Hackers Found A Way To Complete Hitman 2 In Under 4 Minutes

Speedrunners are a unique kind of gamer. You could compare them to Olympians in that they are far better at doing their thing than ‘casual’ players, in that they spend many hours on getting better and better, and are eventually, maybe possibly rewarded with a record – at least until someone else breaks it.

To be entirely fair to them though, speedrunners are probably a little more dedicated than an Olympian may be – if nothing else, we assume that nobody has ever gotten any for being the fastest at a particular game, whereas being good at sport will absolute get you laid.

Nobody ever said the world was a fair place.

Well, anyway, speedrunners: They’re pretty amazing. One guy in particular made (sort of) headlines – he found a glitch in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 2, allowing the game to be breached in less than 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Two new records on it have been set in the past day alone, and more may yet come. This is all for a game from 2002 – 16 years later, people are still finding new ways to play and improve on the game and their runs in it.

The ‘truest’ of records though, is the PRO/SA leaderboard for the game. In order to get on that, you need to run each of the game’s 20 missions on professional difficulty, under the strictest of stealth conditions. It varies a little from mission to mission, but generally these conditions involve not firing more than one bullet (or even none) and not being discovered/making unnecessary kills. It’s pretty brutal if you’re playing it normally, and downright crazy if you’re going for speedruns on top of that.

With this glitch though, in any%, the entire game can be completed in under 3 minutes and 22 seconds. The glitch in question loads every mission into the savefile, eliminating the need to do them all individually, and tricking the game into thinking you’ve already done it all – that’s the general idea anyway. If you’re wondering what any% means, the general idea is to get to the credits by playing any percentage of the game – in other words, skipping huge parts of it is perfectly fine, as long as you get to the end, you’re good.

As you may have guessed, there are many other categories, and several of them require you to play the game normally, or at the very least play without game-skipping glitches. There are categories that forbid glitches altogether and many more different types of challenges – speedrunners play hard. Pun intended.

The hero that discovered this little issue is inkblowout – he is the one who managed the incredibly 3 ½ minute run. Accordign to him there’s still some room to improve and make it through even faster, so if you don’t have anything planned for this weekend… yeah, we’re busy too.

If you want to watch the incredible run this guy has had, you can do so without wasting much time at all – in fact the stream in which he proved his skills won’t take more than 10 minutes to watch, glitch and all. You can see it here:

YouTube video

That aside, the same guy also found out that this very same glitch works in 2004’s Hitman:Contracts too (because if there’s one thing you want in your games it’s continuity in glitches), so we’ve probably got any% speedruns incoming there too – although there isn’t any yet, so if you want to try your hand at this one, you have a chance.

We should say, Inkblowout, the guy who found this isn’t just a lucky amateur – he was already the Nr. 2 on the PRO/SA leaderbord when he found this. The one guy better than him, Buruk47, has since also heard of the glitch and is doing speedier runs with it.

If you, like most normal players, have spent time crouched behind kitchen counters or outside the hideouts of Sicilian gangsters, you’re probably thinking the same thing we are: why the hell would someone try to speedrun this game at all.

And still try to do so some 12 years later? We’ve been bored, but this is a whole other level!