I find it funny we’re talking about Hitman/2 retconning stuff, when Absolution seemed to basically retcon Blood Money’s plot of the ICA being wiped out. Then you’ve got Contracts which arguably casually retcons details from Codename 47. And hell, if you want to be pedantic, I think Silent Assassin retcons Diana’s character a bit, since her spoken British accent is definetly different to the way she spoke in her text boxes in Codename 47.
I love Blood Money’s story. I mean OK, there isn’t much of a cohesive narrative to the whole thing, since it really does mostly consist of random 47 missions. But I love the increasing tension of the ICA being wiped out, the clone threat, and the unease as you wonder where the narration is going. I think the FBI Director is the best antagonist in the series, honestly, I love him, even if he doesn’t really do much in terms of being a villian.
Silent Assassin is a story I want to like, but I only appreciate in theory. I love the beginning and the ending, but everything inbetween? I honestly couldn’t tell you what the plot actually is. Stuff happens which connects 47’s missions, but from memory I couldn’t tell you what any of it really means in the long run, aside from 47 seemingly just always being a second too late to catch the main villian.