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Enter the world of a HITMAN - a world of crime, sin and greed. Delve into the mind of Agent 47 and encounter his greatest adversaries, completing the work that made him so brutally efficient and shaped him as an assassin. Eliminate your targets by any means necessary.
There are no rules... only the contract, signed in blood.
Travel the globe eliminating international terrorists and crime bosses from your hit list.
Complete your mission objectives with a wider variety of tactical approaches.
Improvise on the job, picking up disguises and environmental objects to use as weapons.
Advanced enemy intelligence uses squad-based tactics to try and stop you.
Good idea, bad realizationsmilzoboboz | March 19, 2015 | See all smilzoboboz's reviews »
This game has no technical advantages over "Hitman: Silent Assassin" (Hitman 2), more like an expansion with new missions, and at least on half of the missions the game gives you more freedom than Hitman 2. Also they took some of the best and challenging "Hitman: Codename 47" missions and reworked them to fit the new system. Still the game is far worse than Hitman 2.
In hitman 2 achieving Silent Assassin rank was often harder than other "methods" (a bunch of times it was the easier but well...), in Hitman: Contracts it's all about knowing where your costumes/weapons are, after that it's a piece of cake, and this is bad because there is no challenge. I just took a screenshot of a small unguarded room with tough costume, sniper rifle and remote bomb inside... this total lack of realism doesn't encourage you to continue, actually it does exactly the opposite.
As wrote before Hitman: Contracts features half brand new missions and half "Codename 47" remake ones. It is disappointing to see that original "Hitman: Codename 47" missions were actually extremely more complex and involved a lot more "puzzle-solving" than "Hitman: Contracts" ones where whole parts have been stripped out like it was nothing. Not to mention that there is no plot in this game, it's just meaningless flashbacks and such.
Gameplay aside, graphics and sound/music are at "Hitman: Silent Assassin" level or maybe even less detailed, which means fairly good but at least 2 years behind.
So, to recap, the idea of "porting" the best "Hitman: Codename 47" missions with the brand-new Hitman 2 mechanics was extremely nice, but the overall realization of the game/missions was really not good.
Recommended only if you're not a die-hard Hitman series fan, otherwise just buy "Hitman: Silent Assassin" or even Hitman: Codename 47" instead.
One of the best stealth games ever madeLSD | Dec. 20, 2014 | See all LSD's reviews »
Contracts is something of a remake of the previous 2 Hitman games, with some levels being completely re-made locations, and others including characters or targets from the other games.
Though the game's around 10 years old, it still stands up well for modern audiences. The stealth is top-notch, and the number of ways to approach each missions is both varied and detailed. Contracts also retains the difficulty of previous Hitman games that Blood Money dropped, meaning the missions require a lot of thought, and even some planning in order to succeed.
Interestingly, this is probably the darkest Hitman game to date, and that's not just because every mission takes place at night (with most of them being in rainy whether, which creates an incredible atmosphere). The first level involves escaping an asylum filled with corpses (the same asylum as the first Hitman ends in), and other locations are just as grim: without spoiling too much, there's a girl kidnapped and held captive in a slaughterhouse hosting an S&M-themed party, a boy kidnapped by an aristocratic family to be used as sport for a group of hunters, and a modern hotel with a closed-off wing that was host to a gruesome murder.
Mixed feelingsObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
Yes. That's in short my review of the third Hitman game. Here we get something totally different. The gameplay is more or less the same, but the story... Felt like the developers were content with what they got so far. Not keen on inventing more at the moment. So we get to replay some missions from previous games. Sure there are new moves, new ways to eliminate your targets. It's just I expected something brand new, not flashbacks. Don't get me wrong though. I loved the game and I recommend you add it to your collection.
Excellent stealth gamejasonwsc | May 20, 2014 | See all jasonwsc's reviews »
The title says it all really. Yes, the graphics are outdated, but don't let the screenshots fool you. Gameplay is excellent, and it has all the characteristics of a hitman game.
It isn't worth the normal price, since the newer Hitman:Absolution is often on sale around this price point. Get it on a discount instead.
Absolutely amazingaarongroh1 | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all aarongroh1's reviews »
One of the best in the stealth genre. Definitly worth the money, this will entertain you for hours on end