Has been around for more than two decades. There have been seven mainline games and two unique mobile phone games in the Hitman series. Thinkers have often called stealth games, like those made by IO Interactive, “the thinking man’s action game.” The Hitman series, on the other hand, has taken stealth to another level.
Hitman’s level design is so different from other stealth games, like Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid, that it’s hard to even compare it to them. People who play the game can spend hours going through each mission to figure out how to kill Agent 47’s targets and get the Silent Assassin rank at the end of each mission. Levels require a lot of thought and patience.
Some movie fans will be happy to know that some of the games have been based on movies like Mission Impossible and The Day of the Jackal. Leon: The Professional is another one. Fans love some games in the series right away, but some didn’t live up to expectations.
1. Hitman: Sniper
Platform: Android and iOS
In 2015, Hitman: Sniper was released for iOS and Android systems, so you can play it. In Hitman 2, there was a mode called Hitman Sniper Assassin. In Hitman: Absolution, there was a separate game called Sniper Challenge. This game is a spin-off.
Hitman: Sniper is like a gallery shooter with a lot of different things the player needs to do to finish their mission. The player can make space by setting traps, using distractions, and other things that Hitman fans will like. While it can be frustrating to accidentally shoot your gun when you’re trying to use the scope with the touch screen controls, this isn’t always the case.
2. Hitman: Codename 47
Hitman: Codename 47 was released in 2000. It is the first game in the series, and it was the first one to be released. It laid the groundwork for what would become a great series using several mechanics like taking and using disguises, the concealed sniper rifle, and the need for stealth.
Just like in its most recent games, the game rewards the cheapest ways to complete a task and punishes killing civilians or being seen by witnesses. In the end, though, many of these mechanics don’t make sense to today’s gamers, which makes the game seem sloppy. A remake of Codename 47 would be a hit with fans, even though the original game was retold in Hitman Contracts. The first game was never released on any other platform.
3. Hitman 2: Sniper Assassin
Platform: PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One
When you play Hitman 2, you can play the Sniper Assassin mode. This mode is now part of the Legacy pack for Hitman 3. In this mode, you play alone missions where you only use a sniper rifle. So, even though it might seem simple on paper, 47 can make as much chaos as possible in the missions.
In addition to the main goals and targets, there are challenges like shooting suspended objects like chandeliers or heavy wall-mounted speakers that fall on a target’s head, killing them right away. In some cases, making a hit look like an accident can be a good way to have fun and make some good memories.
4. Hitman 2: Sniper Assassin – Knight And Stone
Platform: PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One`
The Knight and Stone missions were part of Hitman 2’s online co-op gameplay missions that were not part of the main game. In sniper missions, up to three people could play as Agent 47, Knight, and Stone. They could also play as other people.
People have to stay where they are in this game. The environment is still a sandbox that can be changed by the character. The new characters Knight and Stone are much more talkative than 47, giving players a new way to interact with them. Unfortunately, these missions are no longer available, as the developers focus on the single-player aspects of Hitman 3 instead, but fans are hopeful that it will make a comeback.
5. Hitman: Absolution
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One
On the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Hitman: Absolution came out in 2012. Then in 2019, it was included in the Hitman HD Enhanced Collection on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Game mechanics and features in the series like Instinct Mode and Online Contracts were all new in this game.
There were also a lot of “Hunter and Hunted”-like locations that didn’t have a lot of variety or scope like the rest of the game. Furthermore, in the later parts of the game, Agent 47 will often find himself in firefights that are both frustrating and impossible to avoid. This makes fans lose sight of why they were so excited about the series in the first place. If you don’t like the game’s flaws, though, it’s still a great game that’s at the top of its game.
6. Hitman Go
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, PC, PS Vita, and Windows Phone
Released in 2014, Hitman Go was first available on Android and iOS phones. In 2016, it was also available on the PlayStation 4 and Vita. Rather than a third-person view like the main series, Hitman Go was a turn-based, top-down game where Agent 47 moved around on grids.
It looks like a game on a board, but this mobile version captures some of the puzzle-like gameplay mechanics from the main series in a more simple way that’s great for mobile devices. There were, however, some things that were missing from the series, like finishing missions without killing non-targets and having to follow a certain path.
Even though Hitman Codename 47 is the first game in the series, it isn’t very high on the list because of how old it is, not because it is good. If IO Interactive had made a game called Hitman, it was clear that they were on to something. The idea of what Hitman would become wasn’t clear until the next games.
In 2022, playing the game invites you to a world of pain. You’ll have to deal with broken enemy AI, awkward controls, and a level design that’s a little too small. In the same way as Absolution, there are some missions here that keep the game from being a complete mess. The first levels in Hong Kong are a good example of how IO had a good idea of how to make a good murder game from the start.
8. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
We’re now getting somewhere. This game has so many great missions, like the St. Petersburg Stakeout and Terminal Hospitality and Invitation to a Party, that it’s hard to pick just one. As soon as Codename 47 was over, IO Interactive’s creativity began to shine. “Shoot everything up” and “follow this one specific route to the letter,” which its predecessor did a lot of times, aren’t the only ways to get through this game, though. There are still a few things that need to be worked out, though, so it’s at the middle of this list.