Hitman Blood Money
The Hitman saga returns to the gaming world
with the explosive sequel entitled Hitman Bloody Money that once again features
Agent 47, a deadly assassin that can not only kill men with his bare
hands but also with a wide gamut of weaponry and items.
Unlike traditional first
person and third person shooters, Blood Money truly immerses the gamer
into the world of underground hits by ensuring that the only person who
knows of the hit is the victim, the hiree and the Hitman by allowing the
player to don a variety of different disguises. However, mess up a
mission or let too many witnesses see your activities and you might be a
little short of cash.
In its essence, Blood
Money is an extremely well scripted game because the player cannot just
rely on one or two different tactics in the title because although every
scenario is different, you must although rely on your environment and
objects that assist you in completing the mission. For instance, it is
possible to eliminate your targets by some entertaining methods such as
dropping a chandelier on your victim or poisoning their food... or my
personal favourite, the piano wire.
The developers have also introduced a new feature to the series called
the notoriety rating that now alerts characters around you of your
activities as they become more and more suspicious, so you cannot just
run through a level with your guns blazing, you need to use your brain. Another entertaining feature
to this rating is that once the mission is over, you can pay witnesses
off after missions, so they'll keep their mouths shut or rather... stay
alive. But this is really reliant on your gaming style.
Bloody Money also offers three different difficulty modes with the basic
level showing all your enemies movements on the map and as your increase
the difficulty, the more patience and skill is required to complete the
mission as the map is bare.
With the higher the difficulty setting, there
is a lot less you can get away
with, meaning any slight oddity will be spotted. This is highlighted by
the meter in the lower left corner of the screen, with green meaning
safe, while red will have every guard in the area trying to take you
Probably the most annoying aspect of Blood Money is the save system of
the game, especially on a harder difficulty level as mid mission saves
range from zero to many which can become frustrating, considering that
these mid mission saves are lost once you quit the game or if you
stumble upon a longer level. Fortunately
most levels in the game can be completed on a rather short time frame.
Graphically, Hitman Blood Money looks amazing on the XBox 360 that
contains high resolution graphics, a sturdy frame rate and some of the
most realistic lighting to have ever graced a console game since
Splinter Cell. Match that with some extremely professional voice acting
and an impressive soundtrack and you truly have one entertaining title.
In conclusion, Eidos have once again got a hit on their hands with
Hitman Blood Money with addictive game play, easy-to-master controls,
great graphics and awesome sound, this is one title for your 360 that
you must play... provided you're not a moral crusader. Check it out!