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Our videos of Hitman HD Trilogy

Our videos of Hitman HD Trilogy

Many people have been criticizing the latest installment in the Hitman franchise for different reasons, so they were probably very impatient to get their hands on Hitman HD Trilogy, the collection regrouping Hitman 2, Hitman Contracts, Hitman Blood Money and a code to download the Hitman Sniper Challenge of Absolution. We have captured a few videos of the PS3 version, so get ready to go back in time.

Some things are usually better left in the past. Hitman 2 and Hitman Contracts may have been very good games, but they have aged, not only technically, but also gameplay-wise. Those of you complaining about the disguise system are in for a big surprise when they get shot without even knowing why, even though Agent 47's face is completely hidden under a hood. Disguise yourself as a bodyguard in the Italian mansion of the second episode, and you'll be spotted the minute you walk past another guard. It might make sense that they all recognize each other but as there is no feedback, you're basically left crossing your fingers hoping your cover will hold.

Gameplay has gotten very awkward, especially the clunky controls of Hitman 2, so we doubt many will have the patience to endure the many failed attempts you are bound to experience. The Hitman series has always been more a puzzle game than anything else, so patience has always been part of the fun. But a decade later, we must say we grew tired quite rapidly. There is however tons of content here, with a total of 40 missions, many of which are quite memorable. The presence of Blood Money can also justify a purchase if you are a PS3 owner, since the game was never released in HD before.

The First 10 Minutes (Hitman 2)
Hitman 2 gameplay
The First 10 Minutes (Contracts)
First 10 Mintues (Blood Money)

All comments

Commented on 2013-02-02 21:55:15
Got this yesterday from lovefilm. Looking forward to a disguise system that makes sense, cos absolutions didn't.
Commented on 2013-02-02 22:00:09 In reply to KORNdog
Well then you're in for a big surprise, the disguise system of the previous ones was also totally horrible. :D

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Getting shot at while you're in disguise for no apparent reason, whether or not your face is hidden, there sure is a lot of sense in that. :)
Commented on 2013-02-02 22:06:29 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Well then you're in for a big surprise, the disguise system of the previous ones was also totally horrible. :D

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Getting shot at while you're in disguise for no apparent reason, whether or not your face is hidden, there sure is a lot of sense in that. :)
I've played them all numerous times. These games make far more sense to me. Disguise yourself the same, and you are incognito as long as you don't act suspicious or get too close. Makes perfect sense. I SA'd the entire series, so i know how it works. Absolution however took the approach of if you disguise yourself the same, you are incognito to everyone else BUT the ones you look like who happen to be able to tell you're suspicious while stood still and facing away?!?. Ass backwards. Verging on broken. It's gonna be nice returning to how it should be. But can i tear myself away from ni no kuni? Hmmmm.
Commented on 2013-02-02 22:17:13 In reply to KORNdog
I beg to differ. Like I said in the article, disguise yourself as a bodyguard in the mansion of the mob guy in Hitman 2, act normal, just walk around the house, the minute a guard sees you, he gets suspicious, the second you get close to him, he starts shooting at you. :(

Check ign's video review for other examples, it's completely broken.
Commented on 2013-02-02 22:35:10 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
I beg to differ. Like I said in the article, disguise yourself as a bodyguard in the mansion of the mob guy in Hitman 2, act normal, just walk around the house, the minute a guard sees you, he gets suspicious, the second you get close to him, he starts shooting at you. :(

Check ign's video review for other examples, it's completely broken.
Unless they've completely changed the mechanics, i doubt i'll consider it to be broken, unlike absolution ,which was.
Commented on 2013-02-02 22:49:22
KORNdog
from the vids concerning the Blood money version looks like they ported PS2 version of the game ? can you confirm this ? or are all the games ports from PS2 ?
P.S. Remember finishing every level in Contracts and getting Silent assassin, nice memories :)
Commented on 2013-02-03 17:37:11 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
Got this yesterday from lovefilm. Looking forward to a disguise system that makes sense, cos absolutions didn't.
I thought that Absolutions system, although more difficult, was at least more consistent and made more sense. If I disguise myself as a gardner at a mansion, it would make sense that the other gardners would be like "hey, there are only two gardners here, and you aren't one of them". At least they don't whip out a gun and start blasting at you.

I think the game would be ridiculously easy if you could just throw on a cop uniform and waltz around without anyone giving a crap. You can still use the instinct to fool them, along with keeping your distance. The only thing I would change would be to make the line of sight range a little further out...
Commented on 2013-02-03 20:37:43 In reply to Kouzmich
Posted by Kouzmich
from the vids concerning the Blood money version looks like they ported PS2 version of the game ? can you confirm this ? or are all the games ports from PS2 ?
I can confirm to you mate that it is definitely ports of the PC version. The framerate and textures are fantastic on all versions (as good as they were on PC back then).
Also it is great to note that the ports were done by IO Interactive themselves and not handed over to complete morons like with the Silent Hill Collection (lol people were screaming for the first Silent Hill game in that collection so bad, I'm glad they didn't butcher it too) :)
Commented on 2013-02-03 21:55:01 In reply to andrewsqual
Posted by andrewsqual
I can confirm to you mate that it is definitely ports of the PC version. The framerate and textures are fantastic on all versions (as good as they were on PC back then).
Thank you very much for the info , I'll be picking this up very soon :)

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