Hitman: Contracts (2004)

Video Game  -  Action | Crime  -  30 April 2004 (UK)
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In Paris, the wounded Hitman 47 remembers his missions he best remembers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana (voice)
Barbara Bernad ...
Betty Glosted ...
Chun Hou Cheung ...
François Grodin ...
(voice) (as Francois Erik-Grodin)
Gabor Horvath ...
Jean-Claude Flamand ...
Jennifer Xiao Bao Huang ...
Joost Alexander Van Der Berg ...
Michael Booth ...
Mircea Marghidanu ...
Muk Wing Cheung ...
Nikolaj Papaduke ...
Noah Lazarus ...
Agent Smith (voice)


Head to the past as Agent 47 wanders in and out of delirium in Romania (in the year 2000, some time before the events of "Hitman 2"), reminiscing about his past missions as a corrupt French police inspector surrounds his apartment and prepares to eliminate him, and all the while the CIA, FBI and other international covert bodies begin to distance themselves from 47's agency. The game missions cover 47's memory of those past missions during this standoff. Written by Flotis

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All the levels take place during the night-time. See more »


47: Inspector, you've obviously learned too much about me. I can't have that. Even in my death.
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References Hitman: Codename 47 (2000) See more »


Written by Leslie West and Neil Fallon
Performed by Clutch
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An atmospheric stealth game where dark, dastardly deeds pay off big time!
23 May 2004 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

The strongest aspect of the latest Hit-man game is its visual element. Running on a new graphics engine, which seems to suggest Japanese Anime, "Hit-man: Contracts" delves deep into the mind of a professional killer. Set before the events of "Hitman 2: Silent Assassin", it opens with Agent 47 seriously wounded in a Paris hotel. He's haunted by the memories of his past killings and the game takes place almost entirely in his head.

It's the psyche of Agent 47 that brings this title to life with a surreal atmosphere and the disturbing presence of the macbre. Unlike "Manhunt", which bordered on the pornographic in its depiction of violence, this game is more of a psychological shocker. Every level is a variation on the "it was a dark and stormy night" scenario and the first mission establishes this with a very bizarro style.

It takes place in a strange European nightclub/slaughterhouse. The owner is an overly obese man who's twin brother tortures a young girl upstairs while listening to oldies on a .45 record. Agent 47's assignment is to kill the owner and his lawyer who dopes up in a private room. The whole place is a like a Halloween party gone bad where the clients dress up in S&M-like attire and get wrapped up in lapdances.

"Hitman 2" was a huge improvement over the original and proved to be a great stealth game in the vein of "Splinter Cell". However, this third installment, while it does visually impress, isn't as innovative. It merely smoothes the gameplay of its predecessor and has made the missons more open-ended. Stages now have at least two different ways of how to neutralize the "mark", but this can be either a blessing or a curse depending on the player's tolerance for self-discovery.

In fact, Hitman fans will either love or hate the programmers' decision to include only a few number of original levels for "Contracts". The bulk of the game consists of recreations of assignments from "Hitman: Codname 47". This is disappointing considering Eidos' had first said it was not interested in doing a remake of the first game. The best mission is a new one set at a British manor which the company claims was inspired by Robert Altman's "Gosford Park" (Go figure).

If I seem to be negative in this review, rest assure, I am giving "Contracts" a thumbs up. This is a good game, I did like stepping into Agent 47's shoes once again and its strenghts certainly do outweigh its weaknesses. I only wished the title had been a complete original, then it would've been a great game. 3 stars out of 4. Grade: B

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