A sequel in every sense of the word, this third-person stealth action game has more of everything that made the previous installment such a hit (no pun intended). In Hitman 2 (which isn't a remake of 2002's Hitman 2: Silent Assassin), everybody's favorite bald assassin is back, and sneakier than ever. Using a variety of weapons, poisons, explosives, housewares, and a range of costumes, Agent 47 has to once again take out a bunch of people without getting caught, killed, or arrested. Aiding him are a vision mode similar to the one used by Batman in the Arkham games, a penchant for disguises, and, seemingly, a master's degree in improv.
But while this is mechanically the same as 2016's Hitman, it has a lot more than new targets and places to kill them. The areas you hunt in are larger and much more elaborate, which gives you not only more ways to approach your target, but also more ways to get the job done. It goes even further with the dark humor of the previous game, though never to the point of being silly or slipping into self-parody. That said, not all fans of sneaky games will appreciate how unforgiving this can be: One mistake can sometimes cost you an entire mission's worth of planning. On the other hand, some longtime fans won't like the sillier stuff, like mascot costumes that you can dress up in. But players that can strike the balance between the challenge and the absurdity will find that Hitman 2 has everything they love about stealth games and this series ... and then some.