If I told you Hitman was coming back (there's been many Hitman games that were second, or third options in the stealth genre to games like Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell and kinda just dangling in the wind not trying to throw IO Interactive under the bus) I would have been happy. I was happy they brought back Hitman.
The "Hitman" formula is very simple, traditional single player campaign or "missions", or "episodes" and we'll talk about those "episodes". From the beginning, Agent 47 is under pressure to take out targets, scramble through tight security zones and complete missions.
The areas on well done here, 10 minutes in and you're in action around the globe in places like Greenland, Morocco, and Japan.
These levels offer the best opportunities for stealth gameplay and we hear how great Metal Gear Solid is and yes those games are unbelievable but Hitman is a masterpiece of stealth.
Friendly reminder that this was one of the best games of 2016.
Killing targets like Yuki Yamazaki (shadow client trial lawyer associated with Yakuza gangs) and Sierra Knox (Daughter of CEO maverick businessman Robert Knox) are necessary components of the Hitman games. You're gunning for targets in hotel rooms of the said places above, and killing inside buildings that feature modern day interiors.
Killing these type of people are the staple of Hitman since 2016. Targets force you in tight situations battling guards, soldiers and it's as simple as that and to be honest could be 1 game all together.
The bottom line is you have a AAA game that should be in the same breath as games like Metal Gear Solid and Dishonored. I give the games together a 8/10, gamers expected a better story, more weapons, character development etc. and with the forgettable story I dock it a point. I like how they get Burnwood involved and she does a fine job in her intel role.
There's ways to improve the franchise, the "years" or "episodes" feel gimmicky, not saying they're bad I just believe in tradition when it comes to video games and overall they're a respect to the Hitman franchise. What does GAF think of HITMANI I, HITMAN II, and HITMAN III?