Hitman: Contracts

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Hitman: Contracts
Hitman: Contracts cover
Developers
IO Interactive
Publishers
Former Eidos Interactive
Former Sold-Out Software
Former Square Enix
Current IO Interactive
Engines
Glacier
Release dates
Windows April 20, 2004
Reception
Metacritic 74
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Asia, Contemporary, Eastern Europe, Europe
Series Hitman
Hitman: Contracts on HowLongToBeat
Hitman: Contracts on IGDB
Hitman: Contracts guide on StrategyWiki
Hitman: Contracts on MobyGames
Hitman: Contracts on Wikipedia
Hitman
Hitman: Codename 47 2000
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 2002
Hitman: Contracts 2004
Hitman: Blood Money 2006
Hitman: Sniper Challenge 2012
Hitman: Absolution 2012
Hitman GO 2015
Hitman 2016
Hitman 2 2018
Hitman 3 2021

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 5 DRM.
Windows
Retail
DRM-free
The version included in the retail 'Hitman Collection' (Eidos, 2009) is entirely DRM-free.
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Windows
The European release of the Hitman Collection is DRM-free, already patched to the latest version and have the cheats enabled by default.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch v1.74 is the latest retail patch.
Digital distribution versions are v1.75 only in Steam and comes with other languages support and widescreen support.

Unofficial Patch[edit]

Adds bug fixes and general improvements.
Works only on the english version.
See the comment by GuyFawkesGaming for compatibility with the widescreen fix.

Character Overhaul[edit]

Retextures Agent 47 and other characters in higher quality.
Adds the uncensored textures from the remastered version.[1]
Currently only Asylum Aftermath, Meat king's party, and Beldingford Manor are finished.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open HitmanContracts.ini.
  3. Find the following line and replace it with the this value.
DefaultScene=mainmenu.gms

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\HitmanContracts.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/247430/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/247430/pfx/[Note 2]
Maximum of 99 save files.
Save states contain system information. Loading a mid-mission save file from a different computer or operating system may result in severe broken game timing.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Added on September 11, 2020.[2]

Video[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert- in Steam version.[3] See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Vert- in Steam version.[3] See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution or the WSGF entry.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in GPU control panel for better results.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can force AA using Nvidia Profile Inspector. 0x000020C0 for MSAA and 0x000000C0 for SGSSAA. Ensure the AA fix is enabled.[4]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
The game doesn't run properly at very high frame rates.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Steam version supports widescreen (including 4K Ultra HD) natively, but it features a problematic Vert- FOV change, as well as stretching game graphics.[3]
Widescreen fix[citation needed]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract h3.7z files to <path-to-game> (password=h3).
  3. Edit h3.ini to set the resolution and FOV multiplier.

Notes

Works with Steam/digital distribution versions; supported exe size: 3 752 004 bytes; 3 756 135 bytes.
LOD distance is also adjustable.
In "Bjarkhov Bomb", snow falls indoors on both sides of the screen not visible in 4:3. Also, the level is prone to frequent crashes.

Windowed[edit]

Enable windowed[3]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\HitmanContracts.ini.
  2. Add Window 1 on a new line.
  3. Change StartUpperPos 2,2 to StartUpperPos 0,0.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Located under Graphics options.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output, based on Windows speaker settings.[5]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
No option to disable it.
EAX support
EAX 3.[6]
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore proper sound functionality on Windows Vista and later.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail and steam only. Patch for the GOG release here.
German
Retail and steam only.
Hungarian
Fan translation, download.
Italian
Retail and steam only.
Japanese
Retail only.
Polish
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Game release (CD Editora, 2009).
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Spanish
Retail and steam only.
Turkish
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hitman: Contracts.
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.6, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Enable OpenGl effects in the Direct3D rendered[edit]

Certain graphical effects are only available when using Direct3D whilst others only available with OpenGL.[7][8] Also post-processing injectors typically cause heavy artifacts and graphical glitches.
Restore the raindrop, fog, and water effects[9]
  1. Open hitmancontracts.exe with a HEX editor.
  2. Find the 1st hex string 53 6A 18 53 50 FF 92 FC 00 00 00.
  3. Replace it with 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90.
  4. Find the 2nd hex string 6A 00 6A 18 6A 00 50 FF 92 FC 00 00 00.
  5. Replace it with 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90.


A pre-made version of this fix is available here. 2nd hex string still needs to be replaced manually.
Restores the raindrop effect in most levels along with other effects.
Not all OpenGL effects have been restored.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game doesn't save[edit]

Create the Save folder[10]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Make a new folder and name it "Save".

When using anything that zooms the circle that should be representative of your sight is blacked out[edit]

Lower post filter[citation needed]

Some users reported that this can be fixed by lowering the "post filter" that is for modern graphics cards.

Can not finish the second level (Meat King) without crashing (Using a Radeon Graphics Card)[edit]

Update drivers[citation needed]

Update your drivers.

Black Screen[edit]

Update drivers[citation needed]

Update your drivers.

Mute music[citation needed]

Try to mute the in-game music -some users have reported this fixed their problem.

Whenever the player dies, the screen goes all white and stays that way[edit]

Disable post filtering[citation needed]

Try turning off post filtering.

Loud background effects (like wind)[edit]

Disable EAX[citation needed]

Disable EAX in sound options.

Game runs in slow motion[edit]

Run the game in windowed mode[11]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\HitmanContracts.ini.
  2. Change StartUpperPos 2,2 to StartUpperPos 0,0
  3. Add Window 1 to the end of the ini file on a separate line.
  4. Save your changes.

Game crashes in some integrated Intel Graphics cards[edit]

Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP3[12]
  1. Right click <path-to-game>\HitmanContracts.exe.
  2. Go to properties
  3. Click on Compatibility tab.
  4. Enable compatibility mode & set it to Windows XP SP3.

High frame rate issues[edit]

The physics and logic of the game are linked to 60 FPS, so playing at high fps can cause problems.
Limit the Framerate to 60FPS[citation needed]
Vsync (Enabled by default) not working on Windows10
Vsync is enabled by default, but in Windows 10 it does not work because the Vsync of DirectX 8 in Windows 10 is broken.
  1. Download the d3d8to9.
  2. Copy D3D8.DLL from the folder to the game install directory and set the monitor refresh rate to 60 Hz.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8 Requires DirectX 9.0 to be installed.
OpenGL
Support is buggy and incomplete.[citation needed]
Shader Model support 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound3D

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE/ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or AMD Athlon equivalent
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/247430/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (247430) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References