"Hitman: Contracts" is a follow-up to the highly successful "Hitman 2 Silent Assassin". Initially released in April 2004, it contained a much darker tone and featured levels from "Hitman: Agent 47" in slightly remixed form. While not as acclaimed as its predecessor, the game still provided plenty of thrills despite its lack of innovation. In "Contracts", every mission Agent 47 embarks on is a memory that plays in his head as he lies dying in a Paris hotel. As a result, each level is given a very surreal and hazy feel. The missions are set in lurid spots, occur during rainy nights and take on the form of hallucinations.
The biggest disappointment of "Contracts" is that it doesn't bring anything new to the table. Gameplay is exactly the same as it was in "Silent Assassin". The game includes more weapons and ways to kill, but it feels more like an expansion than a true sequel. Unfortunately, despite the strong replay value, it's also a bit on the short side. Despite the shortcomings, this third Hitman title is still a solid one. The standout levels include a kinky nightclub and a countryside mansion. Those who enjoyed the sadistic "Manhunt" should appreciate the dark atmosphere. I'd give "Contracts" a 7.8 out of 10.