Rated 2 out of
To say that this game was a disappointment is being somewhat generous. Its predecessor Absolution was also a far cry from worthy installment in the franchise. The fact that this game has been out for a month and this is the first review for it should say enough about the game's integrity without the necessity to elaborate further. Nonetheless, I'll explain why this game was unsuccessful.
The disguise system has significantly improved from Absolution and I attest that it is actually better than previous games. A disguise will fool most bystanders; the ones that aren't fooled will have a white dot above their head indicating that they are more observant than others. This allows players to recognize a threat and make changes to their approach. This is much better than the previous version where virtually anyone wearing the same outfit recognized you immediately.
The graphics are stellar, there's not much else to discuss on that matter as this is typical a hit-or-miss variable with any game.
One feature I found interesting was that if you go on a shooting spree, even in a covert manner, the level will evacuate all bystanders from the central building as the area will be in a lockdown mode. I noticed several dead bodies in a previously crowded room that was not responsible for. I can only assume that these people were trampled to death; this is nice touch on the developer's part.
The environment is also easier to manipulate. My favorite is probably the implementation of fire alarms but other than the fact that everyone stops and looks around, with the exception of the target being moved to safer area, nothing else really happens.
Those are probably the only positives I'll note about this game.
The weapon, specifically gun selection is not only poor but it is quite bland. None of the weapons are real-world guns; they're made-up versions which takes away from the game's ability to appear realistic. This may be a minor issue with some, but to me personally it is a pretty big deal. Guns are the tools of the trade in hitman and putting fictitious versions in the game seems cheap. That's why they do it, so that they don't have to purchase the licensing from the manufactures for the names.
There's also no weapon customizing in the game: you get what you see. You can't even remove a suppressor from your pistol. This seems very limiting.
There's very little blood with executions which should go without saying that this is a disappointment in game that focuses on murder. I stabbed a person in the neck with a pair of scissors and practically nothing happened (blood wise). Sure a pool of blood develops but lacerating a carotid artery would cause massive hemorrhage. This is yet another variable that takes away from the realistic integrity.
You are required to "activate" your target. In other words, you have to see the target visually for him to start moving around the map. I didn't think this was a big deal but I realized that it actually is, and for a sniper this is a major cause for concern.
Of course the biggest downfall with this game is the time release of the content. Right now you'll only have access to one legit level, and the 2 training courses before it. The replayability of this game in its current state is not very long and certainly insufficient to take you until the next "chapter" releases. This marketing technique may very well jeopardize the entire franchise for the future.
Overall, the game adds very little compared to previous editions. Everything functions the same, or very similar to Hitman Absolution. It's obvious that very little attention was paid to the quality of the game, specifically to improving the game mechanics and giving the players a more interesting experience. They dedicated what appears to be the majority of their development time configuring the most profitable manner to release the game: In small increments over time.
Fortunately you can but the intro pack for $15 and right now you'll have access to pretty much the same content that players have who bout the full $60 version. So you can let me and others know of your experience and how it compares to mine.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 1 out of
First player is horrible
Online is k, just playing first player is so horrible. The story line is very weak. Save your money without buying this game.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 2 out of
Bought it , returned it within 24 hours.
Bought it , returned it within 24 hours. It had alot of inconsistencies and got boring real fast. If anything wait another for the full game (all episodes) and a price drop.
Date published: 2016-04-04