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- Exclusive Art Book for Limited Edition version (first run version) 22 pieces of never before seen reinterpretations of classic moments from Hitman Contracts, Hitman 2 Silent Assassin, and Hitman Blood Money all done by top artists.
- 3 classic Hitman titles remastered in HD
- Hitman Contracts
- Hitman 2 Silent Assassin
- Hitman Blood Money
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Experience more than 40 intense missions across 3 classic Hitman games, each re-mastered in glorious HD. Whether you're a longtime fan or new to the franchise, this is your opportunity to take on the contracts that defined the series and fully established Agent 47 as the world's deadliest assassin. Exclusive Art Book for Limited Edition version (first run version) 22 pieces of never before seen reinterpretations of classic moments from Hitman Contracts, Hitman 2 Silent Assassin, and Hitman Blood Money all done by top artists.
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Wow... talk about being cut down to size. Before playing Hitman, I considered myself to be a good video game player. I had played my fair share of stealth games, namely the Metal Gear Solid series. But this was a slap in the face. I tried to be all sneaky and stealthy, but I resorted to blood shed every. Single. TIme. I literally killed anything and everything that moved. Without impunity. But I figured that this was not that way I was supposed to play this game. I tried countless times to "play it right" but I never could. Somehow, I would always pull out my custom ballers and shoot everything.
I purchased contracts and blood money in the hopes that these games would be dumbed down a bit, but every subsequent game in the series was harder than the last. More involved, more complicated. Except for Absolution, but that's another story. Still a great game, but much easier to handle than the original series.
So, here I am. Purchasing the HD trilogy. I know in my bones that at this point I'm just torturing myself. I won't ever be the perfect assassin, but damn it, I can try. I've already played through the first mission of Silent Assassin, and my years of experience have lent me a steadier hand. I'm not as clumsy. The HD transfer is impressive. Of course, the graphics look a bit dated (Silent Assassin was released in 2002), but they don't look horrible. I quite like them, to be honest. They are clean and crisp. The colors are vibrant, and the shadows are dark. Contracts was not a huge graphical jump from Silent Assassin, so you can expect the same amount of detail in that one as well. Blood Money was a bit of a graphical jump, and you can tell in this HD transfer. It looks pretty.
I pre-ordered this collection months ago, in order to secure the premium edition. I thought this was simply going to include a book alongside the copy of the game. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the packaging is different in this edition. The case is not your regular plastic PS3 case. The packaging is essentially a cardboard outer sleeve with the box art that is advertised, and inside the cardboard sleeve you will find a medium sized hardcover book which also serves as the case for the game. The artwork inside the book is amazing, and I particularly like the art they chose for the instruction manual. Alongside the games, you also receive access to the Hitman: Sniper Challenge. That's a fun little mini-game that can be replayed countless times.
All in all, this HD trilogy is worth owning for the price. 40 dollars nets you three complete games, and a mini-game. If you can purchase the premium edition, do so. It doesn't cost any extra, and the art is fantastic.
As you may have gathered, I am a huge Hitman follower, and fellow fans will agree that this set as a whole does not disappoint. Each game is visually presented very well, and whilst not achieving the same HD-heights as the God of War trilogy, for example, these games withstand the test of time based on merit alone; that, and the fact that even 10 years on, amazingly, Hitman remains a unique product on the gaming market.
Sadly, despite visual appearance, the test of time is also where Hitman 2 proves weakest. For devoted fans hoping for corrections to infamous bugs and challenges which plagued the original game, making the Silent Assassin rating that much harder to achieve, look away now. Each game, for better or worse, is left seemingly untouched - in the case of Hitman 2, this is worrying news, but for the rest of the series, couldn't be better.
Fans will enjoy hunting some entertaining trophies on their way to completing each game, as true fans will enjoy treading familar 'Silent Assassin' turf. Thanks to its several bugs, this is made that much harder on Hitman 2, but following that game, I was able to platinum both other games within a month of finishing 2, without too much of a sacrifice on my free time.
Finally, the Premium edition is presented in a beautiful, albeit small art book (in which the game itself is encased - the book IS the case!). This artwork explores some of the thoughtful, explorative, nods to the chilling palette from each of the games, including popular fan art (from the likes of Patrick Brown), with written reflections from each of the artists. You see, 47 is literally a blank canvas with which the player paints their own version of him/themselves onto the character as they play, making a testimonial art book an all the more fitting accompaniment.
For Hitman gamers new and old, the games themselves will certainly not disappoint, nor will the gorgeous art book. Those seeking the challenging 'Silent Assassin' rating, will find their experience hampered slightly when tackling the hurdle that is Hitman 2; though no fault could take the integrity off of a series worthy of 5-star praise.