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Hitman: Codename 47 (Windows)

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Description

A third-person shooter that emphasizes stealth and tactical thinking, Hitman: Codename 47 is a mixture of action and puzzle gaming.

You play the mysterious, nameless Hitman, whose perfectly lean body and UPC-stamped head indicate a somewhat unnatural childhood. Waking up one day in a cell, you escape your imprisonment and are shortly contacted by the Agency, an organization as mysterious as yourself. Offering a job in what you do best (delivering death), you embark on a career as an assassin. But the shadow of your past creeps up on you...and the last thing an assassin needs is something creeping on him.

A 3D game done nearly entirely from the third person (first person is used for aiming certain weapons), Hitman may initially draw comparisons to the Tomb Raider series. Although you can play in such a mode, there is also another mode where the mouse is more free to roam. Reflections, muzzle flashes, bodies that obey physics and slump and fall when necessary, and impressive shadows attempt to make the world feel realistic.

A wide array of weaponry are available, from knives and piano wire to silenced pistols to sub-machine guns and even heavy machine guns. Although such weapons are available, stealth will be your friend. The A.I. reacts to shouts, gunfire, and other odd occurrences, sometimes even getting suspicious if you're running around and so silence and sneakiness are your two best allies. Take down lone guards, hide their bodies and steal their uniforms. Then move in closer to your kill. Multiple methods of completing most of the levels are available, although one or two are the most efficient and therefore earn you the most money.


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Hitman: Codename 47 Windows Dr. Ort-Meyer, I presume? Say hello to your prodigal son and his friendly minigun
Hitman: Codename 47 Windows While in Rotterdam, Rieper helps himself to some of that infamous Northern European hospitality. Ah, the land where hard drugs are free as God intended, and sex workers are subsidized by the government.
Hitman: Codename 47 Windows Conditioned to be a soulless instrument of death, the Hitman recoils from sexuality. That doesn't make him any less of a man, however. Women are still dead tired when he's through with them.
Hitman: Codename 47 Windows Death from Above. Once alerted, the enemy will often come down in force, using everything from heavy weapons to helicopters to put you away.

Alternate Titles

  • "Hitman: Агент 47" -- Russian spelling
  • "Hitman: Tueur à gages" -- French title
  • "Hitman: Pagato per Uccidere" -- Italian title

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User Reviews

Close, but no cigar Giu's Brain (533) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
Stealth and deception are your most useful weapons. Dave Schenet (130) unrated
Bitchin'! MrSuperGod (58) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Please, sir, may I have some more? JPaterson (9147) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Takes the incredibly cool Walther 2000 sniper rifle and shoots itself squarely in the foot. Zovni (9366) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
A new quality of aggression. -Chris (7365) unrated
Excellent ideas but badly executed Aapo Koivuniemi (43) unrated
Impossible and frustrating Lance droy (5) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars
Awesome game James1 (240) unrated
Challenging, yet replayable Madrox (2) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2000 87 out of 100 87
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2000 87 out of 100 87
ComputerGamers.com Jan 03, 2001 83 out of 100 83
CD-Action Feb, 2001 8 out of 10 80
JeuxVideoPC.com May 22, 2006 16 out of 20 80
GameSpy Dec 12, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Game Over Online Dec 07, 2000 76 out of 100 76
Gry OnLine Jan 03, 2001 75 out of 100 75
Glide Underground Mar 16, 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamekult Dec 07, 2000 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

BPjS/BPjM index

On April 28, 2001, Hitman: Codename 47 was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Trivia originally contributed by Xoleras on 18.12.2005.

References

  • Pablo's line "Say hello to my little friend" is an obvious reference to the movie Scarface.
  • The entire setup of the third mission, "The Massacre at Cheung Chau Fish Restaurant", is extremely similar to a scene of The Godfather, with both the setup (negotiation in a restaurant with gangsters and police), as well as the execution (hiding a gun in the bathroom).


Trivia originally contributed by EboMike on 18.12.2003 and 08.06.2004.

Naked strippers

An earlier beta of the game featured the strippers found in the game with no clothes.

Trivia originally contributed by Zovni on 13.02.2001.

Real-world locations

In an interview with fansite HitmanHQ, lead animator Jens Peter Kurup of Io Interactive stated: "The different locations were either constructed with picture reference or by actually visiting the different places to get the atmosphere right. [...] The Hotel in Budapest actually exists [...], and some of the guys checked it out in details. Then it's modified to fit the gameplay."

The game's Thermal Bath Hotel Gallàrd in Budapest mentioned in the interview, as visited in the mission Traditions of the Trade, is inspired by real-world Danubius Hotel Gellért, also in Budapest.

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Ray Soderlund (3500) added Hitman: Codename 47 (Windows) on Dec 14, 2000