HITMAN is the sixth game in the series that sees a refinement of previous gameplay but changes up that delivery method as it is now episodic.
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This is a 3rd person spy themed game where players need to hide in plain sight in order to complete contract killings
Pro Replayability through escalation missions and player contracts
Once the main level and objective is complete players can then move on to escalation missions or player created contracts. Escalation missions are new objectives given to the player that set them on a path of new people to assassinate. Within that objective will be constraints such as what outfits that need to be worn. This makes for a raised difficulty thanks to the restraints as well as a good way to stretch out each episode, considering there is only one level to play in. The player contracts are similar to this but allow the player to choose who their target is and what constraints to put in place, making for an endless list of possibilities in a particular level.
Pro Tons of choice
Each episodic level for the game will be basically a big sandbox, allowing the player to complete their task in any way they see fit. This makes for a good game to just play around and test ideas out in as many different scenarios can be played out, even multiple times to best ones time or score.
Pro Interactive environments
More so than previous games in the series, Hitman has many objects in the game that can be tampered or interacted with. But before the player can there is usually a tool that will need to be found that allows this. Which means more time spent in the level trying to find and interact with objects in the environment, which can draw the player in and immerse them.
Pro Hiding in plain sight is intuitive
The game allows for players to easily hide in plain sight such as disguising oneself as a model at a show, which gives the player access to anywhere they would need to go. This is expanded upon by having a hint system that points the player in many directions of how to hide easily (for those unfamiliar), which makes for a good game even for those that have not player or are unfamiliar with the gameplay.
Con DRM issues
While playing single player, if the player looses connection to the games servers (through their own internet going down or the servers going down) the game will boot the player back to the start screen, meaning any advancement made in the game will be lost. To see this happen in single player is an issue as there is no need to be constantly connected online for the consumer and is only a detriment to the player if anything goes wrong.
This is of course a single player only game, there is no need for it to be always online, especially considering it already uses a different DRM scheme called Denuvo. Being always online means anyone who lives with spotty internet will have trouble with the game. It also means that you do not own the game even after purchasing as when the servers inevitably are shut down this single player game will be unplayable.
Con First chapter does not offer a ton of content
Much of the content in the first chapter are a bunch of training levels that are represented as being done on a set of some kind, giving a feeling of not being real. The problem here is that there is little in the way of giving a feeling of wanting to revisit these training levels, which drastically cuts down on the playable content in this chapter.
Out of Date Pros + Cons
Con Too many unknowns to pay full price
Hitman is an episodic game with only the first chapter released so far. To purchase this single chapter costs only $14.99. For those that want to purchase the future chapters there is a choice to pay $59.99. Being that the other chapters are unreleased, it is difficult to know know what the quality will be or even if they will be completed. Seeing that the gaming industry has had issues in the past with delivering promised content it may be a good idea to wait till everything is released in order to pay the full price that is asked. Luckily by that time the game will also be cheaper.