Hitman (Series) Review
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Hitman 3 is the eighth main installment in the Hitman series and the third and final installment 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)
- 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.
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 woodchippers 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.
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.
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