Hitman Blood Money - PC Game
Published: 2nd August 2006 | Source: Hitman | Price: |Gameplay
So what is this game like to play? In short, very good!
The way in which you can complete your “hits” is very diverse. With the previous games, the missions were fairly linier in the way the targets could be eliminated, however with the new improvements, there are now additional ways in which missions can be completed.
As we all know, accidents do happen, it’s just that in Agent 47’s case, they happen more often than not! I’ll not spoil the game for you, but as the saying goes “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. Sufficed to say that if you do not feel like shooting your target, a fatal accident can happen if you so wish. This is a fresh addition to this game over its predecessors which really does open it up and allow you to play in a more non-linier fashion. It's extremely satisfying going through an entire mission without having to fire a single bullet but each target is eliminated!
However, don't think that having powerful weapons will make the hits easier. It's more blood thirsty for sure which is half the fun, but it will cost you if you're not tidy. For example, if you leave your suit and escape a level in a disguise, there will be a cost for suit retrieval. In addition to this, if you’re hit is messy, you’ll leave more evidence for the authorities to pick up on. This might not seem too bad but the more evidence there is, the more your notoriety raises. Ah yes, the notoriety system, what is this I hear you say? Let me explain!
However, all is not lost. You can “bribe” witnesses and even the police (at a cost) which will lower your status and turn you back into the “ghost” assassin! It's also very amusing to see your photo on the front page of the paper after you have bribed the authorities as the picture looks absolutely nothing like you. Fantastic!
Another new addition is the improved control system which focuses on a new user interface set up. Initially this felt slightly odd as I'm used to the previous games which all used the same system. However, after a small amount of time learning the new layout, I was comfortable in the way the game played and flowed. This combined with the new close combat system which now allows hand to hand combat makes this a very flexible game.
Blood Money will appeal to gamers of varying degrees of ability as there are a wide range of difficulty settings. The easiest setting uses very simple AI and unlimited saves whereas at the hardest setting, you'll have full AI and no save games permitted! The one thing that I did find frustrating however is that when saving mid-mission, it would not retain these save games once you had quit the game. As the levels are now massive with so much to do, it would have been nice to be able to save the game and come back later to continue.