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Hitman (Series) Review

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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Hitman 3 is the eighth main instalment in the Hitman series and the third and final instalment of the World of Assassination trilogy. Like the previous games you play as Agent 47 and travel to various locations and carry out contracted assassinations of criminal targets. Hitman III adds six new locations including Dubai, Dartmoor, Berlin, and Chongqing. If you own the previous games in the trilogy, Hitman (2016) and Hitman 2 (2018), you can import maps, levels and progress.

Although it is a violent game, the interest here is understanding the consequences of your actions in the game. The game simulates many moving "actors" in the scenes so you must take care with your approach. It's a living breath, tactile and immersive world where your decisions matter.

This is a game with levels designed to be played multiple times in different ways as you act out different approaches to your target. As you progress you unlock new starting locations, gear and interactive options that open up new ways to tackle levels. You get to be James Bond and put together your own tricks, exploits and stealthy take downs.

The original Hitman series launched back in 2000:
  • Hitman: Codename 47 (2000) PC
  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube
  • Hitman: Contracts (2004) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
  • Hitman: Blood Money (2006) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360
  • Hitman: Absolution (2012) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X

The World of Assassination trilogy relaunched the game in 2016:
  • Hitman (2016)
  • Hitman 2 (2018)
  • Hitman 3 (2021)

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @IOInteractive

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete. The time to complete these games is longer depending on how many times to attempt each scenario.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Hitman usually costs £6.49 to £83.49. 

Hitman 2

Hitman 2: Gold Edition

Xbox One £79.99
PS4 £79.99

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin HD

PS3 £7.99

Hitman 3 Access Pass: Hitman 2 Standard (Disc)

Xbox One £83.49

Hitman 3: Deluxe Edition

PS5 £74.99
PS4 £74.99

Hitman 3: Standard Edition

Xbox One £52.49
PS5 £54.99
PS4 £54.99

Hitman Contracts HD

PS3 £7.39

Hitman Go: Definitive Edition

PS Vita £6.49
PS4 £6.49

Hitman HD Enhanced Collection

Xbox One £49.99
PS4 £49.99

Hitman HD Pack

Xbox One £14.99

Hitman Trilogy HD

PS3 £12.99

Hitman: Absolution

Xbox One £14.99

Hitman: Blood Money

Xbox One £11.99

Hitman: Blood Money HD

PS3 £7.99

Hitman: Game Of The Year Edition

Xbox One £44.99
PS4 £49.99

Hitman: Legacy Pack

Xbox One £32.79
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. There are different versions of the game you can purchase:
  • Hitman 3 Standard Edition
  • Hitman 3 Deluxe Edition adds contracts, suits and items, soundtrack, book.

Additional content for the Hitman games are provided via purchasable Expansion Passes. These grant access to new locations, maps, assignments and outfits. You can also purchase Legacy Packs that provide the maps and missions from the first series of games in this new game engine. 
  
The following in-game purchases are available:

Hitman 2: Isle Of Sgail Pack

Xbox One £9.59

Hitman 2: Mumbai Pack

Xbox One £9.59

Hitman 2: Santa Fortuna Pack

Xbox One £9.59

Hitman 2: Whittleton Creek Pack

Xbox One £9.59

Hitman 3 Access Pass: Hitman 1 Goty Edition

Xbox One £24.99
PS5 £24.99
PS4 £24.99

Hitman 3 Access Pass: Hitman 2 Gold

Xbox One £79.99
PS5 £79.99
PS4 £79.99

Hitman: Goty Legacy Pack

Xbox One £54.99
PS4 £15.99

Hitman: Goty Legacy Pack Upgrade

Xbox One £7.99

Hitman: The Complete First Season

Xbox One £11.47

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 18 due to strong violence and use of strong language. The player's character is tasked with assassinating various targets, including by shooting, stabbing and strangling them, with resultant blood effects. In some cases, the violence is more sadistic in nature, including plunging scissors into eye sockets and drowning a character by holding their head in a toilet bowl. There is an emphasis on the use of stealth in order to avoid detection.

While the objective is to assassinate specific targets, the player's character can also kill innocent civilian characters, including by shooting them, catching them in explosions or causing large objects to fall onto them. Blood effects are shown and their bodies remain on the floor until the end of the level. These characters may attempt to flee, when they realise they are in danger, but they can still be killed as they try to escape. The game does not reward the player for such acts and killing innocent characters negatively effects your score. There is infrequent use of strong language ('*!@?*'). The game also features sight of illegal drug use and smoking.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong LanguageP. layers use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and melee weapons to kill targets. Players can eliminate victims using stealth (e.g., stabbing/strangling), and other covert methods (e.g., poisoned drinks, disguises, sabotaged devices). Environmental objects such as wood-chippers and compactors can be used to dispose of bodies, resulting in large blood-splatter effects. Blood effects occur frequently during combat, and pooling appears under corpses. Players have the ability to kill civilians, though these actions may negatively affect players' progress. Some missions involve infiltrating a drug operation and luring victims by trying to sell them drugs; players can acquire a brick of cocaine but are not able to use it. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The accessibility for Hitman III includes the ability to tweak how visible enemies are and whether you want to toggle or hold to aim.

You can remap the keys and mouse but not for Gamepad buttons. There is a Weapon Toggle option to avoid holding, but this doesn't apply to other projectiles like knives or coins. You also need to press rapidly to subdue enemy characters. You have to hold to use the Instinct mode to see enemies.

You can change the size of interaction prompts to make them easier to see. There is an excellent audio queue for detection of an enemy. It plays an increasingly loud wind whistling sound to indicate the increasing likelihood of being noticed. This is also displayed as a directional bar around your character.

There's an overview of accessibility in Hitman III in DAGERSystem's video by Kyle Abbate.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Navigation

How the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces.

Large Clear Navigation: The game navigation and maps are clear to read, large and with high contrast or with settings to zoom or increase visibility.

Head-Up Display

Way-finding information provided to aid navigation.

Adjust Head-Up Display: Remove or resize the head-up display to remove distraction and make it more visible.

Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout the entire game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Audio Depiction of Event Location: Indication with stereo audio of where directional events are on the screen for things like damage, footsteps, environmental elements or way-finding.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings. Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer


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