Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Dec 3, 2018
    All told, Hitman 2 is a heck of a treat for Hitman fans, offering the most refined mechanics, craziest antics, and most complex levels yet seen in the franchise. Each of the five core levels can be played for potentially a dozen or more hours, offering fantastic replayability for those who like to mess around with the Hitman formula. There’s an argument to be had that Hitman 2 plays it a little self, but when it’s so damned good, and unique, at what it does, you’ll hear little argument from me.
  2. Nov 27, 2018
    Hitman 2 improves everything that was introduced in the previous game. Looks like IO Interactive has found a perfect new recipe for the series.
  3. Nov 26, 2018
    To be honest, Hitman is an eternal, few game franchises have ever used the same set of mechanics as successfully, and the focus on improving them has led them to this revamp, which makes assassination newer and fresher than ever. If you like Hitman, you will love this.
  4. Nov 15, 2018
    Hitman 2 is a new coat of paint and an updated model of the previous year’s racing car. Sure, it may look similar to its predecessor, but it is improved in almost every facet of production, allowing the player to marvel in its familiar excellence.
  5. Nov 13, 2018
    Hitman 2 successfully builds upon the foundation IO Interactive laid in 2016. The sandbox structure of each map will surely facilitate several playthroughs before it gets stale. Meanwhile, new additions like Ghost Mode add multiplayer to the Hitman package. It's not perfect, but it's damn close.
  6. Nov 8, 2018
    Hitman 2 is the perfect game for fans of the franchise that are looking for an excuse to dive back in. It doesn’t do much to improve on the original formula, but the original formula is still fun and exciting enough to carry the game when combined with IO Interactives attention to detail, level design, and NPC AI. The whole game feels like you’re wandering around living, breathing environments that are built to challenge your skills and creativity as an assassin, but that manages to do so in a way that feels fun and addicting even after multiple runs through the same level.
  7. 87
    Hitman 2 is an excellent more of the same, a game that pushes the boundaries of the freedom given to the players in delivering the perfect assassination. The level design reaches new height in the genre, and the plot is compelling. Sadly the two multiplayer modes are a bit shallow.
  8. CD-Action
    Feb 6, 2019
    This is hands down the best Hitman game ever. True, it could’ve been longer and better written, and I would welcome a proper multiplayer mode, but these are just side dishes, while the main course tastes amazing. [01/2019, p.52]
  9. Nov 11, 2018
    Hitman 2 tells the best Hitman story since Silent Assassin and offers strong and wonderfully creative assassin sandbox missions.
  10. Nov 8, 2018
    With Hitman 2, IO Interactive didn’t take much risk. The team simply and smartly refined its formula, rubbing away some of the first game’s flaws. And it works: Hitman 2 is a generous and fun game.
  11. Nov 8, 2018
    Essentially more of its predecessor but with a more consistent quality of levels. Which is fine: its predecessor was great.
  12. Nov 8, 2018
    Hitman 2 is a good stealth playground, although it missed some of its best chances to be a great game.
  13. Edge Magazine
    Dec 6, 2018
    There are moments to savour throughout Hitman 2, and they all have a corpse lying somewhere. [Jan 2019, p.112]
  14. Nov 25, 2018
    This is HITMAN 2. A remarkable game and a sequel that is mainly aimed at those who played and loved the first game. On the contrary, those who did not get crazy from the previous adventure of the bald agent, will not do so now either.
  15. Nov 21, 2018
    Hitman 2 has learned from its previous installment in the Hitman-series by releasing with more than one level available. More and larger levels provide traditional and fun gameplay, but new elements such as Ghost Mode are underwhelming.
  16. Hitman 2 is a good game. One of a kind. Enjoyable play with good level design.
  17. Nov 8, 2018
    Hitman 2 introduces a wealth of meaningful new toys and systems, generously reshapes the first season with them, and then throws in a couple of sturdy multiplayer modes to boot.
  18. Nov 8, 2018
    The second chapter of the recent Hitman (2016) is a “more of the same”, with some minor adjustments and more multiplayer support. IO abandons the episodic format but the sensation of playing a fragmented game is still there. Except for this, Hitman 2 presents spectacular scenarios and some challenges worthy of note. The level design is still wonderful and compensates for a certain lack of innovation.
  19. Nov 8, 2018
    Hitman 2 is a familiar experience, but in the Hitman world, familiarity is an incredible strength.
  20. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 21, 2018
    It’s more like a Season 2 to Hitman (2016) than a proper sequel, so there isn’t a lot of changes – just a few new story tidbits (in case anyone actually follows the plot), as well as 6 new incredibly detailed levels. [Issue#234, p.52]
  21. Nov 8, 2018
    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.
  22. Dec 30, 2018
    It's a solid expansion pack with all the merits and flaws of the original game. And for some reason it has "2" in the title.
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  1. Nov 9, 2018
    Character and plot pale in comparison to what it lets you do, and Hitman 2 offers a fascinating buffet of accidents to choose from.
  2. Hitman 2 is about possibilities; the maps, weapons, and disguises all make it sing. Patience is it’s own reward: if you study your foes, if you watch the movement of guards, the placement of certain elements, you’ll get back what you put in.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 204 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 204
  1. Nov 14, 2018
    Clearly not 10, more like 7. Maybe 8. People are mad because it's just an expansion to the first game. I rate content here, and content deserves 8.
  2. Nov 13, 2018
    Excellent game, improves on the last installment in many ways. Massive amount of things to do if you want to complete all the challenges.
  3. Nov 15, 2018
    Hitman 2 makes me wanna try all the challenges bringing up the best pure stelth game of the last 5 years.