Excerpt: Hitman: Contracts is fourth installment in the Hitman series which takes you into the mind of a ruthlessly efficient contract killer, showing the action and the world through the eyes of Agent 47. Once again you assume the role of Agent 47, a skilled assassin who is rewarded for completing contract killings as cleanly as possible, without hurting innocent civilians or being caught. Let's see what IO Interactive prepared for us.
Excerpt: The fourth Hitman game (titled Hitman: Blood Money) has recently hit the shelves and the words uttered by every gamers who followed the series are the same: "Is 47 truly back?". The answer is simple: "Oh he’s back, and he’ll make you smile".
Excerpt: On the surface Hitman: Blood Money is unquestionably an action game. It features Agent 47 - a hard as nails bald lead character - an assortment of deadly weapons and an excessive amount of blood. If played on one of the lowest difficulty settings this action game façade can hold steady throughout the entire game, with brute force and plenty of spent ammo being pretty much all you need to progress from mission to mission.
Conclusion: In many ways, The Guild II feels like a less ambitious version of its original. The graphics have been improved, the maps are a little bigger and the interface has received a major overhaul, but many things have actually been dumbed down by a degree. Playing the game will make you feel that you are dealing with an unfinished product. Forget the polish, this is rusty old steel that hasn't even been chromed yet.
Excerpt: Many games don’t dare dive into the darker aspects of human society. As a gamer, you’ll more often end up playing the perfect hero who ends up saving the entire human race (like Gordon Freeman), but you’ll almost never be the twisted drug dealer, crazed murderer or calculating assassin. Why? Because our society’s standards say that it’s incorrect to portray such violence and immorality.
Excerpt: Video review of Hitman Blood Money, the latest installment in the Hitman series from IO Interactive. Blood money introduces a new notoriety system to encourage stealth while executing missions. Additionally, reward money from contracts can now be spent on bribes to lower notoriety as well as weapon upgrades and additional information on contract targets. A must-play for fans of the series and a perfect place for newcomers to jump in.
Excerpt: The Hitman series of games has been delivering violent action and rewards for those who can be the stealthiest for years. It’s become a fan favorite; some players just enjoy getting through the levels any way they can, while others must master each level and achieve the "Silent Assassin" rating.
Excerpt: If you,ve played any of the previous Hitman games, you may have noticed how the series has sort of been like a rollercoaster ride. The first title, Codename 47, offered up a new concept but was plagued with flaws, limitations, and trial and error gameplay. The sequel, Silent Assassin, offered up a large number of improvements across the board and completely changed the overall experience of the series, even though it basically kept to the roots of the original game.
Summary: The bald-headed contract killer known only as 47 is in good form, primed and ready for more work in the latest installment in the dark, stylish Hitman series. Though very similar to the last two games in the series, the open-ended stealth action gameplay offered by Hitman: Blood Money is still just about as tensely exciting as ever.
Pros: Open-ended stealth action gameplay lets you sneak or run and gun, Beautifully crafted mission set pieces seem appropriately big and complex, Large variety of realistic weapons, but they're not the only way to do the job, Good replay value for a single-player-only game
Cons: Non-player characters sometimes behave unrealistically, especially in combat, Many of the series' minor cosmetic problems haven't been fixed, New notoriety system feels half-baked
Conclusion: Hitman: Blood Money is definitely worth your money. It's a game with a lot of charm and personality. It doesn't bring anything particularly new to the table, but it still has more than enough attributes to impress.
Pros: Great story and characterization, game world oozes with personality, art and level design, fun game overall;
Cons: Some mission tasks too straightforward, replay value, no important gameplay changes.