, is doubtlessly my favourite game franchise ever.
As my first experience with that genre, these games litterally turned me into a stealth weirdo. Here, I'll review the first four games at once, to avoid disorder in my evaluations list. (I haven't played Absolution, so it won't appear there.)
I remember back in my college days, when a good friend of mine gave me Hitman : Codename 47
for me to try.
His words were the following : "It's an amazing game! Non-linear, and you can choose the way you want to complete your objectives and kill your targets! For instance, there is that mission in which you can disguise as a waiter and poison the food!"
(I didn't know yet, that much later I would just end up on the roof and snipe the target from a little concealed window, because screw the poisonned food. Hiding on the roof like a coward was the way I did it.)
Out of pure curiosity, I gave the first Hitman a try, and I loved it. I spent my evenings on it, struggling on the hardest missions, but enjoying it nonetheless. Eh. killing a drug lord with a minigun has its own benefits.
Two weeks later, I gave the game back to my friend and said "Boy, it was epic."
How big was my stupefaction when he told me they did a sequel called Silent Assassin
My first reaction was approximately similar to "I NEED TO PLAY DIS NAOW. NAAAAAOW."
Besides I'd like to thank Liam sooo much for gifting me the whole Hitman collection during Christmas 2012. Liam if you read this, you're awesome and I love you.
I could finally try the second game, which improved a lot from the first. It's a must-have for all Stealth lovers around here, and I had my best Hitman hours on this game! You can even murder evil twins, one of them eating crisps and pizzas in the basement of a Malaysian airport, the other relaxing in his jacuzzi at the top of a highly guarded skyscraper. *Applies "Only featured in this game!" stamp of awesomeness*
I then, tried Blood Money, for the fact everyone recommended that game over the two previous ones. Graphically, it was a stunning improvement. As for the gameplay, it had been, once again, perfected : Body hiding, Weapon customisation, beverage poisoning, etc... And those custom newspaper articles at the end of each mission are hilarious! Blood Money is worth gold, and I really recommend your to play it once in your life.
Finally, I acquired Contracts
, as known as Silent Assassin
's spiritual sequel, which subtly links the events from the original game, with a certain chapter found in Blood Money's cutscenes.
Apart from Contracts
being a much darker game than the others - although it fits perfectly with its plot -, it's still an awesome addition to the series. Half of the missions are remakes of the old famous ones from Codename 47
. And when I say "remakes", I do not allude to the cheap remakes based on graphical improvements. No, those missions had be redesigned completely, the objectives are the same, but the layout of the map and the buildings have changed, and there's even more exciting ways to finish your job successfully.
Well, I could talk for hours about Hitman, or relate my most memorable moments, but the best you could do for now, is try by yourself and take control of the well known Agent 47 for the best assignments of your life.