Episode 3 of Hitman starts off just like the previous episodes. You watch a short intro video that promises a huge, diverse map to explore and are then dropped into the level with many paths to take. It gives the illusion that you’ll be able to put dozens of hours into this level alone while waiting for the next. Unfortunately, after you spend some time exploring, you realize that this is just more of the same.
By itself, episode 3 would make a decent game. So would the previous two episodes. They all offer intricate maps with many various ways to take out the the targets. However, when you string the episodes together, they all feel the same. Sure, they all offer large, unique open levels, but when it comes down to it most of the gameplay feels the same.
That results in the game being far too easy. The enemies throughout are still extremely unrealistic, not hearing a fist fight going down a few feet away from them but somehow being able to recognize you in a disguise out of the hundreds of other people wearing it.
I feel like a lot of this is going unnoticed thanks to the release structure. In other words, if Hitman wasn’t an episodic game, and instead released all at once, it would be a complete disaster, because then the similarities would be a lot more noticeable.
However, as I said, the episode on its own isn’t all that bad. It had the same faults as the previous episodes, such as the aforementioned unrealistic AI. But when it comes down to it the episode does offer a few hours of solid gameplay, with other game modes such as Contracts adding even more time to that and fixing the difficulty problem.
If I pretended the other episodes don’t exist and judge this one solely based off of what it offers, I would actually be pretty impressed. The map, while similar to the others, still offers many different ways to approach your objective. Besides a few minor frame rate drops, the game was basically bug free. And to top it all off, the cutscene that was shown after the mission was a lot more interesting than the previous few.
If you’ve played the previous two Hitman episodes and are looking for more, go ahead and pick this one up. However, if you’re looking for something fresh you’re going to have to look elsewhere. So far, I think I would still recommend the overall game to fans of the series, as long as you know what you’re getting in to and are expecting a little repetitiveness.
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