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Superb, but control method lets it down unfortunately.
on 8 June 2006
Even though I was a Hitman "virgin" before purchasing this game, I had a feeling it was going to be good and, upon starting it, felt that tingly feeling of a kid at christmas just about to open the present they've been waiting for.
And I wasn't disappointed - far from it; the graphics are fantastic and the story line you are presented with and updated on between levels is gripping. I also liked the fact that there are so many ways to complete the objectives in each mission; the game giving you the choice of stealthing it up or going all out and killing everything that moves. The latter approach, however, is not advisable given the fact that the enemy AI will kill you in a few shots, but the option is there nontheless.
Now, the majority of plus points outlined, onto the reasoning behind my average three star rating: the control system. This, to me, is an integral part of enjoyment and success of third person stealth-em-ups - Metal Gear pioneered the way in control methods of this genre and is the milstone, here.
In Hitman: Blood Money there are times when you will absolutely need the control system to do exactly what you want it to do and within a certain time, but it will fail meaning you will fail the mission. This isn't necessarily a problem because you will find yourself restarting each mission over and over again anyway (it's one of those sorts of games where you get to a point, figure out a problem, get spotted then restart to refine your approach), but getting to a point that you've done before and then having to restart because the "climb through window" control method has let you down, as opposed to your approach, is extremely annoying, and something I personally will not tolerate.
So there you have it; superb graphics, good story, well set out missions, good weapon base and a great choice of mission approaches. Extreme shame about the lacking control method though.