Hitman HD Trilogy is the latest title to receive the HD overhaul, included is Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money. In new copies of the game there is also a DLC code for Hitman Absolution’s pre-order bonus – Hitman Sniper Challenge.
Of course this isn’t the first time all of these games have seen the light of day on the 360, Blood Money was released way back in 2006 and the version included is the same code as the original release. Blood Money doesn’t support PAL-50 so you will need to make sure your display setting is set to PAL-60. Should you have played Blood Money when it was first released you will be able to use your existing save files but unfortunately there are no new achievements to earn, making Blood Money a bit of a third wheel.
Hitman 2 and Contracts were games I played back on the original Xbox so it was great to be able to play them on my HDTV without having to squint at the murky mess of graphics that you get when playing them in their original format. Glitches still exist and although the graphics are somewhat dated, the HD spit and polish is enough to make these titles bearable to play on a modern TV. It’s a shame more effort wasn’t put into the ‘HD’, it’s more of a spit than a polish! Smoothing edges or tidying up graphics certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss.
The controls feel a little clunky, especially if you’ve played Absolution but it’s interesting to play through the games in order and see how the series has developed in terms of control and gameplay adjustments. If you haven’t played any of the Hitman games then you’re in for a treat and I highly recommend that you play through them from Hitman 2 all the way to Absolution, it will be one heck of a gameplay experience.
All in all there are more than 40 missions to play through and it’s a fine walk down memory lane, a glimpse at a time when games threw you in at the deep end with little assistance. If, like me, you’ve played all the Hitman games previously, is there any point investing in the HD trilogy? Absolutely! Minus the pointless addition of Blood Money, it’s a great series and deserves a time stamp on your gamercard.
Although Absolution is a great game it held your hand too much, divided levels into a series of mini chapters and didn’t have that same “contract killer” feeling that the previous games instill. The games in the trilogy edition allow you to pick load outs, decide from multiple ways to choose the fate of your victims and give you freedom in each of the sandbox style levels while never descending into a lavish shooter with slick and easy controls, allowing you to slip away from a botched stealth attempt <ahem> Absolution I’m looking at you!
If you’ve only played the latest Hitman game then you owe it to yourself to get the trilogy and learn Agent 47’s history. For those well versed in Hitman’s past, only Blood Money is a bit of a dud, being able to play Hitman 2 and Hitman: Contacts on the 360 is cause enough to purchase this game, besides you can always give Blood Money to a friend!