Reviews for Hitman: Codename 47


The start to a unique stealth series

lconanl | Oct. 11, 2015 | See all lconanl's reviews »

Hitman: Codename 47 is the first game in the popular stealth-based Hitman series. It features about a dozen well-designed levels, the story taking Agent 47 (our bald, stoic and somewhat inhuman protagonist) from Romania, Hong Kong and Rotterdam to an Amazonian rainforest and a hotel in Budapest (i.e. great variety). For the time it came out, the graphics were impressive and the type of gameplay it provided was fairly unprecedented and nuanced. To this day, there aren't that many games out there that allow you to complete missions in more than one way (whether you want to be agressive, stealthy, or simply go with the flow; protip: the hardest way to play this game is to go guns blazing/ rambo, expecting to be able to kill everything on sight without any consequence), which is something that the Hitman series always allowed the player to do. The soundtrack, composed by now-famous composer Jesper Kyd, contains mostly electronic music, but regardless it fits the mood of the game perfectly, adding to the already immersive atmosphere. It would be a disservice to a potential fan, however, not to mention the game's flaws. Being the first game in the franchise, it presents some bugs, clunky controls, ankward voice acting, relatively simple plot and frustating difficulty at time (you can't save during the mission itself; this can prove to be a decisive factor in some of the bigger missions - the colombian base and rotterdam docks come to mind; also, the few retries you have at your disposal are nearly useless). That being said, I recommend this game to any fan of the series who has played other Hitman games before, or to stealth games fans in general. Overall, there are quite a few things in the game that will make this experience a pleasant one, Codename 47 being a worthy introduction to the series (after 15 years, the succes of the Hitman series says a lot about this game and its creators). Oh, and don't miss the duck easter egg!


A trip down memory lane

IamRisKz | Sept. 29, 2015 | See all IamRisKz's reviews »

While this original game in the Hitman franchise isn't as impressive in terms of the graphics, sound quality and gameplay quality that many have come accustom to in the later releases. It does serve as a good starting point for the series and does allow you to enjoy and truly appreciate how far this series has come. Although I did find that there were a few issues in terms of not quite knowing what to do in certain situations, a couple of trial and error runs of missions did find me eventually finding out how to overcome these situations.


The one with started a legendary franchise

gamma_rad | June 10, 2015 | See all gamma_rad's reviews »

A great game, with a great challenge a good plot and loads of fun. While it is old and by far the least polished of this series, this is still one of the best Stealth games out there. a highly recommended game of a highly recommended series.


Decent start

sycomantis1991 | May 26, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

This game definitely feels like the later mroe successful hitman games. It has the stealth, the personality, the huge Thief-like environments, etc. Where it's lacking is control and difficulty. You have to be nearly perfect to make progress, which is impossible when you can barely control your own actions. It's a good setup, but it was much better executed later on.


Who would know?

PlayTyrant | May 8, 2015 | See all PlayTyrant's reviews »

At first, this game was unknown to me. I played newer ones, played this after. It was, of course, rudimentary in terms of graphics, sound, etc. but it was great knowing the roots. The guards shoot you when you're spotted though, so be careful! Also, the stealth is rather rudimentary too, but it's fully enjoyable. Play this game!


You can't feel this game age while playing it.

smilzoboboz | March 17, 2015 | See all smilzoboboz's reviews »

Hitman: Codename 47 is the first title of the wonderful hitman series and when it was released 15 years ago it was also probably the first of its genre, since Thief, even if stealth too, almost lacked the FPS part. This first title of the hitman saga is the one that differentiate the most among them: it's fairly easy to camouflage and there's no breath simulation while aiming but also this is the one that gives you most freedom of choice. Almost every mission can be completed in 3~5 slightly different ways. Gameplay aside, the plot is extremely intriguing, graphics are amazing (for a year 2000 title) and music matches 100% the game, sadly voice acting (At least Italian one) is really bad. Mission settings are extremely detailed and pervasive and, most of all, you have time to carefully plan and carry out your assassinations. Ah, you can't save during missions, this is just awesome if you ask me. I'm a huge fan of games that force you to think carefully before doing things. There's a reason if this niche game ended up being one of the most successful videogame series of all time. You won't regret buying it, even after 15 years, worth every penny.


The beginning of a Classic, Epic Saga

Rinkashikimo | Oct. 28, 2014 | See all Rinkashikimo's reviews »

I love the Hitman franchise and this was the game that started it. It was a great game with amazing graphics (for the time of course, now it looks like garbage because our eyes have evolved to contemplate newer games graphics) with a good story line. The game itself was by missions, but all missions were somehow connected, which in my opinion made it better. It was (and is for those who are playing it yet) a trial & error game and I think that's what made this franchise unique. Really amazing. This is indeed The beginning of a Classic, Epic saga with a stealthy approach.


Nice classic

Chumy3725 | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all Chumy3725's reviews »

The first game on the Hitman saga, so there are no fancy graphics at all. However, it offers a hard level of difficulty, a great storyline, and a really, really good gameplay. In game, you play as 47, a genetically created clone who is instructed in various assasination techniques, such as with handguns, sniper rifles, knifes and, of course, the piano cord, which is going to be the most used weapon in your arsenal, if you choose to do a silent playthrough. So, if you want to know the origins of the saga, of the protagonist, or well, you only want to play a stealth game, this should be one of your choices.


A Classic

Obsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »

This is one of those game that were like a pebble which started an avalanche. And now we have five instalments of the series with new one in making. You should do yourself a favor and grab this one. Run it at least once and see for yourself where this legend originated. You won't be disappointed. The game still works and looks surprisingly well. What's more you can run it at insane resolutions. That's an example of a game well made. Well, what are you waiting for. Know the origins of the Bald Assassin. And if you already know just get it to add to your collection. I did.


Start Of A Franchise

chataolauj | Jan. 23, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »

This game is a pretty good game from it's time. Forget how the graphics look and just focus on the gameplay. There will be flaws here and there with the gameplay though. You can't really play how you want to play in this one as compared to the other Hitman games. In this one there are no non-lethal ways to take down a guard. You basically have to use stealth or kill them straight up. The stealth in this one isn't as good as the other one though. It's much more difficult to use stealth because guards shoot at you right when they notice you. If you want to get into a new franchise, this would be a good try. Just don't mind the graphics.


Silence of the Lambs

Jason_Xmen | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all Jason_Xmen's reviews »

This is the original. The beginning. The introduction to the awesome world of Hitman. The sense of freendom with endless options was breathtaking back in the time. While Thief 1 is my ultimate stealth game, it was Hitman that changed my view on controlled sandbox games and gave it a true sense of freedom. Killing the targets in various was sublime in this game and while I've heard many people say it has aged badly, I still think there are parts of Hitman 1 that hold up pretty well. Of course there are those that started with Hitman 2 which had instantly better graphics and more complex scenarios. That said, if you want to meet the original master assassin, this is it.


A great classic!

manu981 | Sept. 25, 2013 | See all manu981's reviews »

Played this game much recently, if you too do now, the graphics won't amuse you, because this game dates way back in time. However, to note, the level of difficulty is great, was pretty much for me without the video walk through of course. Starting from the first mission itself, snipe and rendezvous. Afterwards, it's all about hit and trial, you commit mistakes, die, and then do it again, the other way. Absorbing storyline and the AI is commendable.


The weakest Hitman title, but not bad

darkyhbk | Aug. 17, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

Codename 47 is a great game mainly because it allowed its developers to learn from their mistakes and perfect the great gameplay idea they designed. You play as 47, a clone, and you'll spend most of your time trying to get through levels and assassinate your targets. When the gameplay works, it's quite good fun, but most of the time you'll run into bugs, from getting stuck into a wall to a blocked enemy and such. Sometimes enemies spot you too easily, otherwise they fail to spot you even when you're walking past them. It's really annoying and it breaks the immersion. The design is also not the best, but it was used as a springboard for the much more inspired ones in later games. However, Codename 47 does offer you quite a few weapons and items to do your job, and has a number of really interesting moments. Sadly, not enough. All in all, the dated graphics and few sound effects might be a drawback to play the game today. If you really want to play all the games in the series, you might enjoy it, but otherwise, I say skip it and go right to Silent Assassin.


Origin of an Assassin

meezo | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all meezo's reviews »

I first saw this game being played by a guy I used to work with. It looked interesting at best, not amazing by any standards. You control a bald guy who kills people for money. You lose money if you kill Civilians, which I personally don't find necessary. In any case, there are quite a few weapons for you to use. Though the best one to use is either the knife or fiber wire. I say that because the only effective way to kill someone is via close ranged weaponry. Unless you're using the sniper rifle, which you can't keep steady to save your life. You go into places that you really stick out of. Like Hong Kong. So you disable a guard for his uniform. Well, nobody thinks it's odd that a white bald guy is running around in a Guard Uniform, except for the elite body guards. That throws you out of the immersion a bit, but if you look past that you've got a solid stealth game. The graphics haven't aged amazingly, but the game doesn't look awful. Big environments, lots of people, good death animations.


The origin of The Original Assassin

spycid | July 27, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

This game started on one of the most cult franchise in the history of video games. Without playing this game, playing the other games is nothing but blasphemy. Must play for stealth & Hitman fans.


Read Difficulty

iamkyo90 | July 22, 2013 | See all iamkyo90's reviews »

Not having this game, is a crime against humanity. Really the best I played on PC, its difficulty is very high, but not impossible, that makes it different. Just try it and you will love the games that came after hitman, are much easier than this.


Great but still a little broken

drafek | June 17, 2013 | See all drafek's reviews »

This game does have a really great story it does have a few interested elements in the story. The AI is a little broken in my opinion, I did got a few glitches within the game, but the game is dated so that's understandeable. The graphics are alright a little outdated but the game is a little old. I recommend playing this game in my opinion it's alot better then hitman absolution story wise and gameplay wise.


A Great Stealth Game that some Games Still Can't Copy

thegaminglyfe | June 17, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

Hitman: Codename 47 isn't a game where you have to avoid people and take your time. This is a very modern stealth game with new mechanics that you must utilise in order to complete the missions. You don't have to sneak past the cop or climb into the building like other stealth games. You can but you don't have to, you can kill the cop and steal his clothes and use them as a disguise to just walk through the entrance of the building and no one will notice. Many games have tried to copy this type of stealth but have failed horribly, only the Hitman series allows you to do this. Some controls and features of the game might piss you off, not everything in this game has aged very well. The graphics and sound are still nice though. The levels are huge and allow you to choose different paths and ways to complete your objective. You can go in with an assault rifle and blow everyone away, or you can go slow, find a disguise and silently kill him with no trace to you. Whether you are new to the Hitman series or have played every one but this. This is a must-buy in both cases.


A good game, very entertaining and long

kalil | June 14, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »

Gameplay: 9 - Hitman is based on stealth and caution, and not the pure and simple mata mata as happens today with most games. It's a long game, and sometimes complicated not by the game itself if not in the moment you discover in some missions, complicates life a lot and makes you quite possibly have to restart the mission. - A good IA, a well-crafted stories, and a number of quite varied missions of this game makes a game worth having on the shelf, because despite the years, and last haberselo one a few times, achieved through the type of game it is, you can keep playing despite the passing years. Something that very few games can boast. - Control is sometimes a bit rough (the times more than anything), sometimes it's a little sickening in some missions by the fluidity of movement. But you have to admit it is a great game and very entertaining, which is most important. And long. What I value a lot. Technology: 8 - A neat and molona interface, although a bit simple for my taste. It required some important requirements for computers of the time, but had the virtue that if they are lowered a bit, you could pull the game fluent in more normalitos computers. And that is welcome. In addition, the AI ​​for the time was pretty good. Graphics: 8 - Great graphics for the motion época.El sometimes a bit dizzying, especially in certain missions in confined spaces, but very good for its time. Sound: 8 - Well, all right, without many excesses and music quite suited to missions and type of game it is. Pity that was in English and not in Spanish voices, but for what they say or comment, no need to read Shakespeare and Mark Twin. Innovation: 8 - Follow the trail left by the time great games like Metal Gear Solid, which prioritized the patience and the use of intelligence than the fast trigger (which is also necessary in several missions). Not that it was a revolution, but within its genre in those years was a great game. And to this day, would leave many great games diapers today. Conclusion: 8.6 - A game by not passing the years in terms of wanting to play, the player who is. The graphics are obviously noticing the years, and the fluidity of movement, but by the type of game it is and history, is still valid today for any player who wants more than just graphics.


An old classic

Chauci | June 1, 2013 | See all Chauci's reviews »

This was the first and best Hitman game, the mission was simple, eliminate your contract and for this task you were given plenty of options. There was never a single linear mission. This game lacked a real enthralling story, but it made up for it in its epic mission design and well thought out gameplay. The guns felt good and the enemies were tough and non-forgiving if you were caught. The missions did often lack the now standard waypoint system and as such, you were often found not really knowing how and where to begin your mission, if you had not listened to your briefing and were willing to experiment. This is still a stealth classic


Still a fun game

Eyeless42 | May 31, 2013 | See all Eyeless42's reviews »

Hitman is still a fun game to this date. It's challenging and always leaves you wanting more, either because the next mission is exciting or because you just almost got the one you're in. There are many ways to complete a level, from complete stealth to straight up just killing everybody. Most of the times it is your choice how you want to proceed. The graphics don't necessarily hold up to the standards of current generation games, but that shouldn't affect your view of this game. Gameplay can be a bit tricky sometimes, but practice makes perfect and that is exactly what this game is about, trying to get every little thing to be done just the right way.


One of the best stealth games

Cavalieroscuro | May 25, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »

Hitman Codename 47 is simply one of the best stealth games ever made. In each level you must kills one or several target, but you have some different ways to do it. Changing disguise is one of this option, but there are a LOT of possibilities, just like poisoning the food, make a car exploding etc. If you loved Thief, just play this and you will never regret.



Cyborg420 | May 25, 2013 | See all Cyborg420's reviews »

Wow when this game came out it was truly groundbreaking, it really lead the way for games like splinter cell, it's a little dated but still a fun game and brings back a lot of nostalgia.