Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Nov 15, 2018
    100
    It’s serious if they want it to be serious, but it’s also incredibly silly if you’re in the mood for that. Which ever way you choose to play it, though, it’s consistently fun, and that makes Hitman 2 well worth checking out.
  2. Nov 16, 2018
    90
    IO deserves praise for knowing their series so well and bringing the types of changes to this sequel that longtime fans will appreciate most of all. It's the most accessible Hitman to date thanks to improved information sharing, but it also runs deeper than anything before it, making it a game truly built for the fans that know Agent 47 best. No other stealth game plays like Hitman, and Hitman 2 is the best this unique series has ever been.
  3. 90
    Though some elements are clearly still being developed and will evolve in the future, HITMAN 2 is a great example of games-as-a-service done right. Specifically, the base game is a an already strong offering that will no doubt grow into something even better as time goes by. Eclipsing the previous game in practically every way, HITMAN 2 successfully leverages strong level design, creative kills and absurdist situations to offer the best Hitman experience to date.
  4. Nov 14, 2018
    90
    It might not propel the series forward by leaps and bounds, but it takes small meaningful steps that improve the formula nonetheless.
  5. Nov 8, 2018
    90
    The lingering black humor relieves the dark subject matter (Agent 47’s deadpan delivery in disguises is so tip-top!) and no matter what, you can’t help but summon that sadistic smile you’ve been trying to hide. Granted, Hitman 2 doesn’t do much differently than the first season but it doesn’t even need to - it’s just so cool.
  6. Nov 8, 2018
    90
    It’s a cliche to say one game or another is a love letter to … whatever. But after a period of time where the future of the Hitman series seemed uncertain, where its most recent predecessor felt compromised and broken apart due to the dire financial realities and constraints of the modern games industry, Hitman 2 is hard to read as anything other than a fierce love letter to fans of the series. It’s not a perfect relationship — none ever will be. But at its heart, “Hitman 2” succeeds at being the most well-realized articulation of all of the things that the series has ever done well.
  7. Nov 8, 2018
    90
    Hitman 2 is possibly the best version of this darkly comic murder simulator we’ve seen in quite some time.
  8. 90
    Although it suffers from some framerate hiccups, Hitman 2 delivers a solid, enjoyable experience that's stacked with tons of content designed to keep you entertained for hours on end.
  9. Nov 11, 2018
    85
    Despite IO’s assertion that Hitman 2 has improved AI, I don’t see it – this simply feels like new content for Hitman — and as I said, I’m very okay with that.
  10. Nov 8, 2018
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. 85
    Hitman 2 is a solid follow-up to our 2016 Game of Year, delivering five huge killer sandboxes to explore to your heart’s content. Yes, the maps might not be as unique as iterations gone-by and there is seemingly fewer than normal, but boy, are they great maps. Factor in Contracts mode and the excellent Ghost Mode, and Hitman 2 is very much worth your time. Where else can you dress up as a mascot or get involved in a poisonous drinking game to take down a target? Answer: no-bloody-where!
  12. Nov 8, 2018
    83
    Hitman 2 complies with what is expected of a sequel: greater and better content. IO Interactive does not try to revolutionize its formula, simply presents more killing opportunities on each map.
  13. Nov 17, 2018
    80
    This sequel offers plenty of reasons to revisit the world of assassination, whether you're an experienced hitman or just trying out the fiber wire for the first time.
  14. Nov 15, 2018
    80
    The sandbox elements, the amazing level design, and variety of gameplay options on offer are all superbly crafted and highly addictive, but I do think that fans of the previous game may well look at this more like a Version 1.5 of the previous title.
  15. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    Hitman 2 feels like a slightly improved content pack over the previous game, with new missions and locations but not enough innovation or meaningful changes in gameplay. If you liked the previous game, though, it won't disappoint you providing many hours in its quality stealth sandbox experience.
  16. Nov 8, 2018
    80
    Hitman 2 walks familiar ground and provides the type of delightful moments you expect in the maps on offer, as well as a multiplayer mode with bundles of potential.
  17. Nov 8, 2018
    80
    IO Interactive set out to perfect the assassination sandbox with Hitman 2. Though the studio fell short, Hitman 2 is a commendable stealth experience that fans of the series shouldn't miss out on. Its future now rests in whether or not its Ghost Mode and celebrity elusive targets can hold people's attention.
  18. Nov 8, 2018
    80
    Hitman 2 is a familiar experience, but in the Hitman world, familiarity is an incredible strength.
  19. Nov 8, 2018
    80
    Hitman 2 may seem like more of a second season than a full sequel, but there’s still nothing like a Hitman game. It might not represent a massive leap forward for the series, and it might be missing some of the bells and whistles that the last game had, but it should still satiate fans of Agent 47, thanks to its more satisfying stealth and its complex, lively mission areas.
  20. Nov 9, 2018
    77
    Hitman 2 repeats the successful first chapter formula, but in this case, with some improvements and all the content at once. However, the feeling of being the same game, with more content, is here. New scenarios, more options, the same approach to challenging missions, multiplayer mode and more doesn’t seem to be enough to define it as a sequel. You can even play the first game directly, and also, you can buy it from the game itself. Maybe Hitman 2 seems to be an expansion more than a complete game.
  21. Nov 8, 2018
    77
    Hitman 2 doesn’t add much of note to the structure of its predecessor and thus feels more like Hitman 1.5 than a full-blown sequel. But that’s not a bad thing. By offering more of the deepest, fullest stealth sandboxes in gaming in one single package rather than six episodic ones, it earns its keep. The inclusion of Hitman (2016) is a bonus for those that didn’t catch the reboot initially. Here’s hoping they put more effort into the plot next time.
User Score
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 123
  2. Negative: 86 out of 123
  1. Nov 13, 2018
    9
    I really enjoyed what the presentation side of the game had to offer because both the visuals and sound design enhanced the gameplay quiteI really enjoyed what the presentation side of the game had to offer because both the visuals and sound design enhanced the gameplay quite considerably in my opinion. In terms of content the game has a huge amount for you to get to grips with and the variety present in the content will no doubt keep you satisfied for ages. Exploring the huge areas in the game always feels rewarding and this in turn gives the game even more when it comes to replay ability. There is an array of different challenges for you to undertake in the game and pretty much all of them are fun due to the amount of thought and effort that’s gone into them. Each different mechanic in the game works well and even though it can be quite difficult every now and then I didn’t get frustrated very often. I was a little disappointed with the story because nothing much stood out here. Sometimes the AI can respond unusual which can harm the immersion and feel of the levels a little bit. The Hitman franchise has had a special place in my heart for quite a while now and even though I had some reservations of the episodic direction they went with in regards to Hitman I thought they did the series a lot of justice. As you can imagine then I was chomping at the bit to get to grips with Hitman 2 and thankfully I’m pleased to say that once again they’ve done this fantastic series justice. This time around there’s a lot more content for you to get to grips with straight away and if you’re a fan of Hitman then you’ll no doubt enjoy what the content delivers to you. This game will without a doubt keep you satisfied for ages because there’s a number of different and very varied challenges for you to undertake and whilst the story could’ve been better this aspect doesn’t hold the game back much at all. Instead you forget about this small issue quickly because exploring the vast areas is very satisfying and always rewarding. In terms of problems the game has very few and you’ll be pleased to know that each different mechanic has been pretty much done to perfection. At the end of the day then recommending Hitman 2 is very easy indeed and if you’ve never played a game in this franchise before then I thoroughly recommend that you try this game out because the stealth action has never been better. Full Review »
  2. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    If you love Hitman 2 this game is for you. Its one of the best Hitman game's ever made
  3. Nov 10, 2018
    10
    Hitman isn't for everybody, if you didn't enjoy the first season then you're definitely not going to enjoy this one. However if like me youHitman isn't for everybody, if you didn't enjoy the first season then you're definitely not going to enjoy this one. However if like me you absolutely loved the first season then you're going to love this one even more. It's essentially the same amazing gameplay from season one but now there are six huge brand new levels to explore and murder people in. However this time, better attention has been paid to level design and the levels are more consistent in quality, whereas in the first some levels were great but others were lacking. If you love Hitman then this developer deserves all your support. They're one of the few developers left who make game like this. Buy this game, it's worth it. Full Review »