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Hitman: Blood Money review

AT A GLANCE
  • Body pile-up
  • Upgrades that make a difference
  • Silent and deadly success
  • Rough controls
  • Oblivious bystanders and guards
  • Loud and messy failure

Creeping quietly down the hall, the harsh fluorescent lighting gleams off your bald head. Your target walks a few paces ahead, unknowingly striding into certain doom. As you round the corner, you carefully unwind the fiber wire and prepare to throttle your quarry to death. You raise the deadly garrote, but before you can strike, you accidentally bump the back of your target's knee with your own, alerting him to your presence. He turns around and lets out a scream that alerts everyone within a 10-yard radius (regardless as to whether they're rooms away). Being a hitman is a tough proposition in Hitman: Blood Money.

Another 15 minutes of painstakingly planned contract killing flushed down the toilet due to wonky, inaccurate controls. Now you will have to murder an alarming number of people in order to get back on track - remember, you can't leave any witnesses, so anyone that's seen you must be treated to a dirt nap. Frustrating, but somehow Blood Money manages to transmute defects into challenge. Of course, you still have to watch your notoriety, because each botched kill could result in disadvantages later on.

Over the course of your career of professional execution, you'll encounter every single content descriptor listed on this game's ESRB rating. Blood, intense violence and sexual themes all blend together with developer Io Interactive's trademark perverse sense of humor to produce a rewarding, but profoundly mature, experience. Despite the control issues that plague this game, the bloody wake of bodies you leaves behind provide hours of guilty pleasure.

More Info

Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS2, Xbox, PC
Genre: Action
Published by: Eidos
Developed by: Io Interactive
Franchise: Hitman
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs

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