Hitman 2 review: When more of the same isn’t so bad

Hitman 2 continues the story of Agent 47, a paid killer with no past searching for answers to who he is.Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Score: 8.0/10 
Platform: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Windows PC
Developer: Io Interactive
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: November 13, 2018

The purpose of the medium of video games is, to at least some degree, to give players a chance to safely experience dark fantasies. That could mean becoming a morally vacant thug in a Grand Theft Auto game, living through the trench-based terrors of the First World War in a Battlefield game, or, in the case of the Hitman series, becoming a bald-headed, barcode-tattooed contract killer.

Hitman 2 picks up right where 2016’s Hitman — which rebooted the long-running franchise — left off, with Agent 47 and his handler Diana continuing to take on paid assignments for clients with the ulterior motive of learning more about 47’s erased past. But while Hitman gradually doled out its handful of missions over the course of “season” lasting several months, all six of Hitman 2‘s primary missions are, thankfully, available right from the get-go, allowing eager players to binge and master them at their own pace.