.
  • First-person mode, replacing the free-look view, is introduced.
  • AMT Hardballers are introduced as Ballers, a dual version, treated as single.
  • Looking through the lock of a door is now possible.
  • Ability to pick locked doors is available.
  • Weapons gathered from previous missions can be used in the next ones, replacing the shop menu.
  • In most of the missions, Diana talks to 47 to assist him in completing the mission.

Removed features

  • Dual-wielding is no longer the default action when picking a handgun with another one already in hand. It's still possible with the Dual-handgun glitch, though.
  • The shop menu is no longer available, being replaced with the ability for players to use weapons and utilities acquired from previous missions or the Silent Assassin weapon award.
  • Free-look is removed (replaced by first-person mode).

Changed features

  • Running now requires players to press the directional buttons, as opposed to the previous game where pressing the run button will make 47 run forward.

Plot

Note: While the general plot of Silent Assassin follows a distinct path, many elements such as the assassination methods and character interactions are subject to the player's decisions. The game offers several events and methods to targets, along with multiple decisions based on the sandbox gameplay. This story synopsis concentrates on the main plot thread of the game the player would generally encounter on their first time playing.

Sergei Zavorotko and a Mystery Man talk on a cargo ship about someone the mystery man saw in Rotterdam. They went to Dr. Ort-Meyer's cloning lab/mental asylum in Romania and found everybody inside dead. They found a few tapes that showed Agent 47 strangling an Romanian SWAT member and dragging his body to corner with a Fiber Wire, and shooting down more Romanian SWAT members and an orderly. After watching the tapes, the mystery man concluded that the killer was none other than Agent 47, and Sergei decided to hire him, before leaving the building.

Luring out of Retirement

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47, before going to rescue Vittorio

After spending some years as a legendary hitman, 47 decided to leave his life as a contract killer and retreated to a Sicilian church owned by Father Emilio Vittorio. Many rumors arose about his death while being extremely wealthy. However, he worked as a humble gardener at the church. Soon, Vittorio became a friend of 47, and 47 decided to confess his past to Vittorio. After his confession, a car arrived at the church, with two persons inside. One of the persons assaulted Vittorio and kidnaped him, before leaving a ransom of 500,000 dollars. Unable to pay that price, 47 contacted the ICA (International Contract Agency), much to their surprise, and agreed to perform an assassination mission for information about the whereabouts of Vittorio. He got information from the Agency that Vittorio was held hostage in the basement of the villa belonging to the leader of Sicilian mafia, Guessipi Gulliani. 47 infiltrated the Villa Borghese and killed Gulliani, but failed to find Vittorio in the basement room. The agency confirmed this by describing recent satellite footage showing the priest being dragged away by four Russian looking men in uniform, where he was later lost at an airport.

Visit to St. Petersburg

47's 3 General targets

3 of 47's first targets (The five Generals) upon returning to the Agency

To repay his debt to the Agency, 47 accepted an assignment which entailed the assassination of an ex-KGB Russian general at a meeting in St. Petersburg. After the demise of the general, 47 was contacted to eliminate the remaining generals, who started their own investegation of the murder of their fellow. First, 47 was sent after General Makarov, who was trying to get some protection by his mafia contact Igor Kobasko, in order to find the assailant. Both of them were eliminated by 47 while having a meeting at the Kirov park.

After Makarov's assassination, 47 was contacted once more to eliminate another General, Mikhail Bardachenko at his secret underground bunker, as well as free his interrogated prisoner, who was later revealed to be Agent Smith. Following this 47 was sent to the German Embassy in St. Petersburg , where he had to kill General Zuphikov, last general from the meeting, who had defected to Germany. In addition, 47 was also ordered to retrieve a briefcase containing some valuable material that the general was presumed to sell to the highest bidder in the west. Due to his defection, however, Russians were also enraged, and sent a Spetsnaz Agent to retrieve the briefcase. Nevertheless, 47 successfully completed his task.

The Hidden Valley

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Hayamoto's Castle

After the hit on the last General, 47 negotiated a payment raise and accepted more contracts from the Agency. He was ordered to eliminate a Japanese criminal mastermind and arms dealer, Masahiro Hayamoto However, due to to his location unknown, 47 was forced to kill his son, Masahiro Hayamoto Jr., and place a tracking device in his body, eventually leading him to his actual target when his son's corpse was taken to him. After travelling a long way through Masahiro's highly fortified stronghold in central Japan, 47 was able to take him out and obtain a missile guidance system he had.

Further Contracts

Eventually, 47 gave up his search for Vittorio, believing him to be dead. He traveled to various countries, namely Russia, Japan, Afghanistan, Malaysia and India to carry out contracts.

Following Hayamoto's assassination, 47 was ordered to eliminate a Malaysian hacker Charlie Sidjan, who was believed to have stolen a valuable piece of military software. After eliminating his presumed target in his headquarters' basement, 47 found out that the person he killed wasn't his target, but the target's twin brother. After placing a hacking device in his main computer terminal in order to retrieve the software, 47 successfully eliminated Sidjan and escaped Malaysia.

47 was then contacted again to retrieve some cargo stolen by Afghan Rebels and hidden in the desert of Afghanistan. He was ordered to eliminate two high ranking Afghan rebel commanders in order to acquire the location of the cargo as well as its keys, before eliminating their leader to prevent him selling the cargo to UN, and finally retrieving the cargo from an underground base.

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47, disguised as a surgeon, kills Deewana Ji in a heart transplant surgery

The cargo, however, was stolen again, and 47 was sent to the Temple City in Punjab, India to perform another hit on the leader of a Sikh cult, one Deewana Ji. With help from Agent Smith, 47 was able to infiltrate the Cult Leader's sacred Gurduvara and Hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo a heart surgery. Despite extremely tough security, 47 was able to kill his target and escape the area, only to be attacked by a bald person similar to him. However, 47 escaped successfully.

Return to St. Petersburg

Soon after the homicide of Deewana Ji, the Agency found out that all of 47's prevous contracts were ordered by same client, Sergie Zavorotko, brother of one of 47's genetic fathers, Arkadij "Boris" Jegorov. It was reveled that he was a world terrorist and arms dealer. All of 47's targets were individuals who were involved in a transaction of a nuclear warhead Sergei has bought recently, and that the items 47 was ordered to "retrieve" were all components of two nuclear missiles, which Sergei was planning to sell to a Sikh sect in Punjab, India. The warheads had key signature software that would fool the Americans into thinking the warheads were theirs, and therefore bypass the American missile defense system. Sergei, who had ties to the Russian government and military, needed to eliminate everyone involved in the deal, and therefore, offered 47 the contracts as the client. However, at the end, when the Sikh Cult betrayed him by stealing the cargo, he offered a contract to kill the Cult Leader as a revenge.

White Void Agent 17

47, after killing Agent 17

Forced by the UN, the Agency ordered 47 to kill Zavorotko at his head-office in St. Petersburg. However, upon arriving there, 47 found out that Sergie had found about an upcoming attempt of his assassination, when 47 was attacked by the same bald assassin he saw in India. 47 was able to kill him, and found out that he was one of 47's genetic brothers, Agent 17, another cloned assassin by Dr. Ort-Meyer. 47 learned that Vittorio's kidnapping was an elaborate setup by Sergei to lure him out of retirement. Learning this, 47 pursued Zavorotko, who managed to elude 47 and took Father Vittorio hostage at the Gontranno Church.

Redemption At Gontranno

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47 decides to resume his life as a Hitman

47 arrived at the chruch. Sergei deployed several of his best bodyguards, but the hitman killed all of them. In the end, 47 confronted Zavorotko, and killed him after a rather long duel. Vittorio gave 47 his rosary and begged him to follow a good path but the Assassin decided that he was incapable of finding inner peace, and thus, left the rosary on the church door, resuming his life as a Hitman.

Controversy & censorship

The game's release sparked controversy due to a level featuring the killing of Sikhs within a depiction of their most holy site, the Harmandir Sahib, where hundreds of Sikhs were massacred in 1984. An altered version of Silent Assassin was eventually released on all the platforms with the related material removed from the game, however, the DRM-free version available on GOG.com is completely uncensored and patched to 1.01.

Censored versions (patched beyond v1.01. including Steam release) retain all three Sikh levels; however references to Gurdwara location have been removed, as well as dialogue referring to Sikhs as "towelheads" has been removed. Temple City level female patrols and alcohol bottles have been removed and posters around the level now show the face of the cult leader instead of Shiva.

Missions

Silent Assassin has twenty-one missions, including the prologue, more than any other game of the hitman franchise.

Prologue

Russia

Japan

Malaysia

Afghanistan

India

Epilogue

Targets

Main article(s): Category:Hitman 2: Silent Assassin targets

Prologue

St. Petersburg

Japan

Malaysia

Afghanistan

India

Epilogue

  • Agent 17
  • Bodyguards of Sergei Zavorotko
  • Sergei Zavorotko

VIPs

Other characters

Weapons

Notes

  • The naming conventions for the weapons in this game have undergone a substantial simplification compared to that seen in the original, as can be seen;
  • The Beretta is now "9mm pistol"
  • The Colt Python is simply "revolver" (additionally, misspelled in-game as "Stub-nosed")
  • The PSM is simply ".54 pistol", et cetera

Firearms

Melee Weapons

Other

Soundtrack 

The soundtrack of the game is also composed by Jesper Kyd, the composer of Hitman: Codename 47's soundtrack, but was never released until 2005, along with the soundtrack of its predecessor.

Reception

Hitman 2 probably received the best reviews as compared to any other Hitman game and other games of 2002. IGN gave the game an 8.7 with a review "One of the more interesting games of 2002 returns with much needed improvement". GameRankings gave the game 85.02% on PS2, 84.88% on PC, 84.63% on Xbox, and 83.47% on GC. Metacritic gave amazing reviews, saying "IO Interactive has fixed almost every flaw for Hitman 2, the result is an almost perfect blend of action and stealth." with highest rating on PC of 87, followed by 85 on PS2, 84 on Xbox and 83 on GC. IMDb gave the game a 7.5 on 10. Gamespot gave the game a highest of 8.6 on PC, followed by 8.6 again on PS2, then 8.4 on Xbox and 8.3 on GC, saying "Hitman 2 virtually fixes all the problems of its predecessor and stands tall on its own merit as an outstanding action game". Eurogamer gave the game 7.9 on 10.

The user score of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin was 90.

As of 2009, the game has sold a total of 3.7 million units, making it the second best selling Hitman game so far, with Hitman: Absolution being the first, at 7 million.

Gallery

Promotional Art

Trivia

  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is the only numbered sequel so far.
  • It is the only Hitman game to be released on a Nintendo platform (Nintendo GameCube).
  • Only the PlayStation 3 release of the game comes with Spanish language support.
Media of the Hitman series
Main Games Hitman: Codename 47 - Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - Hitman: Contracts - Hitman: Blood Money - Hitman: Absolution - HITMAN™
Other Games Hitman 2 Christmas Game - Hitman: Vegas - Hitman: Sniper Challenge - Hitman: Sniper - Hitman GO
Novels Hitman: Enemy Within - Hitman: Damnation
Films Hitman (2007) - Hitman: Agent 47


Missions in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Prologue The Gontranno Sanctuary - Anathema
Russia St. Petersburg Stakeout - Kirov Park Meeting - Tubeway Torpedo - Invitation to a Party
Japan Tracking Hayamoto - Hidden Valley - At the Gates - Shogun Showdown
Malaysia Basement Killing - The Graveyard Shift - The Jacuzzi Job
Afghanistan Murder at the Bazaar - The Motorcade Interception - Tunnel Rat
India Temple City Ambush - The Death of Hannelore - Terminal Hospitality
Epilogue St. Petersburg Revisited - Redemption at Gontranno