Maybe it's me, but I never really "got" the Hitman series. I've played my fair share, but I always found it awkward and frankly shallow. I was never invested in the story or the characters, I didn't get the point of most missions and the idea of scrolling through action lists in real-time seemed counter-intuitive.
Well, it's all back in the HD Trilogy, so you can play Hitman 2, Blood Money and Contracts to your hearts content and I have to give the game credit for the amount of content if anything. Missions are meant to be replayed until you reach 100% and with three titles, there's plenty of wetwork for Agent 47 to complete.
But even with the improved graphics and amount of content, everything I disliked about the series is still there. These are stealth games that make every possible effort to keep you from being stealthy. Most of the time, you can't figure out why you're not being a silent assassin. It's just that someone decided that even with your sweet disguise, holding the right weapon, walking the correct speed and trying to keep a low profile, you are obviously a deadly assassin that must be shot. Eventually, you start to realize it's so much easier and less annoying to just shoot everything that moves, which still completes the mission. I've never gotten through a Hitman mission without being detected. And every time I had no idea why. Once upon a time, you could forgive these shortcomings, but I've played SplinterCell and Dishonored and Chronicles of Riddick, so now it just feels dated.
Since I mentioned those three games, I'll also make a point that those protagonists were more endearing than Agent 47, who's primary motivation is that he is motivated. Even with a cloning back story and the idea of revenge, usually it just amounts to an agency telling you someone wants someone else dead and 47 doing it because it's his job.
I'm still looking forward to Absolution. Hopefully some of this is addressed. Also, I'm starting to feel "HD Collection" saturati