I started thinking about this after a brief dicussion I had with my girlfriend about this.
When she saw me playing Hitman for the first time and observed me slicing the same person’s throat over and over again in an attempt to complete a Featured Contract, she was surprised and even concerned with the violence that comes with this game, the brutality and the joy I apparently derived from it.
Hitman stands out in a way from other games, because as opposed to first person shooters and war games, the killing feels more intimate and purposeful. She said that she didn’t like tos ee this side of me, apparently intent on violence, murder and killing, even if only in the artificial world of games.
When browsing the newly created thread “Things about Hitman you just love”, I saw a few remarks about the enjoyment of killing people, most of them half in jest. But it did make me wonder how important the killing aspect is for you in this game. The response to the Mills Reverie third stage escalation seemed to be one of mainly dissappointment because you couldn’t just kill all the guards and still get SA.
As for me, I tried to defend myself in the earlier mentioned discussion by emphasizing how this was mainly a puzzle game to me. Getitng the timing right, finding the good disguise, the routes, the equipment. But that was countered by the simple yet quite true remark that there are plenty of other puzzle games out there, without the violence. Something along the lines of Thief perhaps, where the object of the game is not murder but the less offensive theft, preferably with no collateral damage.
But it wouldn’t feel the same, at least not for me. Being a red ball in a field of cylinders and cubes trying to make my way from point A to B doesn’t have the same appeal as Hitman does. I’m an outspoken roleplayer after all. Playing the role of a Hitman comes with killing, and somehow I enjoy it.
How is it for you? Would the Hitman games without the actual killing be just as enjoyable for you? And if no, how do you feel about actually enjoying the “murdering” aspect? How would you explain it to your loved ones?