Why Blood Money is Still the Best Hitman

by James O'Connor Featured 15 Comments 31 Votes 3606 Views 22/11/2012 Back to Articles

This week’s Hitman: Absolution has reviewed well enough, but it certainly hasn’t struck a chord with everyone who played it. Absolution is a major change from Blood Money in numerous fundamental ways, and has lost a lot of that game’s charm. Indeed, Absolution seems to fundamentally misunderstand what it was that made people like me replay Blood Money through multiple times.

The Story Barely Mattered At All

Yes, there were cutscenes in Blood Money. No, you didn’t have to pay attention to them. It didn’t really matter why you were moving from hit to hit to hit in Blood Money, because the real story was down to you.

It was about how you went about taking down your targets, forming your own plans, and coming up with new strategies on the fly when things went wrong. That’s far more interesting than Absolution’s tale of gurning Texans and disturbing misogyny.

The Humour Was Largely Organic

In Absolution’s opening training mission, at one point you kill a man who has just been on the phone to his doctor. The tests have come back negative; he doesn’t have prostate cancer. This is played for laughs, but it’s not funny, just a bit grimy.

Blood Money was a funny game, in part, because of all the weird incidental stuff that you could uncover for yourself by experimenting. Poisoning cops by giving them poisoned donuts? Funny. Knocking a guard out by soaking a pair of panties he’s liable to sniff with chloroform? Funny. Killing two guys by planting a bomb in one of their briefcases and waiting for them to meet? Kind of funny, somehow. Absolution forces its humour, but it doesn’t work.

The Potential Accidents Were Far More Clever

Absolution has less ‘hits’ generally (more on that later), but the ones that are in here generally aren’t as smart as the ones in Blood Money were. Remember the Opera House? Replacing the fake gun with a real one so that the guy gets shot on stage, then blowing up the chandelier as the second target runs to aid his dead lover? That’s amazing.

Or the wedding, when you smack the father of the bride into an open grave? Wonderful. Or the nightclub where you mess with the pyrotechnics? The psychiatric hospital where you make it look like that dude dropped the weights he was trying to lift? All glorious. Absolution? A dude is standing near a hole, for some reason. Why not try pushing him into it?

The Levels Were Huge Playgrounds

Even Blood Money’s smallest level was set across an entire suburb. The target didn’t leave his house, but you were free to explore the surrounding area, conjuring up new tactics. Exploring the levels – which were often designed to disorientate – was always a pleasure, and if you could master your environment, you were halfway towards getting that coveted Silent Assassin ranking.

The fact that you could save anywhere (although saves were limited within a level) also meant that you could experiment within each level – Absolution’s checkpoint system is the worst.

It Was A Game About Being A Hitman, Not A Game About Being Agent 47

Seriously, for a game called ‘Hitman’ it’s weird how few hits 47 carries out, just as Connor in Assassin’s Creed III barely assassinates anyone. Why did this become a game about sneaking around in the shadows and occasionally shooting everyone with a gun?

We’ve played that game before. That’s how every damn game we already own plays. We wanted Blood Money 2, because there’s still nothing else quite like the original Hitman games out there, and we wanted to see where they could be taken now.

By James O'Connor

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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin has a higher metascore on steam, not that I've played either :P
While much of the above is true, I have to disagree with you on some levels.

For instance, the King of Chinatown hit? Very creative ways to kill "the King", lacing his coke with fugu fish you find at one of the food kiosks? Brilliant.
Not sure I can agree that having a story which actually influences gameplay is a negative.. it justifies your actions as Agent 47.

Honestly though, my experience with Blood Money is limited, so I can't compare the two directly. But I LOVE Absolution. I will go back and play Blood Money once I'm done. :)
FYI Blood money is $5 on steam.
i dont understand why you'd do this article..
Have you even played a lot of Absolution? by what I've read you haven't.
I'm a major fan of Blood Money, it was glorious but it had many flaws. Absolution feels deeper, more personal and far more engaging. There are many amusing ways to accomplish your objectives and there's been many times where I have just thought **** it and gone on a spree and boy is it satisfying. From rating Blood Money as one of my all time favourite titles on Xbox i'm certainly not disappointed with Agent 47s latest iteration.
I loved Blood Money, but I personally feel Absolution was kind of pushed into a corner to make it feel more...well..."this gen". There are a lot of changes but I think gamer wants and needs a very different.

Absolution is very different but I feel that it is still a very satisfying Hitman experience. I can't wait to find the time to play it on Purist.
Just wait for the Hitman HD collection
My name's Conor! Just like Assasin's Creed but one 'n'. IDK why I wrote this... [Derp]

MCpreditor said: My name's Conor! Just like Assasin's Creed but one 'n'. IDK why I wrote this...



Okay... [Shifty]
So if that game is still the best, this new one must be friggin crap

chucky110 said: So if that game is still the best, this new one must be friggin crap


Didn't like blood money?

Gunz said:

chucky110 said: So if that game is still the best, this new one must be friggin crap


Didn't like blood money?


He likes nothing.
Blood money was awesome. Totally agree with this article.

I feel like 47 is now this caring person with stupid feeling and crap.

In the previous games, you were a cold hard killer, given a mission. Completely detached and calculated. Now we're all worrying about doing hits so we can eventually complete an end-goal.
Absolution is fun and challenging though, but Blood Money is still the best Hitman
@Doles Exactly! Agent 47 is a genetically cloned Hitman, who has an 100 percent success rate, from the get-go this percentage is greatly reduced in absolution. This game is too cinematic and scripted for my liking. Although a bad sequel, it is a great addition to the stealth genre

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