Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Very well done, but very brutal -- not for kids.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Killing is not only rewarded, it's your job. Also, some members of the Sikh religion are boycotting the game due to negative portrayals of their people and holy places.


While you can control how much you kill, your character is still an assassin. Enemies and innocents can be dispatched in a number of gory ways.


Scantily clad women share a hot tub with one of your adversaries.


Some strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne plays a part in one mission.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game, though well-designed, is brutally violent and not for kids. You play the part of an expert executioner, and the violence is very graphic.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLeroy W December 1, 2018


This game would be perfect for any mature audience.
Adult Written bygamernerd36 February 24, 2020

Good game, but aging stealth mechanics can be fresturating.

This game is one of the most tame hitman games in the series. Due to its age, the game's violence is not too extreme and the only worry is the sexual theme... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 June 7, 2019

Fun game back then, but camera and AI very outdated now

HITMAN Silent Assassin improves on a few things from the previous game (HITMAN: Codename 47), such as AI, map design and visuals. But the AI are frustratingly d... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 16, 2016

Good game

This game is quite violent. It is also really great. I had if on the ps2 and the graphics are great of 2002.
Rated:M for: blood, violence and strong sexual con... Continue reading

What's it about?

The sequel to the successful Hitman: Codename 47 finds the bald killer -- recently retired and tormented by his violent past -- working off his guilt in a remote Sicilian monastery. He's handed his guns and soul over to Father Vittorio, a kindly priest who is aiding 47 on his path to redemption. When the priest is kidnapped by a group hoping to bring the killer back into action, 47 grudgingly returns to the world of international assassination and intrigue in hopes of rescuing his counselor.

Each of the 19 levels offer a variety of ways to solve problems, measuring your success based on the tools and methods you use. For example, if you blast your way through the underground barracks in St. Petersburg you may score high on the aggression scale, but you'll bottom out on the stealth meter -- ultimately earning a rating of \"Hatchet Man\" instead of \"Professional.\"

Is it any good?

This is one of the best-designed games of its type. You'll want to spend a lot of time in the game, as the environments are carefully rendered and remarkably interactive. Controls are easy to master yet provide an impressive range of options and control.

But make no mistake -- HITMAN 2: SILENT ASSASSIN is appropriately named, and there is no shortage of graphic violence. The brutality ranges from launching impersonal sniper fire from a distance to up-close strangulation with a wire. Copious amounts of blood paint the walls during gun fights, and depictions of torture, injury to innocents, and the potential to attack police officers all add to the general unseemliness of the game. Parents and children beware.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether ends ever justify the means. They can ask teens if there are things in their lives worth fighting for, and if there is something noble about someone who pursues a worthy goal with brutal singularity.

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