Hitman: Contracts PlayStation 2

User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
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  1. MartR.
    May 7, 2004
    7
    After the "been-there-done-that" feeling I discovered that this is a nice set of new levels for Hitman 2. With even more style.
  2. JasonW.
    Jun 7, 2004
    7
    It's amazing but its a little short im not saying its easy but it could be a bit longer but ive been a fan ever since the sequel.
  3. JeddyK.
    Jan 27, 2005
    7
    The challenge of playing the role of an assassin is interesting, but the problems with this game are that it is unforgiving. Playing the easy level - which is called 'normal' in the game is not that easy. Alerts suddenly and unexpectedly and ones rating drops. The close combat weapons are useless they are next to impossible to use. The concept of killing in self defence does notThe challenge of playing the role of an assassin is interesting, but the problems with this game are that it is unforgiving. Playing the easy level - which is called 'normal' in the game is not that easy. Alerts suddenly and unexpectedly and ones rating drops. The close combat weapons are useless they are next to impossible to use. The concept of killing in self defence does not exist. One mission in particular I would like to mention Tradition of the trade- the setting is a hotel, the funny thing is that there is no kichen and no catering service for the rooms - there is round the clock cleaning going on though. All the women are wearing the samed dress which is absurd. The cheat code works in some mission s in others they do not. Achieving a Silent Assassin rating is next to impossible. For want of a better term the game is clausterphobic. The targets are never in clear sight and it is impossible to get to them without killing others. So the expectation from player of the game are set too high. It should not be more forgiving. Expand
  4. OmarM.
    May 4, 2004
    7
    This game was not really what I expected. The most disappointing part of all was the time consuming camera view, they really need to fix it.
  5. BenN.
    Jun 15, 2004
    7
    It's a good game, but not as good as hitman 2.
  6. VladB.
    Dec 20, 2004
    7
    For me i dont really like that every mission is at night and i get pretty nervous and sometimes scared to do the mision at night!!!
  7. MisterR.
    Aug 5, 2004
    6
    It's disappointing that after the obvious potential of the orginal Hitman and the extraordinary developing of the ideas in the sequel that Hitman 1 hinted at, the third and seemingly rushed third installment is simply not as high a standard as its predecessors. Certainly it has some nice ideas; I liked the concept of the English Mansion, for example and and all the 'chaps' It's disappointing that after the obvious potential of the orginal Hitman and the extraordinary developing of the ideas in the sequel that Hitman 1 hinted at, the third and seemingly rushed third installment is simply not as high a standard as its predecessors. Certainly it has some nice ideas; I liked the concept of the English Mansion, for example and and all the 'chaps' ready to shoot you with their bally shotguns and the redesign of the Hotel level ('Traditions of the Trade) from Hitman 1, probably the best level in the original, but all in all it was a bit of a let down. Half of the game is a remake of the first game and the flaws that one was prepared to overlook in the second game, considering its size and scope when compared to the original, were still there. And frustrating flaws they are too, with your enemies still able to see through your disguises way too quickly and a sprightly Hitman not able to climb even the smallest walls. There are some missions when you have to do certain things in a certain order - the trouble is you have no idea what order that is. You'll suddenly hear a great hullaballoo behind you and you'll be fired upon mercillessly. You also get the idea the creators were bored by the end, finishing the game after thirteen levels. I love the early HIman games and felt they were trying to do something new. I think this is the first Hitman in the series where we have been short-changed and am disappointed, considering what the makers could have done. Look at the way Grand Theft Auto developed over the years. If you have never played a Hitman game, you might find this to be something new, though I'd still rcommend the second game over this. If, however, you are already a Himan fan, I know it's futile, but I would advise against this game. 47 has become a little creaky in the joints. Expand

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#69 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#100 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 85
    It's got a nice open-ended style, a character that fits the gimmick, and plenty of violence.
  2. A glance back and a look forward in a PS2 title that does not advance the series but maintains the momentum.
  3. It’s best to think of Hitman: Contracts as a mini game to keep fans of the series satisfied until a true sequel is released.