I have no experience playing any of the previous Hitman games. Apart from a demo I may have played from one of the previous games many years ago, I’m basically playing this title with no knowledge of its predecessors.
The graphics of Hitman are good. The graphics are what make this new generation of consoles look so awesome. One could easily mistake the environments and many of the objects in game’s world as the real thing. I think that if you compare the game environment with the real life counterpart, you could not tell them apart.
The transition from cutscene to gameplay is flawless. The controls are easy and effective. I have no complaints. It’s easy to interact with your surroundings. Within seconds, I can knock someone out, take their clothes and act like them. Then it’s an easy task to move their body to some location where they will not get discovered.
The game’s AI is smart. So smart to the point that it’s sometimes scary. One example is when you wear the clothes of someone who you knocked out. You expect you can do anything with a new set of clothes? Wrong! Some of the guards will notice that you are not one of the staff and raise the alarm. Once the alarm is set, the AI will actively search for you. If you cause a fight in front of civilians, they will yell out where the fighting is taking place. Now that’s some amazing AI.
The great thing about this game is that there is no one way to skin a cat. You can accomplish your mission in a number of ways. One way is to systematically upgrade your clothes, by knocking out people for their clothes. Take the clothes of the maintenance person, which will allow you get closer to the guards. As a guard, you can approach the chef. As a chef, you can poison the targets food with no one the wiser.
Another method is to blow the target sky high! If you happen to know the path the target is taking, you can place an explosive on that given path. Once your target gets close enough, BOOM! There will be nothing left of your target. Of course, don't forget that you can do it the old fashioned way. You can shoot the target with a silenced weapon. The killing methods are endless.
One aspect of the game that I do not like is the combat. By this, I mean the combat that relates to fighting the enemy once they discover you. I do not like the mechanic when fighting in close combat. It just feels off and is not fluid. I do not know if it’s intentional, in that the purpose of the game is stealth. Maybe it makes sense that close combat is not enjoyable. It’s just something that I try to avoid at all costs.
This is one hell of a game. You decide on the way you want to reach your target and the technique that you use to either kill or subdue your target. You can do it in a flashy 007 style or stay hidden like a true assassin with no one noticing your prey has even been killed. This is not a run and gun type of game. It’s for those who want to try different ways to neutralize a target. This is one game that is a must play.
Reviewed on PS4