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Hitman collection a great value

Feb 20, 2013

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Hitman: HD TrilogyAfter being left out in the cold for so long, Agent 47 fans have been spoiled as of late.

On the video game front, after a six year hiatus the cold and calculating assassin returned in one of the best games of 2012: 'Hitman Absolution'.

On the movie front, fans no longer have to live with the regretful 2007 film which really didn't capture the true spirit of Agent 47. It was announced earlier this month that Paul Walker ('Fast and Furious') would be putting on the black suit and red tie for a new 'Hitman' movie which will start shooting this spring. With Skip Woods and Michael Finch ('A Good Day to Die Hard') scripting, the project sounds promising.

Hitman: HD Trilogy If all of this wasn't enough, Square Enix has breathed new life into the Hitman series once again with 'Hitman: HD Trilogy'. The compilation collects 'Hitman 2: Silent Assassin', 'Hitman: Contracts' and 'Hitman: Blood Money' in one package for $40.00. Previously, all three games could only be experienced on the PC and last-gen consoles. Achievements and trophies have been added to each game, the graphics have been given the snazzy HD treatment and the soundtracks have been remastered. The only thing missing is the very first game: 'Hitman: Agent 47'.

All told, Trilogy presents 40 missions or contracts to complete as the flawless, phantom assassin-for-hire: Agent 47, who is hired to silently take out society's trash in an assortment of scenarios requiring him to knock out civilians and steal their identities, plant car bombs, poison food and drink, rig-up unlikely accidents, sniper targets or just shoot or garrote them.

Hitman: HD Trilogy The best thing about all the 'Hitman' games is each assignment can usually be successfully completed in more than one way. For example, in rubbing out a dictator staying in a downtown hotel, you can either dress up like a waiter so you can poison his food, sniper him from a building across the street or just meet him and shoot him up close and personal.

'Hitman: Silent Assassin' is the second installment in the series. In it, Agent 47 has chosen a life of peace and solitude. He works as a gardener in Italy for his mentor: Father Vittorio. When Vittorio is kidnapped, Agent 47 is forced to contact the shadowy Agency, his former handler Diana and take contracts in order to track down his missing friend.

Hitman: HD Trilogy In 'Hitman: Contracts', Agent 47 is somehow wounded and while drifting in and out of consciousness, recalls some of his most infamous assignments.

'Hitman: Blood Money' took the notion of Agent 47 treasuring his status as faceless urban myth to the next level by establishing the Notoriety system. Every time you are caught on security systems and don't retrieve the video tapes, are observed by too many witnesses or kill too many non-targets, your Notoriety increases. Besides completing the missions as stealthy as possible, you can reduce your Notoriety by initiating bribes in-between missions. 'Blood Money' also fleshed out Agent 47's enigmatic background and origins.

For those who want to re-experience Agent 47's early missions or for those who are new to the tactical action series, 'Hitman: HD Trilogy' is the perfect package for the right price. Talk about value for your money.


Hitman: HD Trilogy Hitman: HD Trilogy
Format: Xbox 360
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Io Interactive.
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
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Rating: 9.5 / 10


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