Hitman: The Complete First Seasonby Mikhail Mar 4, 2019 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Hitman: The Complete First Season puts you in the shoes and the barcoded head of Agent 47. Here, you’ll perform assassination contracts from across the globe: Paris, Sapienza, Makkaresh, Bangkok, Colorado, and Hokkaido. Take down targets by making kills look like accidents or simply by your trusty silenced pistol. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Taking lives in a video game seems simple enough, but what if you need to do so discreetly? Most stealth-based games are tricky customers, and Hitman (2016) is no exception. It’s one of February 2019’s PlayStation Plus free games of the month (alongside For Honor), with its full six episodes available for download. It puts you in the shoes of Agent 47, a cold and calculating hitman who knows more ways to kill than the lines on the barcode on the back of his head.
Hitman is an action game where your decisions, strategy, and timing are exponentially more important than the gunplay. Much like the Metal Gear games, success relies more on patience than gunplay. So, should it be a game you’d want to play or are you better off skipping it? Let’s check out what it has to offer:
Originally, the game was released episodically, with new episodes coming out every few months in 2016, much like Telltale’s The Walking Dead a few years ago. Though it follows a certain plot point across all episodes, there’s each part has its own target, setting, and backstories. The briefings and narrations provide context about the game’s lore and the target’s stories. It feels like it delivers you straight into the world and at the same time, lets you know more about your assassination targets.
Gameplay is slow, strategic, calculated which is what you’d expect from a game of the stealth genre. It’s fun and it focuses more on replayability than anything else. You’ll be tempted to spend dozens of hours exploring countless methods on how to take out your targets. You can replay missions and try out new gear like sniper rifles and even landmines or challenge yourself by going in unarmed.
There are just countless ways you can perform assassinations, some imaginative, some straightforward. For example, you can opt to drown a target using an overflowing toilet or throwing them off a cliff. If you prefer straightforward methods, you can always use your handy suppressed pistol to get the job done. There are also more subtle options like poisoning their food or by making their deaths look like accidents.
To aid you, there are various “opportunities” that pop up as you traverse around the world. For example, a scientist may be visiting a corpse of a colleague in the morgue in a top-secret lab. You can ambush the scientist, rob the colleague’s corpse of his garments to use as a disguise, get the scientists’ keycard, and gain access to the laboratory. Apart from this, there are also other options you can take advantage of, so be sure to roam around the setting and weigh your options before attempting to take out your targets. Aside from the opportunities, you can also utilize a huge variety of disguises you can pick up around the world, especially from NPCs who have been knocked out. You can then use these disguises to blend in with the crowd, whether by reading a newspaper or by acting as a bartender.
Hitman’s contained yet large settings are sprawling with content. They feel immersive since there are a lot of things going on. For example, there’s a fashion show in the Paris episode, hot spring bathers in the Japanese episode, and even a protest in the streets of Makkaresh in Morocco.
The biggest gripe would be the AI problems and the way the game reacts when a body is found. Realistically, when you find a dead body, it would be smart to seal off and protect your clients, right? In Hitman though, bodyguards - and almost everybody else - react like nothing is wrong after initially raising the alarm. Granted, this isn’t really a simulation game, but it’s still cringe-worthy. There are also inconsistencies in terms of quality in the episodes.
Nevertheless, the mission variety and replayability is extremely fun. Each episode is good for at least several hours of gameplay, especially if you’re exploring different methods to execute various missions. At times though, it’s a slow and tedious affair and not great for players who want shootouts and pure action. This game focuses on silent kills, patience and strategic thinking.
Hitman is purely a singleplayer experience. However, the game has a huge following. It has a dedicated Reddit community and many contributors dish out tips and list down the lore. Granted, you’ll have enough help from others.
Games released this generation normally hold up in terms of presentation. Hitman’s level design and graphics are stunning, Sapienza’s in particular. However, there are a few gaffes especially in the voice acting. The accents don’t match on the location. Almost everybody, from Paris to Bangkok, speaks perfect English. This lessens the immersion.
Though Hitman has a few gaffes, the game is highly recommended. Considering it’s available for free for PlayStation Plus users, it’s a steal. If you have a subscription, start planning your assassinations and take out your organizations targets.