According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs

Parents beware: Hitman: Contracts has a Mature rating that absolutely must be respected. The setting for one of the early levels is an S & M party taking place in a meat-packing plant. Blood and gore abound. It's not uncommon to open a door and find a man and a woman engaged in some sort of vaguely sexual activity. (And the fate of a kidnapped girl is enough to give most younger gamers nightmares.) In another level, I paid off a prostitute to lure a guard away from his post, and then later glimpsed the two of them in a dark alleyway writhing against wall. The game also features gruesome stranglings, suffocations, and poisonings.

Sensitive gamers likely won't be able to stomach the game's content. Hitman: Contracts also requires a mature sensibility in the truest sense of the word "mature"; gamers with shorter attention spans probably won't have the necessary patience and powers of observation to get through the game. Some gamers will likely be disturbed to find themselves dropped into a level with only maps and objectives to guide them.

Gamers who enjoyed Splinter Cell, Metal Gear Solid, Manhunt and the first two Hitman games will likely appreciate Hitman: Contracts.

All dialogue is subtitled, and all alerts appear on the screen in text messages, making the game very accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers.

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