Hitman 2 Review: 5 Ups & 5 Downs

Fun but frustrating.

Hitman 2
IO Interactive

The seventh entry into the Hitman franchise - confusingly titled Hitman 2, serving as a sequel to 2016's reboot - is out now, and...it's pretty much exactly what you expect.

Broadly well-reviewed by the gaming press so far, Hitman 2 is a game both highly entertaining and unmistakably infuriating in almost equal measure.

Long-time fans of the series will be effortlessly pulled in by the deliciously enjoyable sandbox gameplay, though it's tough to argue with the game's many technical and narrative shortcomings.

It's a hellishly busy time to be a gamer right now, so there's absolutely no shame in putting this one on the back-burner for a while. This is especially true as one suspects Hitman 2 will only improve with time as developer IO Interactive supplements it with more additional content.

If you dug the 2016 reboot, you'll probably get a kick out of this follow-up, but buyer beware: it's also surprisingly rough around the edges and lacks some of its predecessor's freshness...

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