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Hitman: Codename 47

Developer: Io Interactive | Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 11/19/00 | Genre: Action

All right gamers. If your like me, then your getting somewhat tired of super fast, shoot'em up games that have become the norm over the past few years. Well if you are, then I got the answer. Hitman: Codename 47 by Eidos Interactive. In this possible "Game of the Year," you're a mysterious contract killer who must complete a vast array of contracts, from completing a hit on a drug dealer named Pablo Belisario Ochoa, to an Austrian terrorist named Frantz Fuchs.

When it comes to PC games, one of the most important things to me is game play. The first thing I noticed about the play was the unique camera angles. With an over/behind the head view, it gives you the first person shooter effect while putting you somewhat outside the action. While some games only give you moves like crouch and jump, Hitman gives you sneak, allows you to lean to look or shoot around corners, even step up on your tippie toes to shoot an enemy from behind cover. This becomes helpful many times in the game. All right, enough with the boring stuff. You want guns, they got guns. The Hitman's arsenal contains simple devices like different types of knives to piano wire. He also knows how to handle the big stuff. If knives and wire are a little too messy, then buy one of the many types of sniper rifles. If you're into just shoot 'em up, then they have that to. You can buy a wide array of sub machine guns and shotguns. Very cool!

What the game lacks, which isn't much, it makes up for in realism. For instance, while dragging bodies down stairs and around obstacles they actually move realistically. You can also change into their clothes on. That always comes in handy for a quick and unsuspected get away.

I wouldn't recommend this game for anyone under 15 or 16 but it's a riot for the adults. In addition, I wouldn't touch this game unless you have at least 128mb of ram and a half way decent graphics card, like above a G-Force 2 Annihilator MX. The minimum requirement may call for 64 MB of RAM, but don't be fooled.

There aren't 100 levels like some games, but don't worry. After you've played the first hit 10 times and still haven't got it right, you'll see what I mean. While it takes some time and effort to get it right, it is really rewarding when you get that perfect hit. And even when you get it right, there are several ways to do each mission, so you'll be hooked.

By Bobby San - 02/20/02
ESRB Details: Animated Blood, Animated Violence, Strong Sexual Content
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