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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
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
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin on HowLongToBeat
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin on IGDB
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin guide on StrategyWiki
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin on MobyGames
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin on Wikipedia
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Hitman: Absolution 2012
Hitman GO 2015
Hitman 2016
Hitman 2 2018
Hitman 3 2021

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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Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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The Steam version (v1.02) had changes in one level (removed certain lines of dialog, alcohol references, and minor changes to certain disguises).[2]
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

The version is patched to work better on modern operating systems, and does not contain the changes done to the Steam version.


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[3]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Hitman2.ini.
  2. Set DefaultScene=AllLevels/Logos.gms to DefaultScene=mainmenu.gms

(Steam) Downgrading

Downgrades the Steam 1.02 release to 1.01.
Required for some language versions to work.
Restores the original dialog and behavior of one of the levels.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-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.[4]


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)
Always enabled in fullscreen mode.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High frame rate affects game logic and can also prevent certain levels from launching. See High frame rate issues.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Some widescreen methods are reported to cause crashes on the Kirov Park Meeting level, specifically in the cathedral tower and around the radio tower. The crashes can be prevented by avoiding those areas and using the car bombs to complete the mission instead.[5][6]
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 1.01.[dubious – discuss]
  4. Edit h2.ini to set the resolution and FOV multiplier.


Works with 1.02 (support currently in beta, will launch with most but not all systems).
Supported exe size: 2 838 528 bytes; 873 984 bytes.
Set LOD_Distance_Multiplier to 1.0 and Draw_Distance to 1.2 in order to avoid crashes.
LOD distance and draw distance is also adjustable.
Disables built-in Vsync. Use ENB's DX8 to DX9 API converter and extract 'h2_enb' in the game directory to re-enable Vsync.
Widescreen fix (Hor+ alternative)[7]
  1. Download Hitman.2 - Widescreen-GOG.7z.
  2. Extract hitman2.exe and Hitman2.ini to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open the appropriate FOV folder and extract RenderD3D.dll to <path-to-game>.
  4. Edit Hitman2.ini and set the Resolution setting to the appropriate one.


Causes crashes on multiple levels.
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.


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.


Control settings.
Control settings.


Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[9]
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
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Fan translation, download.
Retail only.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here (works only on v1.01).
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
G3D, Z3D
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.6, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

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[10]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Hitman2.ini.
  2. Add StartUpperPos 0,0 to the file.

Crash To Desktop (Steam)

Fixing the Crash to Desktop[10]
  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 (Steam)

Launch the game through the Steam library[10]
Copy Steam.dll from the Steam folder and place it in <path-to-game>[citation needed]

Black screen during the cutscenes

Use Elisha's Windows 10 Patch[11]
  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 'trilinear' and Anti-Aliasing to 'Off' in the Graphics Options in the game if needed.
  5. Set refresh rate on 60hz
If you want antialiasing you can enable it in dxwrapper.ini.
Can be made compatible with nemesis2000's widescreen fix by renaming the fix's included dlls to .asi and enabling the setting LoadPlugins in dxwrapper.ini. Alternatively could use Ultimate ASI Loader (which integrates Crosire's d3d8to9) by renaming dinput8.dll to d3d8.dll and adding the following to a global.ini file:
Use (d3d8to9 on Windows 10) and set monitor on 60hz.
Use DX8 to DX9 enb convertor[10]
  1. Download the newest DX8 to DX9 convertor.
  2. Place it in a folder with the game.
  3. Set refresh rate on 60hz
Limiting the frame rate[10]
  • 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[10]
  1. Run the Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Configuration on Steam or <path-to-game>\config.exe
  2. Under the Graphics tab, check Fullscreen.


This solution is not compatible with the first two widescreen solutions.

High frame rate issues

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.[10]
Limit the Framerate to 60FPS[citation needed]
Vsync (Enable by default) not working on Windows10
The game uses Vsync enable by default but in Windows 10 it does not work because the game uses DirectX 8 and the Vsync of DirectX 8 in Windows 10 is broken
  1. Download [1] d3d8to9.
  2. Copy D3D8.DLL from the folder to the game install directory and set monitor on 60hz.

Trucks stuck in Hidden Valley mission

When frame rates are high, the trucks in the Hidden Valley mission randomly stop moving.
Limit frame rate to 60FPS.[12]
Vsync (Enable by default) not working on Windows10
The game uses Vsync enable by default but in Windows 10 it does not work because the game uses DirectX 8 and the Vsync of DirectX 8 in Windows 10 is broken
  1. Download [2] d3d8to9.
  2. Copy D3D8.DLL from the folder to the game install directory and set monitor on 60hz.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
OpenGL 1.4 Support is buggy and incomplete.[citation needed]
Shader Model support 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


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 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.