There is a world beyond ours. Beyond nations, justice, ethics. It never sleeps. It exists everywhere. And once you enter....there is no going back. Welcome to the World of Assassination. You are Agent 47, the world's ultimate assassin.Read full description
Become the master assassin in an intense spy-thriller story across a world of assassination.
Travel the world from France, Italy & Morocco to Thailand, USA & Japan to take out powerful, high-profile targets.
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As somebody who didn't love Blood Money all that much but actually enjoyed Absolution and Contracts a good deal, my hopes were mixed for the new game. I knew it would be good, but I wasn't certain just how good it would be. It has, in every way, stunned me. I have yet to play episode 3, 4, and 5, but I have so thoroughly enjoyed the others that I believe I can make judgement. As a matter of fact, episodes 5 and 4 are in my basket right now, and I figured I just might as well right this quick little review before I purchase the both of them ( The third episode seems a little dry, but I will probably still get it eventually, assuming season two doesn't just ruin me financially ). If you aren't sure about this game because of the occasionally shaky history the franchise has, I wouldn't worry too much. This game offers a completely fresh take on the classic Hitman formula that adds many new various ways to kill not just your targets, but others' too. The contracts mode makes for nearly endless replayability, not that the main missions, escalations, challenges, and elusive targets don't already excel at this. The only feasible complaint I can make is that the game runs slightly slow for me at the minimal graphical settings with my pretty great PC, but I have little storage space remaining and make poor use of my RAM, so I can't judge it too fairly on that. This game is incredible, and I highly recommend it in it's entirety ( Even when episode 3 seems somewhat lesser, buying the game in full supplies you with extra content you can't get without even more extra spending in comparison to just buying everything separately, which I so unfortunately had to do, due to my slow income and budget. ).
Hitman is a good stealth game and can be good at making you feel like a bad ass assassin but the real strength lies in the level design and absurdist dark humour. It's a game where you can choose exactly what equipment you know you are going to need, hide a high powered sniper rifle somewhere in the map in the planning menu, poison a target while learning your next target to an open spot to be taken out with your nearby hidden rifle. It's a game where you can steal the tape of a targets past murder, lure him to his room where you sit quietly in a chair confronting him with what he's done before being promoted to shoot him in the head. It's also a game where you can make a man believe that the cost of his dead mother has come back to haunt him, one where you can start a dance party in makeshift a military base, disguise yourself as a therapist and go through with a quick session, disguise yourself as drummer and go through with an audition. The best missions of the first season have extremely well designed levels that feel like real places, targets that you can learn about as you replay missions by listening to conversations and attempting to kill them in different ways, or mission that fully embrace the comedic potential of the game such as side mission that has you dressed as Santa going up against the burglars from Home Alone. Each mission gives you a variety of challenges, some easy, some hard, and some based on just finding things or events on the map, completing each challenge unlocks points that will raise your mastery level up to 20 for each mission. Raising your master level unlocks new equipment you can use on any level and new starting locations and supply drop locations for that map. There might only be six missions and two tutorial levels but the challenges give you a lot to do, three missions have also been added onto two of the maps that change things up on the map and give you new goals, player made contracts with different targets can be searched for and played, and one time only timed elusive contracts by the developer give you new amusing characters to try to kill on levels you have mastered. The only negatives is that the Colorado map doesn't have very interesting targets and the Marrakesh map has some interesting features but mostly wastes it's location, movement and controls can sometimes be a bit awkward and unwieldy, and there isn't that big of a variety of weapons and equipment to unlock (though there is some fun melee weapons to be found on each map). If more equipment is added in the second season it will be usable in past maps so that is something that might be improved. Hitman was one of the best games of 2016, which is saying a lot for it in such a great year.
This is everything a Hitman game should be, I've got no complaints about it. Not even scratched it's surface yet, and I can't help but maybe calling it my GOTY 2016. If you like to kill people in funny, horrific and awesome ways. This is going to be your jam.
If you're one of those people who thought that Absolution didn't feel like a "true" Hitman game. If all you wanted was a classic Hitman formula with sandbox levels, mission planning, multiple ways to eliminate your enemies...If that is what you want then this is the game for You. This is the game for people who have been craving for a Blood Money kind of experience. The game is good and we'll talk about it in a second but first I gotta tell you something, dudes and dudettes. The latest patch does let you play the game in offline mode with all your toys unlocked but you may lose your mission progress when losing connectivity in middle of a mission. Alright. Time to talk about the game. There are 6 missions in the game. Each mission takes place in a different location. Once again we have our classic hotel setting. There's also a modeling show in Paris, a terrorist compound and more. All the locations look and feel different and most of them are downright gorgeous. All missions take place in big sandbox levels. You are free to explore the levels how you like. Of course you need disguises to explore most parts of the levels but you'll figure it out. Each mission has several scripted events you can trigger to eliminate your targets. You don't have to do them tho. There are A LOT of different ways to take down your targets and that gives us a great replay value for each level. Not only is it cool to discover and play through all the scripted events but there are also different challenges you can complete. If that's not enough for you either then you're free to complete the levels any way you can imagine and pull it off. There's no restrictions. You can even go in guns blazin' if you so want to. However you are quite squishy so I recommend using the returning feature: Cover system. I talked about it in my Absolution review. I was saying that a perfect Hitman game would be Blood Money like levels and gameplay mixed with the added cover feature and weapon handling from Absolution...My dream came true. This game is a combination of that and it feels amazing. Not only that but the contracts from Absolution make a return as well. You can create your own contracts or play user made ones. Again adding to the already big replay value. A big problem in Absolution was the disguise system. Disguise yourself as a security guard and every single security guard saw through your disguise. That made the disguises kind of useless. This game has the perfect disguise system. You can take down a security guard and disguise yourself as him. Now some security guards will see through your disguise. Most likely security personnel in a higher position. However other security grunts won't tell the difference. None of the other staff members will have a glue either: Cooks, janitors, waiters...You fool 'em all. What items can you choose to use in your mission planning? Fiber wire and silverballers make a return. You can also plant assault rifles and a sniper rifle in a safe spot if you want to. You can have remote explosives, poisons, knives and a very useful lockpick. Hell, you can even have a machete! You can choose to start the mission in front of a hotel or a palace as 47 or you can start off undercover as one of the staff members. The other starting locations need to be unlocked first tho. So is the game worth the full price? If you're looking for the next great Hitman game then it should be a no brainer. Get the game right now! However if you have not played Blood Money yet or it has been a LONG time since you last played it then I would suggest waiting till either season 2 comes out or grab the game on a sale. Till then just play Blood Money. The thing is that HITMAN has only 6 levels right now. You can complete those super fast. I think it only took me about 10-12 hours to finish the story and then an extra 12 hours replaying the levels. The replay value is super high in this game but the campaign itself feels short. There is no excuse for making this an episodic game. Hopefully they don't charge us another 49.99 for season 2.
This game has most of the good gameplay mechanics in Absolution, while bringing back what old fans said Absolution was lacking. If you liked Hitman at any point in the past, you will be getting pretty much the same with this. Theres nothing they seemingly tried to innovate with, but not all sequels need ground breaking things to make it fun and interesting.
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