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 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.
I have always been a fan of stealth games. Some of my favorites are assassin's creed and splinter cell. Hitman fits this genre as well. I bought the intro pack to see how the game is and I will most likely pick up the upgrade pack before mission 2 comes out. The game looks really great graphically. The controls are like any other Hitman game. The game is a true sandbox game. You can play the missions anyway you want to get the same end result. You can go back and try different ways. The escalation events are great too. Each one builds on the previous and makes you think how to complete it. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys stealth games
Having gotten the intro pack at a discount, I feel like I'm only partially a hypocrite for being vocal about how terrible the episodic model is. Aside from the cash grab tactics that WILL get them more than $60 per complete game purchase and the grayed out settings that's been annoying everyone and the framerate stutter every now and then and the always online scheme... Yeah, aside from all that, it's pretty fun. Sandbox murder-death-kill freedom has finally returned to the series and that's wonderful. For as long as it lasts. However, that's another thing: If Paris is only one of 6 levels, then the "full experience" is going to be a short game when it's finally released to the public after being held onto for... some reason. Yeah, yeah, I know "but there are other modes!" You can come up with brand new challenges when playing Mario Brothers, different modes on the same maps will only extend the game by so much. I'm insulted by what they've done with Hitman even if what's available so far is fun to play. One step forward, two steps backward, another franchise done in by SE's idiocy.
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