Hitman: Contracts PlayStation 2

User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
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  1. FredC.
    Apr 22, 2004
    10
    This game ROCKS! Just like Hitman 2...I mean these have to be one of the best games developed because the gameplay is so fun, the characters, changing clothes, disguising yourself...its just plain fun all the way through....sweet game...
  2. 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.
  3. SeanS.
    Jun 13, 2004
    10
    A Great Game With Another Excellent Story Line HitMan Contracts Shows The Gamer In Side A HITMAN's MIND AND It's Really Really More Realistic Than Max Payne with those fake slow mo dives !
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Collapse
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. BenN.
    Jun 15, 2004
    7
    It's a good game, but not as good as hitman 2.
  9. MattsX.
    Jul 22, 2004
    10
    This game is a definite 10 out of 10 for gamers who love stealth and working out the best way to get around using numerous disguises, selecting the best route, keeping your cool, working out how to distract people using a raft of ingenious methods and the kill methods are also varied allowing non-linear play that is very satisfying - when you get the kills perfect (If you don't get This game is a definite 10 out of 10 for gamers who love stealth and working out the best way to get around using numerous disguises, selecting the best route, keeping your cool, working out how to distract people using a raft of ingenious methods and the kill methods are also varied allowing non-linear play that is very satisfying - when you get the kills perfect (If you don't get them spot on you'll be chewing your console in frustration). This is aided by some excellent graphics and a set of twisted scenarios you have to go through after completing the game to appreciate some brilliant warped humour. If you are hard of thinking or you want a shoot em up you will rate this game 0 out of 10. Expand
  10. EricL.
    Sep 2, 2004
    10
    A very nice game that has great action sequences, and good control this game is also very hard AND fun. If you liked grand theft auto or the previous hitman series... get this game.
  11. JustinS.
    Jan 14, 2008
    8
    Great game. But sloopy controls and hard to use wepaons like the syringe make you just pull out a AK or MG and go to town.
  12. 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!!!

Awards & Rankings

#71 Most Discussed 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.