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"A bald man wakes up in a padded cell with an enigmatic barcode on his neck, haunted by nightmares. He soon realizes he has a single purpose in life – he is a clone, born and bred for contract killings."
Hitman: Codename 47's Tagline

Hitman: Codename 47 (abbreviated to Codename 47) is a third-person shooter/stealth combo developed by IO-Interactive, released in America on November 19th, 2000 and is available only for Windows PC.

Gameplay

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Main Menu.

Hitman: Codename 47 is a stealth/shooter combo based in a third-person perspective. The game revolves around a bald assassin, named Agent 47, assassinating targets for an organization named the International Contract Agency (also known as "The Agency"). During these assassinations, the player, controlling Agent 47, can acquire, and use, many different weapons straining from semi-automatic pistols to rapid-fire rifles, and can complete any mission in any way they want to.

The player is provided with a briefing, some intelligence on the target, a map of the surrounding area the target will be, and a list of multiple weapons. The briefing is conducted by an anonymous controller at the Agency, by the alias of Diana Burnwood, and usually gives the player a decent gist of everything concerning who you need to assassinate, why he needs to be assassinated, and a shopping list of the available weaponry. The intelligence is usually a target image and video, along with information including height, weight, and other details about the target. The map and weapons vary on the mission; as the mission Plutonium Runs Loose allows the player to buy a minigun in Rotterdam, while the mission The Lee Hong Assassination only allows the player to use a smaller list weapons that can be used into Hong Kong.

Upon starting the level, the player usually starts in Agent 47's basic Suit (with the exception of Training, and multiple other levels). The suit does not allow the player to access restricted areas, such as staff quarters.

In Hitman: Codename 47, the player is penalized for killing civilians. This is acted by removing money from the player's total paycheck. The player, no matter what they do, will always have a certain amount of their paycheck deducted. This is the "cleanup" fee the Agency deducts for killing your target, and anyone else you kill.

Story

Clone #47

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Clone #47 released from his shackles.

Main article(s): Training

The game starts with an enigmatic voice speaking through an unseen speaker. The voice wakes up Clone #47, who is shackled to a bed in a locked, padded cell. As the voice booms, the locks to the door across the room are unlocked, and the door opens. The voice speaks to #47, that he is the person #47 can trust the most, and that he is his mentor and guide.

With the voice guiding him, the player learns to traverse obstacles, use different kinds of weapons (such as submachine guns), and finally learns how to change disguises to gain freedom, to escape from the asylum. On his way out, a CCTV camera caught a glimpse of him. On the other side of the camera inside a monitoring room is a silhouette of a man relaxing in his chair while laughing.

Welcome to Hong Kong

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Agent 47 in his motel room, opening the shades.

Main article(s): Kowloon Triads in Gang War, Ambush at the Wang Fou Restaurant, The Massacre at Cheung Chau Fish Restaurant, The Lee Hong Assassination

Fast forwarding one year after #47 escaped the asylum, he joins the International Contract Agency, and acquires the title of Agent. In 2000, Agent 47 is sent to Hong Kong, where he spends the rest of the night in a motel room.

At the beginning of the game, Agent 47 opens a window and looks out at the scenery that can be seen out of his window. Agent 47's laptop beings to light up shortly after, and sees that he is sent a message from his controller at the Agency, Diana Burnwood. The message details a plan to assassinate the mysterious, albeit powerful, Red Dragon Triad leader Lee Hong.

Slaying a Dragon

The Agency knew Agent 47's mission to kill Lee Hong wasn't totally impossible. While Agent 47 could accomplish the mission, it would be inconceivable for him to flee Hong Kong alive. The Agency devised a plan that would weaken, and almost destroy, Lee Hong's association and authority with other organizations so Agent 47 would have the ability to escape after the assassination.

With a newly devised plan, Agent 47 flawlessly executed various missions, killing negotiators from the Blue Lotus Triad, and the Red Dragon Triad to cause a huge gang war in Hong Kong, and then-thereafter assassinating the Hong Kong Chief of Police to remove any outside protection Lee Hong had.

With Lee Hong's outside authority gone, most of his guards left him, which still left Agent 47 with a small army of bodyguards. Agent 47 acquires a combination for a safe that contains a Jade Figurine that the target wants from Lei Ling, and finds the safe's location from a captured CIA agent named Carlton Smith. Agent 47 acquired a triad disguise, acquired the Jade Figurine, and assassinated Lee Hong in his office without anyone noticing, which he then escaped quietly on Hong's boat.

Colombian Exploration

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Agent 47 landing in the Colombian Jungle.

Main article(s): Find the U'wa Tribe, The Jungle God, Say Hello to My Little Friend

After Agent 47's time in Hong Kong, the Agency presents him with another challenge. He is to assassinate the feared drug lord Pablo Belisario Ochoa, a man said to have nine lives.

Like Lee Hong, Pablo Ochoa was heavily guarded. Agent 47 needed to cooperate with the local U'wa Tribe, due to the U'wa Chieftain having knowledge of a secret passage that Agent 47 must use to get to Pablo Ochoa's base undetected. But, the Chieftain would not let Agent 47 pass until he has found the U'wan Idol. Agent 47 finds the U'wa Idol, and the Chieftain tasks Agent 47 again, this time with saving his brother from a locked-down bridge to the east.

Agent 47 saves the brother, killing all of Ochoa's soldiers in the area, and enters through the secret passage into Ochoa's camp.

God of the Jungle

After co-operating with the U'wa tribe, Agent 47 is sent over a narrow rope bridge onto the second part of the U'wa camp. There, lives the U'wa tribe's god Tezcatlipoca, god of death.

Agent 47 gave a boar sacrifice to Tezcatlipoca, passing into the Drug Lord's camp.

The Ochoa Assassination

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Pablo Ochoa in his mansion.

After Agent 47 found his way into Pablo Ochoa's camp, he quickly infiltrated Pablo Ochoa's mansion, then killed Ochoa on the 3rd floor. Afterwards, Agent 47 blew up the laboratory containing the idols stuffed with drugs and escaped of Colombia.

Terrorists at the Bath Hotel

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Agent 47 looking out of a limousine window.

Main article(s): Traditions of the Trade

A new mission came after the incident in Colombia, and it now tasked Agent 47 to assassinate Frantz Fuchs, an Austrian terrorist who was planning an attack to bomb a thermal bath hotel, where leaders of many great nations attended for a peace summit. The client requested Agent 47 to kill Frantz and take the bomb. Unlike his other targets, Frantz Fuchs was not powerful nor well guarded, giving Agent 47 the capability to kill him directly and take the bomb with him, and out of the hotel.

A Gunrunner's Paradise

Main article(s): Gunrunner's Paradise, Plutonium Runs Loose

When this mission was requested by a client, Diana informed Agent 47 that somehow, the previous targets and this one were all connected by each ones' involvement in French Legion together. However, the mission had to be done like the usual.

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The warhead's clock, just before detonation.

The target was Arkadij Jegorov, also known as Boris. Unlike previous targets, whose position were already known before the mission, Jegorov's whereabouts were unknown and needed to be located. This required Agent 47 to track down an arms dealer, Ivan Zilvanovitch, who worked with Boris. By bugging the suitcase containing a large sum of money, he managed to locate the ship in which his target was residing.

However, Jegorov had prepared a bomb and an escape way if somehow something went wrong. Agent 47 was forced to kill him silently, almost acting like a shadow. By donning a guard's suit, he was able to enter the ship and killed Jegoro, but the bomb was ready to detonate. Fortunately, Agent 47 was able to disarm the bomb. As the bomb was an old model, he had no trouble to stop it. Then, he brought the ship to international waters for an Agency pickup to arrive and evacuated him.

The Asylum

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Agent 47 in front of the Asylum's gates.

Main article(s): The Setup, Meet Your Brother

The Agency was in turmoil. They realized that the clients for the four previous missions were all one and the same, violating one of the Agency's rules. Yet, the client was so powerful that even the ICA's board of directors accepted one final request from him. The target was Dr. Kovacs, a doctor in a Romanian hospital with high security, disabling 47 to bring any weapons from outside.

He arrived in the hospital and entered by using alias. The receptionist let him in, but unknown to Agent 47, he phoned a mysterious man about his arrival. This man, in turn, called SWAT. On the other hand, Agent 47 managed to meet Kovacs. However, during their conversation, Agent 47 remembered him as the one who injected a needle to him. Kovacs, surprised, began to fear 47, and told him that it was all Ort-Meyer's fault. Just in time, a team of SWAT stormed the front and entered the hospital to take down 47. The fate of Dr. Kovacs is unknown, but 47 nonetheless found an appropriate disguise. Free of suspicion, he explored the hospital and found Agent Smith there, drugged and chained. Freeing him, Smith paid it back by revealing a secret passage to basement. Readying himself, he descended below.

Meet Your Brother

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The army of No. 48s.

Accessing the basement he escaped from one year ago, he found out that it was used as a place for clones experiment. Suddenly, a voice come out from the speaker, Dr. Ort-Meyer himself, the very same voice from one year ago. Then, he revealed everything to 47, his creation and him intentionally releasing him to eliminate his former friends, and finally, he told him that he had to be killed. With more than a dozen No. 48s, an army of clones similar to Agent 47, they attempted to assassinate the hitman, but his years of training proved to be superior to the clones as he slaughtered all of them.

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Ort-Meyer's demise.

With Ort-Meyer his final target, he entered his chamber. Ort-Meyer came out and approached 47. Suddenly, he jumped in to 47 with stun gun in his hand to incapacitate him. However, the hitman showed his own creator his prowess and shot him. Bleeding and about to die, he muttered one last phrase: "What good is a bullet proof vest, when death strikes from within?". Finally, Agent 47 coldly snapped his neck, ending Ort-Meyer's life.

Missions

  1. Training
  2. Kowloon Triads in Gang War
  3. Ambush at the Wang Fou Restaurant
  4. The Massacre at Cheung Chau Fish Restaurant
  5. The Lee Hong Assassination
  6. Find the U'wa Tribe
  7. The Jungle God
  8. Say Hello to My Little Friend
  9. Traditions of the Trade
  10. Gunrunner's Paradise
  11. Plutonium Runs Loose
  12. The Setup
  13. Meet Your Brother

Targets

VIPs

Weapons

Firearms

Melee Weapons

Other

Additionally, some weapons usable only by NPC's and not by the player are featured:

Reception

Hitman: Codename 47 generally got mixed reviews. It got a 7.5 from IGN, rating it good, and the critic in humor saying "I was considering an exciting new career before I played this game"[1].

The game got a 73.65% from GameRankings[2], and a 73 from Metacritic, and a 7.7 out of it's user score[3]. IMDb gave the game a 6.9 out of 10[4]. GameSpot gave the game a 5.2, saying "Even if you like the basic premise and action of the game, a number of very seriously flaws quickly sap up the entertainment."[5]

Eurogamer gave the game 8 of 10[6], and GOG gave the game a 4.1/5[7].

On Steam, the user reviews reached overall a "Mostly Positive", with around 75% user reviews (out of 1,090) being positive, which gives the game a 7/10.[8]

Gallery

Promotional Art

Trivia

  • Hitman: Codename 47 is the only game so far to be developed solely for Windows.[9][10]
  • If the player attracts too much attention with their mission (killing every NPC they see) but completes it, the Agency will "cancel" the player's account, making them fail the game, and thus forces the player to restart the mission. So far, this is the only Hitman game to have that function.

References

  1. IGN Review
  2. GameRankings Reviews
  3. Metacritic Review
  4. IMDB Review
  5. GameSpot Review
  6. Eurogamer Review
  7. GOG Page
  8. Steam Page
  9. GOG Player Page
  10. Steam User Page
Media of the Hitman series
Main Games Hitman: Codename 47 - Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - Hitman: Contracts - Hitman: Blood Money - Hitman: Absolution - HITMAN™
Other Games Hitman 2 Christmas Game - Hitman: Vegas - Hitman: Sniper Challenge - Hitman: Sniper - Hitman GO
Novels Hitman: Enemy Within - Hitman: Damnation
Films Hitman (2007) - Hitman: Agent 47


Missions in Hitman: Codename 47
Romania Training
Hong Kong Kowloon Triads in Gang War - Ambush at the Wang Fou Restaurant - The Massacre at Cheung Chau Fish Restaurant - The Lee Hong Assassination
Columbia Find the U'wa Tribe - The Jungle God - Say Hello to My Little Friend
Hungary Traditions of the Trade
Rotterdam Gunrunner's Paradise - Plutonium Runs Loose
Epilogue The Setup - Meet Your Brother

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