Hitman has been a fan favorite in the stealth genre for years now and IO Interactive has spent these many years preparing and evolving the gameplay of Hitman. With games like Splinter Cell nowhere to be found, Hitman has been crowned king when it comes to assassination and espionage. Hitman 3 should be a conclusion to the Agent 47 story and IO Interactive’s conclusion with the genre. As someone who has learned to appreciate the stealth genre over time, Hitman 3 is a great place to start if you’re new.
Hitman 3 aims to tie up a lot of loose ends in the franchise. If you haven’t played the previous games, you can jump right in. You have two choices here. You can either play the previous games first, or just watch a summary of the story up to this point. Without spoiling too much, in Hitman 3, Agent 47 joins his longtime friend, Lucas Grey, to eliminate Providence’s partners. You run into a few problems along the way, but we all know that Agent 47 has no problem adapting to any situation.
Graphics and Performance
Hitman games are known for looking great and Hitman 3 is no exception. We were provided with our review copy on the Xbox Series X and Hitman is really using its power. The environments really shine here (no pun intended). The details on the objects in the environment are really impressive and the lighting really adds to the emersion in various scenarios. With all the items you can pick up, nothing seems out of place. In crowded scenes with constant changes of lighting and environment, I never noticed any type of chugging or slowing down. With so many different characters and their AI mixed with complex geometry, Hitman games were known to be resource-intensive. Agent 47’s character model hasn’t changed too much. For pixel observers, the textures of the clothes are much more detailed. Another thing that people may notice if they have been playing the game for a while is that Agent 47 looks a little younger. There is no explanation for this. It may just be a slight change in assets. I don’t think it’s something that will bother most players.
Gameplay-It’s up to you
The name of the game in Hitman has always been the variety of ways in which you can eliminate your targets. This has been taken up a notch in the recent iteration of the game. For those who may be new to the franchise, there are times when each mission can be guided a little. With more exploration of each map, you discover different weapons and gadgets. You also listen to different conversations and learn the routines of different characters, which will give you more information that can open up many possibilities. The more you learn, the more the playing field opens up for you. The amount of choices in Hitman 3 is one of the biggest changes compared to previous games. There is now more space to recover from any mistakes you might make. Not only does it add variety to the gameplay, but it allows people new to the game to learn and experiment.
I must say that overall, the Hitman 3 campaign is not that long. This is especially true if you are a veteran of the series. With the way the game is set up, this may not be a problem for all players. As I said before, as you work your way through each map, you discover new ways to achieve your goal. Each time you complete a mission, you unlock different disguises, gadgets and weapons that you can bring into a mission. If you decide to go back and replay missions, it will definitely add to your playing time. In addition, there is a list of the various actions that you can take and the objects that you can find throughout a mission. You only have access to it once the mission is completed so that it does not influence your first game. Objects can radically change the way each mission unfolds. All these factors motivated me to keep playing the game. In addition, if you have not played the previous Hitman games, you will be able to access the missions of Hitman 1 & 2. Once you complete the main story missions, the game becomes a playground for exploration and experimentation.
I wasn’t always the biggest fan of the Hitman series because I was so bad at the stealth genre. Over time, IO Interactive has done a great job of opening up its world. Hitman has now become more accessible while maintaining its challenge. As always, the game looks and feels great. The controls and the different game mechanics are easy to learn for those who are new to the genre. I’m really glad that IO Interactive decided to go for a true story mode in Hitman 3. The episodic content wasn’t bad but I think the last iteration of the series deserved a real storyline. IO Interactive really showed what their studio is capable of when it comes to graphics, level design and story. With all the content included in this package, this is a great place for new players. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for their 007 game.