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Hitman: Blood Money – Consumer Guide

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According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs 

Parents should be aware that Hitman is strictly adult in its themes (drugs, sex and even paedophilia crop up), though they perhaps appear to clash with its semi-cartoonish art style. Strong language and potentially offensive stereotypes are also part of a correctly rated 'Mature' package in which the violence may not be as gratuitous in other games, but comes framed with a uniquely cold sense of malice.

Hitman fans should definitely check out Blood Money if only to enjoy another dozen or so of IO's ever-intriguing level designs. The more lenient game flow should appeal to those who previously found the series too unforgiving and the potential for different approaches to each hit opens up the game for exhibitionists and scheming thrill killers. Hardcore stealth fans, however, may feel disappointed at the drop in difficulty and moment-to-moment tension.

Plenty of visual information ensures Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers can confidently play through Blood Money, however in-game NPC dialogue is not subtitled outside of conversation cut-scenes, which, though understandable because all such dialogue is overheard and incidental, could make the levels seem a tad lifeless.

Category Tags
Platform(s): Xbox 360   PC   Xbox   PS2  
Developer(s): IO Interactive  
Publisher: Eidos  
Series: Hitman  
Genre(s): Stealth  
ESRB Rating: Mature (17+)  
Articles: Consumer Game Guides  

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