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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
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 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.
  2. It wasn’t landmark on any level, but it can compete with the current PC action big boys.
  3. From the story angle alone Hitman: Contracts is a worthy addition to the series, and will particularly entertain fans of the franchise who’ve played both the predecessors. That said it’s certainly time for some innovation.
  4. 75
    If you're looking for some stealth gameplay in a sandbox environment, this is a great beginner's course into the world of Agent 47. If, however, you're expecting something as revolutionary as the multiplayer in "Pandora Tomorrow," or the high polish of "Snake Eater," this isn't for you.
  5. Missions are short, but the trial-and-error of finding out how to accomplish each one compensates for it.
  6. 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]
  7. 60
    Typical sneak/shoot-'em-up action that relies too heavily on remade content and brittle gameplay. Although it was novel four years ago, games have come much farther than this.

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  1. Positive: 21 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Dec 26, 2018
    10
    Мрачная и пугающая - так можно описать третью часть моей любимой серии игр. На 2004 год движок хоть и вытягивал обилие тогдашних новомодныхМрачная и пугающая - так можно описать третью часть моей любимой серии игр. На 2004 год движок хоть и вытягивал обилие тогдашних новомодных спецэффектов, но графика уже тогда была не самой лучшей. Отдельное спасибо разработчикам за расширенную вариативность устранения цели и доведенную до ума "шкалу подозрения". Музыка от того же Йеспера Кюда заслуживает отдельной похвалы. Интерфейс отличается от первых двух частей и очень удобен. Ввиду расширенной вариативности, перепроходить Contracts - одно удовольствие. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2020
    10
    The third game in the Hitman series this game has a much darker tone to it than the other games
    Hitman games before it. You can truly explore
    The third game in the Hitman series this game has a much darker tone to it than the other games
    Hitman games before it. You can truly explore the dark underworld of a contract killer.
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  3. Sep 22, 2013
    8
    This game is such intense and scary that I could get away from the screen.
    However, not everything is positive. Unfortunately, the controls
    This game is such intense and scary that I could get away from the screen.
    However, not everything is positive. Unfortunately, the controls are terrible, almost uncontrollable!
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  4. Jul 26, 2021
    8
    Одна из моих любимых частей, потому что, каждая миссия содержит кучу вариантов прохождения для скрытого убийцы=)Одна из моих любимых частей, потому что, каждая миссия содержит кучу вариантов прохождения для скрытого убийцы=)
  5. Mar 19, 2015
    7
    This game has no technical advantages over "Hitman: Silent Assassin" (Hitman 2), more like an expansion with new missions, and at least onThis game has no technical advantages over "Hitman: Silent Assassin" (Hitman 2), more like an expansion with new missions, and at least on half of the missions the game gives you more freedom than Hitman 2.
    Also they took some of the best and challenging "Hitman: Codename 47" missions and reworked them to fit the new system.
    Still the game is far worse than Hitman 2.

    In hitman 2 achieving Silent Assassin rank was often harder than other "methods" (a bunch of times it was the easier but well...), in Hitman: Contracts it's all about knowing where your costumes/weapons are, after that it's a piece of cake, and this is bad because there is no challenge. I just took a screenshot of a small unguarded room with tough costume, sniper rifle and remote bomb inside... this total lack of realism doesn't encourage you to continue, actually it does exactly the opposite.

    As wrote before Hitman: Contracts features half brand new missions and half "Codename 47" remake ones. It is disappointing to see that original "Hitman: Codename 47" missions were actually extremely more complex and involved a lot more "puzzle-solving" than "Hitman: Contracts" ones where whole parts have been stripped out like it was nothing.
    Not to mention that there is no plot in this game, it's just meaningless flashbacks and such.

    Gameplay aside, graphics and sound/music are at "Hitman: Silent Assassin" level or maybe even less detailed, which means fairly good but at least 2 years behind.

    So, to recap, the idea of "porting" the best "Hitman: Codename 47" missions with the brand-new Hitman 2 mechanics was extremely nice, but the overall realization of the game/missions was really not good.

    Recommended only if you're not a die-hard Hitman series fan, otherwise just buy "Hitman: Silent Assassin" or even Hitman: Codename 47" instead.
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  6. Dec 13, 2021
    7
    Kind of a remake of first game with some new levels. I remember people being disappointed by it but it's still great game I think.
  7. Dec 5, 2012
    5
    Quite good game, but it doesn't have anything innovative from the previous one.
    Graphics are OK, performance not so much and gameplay is
    Quite good game, but it doesn't have anything innovative from the previous one.
    Graphics are OK, performance not so much and gameplay is good. The game is, probably, too much "dark" and "sad" for many gamers and many old-school Hitman players, since this is like a remake of the first Hitman, but it's a part of the plot...
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