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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, fan of retro games, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EACH of the video games in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game review parts are just for fun, and are not meant to be definitive, in depth reviews; this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey itself. From Mario games to the Halo series, from arcade games to Commodore 64, PC games to the NES and Sega Genesis, Playstation to the Xbox, let's play those classic retro games that we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Hitman: Blood Money
Developer(s) IO Interactive
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows
In the world of video games, "infiltrating an enemy base" often involves loading up with machine guns and running into a heavily guarded facility, guns a' blazing! And hey, that can be fun of course. But there's something to be said for the stealth genre. A genre that rewards patience, planning, and cleverness over killing. In fact, killing is not always the most effective route, and sometimes letting someone escape rather than blow your cover is the better option. Sometimes...
The Hitman series are stealth games through and through. You take on the role of, well, a hitman. I believe his name is 47 or Agent 47. To be honest I never really played Hitman games much myself, so I have only a passing knowledge of the back story. But it doesn't really matter, the main thrust of this game is its creative and inventive stealth mechanics. You may need to hide in a clock tower and snipe out some key guards, use noise or movement to distract others as you sneak by, don the uniform of a guard you've just killed and bluff your way past the on duty guard into more high restricted areas.
Hitman may not be the first stealth game, but it's a series that does the genre justice. It's a game that will reward careful planning and strategizing, and that will punish you for trying to go commando and just kill everyone. If you've never tried the series before, I recommend checking it out. I had fun with this entry, and I think it's a game worth trying before you die!
➙ Must You Play It?
Hitman is an iconic series that eschewed the typical run and gun and kill everything mentality of so many shooters of the day. Though not the first stealth game, it definitely hones the experience and offers a lot of inventiveness in terms of sneaking through your missions to kill a high value target. If you've never played a Hitman game before, you should make the time!