An interesting discussion.
And while I don’t think Hitman should court controversy for controversy’s sake, I would like one or two contracts to plainly illustrate that the ICA is not a moral organization. That’s one of the things that makes it interesting to me, and differentiates it from similar groups, like Third Echelon or MI-6.
Now and again, a hit should make us feel uneasy, if not outright disgusted.
I agree with Pitman that killing a rape victim on behalf of her rapist is much too far; but killing a rich and miserly old man on behalf of an emotionally neglected son who wants to inherit his father’s wealth is, I feel, more acceptable, and it still does a nice job of making the player feel morally conflicted and driving home the point that 47 isn’t a hero, or even an anti-hero, but an impartial tool, a weapon.
P.S. The inspiration for my example is J. Paul Getty from the film “All the Money in the World”: the kind of target who isn’t evil, and who doesn’t deserve death, but who has enough unflattering qualities to prevent the player from feeling like an unmitigated monster for killing him. lol