I’m holding out hope that IO Interactive’s new version of Hitman ends up being successful. It’s already getting good reviews. As I’m writing this, Chapter 1 has a 77 on Metacritic, Chapter 2 has an 84 and Chapter 3 has a 75 for the Playstation 4 versions. Those aren’t extraordinary scores, but this is without a doubt the best Hitman has been since series favorite Blood Money, which launched a decade ago.
From Square-Enix PR: The next Elusive Target will go live on July 15th. The target is Dylan Narvaez, aka ‘The Twin’, who will be in Sapienza for 72 hours. His identical twin brother, Gonzales is also in Sapienza and must not be harmed in any way or the contract will be cancelled.
Elusive Target Contracts make changes to the existing locations and use advanced AI behaviour to create a more believable and challenging experience for players. So players cannot rely solely on what they already know from the location or on any routines from the characters in the sandbox locations. Elusive Targets are designed to be difficult and ‘The Twin’ is arguably the toughest one yet..!
In my recent review of Hitman Episode 2, one complaint was about the “Elusive Target” missions — despite the game debuting two months ago, that section of the Hitman menu remained blank. IO Interactive hadn’t said what those missions would consist of, nor had they set a release date for them. As luck would have it, the first Elusive Mission launched the day my review went live, so consider this an amendment about this formerly-absent content.
A perfect murder
HIGH Feels like a love letter to fans
LOW Save restrictions in secondary game modes
WTF NPCs still referencing a target and not reacting much after he’s been killed
Just like old times
HIGH It's only as hand-holding as players want it to be.
LOW Weird bugs destroying perfectly-planned progress.
WTF Sometimes I can manually save, and sometimes I can't? Huh?
The Path of Blood
HIGH HD Traditions of the Trade.
LOW Trying to sneak up on someone in Silent Assassin.
WTF Aaaaaah! G-g-g-g-ghost!
If Agent 47 and Sam Fisher had a Lovechild, Absolution Would be its Name
HIGH Absolution has the most realistic living world I've experienced in a game.
LOW The checkpoint system is totally broken.
WTF Who casts badass Vivica A. Fox just to give her a tiny bit of dialogue?
The Most Murderous Janitor in History
HIGH Sneaking around as a scarecrow while killing nuns is so surreal it's sort of fun.
LOW Having a guard 100 yards away see right through my disguise.
WTF Who left all these empty dumpsters around for me to hide in? Why does no one ever look inside them?
HIGH A handful of missions have the genuine "Hitman" feel.
LOW The ill-conceived "Shaving Lenny" level.
WTF What numerically-impaired person numbered these chapters?
After playing Hitman: Absolution at PAX Prime, I felt a lot more confident about it and decided to put $5 down at Gamestop in order to play the Sniper Challenge demo level.