gamers (95%) found this review helpful
Silence in, silence out. If everything is done right nobody will know you’re there until the body hits the floor.
Such is the theme of Hitman, you play a genetically enhanced clone Assassin, the best of the best, tasked with the death of bad guys. The perfect anti-hero, the player must find the best way to get in and get out while accomplishing the mission of taking out the target with as little collateral damage and attention as possible.
An early release for the Xbox 360, graphics are outstanding but not quite as refined as later releases. Controls are very intuitive and easy to get the handle of. Weapon selection ranges from a pistol to a powerful sniper rifle which I haven’t found a use for just yet. Hitman also has quite possibly the best feature in a game of this sort, the ability to switch between 3rd and 1st person without pointing in the wrong direction. Amazing that years before Dead Rising, Eidos released a game which GOT IT RIGHT.
Another great feature, is the ability to make temporary saves while on a mission. Any full save only saves your progress through the plot tree, but while playing - depending on the difficulty level selected at startup - you can save the game so if something goes wrong, there’s no need to start from scratch. WHAT A CONCEPT!
Hitman is a great game, dark and bloody enough to satisfy any gamer without reaching the level of comic-book absurdity. Controls, game play, graphics, are all outstanding.
I can honestly say that this game was completely satisfying after I beat it. As the levels progressed, the challenges became greater, and the puzzles more complex. Overall, this is one of the best 3rd person shooter / strategy games I have ever played and I am personally looking forward to a sequel. It doesn't happen often, finding a game that makes the player feel as if we accomplished something - Hitman: Blood Money is by far one of those games.
gamers (89%) found this review helpful
Previous installments of Hitman have been varied in quality from stellar to dull. Blood Money is no disappointment by any means, and is in fact a fine addition to the franchise. Firstly the camera issues seem to have been vastly improved, which has been very much needed. The missions are very stealth oriented, some may say tedious. To the uninitiated tedious will come to mind first. But give this games missions some time and thought, and you will find yourself immersed in a world of creative assassinations of some rather dubious folks around the world. There has been some additional weapons to bring along more firepower and or cool and helpful gadgets and upgrades(body armor, silencers, low velocity ammo etc.). Though there are more weapons, I have found that the creative stealthy kills without firearms at all is more satisfying and rewarding. How cool is it to drug a hi level guard, take his suit, and wander about with impunity spiking drinks with sedatives to knock out human obstacles and or poisoning marks only to drop dead while you are half way from your exit. FUN! Yes you may bring your good old silver baller for more gun play, but I rarely pulled a trigger. This is by all means a sneaky cerebral thinking gamers game. You aren't going to be able to run around shooting things up so if that's what you are looking for then stop looking. I have only minor gripes, less than stellar graphics do not impress as they should on next gen consoles. The details are fair, but not nearly as hi end as they could or should be. Controls are fluid and stable making for a very playable game. The story unfolds at a slow pace hinting with each cut scene toward a rather surprising finish, but still and I won't spoil anything, left me going huh? But still cool. There are fair difficulty settings to choose from so even the meek gamer can get some darn good fun on the rookie level however less than challenging that may be. But bump that difficulty up a notch and replay value soars.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I've played the previous Hitman game and was impressed, and rented this expecting the same game but better. This is exactly what has happened as I expected. The gameplay and graphics are both nearly identical to the previous Hitman, but a little bit better. The missions are all interesting and involve killing usually 1-3 targets. The great thing about Hitman has always been that there are many ways to go about completing each mission. If you want, you can go in and kill everybody to beat it, but that's not a great approach and will give you a lot of notoriety, which is a new feature for Hitman. If you achieve a high notoriety by creating a stir while conducting your assassinations, you will become infamous and in future missions will be spotted easier and your disguises will be less effective.
There is a currency system for Hitman now as well, allowing you to purchase upgrades for weapons or lowering your notoriety. The better your performance in a mission the more money you earn.
Other than that it's pretty much the same thing as the previous Hitman games, which is usually a bad thing but in this case I'd say it's a very good thing.
Also, given the non-linear gameplay Hitman has a lot of replay value. You can try different disguises, different approaches and so forth. It's not really a short game either, at least the first time through. Once you know exactly what to do, each mission takes probably 10-15 minutes. Even if you read a walkthrough though the first time around will take some time. I'd guess I spent 15-20 hours beating it my first time.
Overall if you like the previous Hitman installments you will love this one.