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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin cover
Developers
IO Interactive
Publishers
Eidos Interactive
Engines
Glacier
Release dates
Windows October 1, 2002
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin guide at StrategyWiki
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin at Wikipedia
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This page is for the 2002 game. For the 2018 game, see Hitman 2.

General information

Hitman Wiki
Neoseeker Forums
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM.
Windows
Retail
DRM-free
The version included in the retail 'Hitman Collection' (Eidos, 2009) is entirely DRM-free.
Windows
Publisher website
DRM details are not known
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Amazon.co.uk
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Version 1.01 uncensored.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
The Steam version (v1.02) is slightly censored (removed certain lines of dialog, alcohol references, and minor changes to certain disguises)[1]
The European release of the Hitman Collection is DRM-free, already patched to the latest version and have the cheats enable by default.

Version differences[edit]

The GOG.com version is patched to work better on modern operating systems and it's the uncensored version 1.01.

Demos[edit]

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch v1.01 is the latest patch available. English, French, and German versions of the patch are available.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro[2]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Hitman2.ini.
  2. Set DefaultScene=AllLevels/Logos.gms to DefaultScene=mainmenu.gms

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Hitman2.ini
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6850/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6850/pfx/[Note 1]
Maximum of 99 save files.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Game's configuration tool.
Game's configuration tool.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 4:3 aspect ratio with maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 supported by default. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x. Can make the game crash with 2x or more.[citation needed]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always enabled in fullscreen mode.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High frame rate affects game logic and can also prevent certain levels from launching. See High frame rate issues.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Some widescreen methods are reported to cause crashes at least on the Kirov Park Meeting level.[3][4]
Widescreen fix (Hor+)[citation needed]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract h2.7z or h2_enb.7z files to <path-to-game> (password=h2).
  3. Run upx.bat for GOG.com version of the game.
  4. Edit h2.ini to set the resolution and FOV multiplier.

Notes

Works with Steam version (currently in beta, will launch with most but not all systems).
Supported exe size: 2 838 528 bytes; 873 984 bytes.
LOD distance and draw distance is also adjustable.
Widescreen fix (Hor+ alternative)[5]
  1. See the WSGF entry.
  2. Download the attachment (Hitman.2 - Widescreen-GOG.zip).
  3. Extract hitman2.exe and Hitman2.ini to <path-to-game>.
  4. Open the appropriate FOV folder and extract RenderD3D.dll to <path-to-game>.
  5. Edit Hitman2.ini and set the Resolution setting to the appropriate one.

Notes

Not compatible with the Steam version.
Widescreen fix (Vert-)[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Hitman2.ini.
  2. Add Window 1 to the file.
  3. Add StartUpperPos 0,0 to the file.
  4. Edit the Resolution line with the desired values.

Notes

This fix decreases the vertical FOV in widescreen.
Running the game in windowed mode disables v-sync and anti-aliasing. This can result in extremely high framerates that affect gameplay and break the in-game cutscenes.
Running the game in OpenGL instead of Direct3D will cap the frame rate at 60 frames per second, but may result in graphical glitches such as untextured character models in some levels.

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Sound settings.
Sound settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[6]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always enabled.
EAX support
First EAX 3 game released.[7][8]
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore proper sound functionality on Windows Vista and later. An AM3D "DieselPower" audio engine for the game is available here.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Italian
Retail version, download.
Polish
Retail and here. Retail only translation available.
Russian
Retail version, download.
Spanish
Retail version, download.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Game shows a gray or black screen on Windows 10[edit]

Use Elisha's Windows 10 Patch[citation needed]
  1. Download the Hitman 2 Silent Assassin Windows 10 Patch.
  2. Unzip the files to <path-to-game>.
  3. Disable F5 Glove from the Game Configuration (config.exe).
  4. Set the Texture Filter to 'Bilinear' and Anti-Aliasing to 'Off' in the Graphics Options in the game if needed.

Game is displayed in-between screens[edit]

The window is displayed in the middle of Windows workspace, which may end up being in-between screens.
Set window position[9]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Hitman2.ini.
  2. Add StartUpperPos 0,0 to the file.

Fatal Error - Unable to create device[edit]

Set windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Open the configuration tool.
  2. Disable the Full Screen setting.

Crash To Desktop (Steam)[edit]

Fixing the Crash to Desktop[9]
  1. Find Hitman 2: Silent Assassin in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Click Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Configuration
  4. Click "Reset all settings" and click "Save and launch".

Failed to find Steam[edit]

Launch the game through the Steam library[9]
Copy Steam.dll from the Steam folder and place it in <path-to-game>[citation needed]

Black screen during the cutscenes[edit]

Use DX8 to DX9 enb convertor[9]
  1. Download the newest DX8 to DX9 convertor.
  2. Place it in a folder with the game.
Limiting the frame rate[9]
  • See Frame Rate (FPS) for instructions on how to limit the frame rate. Keep in mind, that this is DirectX 8 based game and some solutions may not work out of the box.
Fullscreen mode[9]
  1. Run the Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Configuration on Steam or <path-to-game>\config.exe
  2. Under the Graphics tab, check Fullscreen.

Notes

This solution is not compatible with the first two widescreen solutions.
Set the renderer to OpenGL[9]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Hitman2.ini.
  2. Change DrawDll RenderD3D.dll to DrawDll RenderOpenGL.dll

Notes

This solution is compatible with the Vert- widescreen solution.
The OpenGL renderer may cause some visual glitches, some graphical settings will also be missing.

High frame rate issues[edit]

Frame rates above 60 fps will cause NPCs to be more sensitive than intended and may affect pathing timing. Game is still playable at 144 fps, but issues may arise if attempting to play through a level with perfect stealth.
Very high frame rates will cause a "slow motion" effect in-game. Extremely high frame rate (above 1024 FPS) will freeze character movement and break in-game cutscenes, which can make it impossible to load the opening level.
Instructions
  1. Framerate can be limited using Nvidia Inspector.[10]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
OpenGL 1.4 Support is buggy and incomplete.
Shader Model support 1.1
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Interface FreeType

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 450 MHz Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 192 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/6850/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6850) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References