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.
The game felt like I was playing the same missions or patterns over and over again, like a maze where little piece of cheese were rewards. I may have been out of my confront zone but games like this I tend to steer far away. This game set that in stone. Hey the movie was okay...