Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Original Soundtrack

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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra / Jesper Kyd / The Hungarian Radio Choir
Published by LynneMusic Productions
Catalog number LYNCD011
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 22 Tracks
Release date January 1, 2002
Duration 01:04:47
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Overview

The "stealth-action" genre had been neglected for many years until Konami's very successful game Metal Gear Solid made it very popular in the 1990's. Trying to participate in the rise of the genre, IO Interactive released Hitman: Codename 47 in 2000 and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin in 2002. The player takes the role of a genetically engineered contract killer and has to take out several well-guarded targets. Despite its rather violent concept, the game got good reviews because of its strong and engaging gameplay and impressive graphics.

The developers decided to hire Jesper Kyd, who had already worked on the first Hitman game, to score the sequel. Kyd takes a welcome departure from his electronic-oriented score from the first Hitman to a fully symphonic work performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. He almost completely abandons synthesized effects to focus on the orchestral merits.

Body

The first thing to mention about the score is its big, choral main title theme ("Hitman 2 Main Title") which is arguably the best track of the album. It's not something you'd expect from a stealth game, and is more like an epic overture. "Waiting for Action" introduces Kyd's strong stealth-scoring, which mainly consists of strings and punctuated use of brass to create a dangerous and unsettling feel. This technique is very effective and indeed suitable to the game. There are a few more of these ambient tracks on the album (tracks 16-19) that would play while you're on a mission. They are a fall-back to Hitman: Codename 47, being mainly electronic, but underline the actual gameplay of the title well.

Most of the soundtrack on CD is actually composed of the epic themes that were written for specific points in the game and would not loop endlessly. Every location the hitman visits over the course of the game is represented by two of these tracks on the album. They are all thematic and well orchestrated and performed. But they also disappoint because of their lack of ethnic instrumentation. While the flavour of these exotic locations, like Japan, India or Russia, is sometimes inherited in the motifs in form of melodic patterns, there are seldom instruments of those locations actually used. One thinks of exotic percussion or flutes. Instead, Kyd employs most of the time very similar orchestration, mainly brass and strings which gets repetitive quite fast, not so much in the game, but more as a stand-alone listen. There is just not enough diversity presented to keep you interested.

On the other hand, it might prove to be more thematic than you'd expect. It's definitely not an ambient stealth-score like the Hitman: Codename 47 album. Every location has its own theme and some of them sound impressive nonetheless, especially "Mission in India" with its big string arrangement. It does hurt the album a bit that the last five or six tracks are the ambient pieces mentioned earlier, some of them taken from the predecessor score. After all, they let the score end in a manner that isn't particularly epic or orchestral.

Summary

It's good to see real orchestras used for game music and this album clearly shows what qualities come thereof. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a fine score and a good purchase.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Steven Kennedy

Overview

The "stealth-action" genre had been neglected for many years until Konami's very successful game Metal Gear Solid made it very popular in the 1990's. Trying to participate in the rise of the genre, IO Interactive released Hitman: Codename 47 in 2000 and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin in 2002. The player takes the role of a genetically engineered contract killer and has to take out several well-guarded targets. Despite its rather violent concept, the game got good reviews because of its strong and engaging gameplay and impressive graphics.

The developers decided to hire Jesper Kyd, who had already worked on the first Hitman game, to score the sequel. Kyd takes a welcome departure from his electronic-oriented score from the first Hitman to a fully symphonic work performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. He almost completely abandons synthesized effects to focus on the orchestral merits. The Hitman 2 Silent Assassin Promotional Soundtrack bundled with the first edition copies of the game features 15 of the themes from the score, though a fully fledged commercial release was also made available.

Body

The first thing to mention about the score is its big, choral main title theme ("Hitman 2 Main Title") which is arguably the best track of the album. It's not something you'd expect from a stealth game, and is more like an epic overture. "Waiting for Action" introduces Kyd's strong stealth-scoring, which mainly consists of strings and punctuated use of brass to create a dangerous and unsettling feel. This technique is very effective and indeed suitable to the game.

Most of the soundtrack on CD is actually composed of the epic themes that were written for specific points in the game and would not loop endlessly. Every location the hitman visits over the course of the game is represented by two of these tracks on the album. They are all thematic and well orchestrated and performed. But they also disappoint because of their lack of ethnic instrumentation. While the flavour of these exotic locations, like Japan, India or Russia, is sometimes inherited in the motifs in form of melodic patterns, there are seldom instruments of those locations actually used. One thinks of exotic percussion or flutes. Instead, Kyd employs most of the time very similar orchestration, mainly brass and strings which gets repetitive quite fast, not so much in the game, but more as a stand-alone listen. There is just not enough diversity presented to keep you interested.

On the other hand, it might prove to be more thematic than you'd expect. It's definitely not an ambient stealth-score like the Hitman: Codename 47 album. Every location has its own theme and some of them sound impressive nonetheless, especially "Mission in India" with its big string arrangement.

Summary

It's good to see real orchestras used for game music and this album clearly shows what qualities come thereof. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a fine score and a good purchase. This promotional score lacks six tracks featured in the commercial release, though many of these are more ambient tracks that symphonic listeners may not be interested in. The commercial release is nevertheless a more complete and easy-to-find purchase.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Steven Kennedy

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CD 1

1
Hitman 2 Main Title
02:09
2
Waiting for Action
01:54
3
Action Begins
02:05
4
47 Makes a Decision
02:06
5
The Penthouse
02:02
6
Japanese Mansion
02:15
7
Japanese Snow Castle
02:19
8
Streets of India
02:04
9
Mission in India
02:08
10
47 in St. Petersburg
01:56
11
Trouble in Russia
01:54
12
Desert Sun
02:07
13
Arabian Dance
01:51
14
The Setup
02:00
15
End Boss
02:31
16
Slow Ambience
02:43
17
Fast Ambience
02:15
18
H2 Exploration
04:10
19
H2 Action
02:06
20
Dreams of Istanbul (Unreleased)
07:46
21
Hong Kong Themes (Hitman Codename 47)
07:34
22
47 Main Title (Hitman Codename 47)
06:52
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