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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

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This page is for the 2002 game. For the 2018 game, see Hitman 2.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin cover
IO Interactive
Former Eidos Interactive
Former Square Enix
Current IO Interactive
Russia Noviy Disk[1]
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows October 1, 2002
Metacritic 87
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Asia, Contemporary, Eastern Europe, Europe, Japan
Series Hitman
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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a singleplayer first-person and third-person stealth game in the Hitman series.

General information

Neoseeker Forums
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM.
The version included in the retail 'Hitman Collection' (Eidos, 2009) is entirely DRM-free.
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Version 1.01
Humble Store
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Version 1.02
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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The v1.02 version (some Retail re-releases and Steam) has some changes to the Gurdwara levels; removed certain lines of dialogue related to Sikh and Gurdwara mentions, alcohol references, graphics and model changes as well as minor changes to certain disguises.[3]
The European release of the Hitman Collection is DRM-free, already patched to the latest version and have the cheats enabled by default.

Version differences

The release is patched to work better on modern operating systems, and does not contain the changes made in version 1.02.


Essential improvements


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

Skip intro videos

Skip intro[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Hitman2.ini.
  2. Set DefaultScene=AllLevels/Logos.gms to DefaultScene=mainmenu.gms

1.01 Version Steam Downgrade

Restores the original dialogue, models, graphics and behavior in the following Gurdwara missions: Temple City Ambush, The Death of Hannelore and Terminal Hospitality in the Steam version.
Downgrades the Steam 1.02 release to 1.01 version.
Required for some language versions to work.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Hitman2.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6850/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6850/pfx/[Note 2]
Maximum of 99 save files.
Save states contain system information. Loading a mid-mission save file from a different computer or operating system may result in severe broken game timing.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Added on September 11, 2020.[5]


Game's configuration tool.
Game's configuration tool.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 4:3 aspect ratio with maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 supported by default. See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double Buffering.
Vsync does not work when running the game on Windows 10. See the Vsync fix.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High frame rate affects game logic and can also prevent certain levels from launching. See High frame rate issues.

Widescreen resolution

Widescreen fix (Hor+)
  1. Download Widescreen fix for Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, unzip it and copy the contents to <path-to-game>.
  2. (Optional) To change the resolution, go to <path-to-game>\scripts\, open h2.ini and change the Width and Height values.
  3. (Optional) If you set the resolution to lower than your display's resolution, open the video driver control panel and set the scaling to fullscreen or maintain aspect ratio.


Correct widescreen aspect ratio while maintaining the original vertical field of view (FOV).
It is recommended not to change the in-game resolution setting to avoid conflicts.

Combining the Widescreen fix with dgVoodoo 2

Specify the path to the dgVoodoo 2 dll
  1. Apply the Widescreen fix.
  2. Open d3d8.ini, find RealDllPath, and change AUTO to scripts\d3d8.dll.
  3. Copy over dgVoodoo 2's d3d8.dll to scripts.


dgVoodoo.conf and dgVoodooCpl.exe can be in either folder.

Too small UI elements at higher resolutions

Set a lower game resolution and force a higher one with dgVoodoo 2
  1. A. If using the widescreen fix, go to <path-to-game>\scripts, open h2.ini and change the resolution to 1280x720.
    B. If not, pick a resolution in the game's configurator that offers a UI size you like, e.g. 1024x768.
  2. A. If using the widescreen fix, use this method to apply dgVoodoo 2.
    B. If not, simply apply dgVoodoo 2.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe, go to the DirectX tab, and in the Resolution box select your desired high resolution.


Control settings.
Control settings.


Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always enabled.
EAX support
Royalty free audio
Various in-game areas use licensed music.
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.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Retail only.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Fan translation, download.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
G3D, Z3D
User created profile, requires dgVoodoo 2, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues unresolved

Error and/or crash after accessing the in-game graphics settings

After accessing the in-game graphics settings, attempting to play a mission will throw an error message and/or crash the game.[8]
Exit the game and launch it again.
Manually change the settings through Hitman2.ini.

Issues fixed

Vsync doesn't work on Windows 10

The built-in Vsync requires a wrapper to function on Windows 10 and later.
Apply the built-in wrapper of the Widescreen fix
  • Open dxwrapper.ini, find D3d8to9 and change 0 to 1.
  • Find EnableD3d9Wrapper and change 0 to 1.
Use the standalone d3d8to9
Redundant when using the Widescreen fix.
  1. Download d3d8to9.
  2. Copy d3d8.dll to <path-to-game>.
Use dgVoodoo 2 by itself, or combine it with the Widescreen Fix.

High frame rate issues

Frame rates above 60 will cause NPCs to be more sensitive than intended and may affect path finding. Game is still playable at 144 fps, but issues may arise if attempting to play through a level with perfect stealth.
Apply the Vsync fix[9]
  • Set the display's refresh rate to 60 Hz.
Cap the frame rate to 60 FPS or lower[10]
Both Nvidia and AMD control panels cannot cap the frame rate, unless a wrapper is applied.

Game is displayed in-between screens

The window is displayed in the middle of Windows workspace, which may end up being in-between screens.
Set window position[11]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Hitman2.ini.
  2. Add StartUpperPos 0,0 to the file.

Game is not saving properly

Create <path-to-game>\Save if it doesn't exist yet[citation needed]

Crash To Desktop (Steam)

Fixing the Crash to Desktop[11]
  1. Run the Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Configuration on Steam version or <path-to-game>\config.exe.
  2. Click "Reset all settings" and "Save and launch".

Failed to find Steam (Steam)

Launch the game through the Steam library[11]
Copy Steam.dll from the Steam folder and place it in <path-to-game>[12]

Black screen during the cutscenes

Apply the High frame rate fix[13]

Trucks stuck in Hidden Valley mission

When frame rates are high, the trucks in the Hidden Valley mission randomly stop moving.
Apply the High frame rate fix[14]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

The OpenGL renderer

There is no environment bump-mapping compared to Direct3D.
Not compatible with the Widescreen fix.
Manually edit the game settings file
  1. Open Hitman2.ini.
  2. Locate DrawDll and change its value to RenderOpenGL.dll.


Middleware Notes
Interface FreeType

System requirements

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Hitman 2: Бесшумный убийца - last accessed on 2023-02-18
  2. Hitman 2 : Silent Assassin - Games for Windows - last accessed on 19 August 2022
  3. Steam Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is the Censored Version :: Steam Community Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  4. WineHQ - Hitman: Contracts 1.174 - last accessed on May 2023
  5. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - SteamDB Depot Changelog - last accessed on 2020-09-12
  6. LGR Oddware - Essential Reality P5 Glove - last accessed on 2021-07-06
  7. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Verified by User:Eddmanx on 2023-10-23
  9. Hitman 2 Silent Assassin 60FPS TEST - last accessed on May 2023
  10. Hitman 2 Silent Assassin 60FPS TEST - last accessed on May 2023
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2016-09-07
  12. Verified by User:Fiery soul on 2023-04-25
  13. Verified by User:Fiery soul on 2023-04-25
  14. Hitman 2 Silent Assassin 60FPS TEST - last accessed on May 2023