Played Deadly Cargo and Traditions of the Trade, so it is pretty cool seeing how the levels from Codename 47 have been redesigned for Contracts. Deadly Cargo essentially crams both C47 Rotterdam levels together, and is probably the remake level most removed from the originals.
You can find my thoughts on the C47 levels in the thread I made about it, but basically: I liked the first Rotterdam level, really hated the second level, to the point that it was probably my least favourite level, even worse than the jungle levels.
I don’t think it surprises me that they decided to cram in elements of both levels into one, and make it really borderline a new level altogether. What I hated about the second level was just how long and arduous it took just getting to the ship, especially without a save system back in C47.
I like how Deadly Cargo reuses the strip club and car guard scenario from the first Rotterdam level, and brings back the ship and nuclear device from the second level, but redesigns the ship so it isn’t confusing to navigate and that finding the bomb is far better. Plus the fact that there is no timer for the bomb’s detonation, instead with it only blowing up if you kill Boris before defusing it which is even better.
I also really like how you can either get onto the ship disguised as a crewmember or join the SWAT team when they assault the ship, the SWAT approach is really alot of fun, love to see a future Hitman level use something like that. My only complaint is that it doesn’t feel like there any real ways in killing Boris, unless I’ve missed something it seems like the only to kill him is to try to murder him in his room when he is alone, or try to snipe him, but sniping him doesn’t feel one of the “main” ways to kill him.
Traditions of the Trade is pretty great too, it really is just a straight up recreation of the original, just with a slightly bigger and more detailed hotel, and that both Fuchs are offical targets, which works really well. Definetly the quinntesential Hitman level I think, just a very good, well designed place to go through and explore. Also wandered across the ghost easter egg, that is pretty neat.