5. Hitman: Blood Money (2006)
Hitman: Blood Money arrived with a nice visual upgrade in 2006. You see, while part of IO Interactive’s team was working on Hitman: Contracts, the other half was busy beavering away on Blood Money.
Showcasing the new engine were several beautiful scenarios in which players could deal bloody death, the first of which set the tone for the entire game perfectly. Going after a character named “The Swing King” would please any sadist: he would beg for mercy at the end of it, your only choice being to kill the corrupt theme park operator to complete the level. Other levels like Mardi Gras showcased big crowds, while an Egyptian-themed casino in Las Vegas was a perfect backdrop for all the killing. Blood Money got a remaster in early 2019, bringing its controls and visuals up to date, even if this Hitman classic doesn’t hold a candle to the newer entries though.
Came out on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, other systems.