Agent 47, the most famous assassin on the globe, has had a number of outings. Many of his games were developed for the PS2, with Hitman Absolution being his recent current generation title. Now available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 is the Hitman HD Trilogy, a collection of three classic Hitman titles, brought into high definition quality. Read on for our thoughts…

This release includes Hitman Silent Assassin, Hitman Contracts and Hitman Blood Money, almost the entire collection of previous Hitman titles, with the exception of the original, released in 2000, however, Hitman Contracts brings back many of its missions regardless.

Silent Assassin is 11 years old, but holds up well in terms of graphics, despite not having the most smooth, high resolution textures. This is a HD collection, however, there is no noticeable change in the quality of textures, each of the three games have just been upscaled to 720p, not showing TOO much of an improvement. This is not one the more polished, remastered HD releases and doesn’t really match up to the likes of God of War, Ratchet and Clank, Sly and others in terms of their graphical quality bump. The gameplay in Silent Assassin is dated, difficult to enjoy and really shows the toll time has taken upon it.

Contracts is not the highlight of the collection. The yet again dated AI mechanics, matched with an absolutely disastrous interface (black thin writing on grey backgrounds) really proves to be another Hitman game difficult to enjoy and play, even with its slight bump in graphics.

Blood Money is definitely the one PS3 owners will be going for – this is the first time it has been brought to the PS3, having being released on the Xbox 360 in 2006. This is a straight port from that version, nothing has changed. It definitely feels like the best, most refined version of Hitman and outdoes the other two games with its excellent AI, great interface and intriguing gameplay and story.

The HD collection is good for PS3 owners, as it brings the excellent Blood Money to the PS3 for the first time, however, Xbox 360 owners might be better buying this separately as the first two games are not worth going back to after showing their age in this collection.