Hitman 2 (PS4/PC/XBO) - Nov 13th

  • I'll report back once I finally play the reboot, but Blood Money felt challenging the first time where you had puzzles play out in real time towards how to progress forward in the level and get the job done. The first level of the reboot, I easily found out many many many different ways of completing the assassination and it was a matter of choosing one. I hope Hitman 2 brings the challenge of discovering how to actually do the assassination back.

  • From a week back, the "World of Assassination" reveal. Basically all of the Season 1 content becomes playable in enhanced style in Hitman 2, as IO Interactive wants to put everything "under one roof". If you own S1, you get these for free in Hitman 2. Otherwise they're DLC with a price of x.

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    We've seen Miami's race track level - first of the six new levels - and now there's a teaser of the second location.

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  • I was hoping Hitman 2 would have more levels than 6. With that said - I know they will be HUGE and detailed like this reboot has already established. BUT, I was somewhat hoping they would embrace some smaller levels like the classic "A New Life" from Bloodmoney.

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    Regardless, this package is one of the best in gaming. 12 big sandbox levels with almost infinite replay value, and a unique puzzle meets stealth gameplay experience. Hitman is one of a kind. I almost wish there were more clones out there to create competition in this specific style of gaming but IO Interactive isn't sitting back and coasting off the loyalty of the die hard fans; this is really something unique.

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  • It's just occurred to me that this AND Spyro are out on the same day! :( Not enough hours in the day!

  • Colombia Trailer.
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  • I'm so glad that IO Interactive were able to retain the IP, and go independent. Very much looking forward to this!

  • This reminds me a lot of A Vintage Year from Blood Money.

  • @bam541 YES. Blood Money was massively under appreciated.

  • @klinjon Really? I'm pretty sure it is largely considered one of, if not the best game in the Hitman franchise.

  • I'd say in the grand scheme of gaming, Bloodmoney is under appreciated. Came out in like 2006 in a slew of "next-gen" games.

  • @el-shmiablo Certainly by a vocal minority, but I always felt like it got overlooked, or the sales were a bit softer... I could be waaaay off here though.

  • @klinjon No, you're on the money with the poor sales. However, I'm pretty sure that had more to do with series fatigue than anything else. But in terms of actual receptions, it's certainly the consensus' most beloved game in the franchise alongside Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.

  • @hazz3r Ahh ok interesting. Yeah I absolutely loved Blood Money, and found Absolution's obsession with being an action game very frustrating...

  • Hitman 2 reviews are coming in Strong currently 84 on Open Critic as of Nov 8 (no surprise).

    Kotaku just wrote a pretty detailed positive review: https://kotaku.com/hitman-2-the-kotaku-review-1830317433

    They mildly spoil level concepts which I was avoiding but I'm quite glad I actually found out about it because it makes me want to play this even more.

    Level premise spoiler (very mild):

    There is a large suburban level called "Another Life" which is clearly a nod to the fan favourite (myself included) level "A New Life" from Hitman Bloodmoney , which also took place in the suburbs. I cannot wait to play this level.

  • E_Zed_Eh_Intern uses phoenix down on Hitman 2 (PS4/PC/XBO) - Nov 13th

    This game is so insanely good. I cleared the story missions once and have now gone back to try all of the legacy missions. I forgot how good 2016 was. I have played the Prologue and Paris like 100 times each to clear all of the challenges and I am still loving it. If I ever get sick of this game (seems unlikely right now) I think I will try to grab the HD trilogy on PS3. The options these games give you are just too good. I can't wait to get back to Sapienza and the suburban level in Hitman 2!

  • I still have to finish the last level of Hitman 2016, then I'll get Hitman 2 this summer to clear it from my backlog.

    I LOVE the new direction the franchise went and the "Another Life" level is painfully looming over my head, tempting me. My only (and I mean ONLY) complaint about the new franchise direction is that all of the levels are HUGE and somewhat blocky. I would like a few differently shaped levels and some small ones. Everything I've played in Hitman 2016 and from what I've seen in Hitman 2 took the size and scale of "A Murder of Crows" in Bloodmoney and forgot about why we might like the other levels.

    With all that said, @E_Zed_Eh_Intern you've reminded me about how I need to get back into this. Sapienza is one of the most beautiful and fun levels I've ever played in any game in my life. Def grab that HD trilogy is you can. I NEVER get tired of a Bloodmoney level here and there.

  • @dipset Did the previous games have all of the different approaches like these do?

  • @e_zed_eh_intern

    Here is a long and short answer. YES! I actually resented their approach to Hitman 2016 after trying the demo for the first time. Here is why:

    In the tutorial level of Hitman 2016, I realized that the game really spoon fed me all of the solutions to the puzzle - which in the context of Hitman, assassinating a target in secrecy. Never before in Hitman until this point did I ever find a good solution to beating the level on my first try let alone finding, what, 6 different approaches and having to pick which one I like best.

    It all felt too easy and I was really annoyed. I was annoyed because in the past, the solutions to the level were really well hidden and involves sneaking around and really covering a lot of ground and being very observant. It was NEVER spelled out for you. The reward of discovering the solutions in the older games is an incredible feeling up there as one of my favourite formulas in gaming. Going back to the same level knowing the ropes but then discovering another and another and another way of beating these levels still is not matched in Hitman 2016 in my opinion.

    With all that said, its a lot more obtuse and the spoon feeding Hitman 2016 does was absolutely necessary and all modern games should tutorialize and simplify for new fans (i.e. RPG games have waypoint markers now) so I backtrack on my original thoughts about the new direction of the Hitman series. I highly recommend trying Bloodmoney just to get a taste of the debatable series peak. There is a lot to discover in just a few levels: Secrets, different solutions, weird paths, funny assassinations, etc.