If you are a serious fan of the series, you will love this release.
If you are not, you will likely become quickly frustrated as I did, which is why this is a solid RENT.
It is clear from the beginning that the developers attempted to take out the linearity of previous titles by adding various methods to eliminating your foes. This however is only partially evident as the game progresses, as you soon feel there are only certain means to accomplish the ends, and the linearity of the series soon returns.
I was most frustrated at the fact that masked disguises were discovered by the enemy as quickly as non masked disguises. I feel this makes the game more frustrating than necessary, and takes out any sense of realism from the start.
Targets throughout the campaign are on a timed path, which is fun at first but can make the game very simple to master as each target is vulnerable at different times.
On a positive note, the new point system brings out the competitive side in any gamer, as "47" type moves and actions lead to huge point bonuses, while recklessness quickly chips away at the total. Each mission is prompted by a local country and world average score, driving you to say "anything you can do, I can do better" before Agent 47 even takes his first step into the mission.
The true challenge of proving it is brought to the forefront through the 'contracts' mode where players may create contracts with specific restrictions. This is fun at first, but due to the game's design this typically only allows one path like the campaign.
Overall this is a very solid RENT, and should only be bought by diehard fans of the series.
This is the kind of game I really like. The truth is this game takes thought and reflexes but you set your own pace.I like the fact that in order to achieve a higher score you need patience and stealth. I got into major fire fights for fun and was able to go back and replay for higher score but enjoyed repeating a level without any regret.
This game is good at what its supposed to be, A stealth game. I wont go into every detail of whats good and whats bad. Play it for your self if you are a fan of hitman or newbie. The checkpoint system can make it rather frustrating to complete, especially when you trigger an alarm or get caught. Its a very slow paced game, so it can become rather tedious and repetitive at times...but it never gets old when your re trying to figure out new ways to kill someone.