With the Intro Pack, you’ll get an introduction to the world of HITMAN, with the Prologue and Paris episode. You’ll get full access to Contracts Mode, Escalation Mode, elusive targets and all other live content.
As Agent 47, you perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations.
Receive access to all future six episodes, including 5 other locations, by purchasing the HITMAN Upgrade Pack. Content received as part of the Upgrade pack will be released periodically throughout 2016, starting in April.
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HITMAN Intro Pack includes two small tutorial levels and the first of the game's six main levels. The tutorial levels teach you how to play and the second one gives you some amusing ways to kill your targets but the first real map, Paris, also serves as an excellent tutorial to the game's larger missions. Paris is a well-designed stage with a detailed and fun to explore location, a large variety of ways to assassinate your two targets, and some amusing interactions if you use the right disguises. The full game was one of the best games of 2016 and buying the complete pack not only unlocks the other five levels but three different missions that change up some of the existing levels, the equipment you unlock in future levels can also be brought pack and used in the missions included here. Well worth trying out if you aren't sure if you will like it or not.
I thought Blood Money was loads of fun when it first came out. When I heard about this game I was very skeptical, but any doubts were proved wrong. The game has many ways to play, and mess around. Each massive level looks amazing and feels amazing to explore and many opportunities that you can use to your advantage. The game is well worth $60, and anyone who isn't sure can buy the intro pack for $15 which in my opinion is a great deal. I suggest any fan of the Hitman games buy this, you won't regret it.
Hitman is back, and it was announced to be an episodic game. This left a lot of people confused as to how the game would be, and if the game would still hold itself well against the rest of the games in the franchise. For those looking for a sample of what th game can do, the Intro Pack is perfect. It just has the prologue and the entirety of the first mission, meaning you can still get a ton of content with it, even if you haven't bought the whole game. With the myriad of secrets hidden in the map, you will spend a good few hours on it just trying everything out. And with the updates and elusive target hits, you will have additional content when it comes along. It provides a lot even for those just looking for a small part of the game. But the game does have a story and a whole set of other maps to it, each looking to be more complex than the previous one. So if you were satisfied, then yes, definitely upgrade your intro pack. If not, then it should be not too much a loss, since you still got pretty good content for what it's worth. The only thing about this though is that the Intro Pack is only best for those who are absolutely unsure about this game. The longtime fans who know they will probably end up buying the rest should really just go buy the complete package, since it will come out just a bit cheaper, and the game updates itself automatically so you're ready to play the next episode when it comes out.
Pros - Hitman is back. - Large areas with multiple interactive objects/characters. - Multiple kill methods, start places, weapons, and exits after completing objectives. Cons - Episodic game (one episode each month) Bottom line - Should have waited until all episodes are released, then bought the game at a discount price. - Not worth pre-ordering.
First of all, I'd like to address two main concerns regarding HITMAN - always online feature and the fact that it's being released as an episodic game. Not one of these two thins are a real problem, as far as I can see. The whole problem around always online feature is absolutely unnecessary and pointless. Without any intention of spending my time on explaining why it doesn't matter, I have to admit that being always online is never going to be a deal breaker for me. It's pointless since we're online anyways. The only drawback that I can see is that Squeenix and IO have decided to store our saves online, rather than doing so on our precious SSDs. In case of a disaster, disconnecting from the servers means that all unsaved process is lost. Bad, but not *that* bad. Another thing, as I've mentioned previously, that many people see as troublesome is the fact that Squeenix and IO are releasing HITMAN as an episodic game. This isn't something new, just think of all TellTale games that have come out. Also, I'd like to remind you of all the DLCs that many modern shooters get (Battlefield and Call of Duty). This isn't something new and never before seen. It's something we've gotten used to and, frankly saying - HITMAN is just the right game for this sort of thing. With episodic content, HITMAN is able to deliver its content in its full glory. Instead of rushing through campaign (which has around 7 or eight maps) and complaining how short the game is - players will play it for months on end. We'll get to enjoy elusive contracts, contracts our friends and other players have made, special content and all sorts of things that devs can come up with. Not to mention that maps themselves offer countless challenges and achievements. I can understand that some people might feel a bit underwhelmed and bored by replaying same map over and over again but... Hitman has always been about exactly that - find your target and utilise countless ways of disposing of them. Play, succeed and repeat. As far as gameplay goes, HITMAN is rather good, even if it still isn't on-par with its predecessors (not Absolution! everything trumps Absolution). The biggest problem in the game is that it often feels rushed. There's no real opportunity to let player see things and plan his own way. Rather, we're forced to rush to certain events while AI mindlessly follows the same routine, over and over again. It can get irritating sometimes, but given how gameplay options allow us to tweak the game - it can also be much more fun! I'd say that, when gameplay of any Hitman game is questioned, it is all up to the player and how they play. Some might argue that Hitman games are all about being slow, methodical and surgically precise (me me me!) while others might like to speed up things and "just do it". I'd say that the latter shouldn't really even be bothering with Hitman. All things said and done, Paris is a solid outing into the world of Hitman. It's really big. Much bigger than anything we've seen in Absolution. If my memory serves me right, I've seen bigger maps in Hitman II: Silent Assassin, but I can't say that for sure. The important thing is that there's a lot of room for improvement that's needed. HITMAN must be polished and advanced if IO and Squeenix want to keep gamers interested for another six months. For now, I'd like to give it 75/100. It feels like the best grade. Some might feel it's too high but... c'est la vie, my friends.
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