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Hitman: Contracts (PC)

by Eidos
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 16 and Over
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Action game set in shady underworld
  • Eliminate bad guys all over the world
  • Use stealth and firepower to achieve objectives
  • Interactive environments include improvised weapons

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B000197Y4K
  • Release Date: 30 April 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,569 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Hitman: Contracts delivers more action-packed and suspense-filled missions, with a greater variety of ways to make the perfect kill and an increased arsenal of firearms and close-combat weapons. A new graphics engine showcases your "work" in brutal detail and brings the new locations to life. An improved control system and more gradual learning curve will ensure that the game is accessible to all aspiring hitmen.

Hitman: Contracts takes you into the mind of Agent 47, the most ruthlessly efficient contract killer in history. The game begins in Paris as Agent 47 finds himself wounded and trapped in what is a dangerous situation, even for him. Hitman: Contracts explores the dark psychology of killing for a living and promises to be the most disturbing episode in the series.

Amazon.co.uk Review

With its winning mix of action, strategy and stealth, Hitman Contracts marks a successful third entry in the franchise, and has some neat new tricks up its sleeve. That said, the core of the game is still fundamentally the same as before. You take the role of a genetically modified hitman who from the off finds himself in deep trouble, holed up in a tight spot surrounded by people who want him dead. The reasons why become clear as you play your way through a series of flashbacks, some of which draw heavily from the previous games in the series. Fortunately, the similarities also stretch to the gameplay, which is by turns taut, tense and violent. The game gives you plenty of freedom in choosing how to tackle the various missions you're presented with, and particularly in the early stages it's tremendously good fun working out the best way to achieve an objective.

There are a couple of drawbacks: the game is a little shorter than might be expected, and it is more of an evolution from previous adventures than a independent sequel. But these are minor niggles, especially when you consider that this is the best game to date in the Hitman franchise. It's going to be interesting to see how creators Io Interactive develop the series, but for now they've given us a healthy dose of what's gone before, and made it a little better. --Simon Brew

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Please forgive me if i am wrong but........ 3 May 2004
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I wonder if any of the previous reviewers have played the full version of the game. I have completed the first two games, Which i have to say i enjoyed very much. However i am not at all happy about the missions in hitman 3,Which where in hitman 1. I just finished the first familiar mission in which you have to infiltrate a hotel (sound familiar?HM1). Graphicaly better than the first. And you bump int your old friend heir Fu***.
The next mission again graphically improved but involves assasanating a triad leader in the middle of a park(HM1 Again), And starting a triad war. You then move onto the next mission. you have to assasinate a group of people in a restraunt(dare i say HM1 again).
And to be honest after the restraunt mission started i switched the game of because i have already completed these missions in HM1. So i have to ask the manufactures WHY. New game new graphics Why No new story.
So to sum up great graphics. Lovely gameplay but ruined by what appears to be an attempt to copy the first Hitman. I am all for recycling but not storylines. Boo Hiss.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitman: Flashbacks 15 April 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
There have been some mixed reviews about this game so I just thought I'd add my own opinion. I really enjoyed playing the previous titles of the series following Agent 47's missions in exotic locations around the globe and this next instalment blends a great, original storyline with smooth, visual effects and game play.

Agent 47 returns to his Paris hotel room after completing a hit. However, in the process he has taken a bullet and as he lies on his bedroom floor he slips in and out consciousness with memories of his previous contracts flashing before his eyes, some from the first Hitman game and some new ones altogether. This is when you get down to playing the game taking out the targets given to you whilst you dream.

If you have played the first game-Hitman: Codename 47, then you'll recognize certain missions such as the Thermal Bath Hotel hit and a few Hong Kong assassinations. The developers have also added the last mission from the first game and sees you either stealthily creeping out of the secret laboratory beneath the mental asylum or blasting your way through any of SWAT team members who stand in your way. However, you'll soon see that level designs have been altered so as to give you more freedom when carrying out successful hits and therefore more replay-ability.

I found the A.I. to be rather realistic too with civilians running to find help when they notice something not quite right. Guards will also become suspicious of your behaviour such as if you enter certain rooms without I.D. cards or uniform. There are also new ways to dispose of your targets life from drowning to smothering them with a pillow over their face.

I hope this review has been helpful and if like me have enjoyed the Hitman series eagerly await the release of the forth title-Hitman: Blood Money which will hopefully allow players to get even further beneath Agent 47's dark motives and his cold, secretive life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO GOOD THEY MADE IT TWICE! 22 Jun. 2004
Upon playing Hitman Contracts initially I was a little miffed that most of the missions were remakes from Hitman: Codename 47 but this really is only a minor complaint.
The Hitman series for me, is the greatest game series ever made, and quite frankly I can't get enough of it, the old remade missions actually require different tactics from the originals as subtle changes have been made so it's still all good.
The new missions are fantastic, especially Beldingford Manor, what a map and mission that is.
I suggest buying the Prima Official strategy guide to compliment this game, if you're a Hitman fanatic like me you'll want to know every which way a hit can be made, a lot of people have complained the game is too short, although I completed it in what my end stats said was 2 and a half hours, I've actually been playing it every day for over a month, trying and testing every which way a mission can be played, that's the beauty of Hitman games, with the right tactics, I got a final rating of Silent Assassin with only 7 bullets fired in the whole game on hard level, I can't recommend the strategy guide enough, you'll get much more gameplay time out of hitman when you know more ways to complete missions, which then in turn gives you even more ideas to improvise your own, blasting your way through like some of the gamers here seemed to have done is a complete waste of this game, a good hitman takes out only his targets and no one else.
The graphics look nice, slightly better than the last hitman, gameplay is quite well done, although there's a major flaw where sometimes a single headshot doesn't kill a person which is preposterous.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HITMAN CONTRACTS - CODENAME 47 REVISITED 28 May 2004
I had high hopes for this game but again they have not been forthcoming. Hitman 2 was an improvement upon the first Hitman game which in my view was totally unplayable. Even with a high spec machine the game was so flawed it made movement within the game extremely hard, especially during action sequences. Hitman 2 on the other hand was improved dramatically although game play was still flawed slowing down considerably when action sequences required you to be alert, but it was at least much better than the first title. So we come to Hitman -Contracts. This game seems to have taken a step backwards and is much the same as the first Hitman title (in more ways than one). Again, even with a high spec machine (I have a 2gb processor) I had to turn nearly all of the special effects off in order to play this and then image my surprise when I suddenly realised that the missions I was playing were from the FIRST GAME. Over half of the missions appear to be like this. This game is shoddy in the least and this is proven when you become aware that a Patch was issue on the Internet a week before it's release! I feel that this game was released purely as a 'money spinner' yes, the idea is brilliant but Io-Interactive appear unable, or unwilling, to put the effort into making this game work instead relying upon its idea to sell the game. Before purchasing this game I had just finnished playing 'No One Lives Forever 2', what a charm it was to play this game, it was fast, funny and all more impotantly it did not get bogged down everytime an action sequence required your reaction. This game is plugged as 'Get into the mind of an Assasin', how is this possible when everytime you get into a fight sequence the keyboard/mouse reaction time means that you almost always end up dead! As long as we keep buying these shoddy games the software companies will make no effort to improve them. Do you self a favour, steer clear of this game!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game
Difficult to get hold on the high street, great price for a classic game. Hours of fun worth the purchase.
Published 19 months ago by tavsf1
4.0 out of 5 stars happy with the purchase
everything seemed great except that the installation couldn't complete for some reason. Luckily I'm no novice computer user so finally had the game set up and able to play.
Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by John Chia
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but short...
Well the plot is limited. While on an assignment 42 is shot. He makes it back to a hotel room but needs medical help. Read more
Published on 25 July 2009 by P. Passmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad..
I loved this game on PS2.

I would on PC if it had integrated (not Pinnacle) controller support, and a case. It came in two paper CD cases, which I never knew about. Read more
Published on 31 Aug. 2008 by D. Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars hello hitman how are you
this is agood game thats why its called hit man contracts buy it and you will be happy.
Published on 4 Sept. 2005 by HELLO
3.0 out of 5 stars Ditto
this games is a repeat of the first hitman
game with same levels but with more and
better games play and details but the
problem is if u have played the
first... Read more
Published on 30 July 2005 by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing For Money Is Fun.
I Think That Hitman:Contracts Was much Better Than Hitman 1 And Hitman 2 The Graphics Were Much Better And There Was A Story To It Unlike Hitman1&2. Read more
Published on 21 May 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Hitman Contracts is one of the best PC games I have played but Hitman 2 is much more accessable and has much more replayability. Read more
Published on 4 Sept. 2004 by "nathan_stanier"
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been 5 stars
I was more excited about this game than any in a long time, but it was such a letdown! The gameplay was not particularly refined from Hitman 2, other than more options and slightly... Read more
Published on 18 Aug. 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The most stylish stealth game around
This game's storyline is very suave and is full of gruesome cinematics. They've done really well on this side of it as it's like sitting back and watching a movie. Read more
Published on 31 July 2004 by "abes33"
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