Excerpt: Eidos has certainly realised that the Hitman franchise has a lot to give when it comes to profit. The original Hitman: Codename 47 was released to critical acclaim, but a sequel was not ready for a fair while. That sequel ( Hitman 2: Silent Assassin ) also garnered great reviews from all corners and within weeks, Hitman: Contracts was announced. Before this game came out, news of Hitman 4 was already doing the rounds.
Excerpt: A huge fan of Agent 47, I found myself nodding in agreement after reading Scott's evaluation. The first time I laid hands on a Hitman game was a genuinely unforgettable experience. Contracts delivers more of the same, which is not a bad thing. Much as Scott suggests, one of the main reasons why the series made such an impression on me is that I could actually use logic, common sense, and my imagination to successfully solve the game's challenges.
Excerpt: Hitman: Contracts is both beautiful and ugly. While it's true that some of the environments as a whole look pretty good, certain aspects take a lot away from them. Most games try to conceal flaws, but this one seems to almost glorify them. All games on this planet will re-use textures, and that's a good thing. But Contracts makes it all too obvious (blood stains of the door, anybody?), which takes away from the realism this game could otherwise provide.
Excerpt: Only once you finally access your unwitting target is brutality essential. Be it a 7.62mm NATO round to the heart, a poison-loaded sip of vintage Springbank, or just a silk pillow held over the breathing passages, it's that moment of perfect catharsis - when the ragdoll body slumps and the objective status politely flicks to
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: All the same though, Hitman Contracts is a worthwhile purchase, and one that fans of the series should pick up without hesitation. For the rest of us, enjoyment of Contracts boils down to how much effort you want to put in. If revisiting levels to achieve higher scores is something you'd rather do without, then Hitman was never the game for you, and Contracts does nothing to sway your opinion.
Conclusion: It's a dark game, the darkest addition to the series yet - in my mind that's a good thing. A comment one of the Io team members was: "It explores the darker side of killing for money." And it's not far wrong, as the repercussions of taking out my lady friend's pooch have lead to much darkness in my life.
Conclusion: Overall I think that for fans of the series this is a must, but for newcomers thinking of having a go at being a 'cleaner' I'd suggest trying Hitman 2 first because it's a bit easier, and it's available on platinum now. Hitman: Contracts is a darkly atmospheric and enjoyable game that's a real challenge to complete properly.
Pros: Nice challenge for Hitman fans., Great music.
Cons: Inconsistent AI., It's way too easy to just run and shoot your way through levels.
Summary: Hitman: Contracts is a solid game but I felt that Io have taken a step backwards in their development of this series. Lets hope that this isn’t the last and they can actually improve as the idea and concept is still a winner.