Hitman: Contracts has finally – finally – appeared on Steam.
The third game in the Hitman series has been completely unavailable via digital distribution for quite some time, due to a licensing issue with one of the songs used in the game. The Hitman HD Trilogy got around this problem by replacing the song, but for whatever reason there was still no PC digital release. Now there is! Although I don’t know whether the song has been replaced, or if the licensing has been sorted out.
Either way, Hitman: Contracts is now available on Steam for £4.99. At that price, it’s not a bad little game. To some extent it’s the black sheep of the series as it’s fairly short, it remakes a few of the levels from earlier titles, and it makes everything as gritty and unpleasant as possible due to most levels taking place in the mind of a mortally wounded Agent 47, but it still provides that sweet, sweet sandbox-y puzzle-murder.
Update: Two things. Firstly, as pointed out by MorningLM in the comments below, the version on Steam is apparently a bit broken right now due to a missing file. Someone claiming to be a developer says they’re looking into it, though as there’s no word on the official IO Interactive Twitter feed and the like, it’s hard to know how true that is.
Secondly, the Hitman series (except Hitman: Contracts) is on sale on Steam right now, as part of a Midweek Madness deal. This means you can grab Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Blood Money, and Hitman: Absolution for a mere £5.59 together, or separately for prices ranging from £0.99 to £3.99. Yes, Hitman: Absolution is currently £3.99. No, it’s still not as good as Blood Money.