Hitman (2016) is the sixth episode of the franchise which connects stealth and shooter games into a very popular hybrid. The game did not receive a subtitle as the plot is not connected with the previous games. The developers decided to highlight the restart of the series and go back to the very roots.
Once again you jump into the shoes of the world’s ultimate assassin – Agent 47. Complete various assassination missions throughout the massive locations scattered all over the world. The contracts you take gradually build up the game plot – each of them is a separate story as the developers did not focus much on the links connecting them.
Stealthy disguises lead into explosive moments of improvisation. Best-laid plans come to fruition through opportunities, and carefully timed, critical moments mean the difference between a master stroke and a quick death. The 2016 Hitman offers the best of its kind, with an episodic structure that clicks, sandbox playgrounds to pick apart and brilliant design and presentation on all levels.
There's definitely something addictive in the new Hitman, especially when revisiting the same locations over and over again - thanks to interesting challenges. Level design is impressive and multiple ways to eliminate targets will keep you occupied for a long time.
The new money lives up to the Blood Money in this darkly comic, icy cool stealth/brain-teaser/drop-a-toilet-on-a-target's-head-'em-up. It's a hit, man.
Those who regard Skyrim as a virtual tourism app, will enjoy exploring every nook and cranny in Hitman. If I had to pick just one reason to play this game, it's because you can immerse yourself in its meticulously created mini-worlds.
The story may be a bit thin, but as far as gameplay is concerned, Hitman is an assassin's dream come true.
Who cares about the episodic release when Hitman Season 1 can offer a compelling, smart and entertaining experience, just like Hitman games should do? The gameplay is strong and, despite a plot that is lacking deepness, the season is fun and some maps, like Sapienza and Hokkaido, have a lot of replay value.
The season ends with a cliffhanger of sorts – of course – which sets it up for Season Two; still, I’m still left wondering what exactly is happening. Perhaps played all at once, Hitman‘s story would make sense, but this episodic system has done nothing for it.
January 31, 2019
PlayStation Plus offers Hitman, For Honor and 100GB of cloud storage in February. Watch video
September 28, 2018
Hitman 2 has gone gold! Read more
August 21, 2018
Hitman 2 will include a remastered version of the previous game in the saga. Watch video
June 8, 2018
IO Interactive and WB Games announce Hitman 2. Watch video