Hitman (Series) Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 7 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

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Accessibility: 23 features

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

Xbox One £54.99
Xbox One £38.49
PS4 £54.99

Hitman 2: Gold Edition

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin HD

PS3 £7.99

Hitman 3 Access Pass: Hitman 2 Standard (Disc)

Xbox One £83.49

Hitman 3: Deluxe Edition

Hitman 3: Standard Edition

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.
 
Our Hitman Accessibility Report details 23 accessibility features:

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