Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
On the advice of Ron "The Law" Webster, I went out and dropped
$20 on a Greatest Hits copy of "Hitman 2: Silent Assassin", and I
must say, this is a sweet, sweet game. This is mostly due to
the fact that the Hitman, your playable lead character, is a total
badass, and sneaking around the various levels to try and earn the
Silent Assassin rating is just phatty.
Hitman spends most of his time assassinating primary targets, but
in the meantime, you have to get to each target by taking out guards
and other nefarious types through any means necessary. The
less you kill, the better your overall rating. You will also
need to snatch some disguises every so often to get past security
checkpoints, oftentimes without any weapons at all.
Each level affords you the chance to get the job done two or
three different ways, which makes this is a fairly creative effort
at times. On a couple of the levels, it's possible to get your
job done by only killing the main target, and those tend to be the
most satisfying levels of all. Weapon selection is excellent,
but even I found that I would play through each level as a hitman
really might before breaking out the heavy weapons on my second trip
through a level.
And, those rag doll physics built into the engine mean that the
sawed-off shotty is going to really look painful...
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience