YES! Definately a big step forward for the Hitman series. The previous Hitman games were very good, but didn't really have a hitman feel...more like a Tom Clancy game almost.
But Blood Money is awesome. You have so much freedom in most the levels, you can really do just about anything you want. Kill just the targets, or take out half the level. Stealth, or run and gun.
Second level...trying to remember what that is. The "training" mission is at that compound on the waterfront. The next one I think is the Vintage Year, at the winery. The next one I think is the one at the opera. If that's the one you're stuck at, I can help you. It's pretty easy once you know the secret. You can swap the real gun you pickup at the coat check for the prop gun when the actor leaves his dressing room to go to the bathroom.
Then I usually use a mine to drop the chandelier on the other guy when he runs down to see what happened.
ooooh...love that game.
Always buy the Intel. It helps a lot.