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      23.01.2010 14:31
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      classic title

      Hitman 47 is a fantastically devious murdering plotting game. You take the role of the mysterious agent 47. A trained assassin who's only job is to find and take down highly valued members of society. The gameplay involves you scouting out the location you're in, figuring out what your target will be doing, making note of any other characters at the scene, and then planning the most fun or efficient way to kill everyone. Each scenario has a massive variety of different ways to complete your task for the more stealth conscious players there are options such as poisoning food, or luring the target outside and garroting them with your famous cheese wire. Or for the gun-totting simpletons amongst us there's always the possibility that simply running in with both pistols ablaze and shooting anything that moves might work, however you better have a plan B should that go horribly wrong. A lot of the scenario's in this game are based on real life assassinations or movie scenes so fans of films such as "the godfather" will probably recognise certain parts and if they so wished be able to re-enact some of their favourite big screen moments. Overall a very well made stealth/puzzle game that appeals to a wide range of gamers.

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      04.09.2009 14:48
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      A frustrating but masterful game

      It's had goodness knows how many sequels, a film adaptation, and another one on the way - it's the Hitman series, which began with the rather low-key Codename 47, but was a huge success with both critics and audiences, and so has evolved into a very different beast. Nevertheless, Codename 47 laid the groundwork for the series, and whilst the most flawed of the bunch unsurprisingly, is a thrilling outing with some superfluous set pieces, incredible level design, and a badass protagonist.

      You play Agent 47, a test subject that begins the game stuck in a mental asylum with a barcode stuck on the back of his head. Your first task is to escape the asylum, and being a well trained assassin, this isn't too challenging, but rather than go out all guns blazing, it's preferable to utilise your stealth skills and quietly escape. From there, you're recruited by The Agency to perform hits all over the world.

      It's a great concept that was no doubt inspired by other stealth games, chiefly Metal Gear Solid, and gives our assassin numerous ways to complete each objective, such as with the utmost stealth, by using a garotte wire, or being more sneaky and devious by killing a baddie, stealing their uniform, and then getting to the target undetected. It's a little rough around the edges here, with there strangely being no ability to jump, and only the ability to save after each level, but it's very satisfying knowing that your plan has gone off without a hitch, even if it might take a few tries.

      With a compelling plot and high level of fun, this is an intelligent, caustic game that's got numerous delicious options to carry out your mission, and although it's the worst of the series, it's a brilliant building block and a fun sign of how far the series has evolved.

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      12.10.2008 17:41
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      great game if this is your type of game!

      This is such a good game! Sorry to start off so biased but it is! I had this bought for me and i initially had issues with the installation of the programme. For some reason it had installed so that key features in the game were missing. When you start the game you're in a cell in the testing station, you need to escape! there are ladders and other features you need to use to escape, for some reason these did not install when i initially installed the programme. So i forgot about the game for a few months (dont know why i didnt take it back) but i thought i would try again. This time it worked perfectly! It is a first person killing game which is quite relasitic! It can however take a while to get a grip of the controls, there are so many different buttons do do things, it can also be a very difficult game! Especailly for a begginner having difficulty with controls! there are however no end of cheats available on the internet for this game. I cheat all the time now! Many thats why i think its such a good game???

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      11.09.2008 15:47
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      Avoid. If you want to try the Hitman series skip this one.

      You are 47. It's not your age, just your number.

      Your introduction to the game begins when you wake up and are ordered to perform various tasks by a voice coming through the loudspeaker. The game moves on to one year later when you're a professional assassin.

      You'll be given a brief overview on the missions. One of the first missions you'll be required to do is kill someone during a meeting. To do this you're best using the sniper rifle from the top of one of the buildings opposite. Once you've taken out your target you'll notice the flaws within the game. Not only are the controls awkward but the layout of the area is poor as are the graphics, gameplay and the sound leaves a lot to be desired. The graphics were good at the time of release but looking at them now, they're plain awful and it's very off-putting.

      I didn't like the save system of the game i.e. the fact that you can't just save when and where you want to.

      Overall nothing about the game appealed to me and I can't fathom how the Hitman series became so successful on the back of this game.

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      21.05.2002 23:25
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      When I first heard of this game, I thought nothing of it. It just sounded like an average run of the mill shoot em up. Then my friends started talking about how good it was. So I thought I would check it out. I was greatly surprised. Story - - - - - You play a hitman, hes a bald guy with a black tuxedo. Hes slick, fast, cunning and deadly. You are dropped into realistic backgrounds and scenarios. You go up against some tough cookies such as the chinese mafia and some cruel gangs. The fights take place in china town, posh restaurants and hotels. The scenery and backdrop is amazing, and the levels are truly fantastic. Before each mission, you are granted with money for doing previous missions, depending on how well you do, you will get more money, therefore you will be able to purchase more intense and better weaponry. Graphics - - - - - - - Every level has its stunning eye for detail. There is not a fault wrong within the graphic details. The characters act like how a real person would react. His walk, drawing of guns, running and jumping are all breathtaking. Strangers turn and look at you while you are walking in the street, people run when you open fire and some even attack you. When you kill someone, you can even drag bodies around and hide then, you can even hide them in the sewers. But be careful, if they are spotted then hell breaks loose. Even the gun models and play models are beautifully crafted. There is not a lot of blood, but its great the way it limits the blood to an un-gore level. Gameplay - - - - - - - - Gameplay is good, its not like other games, you have to plan your attack, and you cannot run in with guns blazing everywhere, as you will just sound the alarm and then you will get caught straight away. One problem, is that it?s a 3rd person shoot em up, and its not from first person, this makes aiming and control slightly difficult at times, as the main character has a slightly la
      rge melon head. The 3rd person mode does get some getting used to, it took me a number of days to be able to control him fluidly, and master all the controls I could work. Sometimes it can get frustrating as the camera seems to wander a lot, therefore can make you angry and wish it would stay still as there are a number of bad guys coming to get you. Some of the missions are very difficult indeed, needing you to be cunning, silent, yet deadly. But one problem is that there is no in game save function, causing you to replay missions over and over again. Saying this, a lot of errors is what is needed, to find the right route. If you step one foot in the wrong direction, then it could be hell. Sound - - - - - The sound is amazing. Footsteps can be heard, breathing, gunshots and even far away talking. This all adds to the somewhat eerie atmosphere. Take the opening level in an insane asylum, you can hear patients screaming and guards talking to themselves. Also coughing can be heard. The sound of the guns can be very loud and very nice to hear, although some can be loud and give you away. The sound is one of the best points in the game, and if you have a decent sound card then your in for a treat. Weapons - - - - - - - Weaponry in hitman is expansive and fun. From car bombs, to grenades, to machine guns and pistols. On the first opening mission, you get a chance to try out all the weapons on offer, and it is much fun. There are about 40 weapons in the game, various types of machine guns, shotguns, pistols, knifes and even strangling wire which you use to choke your enemy to death. The best one has to be the car bomb, which is superb. Conclusion - - - - - - - - Altogether, this is a great game, if you like a lot of weapons, good graphics and sounds then you will love this. A gaming must for shoot em up fans, one thing that lets it down is the controls, which can be a let down, but you end up getting us
      ed to them. The 2nd installment is out soon, so I will be buying that and doing a review on it!

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        12.03.2002 17:29
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        When you think of the kind of person who kills people with as much deference (and perhaps with more frequency) as changing their socks, what are some of the terms that come to mind? Cunning. Calculated. Ruthless. Cold-blooded. Bald? In the recently released title, Hitman: Codename 47, you are plunged headlong into the dangerous and sinister world of a paid assassin, taking on the persona of a mercenary who makes his living by making others cease living. Hitman is a product of the Danish development firm, IO Interactive, and is published by Eidos Interactive. Hitman is a single-player only game. It consists of 12 individual missions, organized into five "chapters," plus an introductory sequence that serves as a mandatory tutorial. Over the course of the game, you travel to a number of exotic locations to carry out your dirty deeds, including the city streets of Hong Kong, the jungles of Colombia, a posh hotel in Budapest, Hungary, the docks at the Rotterdam port in the Netherlands, and finally a mysterious asylum that holds the key to unlocking the secret of your own identity. In each mission, you have several objectives to complete, one of which is typically to rub someone out. A briefing, in which you receive your objectives as well as valuable information (such as maps, photos of your mark, etc.) to assist you in making the hit, precedes each mission. You then have the option of purchasing what weapons and equipment you will take with you for the assignment in question. Overall Hitman is a real treat and will keep you occupied for hours. Buy it now!!

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          13.02.2002 16:26
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          We have all seen the likes of Tomb Raid in which Lara Croft runs around shooting pretty much anything that moves in order to complete her mission. It is also a fun game that kids would like to play. Hitman: Codename 47 however is a thoroughly more sinister affair. The name sums up basically what the game is about. You are a hitman who was created in a lab as a prototype clone. You then control him as he plans and carries out ‘hits’ on several high power figures. He is actually being manipulated in order to wipe out all the traces of the cloning experiment being carried out. As the game progresses you being to realise that he is the next target. The story is pretty good in my opinion and the gaming of each level even better. Granted that it is dark, sinister and could be classed as controversial content but it makes for great game play. The hitman is free to walk around vast 3D environments where he can plan how to assassinate the target and make his getaway. At the start of each level you get a detailed file documenting the target and then it allows you to choose the weapons to do the job. Unlike other games it isn’t a shoot ‘em up. A hitman is meant to be discrete and so the objective is to wipe out the targets and cause as little disturbance as possible. This means you have to think and sometimes the levels are very difficult. The detail of the characters and environments are incredible. The characters are all dressed appropriately for the circumstances as well as acting in an extremely lifelike way. They talk and actually say things that are appropriate to the situation that they are faced with. When you shoot them they react according to where you shoot them and depending on where you shoot determines how many shots kill them. This is incredible AI however you look at it. Your hitman can interact with these characters by killing, dragging bodies and taking their clothes and weapons. You can pose as other peop
          le by taking their clothes and holding their weapon. The environments are very sharp and detailed. The colours are bright and shadows are realistic. You can also interact with the environment by using elevators and opening doors. The real detail comes in when you brush against flags hanging from roofs. They flap according to how you touched them. Likewise with plants, the leaves mores and rustle when touched. My personal favourite detail is when you shoot a fish tank and you see the water and fish pour out. The fish then wriggle about on the floor. The amount of weapons that are available for use is startling. This may not amaze you but when you kill people with different weapons they react differently. You can use close combat weapons, semi-automatic handguns, automatic rifles, machine guns, pump action shotguns and sniper rifles. Characters will react differently to being shot with different weapons, which is amazing detail that really makes a difference when you are playing the game. So what type of system will it take to runs such an amazing game. Surprisingly it will run on relatively low specification systems by today’s standards. Here is the system requirements: PII 233; Windows 95/98; DX7.0a; 64 MB RAM; 400 MB HD space; 4 MB SVGA card; 6 MB D3D accelerator; 8X CD-ROM; 100% DX7 compatible; soundcard; mouse. Overall this is am incredible with great sound, graphics, characters and missions. It is a new generation of thinking action game where you can’t just shoot everything. If you can get over the risky ideas contained at its core then I would recommend that you give this one a look. It is one of the best games I have seen for a while and at £15 in certain retailers it’s a steal. Give it a go.

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            09.12.2001 23:40
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            As the enigmatic Hitman, you must use stealth and tactical problem solving to enter, execute and exit your assignment with minimum attention and maximum effectiveness. For a price, you have access to the most devious devices, but how you use them will determine if you retire as a millionaire or get permanently retired. The Hitman is the world's most accomplished and wealthy assassin; however, he is plagued by a troubling past of deception and genetic butchery. The ingenious story will evolve over five chapters of heart-stopping action. Remember, the world of contract hits rewards a quick intellect more than a quick trigger finger. Requirements/Recommendations Pentium® II 300 MHz or equivalent processor Microsoft Windows® 95/98/ME 64 MB RAM, 400 MB available hard drive space, 8x CD-ROM drive,Keyboard and Mouse DirectX® 7.0 compliant 3D accelerated video card with 12MB VRAM DirectX® 7.0 compliant sound card DirectX® 7.0 or higher (included on the disk) Recommended System Requirements: Pentium® III or Athlon® processor 128 MB RAM DirectX® 7.0 compliant 3D accelerated video card with 32MB VRAM Mouse with scrolling wheel function Note: 3D accelerator card required. 3Dfx Glide and Direct3D supported. It may be necessary to update your hardware drivers before playing.

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              13.08.2001 03:48
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              Hit man is probably the most realistic and addictive game I have ever played. In this game, you area a hit man. The first mission evolved you sneaking about to a secret meeting and assassinating a target with a sniper rifle. This game is so realistic and there almost seems to be no end to what you can do. For example to stop other guards becoming suspicious in some levels you can kill one silently, steal his uniform and hide the body. This game is stunning in this way. The missions are very complicated and sensitive. When I say sensitive I mean you have to do them spot on to accomplish the mission. The possibilities in this game are endless but there are people including me who don’t like is for a certain reason. This game is impossibly hard. Don’t think about cheating either because this makes a tiny tiny difference to how easy the game is. I can guarantee that this game will have you hooked, and possibly frustrated also. The graphics are incredible. The physics of this game is superb also. For example when a body is shot, rather than falling through a wall like in most games they slouch up against it. In the water the bodies float and drift about and even bob when you shoot them. The only bad things I have to say about this game is I think its too hard/sensitive. And there is no chance of multiplayer capability. I hope this will be included if there is a sequel, a co-operative would be great fun. I definitely give this game the thumbs up with the realism etc

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                12.08.2001 01:25
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                • "gets dull after a while"

                the basic sory of this game, is as the tile surgest, revolves round a hitman, played by you. the game starts of very nicly. it has a traing section that taches you the basic controls, how to move about,, (which i found to be quite tricky) it then moves on to fire arms and weapon training. this traing is very good, its quite a steap learning curve, but once you get it, its quite easy to master. this games as well as action, also uses a lot of planing, you choose what exuipment to use, long range sniper rifle, or up close and personel fibre wire. the missons are quite varied, it starts of with a simple hit, using the sniper rifle, which is failry easy, but the diffculty level soon rises, and the levels get bigger , and more coplicated. the realism of the game, i would say is good, the grafics, although not execelnt, are good enogh, and will work on low spec pcs, like mine. the levels look very realistic, and well laid out, and the A.I is quite good, this said, the game is not excelent, it has many faults, it can get very frustaring, and have to try the level over and over. this game require quite a bit of skill and planing to get good, and to solve some of the problems, of how to do a sucsesfull hit. so it is definatly not a point and shoot game, it require quite a deal of care and attention. the grafics can be quite brutal at times, so i would definatly say that its not suitable for young children. if you are into this style of game action, combined with statagy, then i would recomend you buy it.

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                  This whole game of Hitman was pretty well done. It was an interesting (maybe even original!) idea and implemented well by the developers. The Gameplay is very good. There are multiple ways to complete an objective, however the lack of an in game save was a bit rough. The biggest problem I saw, though I was looking very hard mind you, was that there was not an accurate weapon to damage ratio.For Example, If you walk up to someone and double tap him with any of the pistols, he will go down. However if you aim at him with a sniper rifle a block away and hit him once in the chest, he can still run. They really didnt program in an accurate damage ratio. The game basically sees any bullet as the same, regardless what it was fired from or how large it is. The Graphics were very nicely done, and the reactions fit the characters. If someone screamed down the street, you could watch the enemies first turn their heads in that direction, pause a moment, and then start heading down the street to investigate. Every scene was well drawn and every locale was a whole different virtual environment. Sound was just incredible. It was really something to have to listen for people instead of just timing their pathing patterns to know when to jump them. The ambient noise was well done, and the reaction sounds matched the characters.

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                  09.06.2001 09:29
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                  • and not too many of them"

                  This is by far the most interactive and realistic game on the PC. The graphics are quite "cartoony" but not so much as to take away from the gameplay which is the main thing. Beautifully crafted plotlines for each level, offering you a chance to see red in a close to real life experience! Now, we don't want people doing it for real, so this is the next best thing. The weapon selection is almost evil, grot-wire, knives, guns with enough fire-power to make Arnold Shwartenegger cream in his pants! But the main aspect of this game is the stealth. It has been said that the disguise concept is rediculous (change clothes in 2 seconds flat!) and people won't recognise you when you change clothes (?) this is quite strange, because your face and voice stay the same! But, not to worry, theres plenty of violence, screaming teenagers and their parents to mow down, and (if you feel like it) you can take on the entire ploice force in a bloody showdown!! Overall, this game is a real jewel in the crown. Not to be missed, and not for anyone under 18! (well, no-one would know....)

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                  03.06.2001 01:26
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                  in this game. Unless you have a top spec pc - forget it. It is worth it though! The controls are not too bad to get used to, but the lack of a jump command is a little weird given the excellent ingame animations for leaping from balcony to balcony. The weapons provided are satisfying to use and the experience of running through the jungle with 5 or 6 irritated guards spraying the air round you with ak47s is not one you will forget quickly! Another memorable moment is the first time you open up with both the M60 and the Minigun. We need fully deformable scenery for gamer heaven!!! There are occasions where the enemy AI is suspect in that they lack aggression and fail to chase unless seriously provoked. The enemy, particularly in jungle situations is happy to stand around while you snipe at them from cover. My wish list for perfection would include more agressive enemies with the capacity to drop flat or take cover when under fire rather than stand around till I get round to them. Grenades would be a seriously cool addition to the game as well as useful tactically for room clearing. To round, up a curiously disjointed game from the plot point of view but which really cuts it on the realism with which the business of being a hitman is depicted. Excellent graphics and sound.

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                    19.05.2001 01:42
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                    I played this game a few weeks ago and I thought it was brilliant. Mainly because of the superb graphics, immense stash of guns, and really good gameplay. When you start it, you just can't stop, it is so absorbing. When you start on the training you get used to all of the guns, moves and attacks. When of the best things about are the little details that make you feel like this is a really special game. Such details like using a dummy in the practice arena to test out your knife, piano wire. Also moves like strngling a driver and throwing him down a drain so you can place a carbomb on his car to assasinate a VIP. The main feature that makes this game so cool is the way that you can steal other peoples clothes so you can get into specail places. I am not suprised as he looks very suspicious in his black suit. One example is when you steal a red dragons clothes to assassinate his 2 allies. Some of the graphics on this game are just perfect, like in the jungle. And that makes the game so much more enjoyable for everyone. Also another thing which make it so fun is the different levels: Training Restaurant Hotel Jungle And a few others. This is one COOL game!

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                    We see them in the films: the cool, silent assassins, investigating their prey, following him, selecting weapons, then killing with cold lack of emotion. The assassin films are some of my favourites, and a chance to have a go at being a hitman for a day (or a week) on the PC is long overdue. After waiting patiently for Hitman: Codename 47, I am pleased to say that I?m not disappointed in the least. Hitman is a rather good game. First ? the graphics engine, one of the most important parts of a computer game. Hitman?s picture is very impressive, with good quality environments and highly detailed characters. Modelling is excellent: Hitman?s characters are the most elaborate seen on the PC yet, and their physics are unprecedented. Bodies slide and fold down flights of stairs, and can be dragged and even dangled over edges. After so many games that insist on having rigid dead bodies, you?ll find yourself dragging Hitman?s corpses up steps, down steps, across streets and through sewers ? just for the sake of it! Clothes are modelled very well, with ties and jackets flapping in the wind as you run. The graphics are some of the best seen in a game. But this means they eat away at the processor power and RAM, and loads of both are a necessity. A P3 600 should be fine even on high visual settings, however. But Hitman isn?t just a pretty graphics engine, the gameplay is also well above average. Before each mission (of which there are a few, but more would have been very welcome) you are given a quick (easy to enjoy but useful) briefing and a choice of tools (more on weapons in a minute). You then burst into the level, neatly dressed in a suit and bald head, ready to walk around and plan your attack. When you?re satisfied that you?ve investigated the area thoroughly, you whip out your weapon of choice and deal a quick death to whomever you may have been assigned to assassinate. Then run. But Hitman is not so linear ? there?s plenty of room for adapting of pl
                    ans half way, and there are often many different paths to completion. Running in guns blazing is both possible and rewarding, and an infinite number of John Woo film moments can be recreated! Equally, play with stealth and cunning, dispatching guards silently and borrowing their clothes, and you can achieve the objectives in a completely different way. A few of the levels I have played many times, just trying different tactics and weapons. Ah yes, weapons ? an assassins best friend. Piano wire, a sniper rifle and silenced pistols serve as the stealthy choices, the wire a satisfying way to make a clean kill, although the sniper rifle is a little hard to use. For the more action-film inspired scenes, assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns and (of course) dual pistols are available, allowing for bloody rampages amongst the lovely graphics and aforementioned body-physics engine. Hitman also has an interesting storyline, albeit fairly weakly implemented. But I?ll let you discover more about that. Overall, Hitman: Codename 47 is an excellent game. Fantastic graphics and physics combine with great gameplay to create an original, versatile and enjoyable action game.

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