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Just finished Blood Money for the first time…

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But first, a little backstory: I received Hitman Absolution for Xbox 360 as a Christmas gift in 2012. I really enjoyed it and thought it was pretty great. However, when I researched the game afterwards, I learned it was heavily criticized by the fan base and regarded as a disappointment. Some time later, I picked up a copy of Blood Money since it was held in such high regard. I don’t even think I made it past the training level… everything felt sideways and stiff and I dropped the game and the franchise.

Last week, Hitman 2016 was on sale on PSN and I finished it in a few days and had a pretty good time. It was a little weak on the story but most of the levels were really fun. Here’s the funny part; at first I was disappointed because it felt unstructured and vague… unlike my memories of Absolution 😉. But, after the Showrunner episode I was hooked.

PSN also has the Absolution/Blood Money HD collection on sale, so I swept it up and began Absolution and couldn’t put it down. After I finished Absolution, I reluctantly started Blood Money (my only memory of the game was the wonky controls and goofy interface).

About the controls: I cannot stress enough that playing Blood Money right after Hitman 2016 and Absolution back-to-back feels like drunk driving while writing the ABC’s backwards with your non-dominant hand. I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to throw a damn coin in the training level.

I hated the training level… the stereotypical gangsters and the piss color palette was dreadful. I thought to myself “Yeah, I’m not gonna finish this one…” I pushed through to the first level in Mexico and I was immediately at a loss. Where’s my instinct? Where are the markers on the HUD? How am I supposed to know what I’m supposed to do…

Read:  I would love the Hitman series as a whole if the bugs didn't ruin it.

45 minutes later… I was hooked! The controls became second nature and I found myself loving exploring on my own. For the past 3 days I’ve been playing Blood Money until my eyes are bloodshot and I cannot describe how rewarding the whole experience was (that ending!). 10/10 would play again.

I still really enjoy Absolution and am going to play Hitman 2 2018 soon. I wish the newer games had the quick-loading times. Hitman 2016 was brutal for replaying bits over and over again. But, while IO should definitely remake Blood Money with the new engine, there’s a lot of charm to playing an old clunky game.

Tl;dr – It was good.

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