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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: 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. Yes it’s short. Yes it sticks to the series’ formula. And yes it is essentially a one-trick pony. But like a good popcorn action flick, Hitman Contracts hits you in all the right ways and proves to be truly captivating while it lasts.
  3. A glance back and a look forward in a PS2 title that does not advance the series but maintains the momentum.
  4. AceGamez
    80
    The gameplay is the most open-ended I've ever seen and you have such freedom to try different things that the replay value is really there.
  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: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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 ! Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2018
    9
    This is really a great game, there is so much to love about it, must play for sure!
  4. BenN.
    Jun 15, 2004
    7
    It's a good game, but not as good as hitman 2.
  5. Jan 5, 2022
    7
    The Hitman series is incredible, the best of the stealth genre in my mind. I also love the level design and how many different ways levelsThe Hitman series is incredible, the best of the stealth genre in my mind. I also love the level design and how many different ways levels can be completed or replayed.

    Contracts is the weakest of the original hitman series, The biggest disappointment is that it's some sort of bastardization remake-sequel of Codename 47. I'm unsure why. Many levels are ripped right out of Codename 47, others are 'reimaginings' (for the worse), and it cuts out all the plot of codename 47 which is probably the best thing about the entire hitman series.

    Contacts doesn't even have a story of its own, it's some weird fever dream of playing random levels as if they're memories.

    However Contracts does have some great new levels and it is also the only way to play some codename 47 levels on console. But I wish they just ported codename 47 to console and made a new game with the newer levels.
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  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 easyThe 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. 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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#61 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004