I've been a fan of Hitman from the begining, so be warned
mike2kcool wrote this review on .
Now, the not-so-good stuff... Well, a few of the levels aren't quite as enjoyable as the others. Hitman 2 suffered from this problem greatly, but it could afford to, seeing as it had a whopping 20 levels. Whith Blood Money sporting only 12 real missions, it can't afford to have 2 or 3 that are sub par. Also, just like the past titles, this one has a few levels that will instantly stand out as classics. The Murder of Crows will be a favorite for any aspiring Mass Murderer, and one or two other levels specificly stand out above the rest. The wepon selection is rather limited from past games (which is, in my opinion, nothing to complain about. All the wepons are now varied and have their own look and feel, unlike past titles). Also, only a limited number of weapons can be upgraded. Agent 47 starts with a Sp12 shotgun, His signiture .45s, the Wa2000 sniper rifle, M4 assault rifle and a submachine gun at his hide out. These 5 weapons are the only ones that can be customized, meaning these will be the only 5 weapons you ever use unless you are experimenting with others from your quickly amassed collection. The levels are open ended, with many ways to make a hit and get away clean, but in my opinion, this lowers the difficulty significantly. Also included is the inclusion of "natority". This was a nifty gimmick, but in the end, that's all it is. Play sloppy and you get noticed by witnisses, etc. and future missions become harder, as cops start to recognize you, based on descriptions from witnisses and being caught on camera. Natority can be getten rid of quickly by bribing witnisses, or you can get rid of it entirely and for free by getting a better rank on missions you did sloppy on (which isn't hard). Also, while enemy AI has been beefed up and is FAR more realistic and believable than before, it falls to pieces in a firefight. While sneaking around, enemies behave well, and NPCs believably, but when things go wrong and a fire fight breaks out, innocents run for cover, while guards and police usually stand in one spot and shoot at you till their clip is empty. No hiding behind corners, or even ducking... just standing still shooting, reload, repeat. This is a shame, but the challenge comes not from killing all the bad guys as much as it does making a clean get-away. In conclusion, Blood Money is far more streamlind and well played out than Contracts or even HM2. The Graphics are great, the new features are a welcome addition, but are being overplayed and over hyped in my opinion. Short and sweet, this is the hitman you've come to know and love, and has far fewer flaws than some other games in the series. It features a few great levels, one or two bad ones and a strong showing of good ones. It is well rounded, with improved AI, a decent selection of weapons and very open ended levels. Although a little too easy in my opinion, I can say that as day's go by and I play more, this is becoming my favorite Hitman, little by little.