Io Interactive has worked on the series for 18 years. They re-released two of the series’ older titles because of the interest nation creator in the new game. There is a chalk and cheese combination in the Hitman HD Enhanced Collection.
Both games have improved resolution. When you stack them side-by-side with the PS3 versions, the gap is less noticeable. The 2006 movie Blood Money seems to have improved lighting. When it comes to texture popping in, it shows it’s older. You will notice it more in New Orleans. The game is over 12 years old and seeing people and objects flicker into existence makes me sad.
It is not dramatically different from previous releases. Both games have good frames-rate and the more polished visuals hold up to a lot of scrutiny. Blood Money’s levels can look a little flat but they make up for it in scale. They play the same way. If it is in this package, it is subtle. I have not seen either game in 4K.
I might have expected more from the full price tag of the movie. The first time the series really hit its stride was in Blood Money. The social stealth which is synonymous with the series is strongly represented as you hide in plain sight. The scale and sheer moving parts are still impressive.
It has been fun to go back to those old places in new guises. There is a lot of feedback when you head into hostile areas because the detection mechanics are consistent. There are a lot of options for your approach to the game. I always felt that Blood Money was where the formula was first executed well. The game is happy to give you time to think, as you are left to your own devices to poke around and experiment with the environment.
Absolution has a lot of visual polish, but it feels like a much more restricted experience. 47 is not a globe-trotting clip show. The stealth on offer is more conventional than that. You have to treat guards as real threats. You are always treated with suspicion if you use a disguise to access parts of the level. A new set of clothes is no longer a safety net, as feedback is still consistent and you are usually aware of who is watching you.
It is not as freeing as Blood Money’s design is. It doesn’t allow you to relax. The instinct vision mode had a good start. It’s used to find threats, point of interest and blend your way past opposition. You can replenish it with tricks. The series has done things before and since, but falling foul of an empty instinct bar feels odd. To get by, you have to hide, crouch and break the line of sight.
I like playing on the roller coaster. There are some great moments. As the police attempt to track you down, some become really intense. The name and reputation of the game make it hard to succeed. arenas that lack the expansive qualities of the series are where they take place. You have limited options and they tend to disappoint.
It shows a shift in tone. The grindhouse aesthetic is great but the writing and villains are not always nice. The sleazy side of the previous games doesn’t let up. The plot and characters just don’t land for me in 47. The series has a strong point.
The two games that I came back to reminded me of what was at stake in the series. At the time, Blood Money was the best thing to come before it, but there was a sense that the series was becoming old. It felt like a response to the criticism with it’s more cinematic presentation and locale. There are two recent games that return to the Blood Money blueprints.