2006 stealth video game developed by IO Interactive
Windows 2000 / Windows XP
As a series of video games matures, they tend to become technically more savvy, but the story lines often become mundane. Software developer Lo Interactive has avoided that problem by providing a strong effort in both aspects on Hitman - Blood Money. This is a quality third person shooter game done with style and charisma. In fact, the Hitman series may be one of the best sequences of games in this particular genre.
The gamer is reunited with the hit-man known simply as 47. Hit-man 47 is prepared to handle any task at hand as he makes his way through 12 different level on the way to a surprise conclusion. As should be expected, each level requires 47 to negotiate his way through an assorted group of bodyguards and thugs to kill the primary target. At his disposal, the gamer can carefully plan the killing using a gun, poison, explosives, knife, or even strangulation. In fact, the game is best played by using careful planning procedures instead of just running around shooting all the bad guys, which is an option also available. However, the choice to run and shoot plays right into the hands of the bad guys.
The graphics on this game are spectacular. The twelve levels take place in different locations throughout the U.S. The gamer will be taken through stylish and well designed representations of New Orleans during Mardi Gras or a casino in Las Vegas. As 47 changes his identity through the use of disguises, the gamer is treated to more visual tricks. The game controller and keyboard functions required for the PC version are fairly straightforward. Gamers will enjoy the great sound effects and character voices that seem befitting of the game. As was the case with prior games in the series, this game's soundtrack is outstanding.
These are all the things that make Blood Money, as well as the other Hitman games, so popular. This game has a solid story line, great characters, realistically designed graphics, quality sound effects and non-stop gaming action. Blood Money is compatible with all versions of Microsoft's operating systems.