Hitman: Codename 47 IO Interactive / Eidos 2000

One plays Hitman from the behind 3rd-person view. One awakes in a bed tied up, you free yourself and a voice off-screen gives to you an instruction. After some "movement exercises" (climb, jump) have been done, one reaches in goes out to the first area with weapons. A dummy offers an opportunity to practice with a knife and garotte. In the following rooms even other weapons are introduced. At the end of the introduction level one must kill a guard, seize his clothes and then (thus in disguise) pass others and flee from that (lunatic?) institution. A year later, you find yourself in Hong Kong. On the first mission you have to eliminate a crime ringleader who appears for a meeting in a guarded area. One receives money and can select for himself the weapons (which cost of course something). After the man with a snipergun from one of the numerous roofs is eliminated, you must hasten to come back to his vehicle, because only then is the mission finished (and this fact makes the game not too easy). Progress cannot be saved; one gets 5 lives per mission in such a way that one dies and is revived at a place again in the level. Because there are, however, many difficulties with the missions, this is no substitute definitely for a save function. So, the game offers the potential for frustration, because often is not clear what one should do and only by trying different things does one get further (and this takes up a lot of time). A suggestion to programmers and providing more realism ... (how it really should be): it's more realistic if one dies in the game, that the whole game ends and is also uninstalled completely from the hard drive. ;o) The last Hong Kong mission is absolutely huge and there exists numerous side tasks (on which of course always a little bit can go wrong). The levels are diverse and contain scripted events. After Hong Kong is finished, it goes to South America in a fight against a drug baron. At first one must protect himself through the support of the local natives, then one reaches the camp of the drug baron. This is how far I got. Hitman succeeds graphically and offers interesting missions (the story is mangled... Well, it's not much yet, but maybe it is still cleared up later). However, the lack of a save function is really regrettable. The degree of difficulty varies. If the first Hong Kong missions are still quite short (and also first in the jungle), they become quickly larger and more difficult. One can slip into the clothes of every victim and often one must make the corpses disappear. Altogether it's an interesting game. Patience is needed and a strong will to overcome the irritation of certain frustrating experiences. But it's definitely worth a look or two. A movie adaptation of the game series came out in 2007.
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Level Demo 1 ~45MB Level Demo 2 ~34MB ( @ FileFront)
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Full Demo ~167MB (upped by keropi)
ISO Demo v1.2 ~318MB (upped by Old_Schooler)
ISO Demo budget edition, build 192 (SP1) ~326MB (upped by Shattered)
Hitman Collection ISO Demo 1.57GB (upped by Shattered)
GOG ISO Demo v2.0.0.13 250MB (uploaded by scaryfun)


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