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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.


Screenshots

Hitman: Codename 47 Windows The family reunion: Mr. 47, meet Mr. 48... and Mr. 48... and Mr. 48...
Hitman: Codename 47 Windows Since you won't be needing these... Silently taking down an opponent often has the added bonus of allowing you to don their outfits. Just remember to hide their body somewhere, like this sewer.
Hitman: Codename 47 Windows A frontal assault puts you up against more than a dozen Uzi packing guards as well as an assault helicopter. The slopper way to carry out an assassination.
Hitman: Codename 47 Windows The Hitman can't always kill those pesky guards. Sometimes he will need to use more subtle distractions (if you can call a half naked exotic dancer pole dancing a light post subtle)

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 (483) 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 (9096) 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 (9384) 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

Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Brasil 2001 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2000 87 out of 100 87
CD-Action Feb, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Imperium Gier Oct 10, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gamesmania Dec 08, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 76 out of 100 76
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Dec 22, 2000 76 out of 100 76
IGN Nov 30, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Edge Dec 28, 2000 5 out of 10 50

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Music in Windows Vista 3 Mick Russom
Oct 02, 2008

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