Hitman: Blood Money (Xbox)
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- Platform: Xbox
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Hitman is back and this time he's paid in cold, hard cash. The Blood Money he earns affects his passage through the game and the weapons at this disposal, resulting in a unique gameplay experience for each players. Powered by a new version of lo's stunning Glacier engine, Hitman: Blood Money will deliver the most brutal and realistic sumulation of life as the world's deadliest assassin.
In a nutshell:
Agent 47 is back in the game that finally does full justice to the Hitman concept, with huge improvements to the graphics, controls and, most importantly, the number of ways for you to plan your hits from wading in guns blazing to making it all look like a simple accident.
Although the Hitman games were always a great idea they never quite worked the way you expected, with an awkward control system and camera and far less freedom than it at first seemed. This latest sequel solves almost all these problems, starting with a standard third person camera over which you have full control. Although you can ask for hints on how to carry out a hit youve so many options the games almost like a macabre graphic adventure - do you use the remote detonated bomb on the chandelier winch in the ballroom or plug the secretarys Coke with poison and hide in the cupboard? The new notoriety system seems a bit pointless but otherwise this gets almost everything right.
Most exciting moment:
The game features tons of new additions like grabbing human shields, a quick draw for your gun and the ability to hide bodies. The most fun though is the simple sounding push option, which allows you to sneak up behind someone and send them flying off a balcony by "accident".
Since you ask:
Blood Money includes various references to previous Hitman games, the most prominent being the Paris mission in an Opera house, which acts as a prequel to Hitman: Contracts.
The bottom line:
The best Hitman game yet, that makes a real effort to fix the flaws of the previous games.
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My first impression from the introductory level was that most of the gameplay changes centre around combat. This initially felt like a step in the wrong direction, as Hitman is all about achieving Silent Assassin by killing no-one but the target without attracting attention. In some respects, Agent 47 is transformed into Sam Fischer, as if the worst happens, he can now use other characters as human shields, shimmy across ledges, hide on top of lifts & fibre wire people underneath & wrestle weapons off guards. While some of these are debateably against the character of the game, they also make it more well-rounded - it is logical to assume Agent 47 could hold his own in close combat. There are some very useful new touches as well, such as being able to inject your sedative into food & drink. Remote bombs & poison are now also part of 47's standard kit, rather than having to be found in the game. Oh yes - and in some of the missions, on of the 'innocent bystanders' is an assassin who is targetting YOU!
The gameplay can be affected if you were spotted in previous missions or caught on a security camera & so on. This aspect is very well done. If you are caught on CCTV, you will need to steal the camera footage during the mission & if your face becomes too well known, you'll need to spend your blood money on bribing policemen instead of upgrading your kit. If you adopt a disguise & leave your suit behind, you even have to buy a new one! This is a nice new aspect with rooom to expand on in future chapters.Read more ›
It's good. It's back to form for Agent 47 and, though the game still has plenty of glitches to be ironed out, some annoying invisible walls (really, lads; try to understand there's nothing more irritating) and some silly niggles that make you go 'now why can't I shoot the window here and simply climb through?', in general, this is a satisfying experience. It's because of those glitches, though, that I've marked it four out of five, rather than given it full marks.
The game is, as is Hitman 2, extremely replayable as they're seem to be several different ways to do many of the missions. And to plan a mission and then see it play out in front of you is very satisfying. Was it worth the wait? I think so, although the game is a tad short. Still, better short and well made than huge and messy.
The Computer AI can still be a bit rubbish, though the developers have made things much less infuriating - now if you're not supposed to go through a door, people will wave you away instead of opening fire instantly.
The new accident system is clever, though it doesn't seem to matter how accidental you make each hit - the papers still seem to know it was murder no matter how careful you've been.
But, Hitman is definitely on the right road again. Sure, there's room for improvement. There's room for development and it is now possible to see how far the developers could go with this franchise. The possibilities are endless. Let's hope they don't get lazy again when it comes to Hitman 5.
For the moment, though, sit back and enjoy this game. Forget Contracts. Blood Money is the real Hitman 3!