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Taking control of a ‘Hitman’, the player has to carry out ‘hits’ on a number of high-powered adversaries all set within intricately detailed 3D environments. At first the ‘Hitman’ thinks he is carrying out orders for his usual underground agency, but in fact he is being used to clean up the traces of a genetic scientist’s revolutionary experiments of which the ‘Hitman’ himself was a prototype. As the game progresses, the player will start to piece his past together and realise that he is the next target.

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"Hitman is a fantastic title that dares to be a bit different." - Eurogamer.net


Hitman: Codename 47 is a revolutionary third-person action adventure that combines a strong mix of stealth, strategy and shooting.

Taking control of a ‘Hitman’, the player has to carry out ‘hits’ on a number of high-powered adversaries all set within intricately detailed 3D environments. At first the ‘Hitman’ thinks he is carrying out orders for his usual underground agency, but in fact he is being used to clean up the traces of a genetic scientist’s revolutionary experiments of which the ‘Hitman’ himself was a prototype. As the game progresses, the player will start to piece his past together and realise that he is the next target.


Key Features:

  • Advanced graphics engine allows the construction of some of the most intricate environments ever seen in a computer game.

  • Over 80 individually modelled characters.

  • Never seen before levels of interaction and physical manipulation of characters and objects.

  • Advanced enemy AI. Foes can see, hear, speak, interact with environments and co-ordinate actions with other characters.

  • More than 20 realistically modelled and textured locations that are architecturally correct.

  • 3D Sound.

  • Interactive music.

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Publisher:
Square Enix
Developer:
IO Interactive
Genres:
Adventure
Source:
Square Enix
Released:
Sunday, November 19, 2000
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  • Windows 95/98/ME
  • DirectX 7.0a
  • Pentium II 300 MHz
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 100% DirectX 7.0a-compatible 3d Accelerated Card with 12MB VRAM
  • 100% DirectX 7.0a-compatible Sound Card
  • 400MB free uncompressed hard drive space
  • 100% Windows 95/98/ME compatible mouse and keyboard
  • Note: Laptops & Integrated graphic cards may function but are not supported.

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85
The start to a unique stealth series

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!

65
A trip down memory lane

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.

85
The one with started a legendary franchise

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.

54
Decent start

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.

60
Who would know?

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!

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