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  • Summary: Hitman: Contracts takes you into the mind of Agent 47, the most ruthlessly efficient contract killer in history. The game begins in Paris as Agent 47 finds himself wounded and trapped in what is a dangerous situation, even for him. Hitman: Contracts explores the dark psychology of killingHitman: Contracts takes you into the mind of Agent 47, the most ruthlessly efficient contract killer in history. The game begins in Paris as Agent 47 finds himself wounded and trapped in what is a dangerous situation, even for him. Hitman: Contracts explores the dark psychology of killing for a living and promises to be the darkest, most disturbing episode in the series. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 100
    In this captivating outing, 47 revisits the past while modernizing the nagging flaws of his previous games, making for his best trail of assassinations yet.
  2. 90
    Elaborate levels and the multiple paths you can take to solve them go a long way in making you forget about the lack of narrative element.
  3. 85
    It's got a nice open-ended style, a character that fits the gimmick, and plenty of violence.
  4. If you're after a stealth game that isn't simply a matter of 'stealth to point A because that's the only way it can be done', however, it comes highly recommended, as each level can be replayed any number of ways, depending on how you mix up your stealth and blasting action.
  5. Given that "Hitman 2" was such a huge improvement on the original, it's inherently somewhat disappointing that the new Hitman: Contracts is really just a rehash. It's more of the same, replete with everything that was good and everything that wasn't so good about the 2002 game.
  6. Despite some linear missions the game tends to ooze replay value in the form of freedom and variation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 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 theA 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. Expand
  2. 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 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 ! Collapse
  3. 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, 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
  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. 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!!!
  6. BenN.
    Jun 15, 2004
    7
    It's a good game, but not as good as hitman 2.
  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 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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