It’s 2002 and the world cup had just been won by Brazil, the first Spiderman film was released in cinemas, Eminem released “The Eminem Show” and Eidos Interactive released Hitman 2 Silent Assassin. That’s right this week’s throwback is going to a game that begun your assassin days way before “Assassins Creed”.
What is Hitman?
Well for those who don’t know Hitman is stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive and is the second instalment to the series and currently sitting on 7 games in the series along with a reboot and spin-off series for mobile phones it’s surprising how I forgot about this game I only remembered about it when seeing the latest advert featuring a mission to kill none other than Sean Bean!
But enough talk about the new ones let’s go back to where it all started.
In the game, players assume the role of a hired assassin known as Agent 47, who works for a secret agency that specializes in carrying out assassinations of wealthy and decadent criminals. Missions involve contract killings. The game starts with a conversation between two men at the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. They visit a remote laboratory operated by Dr Ort-Meyer and find everyone inside dead. Security footage shows a man in a suit killing several guards and orderlies. Recognizing the man as Agent 47, one of them decides to “hire” him.
With all evidence of his existence erased, 47 quits his life as a contract killer and retreats to a Sicilian church owned by Reverend Emilio Vittorio, later on, two men in a car arrive at the church. They abduct Vittorio before leaving a note demanding a ransom of $500,000.
Unable to pay such a large sum of money, 47 contacts the International Contract Agency (ICA) and agrees to perform a contract killing in exchange for information on the whereabouts of Vittorio.
And the game carries on from there.
The gameplay on this game from what I can remember was fun and the fact that you could change your clothes after killing someone was really cool and picking up and dropping weapons was also a nice touch you had full control and it was your playing style and wasn’t told how to do it. That’s what I love about these games you can kill your target any way you choose as long as the job is done.
If your a stealth kind of player their’s weapons for that or you want to go guns blazing well their guns for that too the range of weapons for this game back in 2002 was pretty good.
The Environment and scenery were at the time very good and looked stunning all the different locations you could travel only naming a few, Russia, Japan and India made you assassinating people around the world.
Out of five?
This game was creative and at the time of creation and has given us more Hitman games than we need as well as a spin-off series that we can play on phones. This game made the franchise it is today and I remember always replaying the second mission In Russia using the Nailgun cheat that was fun nailing the enemies to the wall.
That being said I’m going to give this game 3/5 Stars!
What do you think about Hitman? Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below!