Content of the article: "Just finished Blood Money for the first time…"
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…
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.
- Nostalgia is hell of a thing. Bought Blood Money/Absolution HD for Xbox One, and going back, you really see how the older games have aged. Especially AI wise. Really makes you appreciate what we now with the game now days.
- Just started Hitman (2016) and really enjoying ti but I’m beginning to think it’s inferior to Contracts and Blood Money in everything except gameplay.
- “IO Interactive just put out a livestream about Hitman 3, in which they addressed the tone of the game. Expect more Absolution than Blood Money. ” I really hope they will NOT do that. ABsolution was a total catastrophe in gameplay, tone and location design. Stick to what made Hitman2 beautiful.
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