'Hitman HD Trilogy' Brings Agent 47's Best Hits Back In High Def

by Jason Cipriano   January 31, 2013 at 12:00PM  |  Views: 3,508

The Hitman franchise is now in its thirteenth year of assassinating some of the world's most despicable bad guys, and to celebrate Square Enix have collected three of Agent 47's first games, updated them into high definition and released them as one package. The Hitman HD Trilogy includes Silent Assassin, Contracts, and Blood Money, bringing all three games to the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 for the first time as one release.

Who:
Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix
IO Interactive have made a name for themselves helping Agent 47 leave a trail of dead bodies since 2000. The Danish company got their start with the (suspiciously absent) Hitman: Codename 47 for the PC, and have been working on the franchise since that first release. They've also dabbled with a couple other games, like the adorable Mini Ninjas and the infamous Kane & Lynch games.

What:
A collection of three of the most unique stealth assassination games to ever land on game consoles. The three Hitman games that are included will take Agent 47 around the world and put players in control of one of the most talented hit machines to ever wear a fancy black suit. As you take on the role of a killing chameleon who adapts to each and every situation he finds himself in, Agent 47 will use everything in the environment to his "advantage" to get creative when taking out over 75 targets his targets. The three games span Agent 47's early career, which means that they allow you to see the events that lead up to last year's outstanding addition to the series, Hitman: Absolution, so you can fully appreciate the insanity of that game.

Where:
The Hitman HD Trilogy is available right now for your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 for $39.99. Alternatively, if you own a PS3, you can download each game on the PlayStation Network individually for $16.99.

Why:
These three Hitman games helped define the stealth genre, and make it what it is today. Even though the oldest of the games included in the HD Trilogy is eleven years old, most of the gameplay holds up, and newly minted fans of Absolution will be able to see how the franchise has evolved over the years. Whether you've played these games before, or if you're only loosely familiar with the franchise (maybe because you saw the movie), these three titles are a great way to see how Agent 47 got his start. If that's not enough for you, this package also includes a download code for the Sniper Challenge that was included as a preorder incentive for Absolution, so, once you've mastered your assassination skills in the classics, you can take them online and see how you do against the rest of the world.

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