For a game that focuses on murder, Hitman 2’s best moments are nonviolent. The thrill of discovering a new location or the tension of someone seeing through a disguise completely overshadows the excitement of firing a gun. Its social stealth and open level-design turn navigation and exploration into engaging challenges, especially if you limit the hint system. There is a sense of silliness that permeates through the more extravagant assassinations, with the violence becoming a punchline to a dark comedy sketch. Hitman 2’s larger, more complex levels fulfill and expand upon the appeal of Hitman (2016). Sometimes, bigger is better.

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