The hardest difficulty disables the entire hud... Not recommended reslly unless you know the levels backwards.
Is the "hand-holding" stuff off by default on the harder difficulties?
I'm thinking I'll go straight into the hardest difficulty, or has enough changed since Blood Money for that to not be advisable?
Heh! I'm playing on Purist difficulty for the main game and it's certainly damn tough in places, though I do enjoy scoping out levels for myself, watching guard patterns - there's lots of them in this so far - making mistakes along the way and then re-trying in order to get that bit further the next time. It's fair to say that I had to learn the new systems they've got for this Hitman by trial and error! You only get Instinct mode to cover yourself whilst in disguise on Purist and it runs out very quickly leading to some incredibly tense scenarios, you really have to pick your moments to utilise it!
Whilst I'm enjoying the game quite a bit on it's own merits, I'm also acutely aware that it's at times quite different from previous games in the series and not what I was entirely expecting a new Hitman game to be like. Much more time playing hide and seek and worrying about 47's welfare over 'sections' of an overall 'level', rather than the previous self contained levels where you're inconspicuous, scoping out a wide area whilst plotting an assassination/s.
The 'prologue' level and early Chinatown level were at least very much 'Hitman' in style, but not so much after that from what I've played. I'm currently at the part where I managed to somehow[!] make it out of the train station as the conclusion to the Terminus hotel mission. Fuck that was hard! Looking forward to see what's coming next.
Contracts mode is like a separate game altogether, much more like classic Hitman but with the added twist of having to cover strict criteria for the hit/s and then getting out to the designated exit ASAP in order to get the highest score possible! I managed to get into the top ten in both the National and Global rankings on one of IO's own 'contract' missions yesterday - was more than a bit chuffed for as long as that may last !
@dark - Cheers for sending me your 'Nice & easy' challenge in Contracts mode. It was indeed both easy and very funny, had a bit of a surprise when I walked through that door and saw who you'd picked for assassination - was tempted to stroll 47 round the market for some shopping it was over so quickly I created a slightly more tricky 'Expert' level hit in that Chinatown level, with some fairly difficult mission criteria to fulfill to do it properly!