Hitman: Contracts Xbox

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
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  1. An ambitious release for IO, but the end result is a garbled mess of a game that has lost its way. [June 2004, p.122]
  2. games(TM)
    70
    The whole thing smacks of laziness - of the 12 missions, we count a total of four completely new ones...the annoying thing is that Contracts is an enjoyable game; that IQ had the cheek to crib from its previous work almost doesn't matter when the result is still worth playing. [June 2004, p.98]
  3. Edge Magazine
    70
    The picaresque form allows the levels to function as discreet puzzles rather than as parts of a story arc: the objective remains pure and always the same. The obstacles and methods open to you are what change, and it's in these areas that Contracts has both expanded and improved. [June 2004, p.103]
  4. 60
    It’s using the same technology, and there are no new gameplay elements to differentiate it from its predecessor in any clear way.
  5. More of the same? Absolutely, but whether this is a good or a bad thing depends on your enjoyment of the previous games in the series.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine
    64
    It feels like you've played this game before because you have. [June 2004, p.72]
  7. Play Magazine
    67
    It's a shame he's such a one-dimensional character, wasting an exceptional opportunity for a compelling psychological backdrop to join the pervasively strong imagery. [June 2004, p.56]
  8. 70
    It proves a suitable fix for bloodthirsty gamers, yet hardly the remorselessly addictive diversion many had been hoping for.
  9. The third installment of the series, doesn’t do much in terms of “innovation."
  10. GMR Magazine
    60
    47 doesn't interact smoothly with his world. His movements come right out of the Max Payne School of Character Animation, with the antihero sliding and gliding across surfaces rather than running...None of this feels right. [June 2004, p.84]
  11. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    The player has a choice. Doe she coax out Contracts' subtlety, or coes he play essentially the smae game he's been playing for two decades? The first option may have him tearing his hair out. [June 2004, p.90]
  12. 72
    The level of freedom offered may be a dream come true for some but will simply be far too much for others, thusly alienating this title from a majority of gamers.
  13. A solid offering for those that have never experienced the series or those of you who couldn’t get enough of "Hitman 2." For everyone else, this will be too much of the same and you’ll grow bored with it very quickly.

Awards & Rankings

#60 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
#20 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 5, 2013
    7
    Not my favourite Hitman game, lacking in the difficulty and nerve that Silent Assassin produced. The graphics are well done for the time thisNot my favourite Hitman game, lacking in the difficulty and nerve that Silent Assassin produced. The graphics are well done for the time this was produced and it is by far the darkest Hitman game, but really doesn't feel like a Hitman game. All of the other releases have followed a storyline that kept the player engaged and excited for the next mission, however Contracts is a simple run of random levels, being excused by being 'flashbacks'. It's clear the developers didn't put much into this game and it's a shame as it had so much potential. With the graphics they had in hand and the writing team they had on their side Contracts could have easily made its way to the top of the list, but it didn't and after completing it, I felt slightly empty, feeling as if I had just wasted a lot of time and money. Needed more effort. Full Review »
  2. MikeW.
    Jun 6, 2005
    7
    A solid stealth action game, but sadly it feels less like a sequel and more like an expansion pack for Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
  3. Vladimirmichel
    May 30, 2005
    10
    This game is hot hot hot and its on fire burning with a blue flame.