To be fair every single Hitman story has had a glaring flaw in its telling for different reasons. Of course these reasons and interpretations are my own. You are free to agree or disagree. Your in for a long one boys sorry but I will not TL;DR it.
Codename 47: The rehashing of ideas is C:47’s biggest flaw. It takes the genetic warfare elements of Metal Gear, the more political or gritty realistic take on spycraft from Splinter Cell and the like and James Bond’s dress sense. It relies on an absurd amount of coincidences and the characters are cliche save 47 and Di
Silent Assassin: One word: Tone. The game begins with an interesting premise of 47 trying to discover himself but this is largely brushed over until the monologue at the end (which is very good). After Sicily for a standard rescue rampage we are then hurled to Russia for a taught political section with a James Bond feel (especially Invitation). Then it is Japan where we have this infiltration ninja feel. Then there is Malaysia where it is avoid potato chips and Charlie’s Angels references.
Then serious again with Afghanistan and amped up with foiling a dooms day plot in India and then it reintroduces the kidnapping plot and reveals hidden relatives and a secret society
Contracts: Waste. Contracts was a chance for 47 to have even more introspection since he has been the most vulnerable but it is wasted since the story is used to just relive the early levels. We stood the change to alter parts of the game to match 47’s perspective or at least have more than two new levels.
Blood Money: Structure. The story is framed in flashback lies by two random and underdeveloped characters. Nothing feels like it has changed from how it would have been in real life. To say nothing of the fact that these blatant lies come AFTER we have experienced the truth instead of keeping us guessing. To say nothing of 47’s lack of agency in the story (the irony is not lost to me). By the time he has a role to play he has gone from killing a cartel boss to whacking the VP. To say nothing of the elements that the rest of the series will ignore.
Absolution: No just no. It’s biggest flaws are its characters and dialogue. 47’s mediation are far too pulpy, Blake and Travis are sweary idiots, Skurcky is a cartoon character, Layla and Jade are as interesting as a porno pin-up, Victoria is a dud and all Birdie does is make 47 look like a chump. Abything more and you can dredge up my posts on the matter.
HITMAN World of Assassination: The most successful story in terms of Hitman but its biggest sin is overdosing of ideas and pacing. We have an Illuminati plot, an introspective of 47, an attempt to develop 47 and 47 developing a filial relation. We have interesting characters with terrible dialogue or have been killed in another manipulate the ICA plot. What people think is poor pacing I think is actually too many ideas in a short time with no focus or proper plan of implementing them.
Wow! I am done for the most part. If you are reading this than good work Agent. The money is being wired to your account. (Not really though)