Hitman 3 Review "Buy, Wait for Sale, Rent, Never Touch?" || Final Verdict - error69pro

Hitman 3 is easily one of the most interesting and impressive games of the last several years, culminating a trilogy of titles each developed under completely different circumstances. But it’s also very clearly the THIRD game in this trilogy, designed mainly for those that have already adored the first two, which I know sounds obvious but you’d be surprised. Is Hitman 3 a great game for you to pick up, even if you’re new to the trilogy? Let’s cut right to it, yes, it absolutely is...if you’re patient.

Previous Games Relations :

First thing’s first, developer IO Interactive provided me with a PlayStation 5 copy of Hitman 3 for this review, and only Hitman 3 - I own a copy of Hitman 1 thanks to PlayStation Plus, and I liked that game so much when I reviewed it that I bought Hitman 2 immediately. The prequels are important here not just because obviously, Hitman 3’s story is the capstone in the trilogy’s half-decade of story build, but also because Hitman 3 like 2 before it allows you to carry forward all of the levels from the previous games even from previous consoles, and even your Hitman 2 save progress. That means that you can obtain almost 20 full sandbox levels, each with usually dozens upon dozens of completion criteria, bonus missions, their own experience progression, everything, all at no cost if you own all three games, or for a usually-cheap price if you haven’t bought them yet. Just to limit any possible gameplay spoilers as much as I can, I’m gonna be cycling footage from all three games within Hitman 3’s updated engine, so if something looks familiar, it might be. This massive amount of content might sound intimidating because it is. Notwithstanding the trilogy’s story so far, which you can recap in 3 before starting - and let’s be honest, it doesn’t really matter much anyway.

Gameplay & Mechanics :

Hitman 3 starts as if you should already know what you’re doing. Outside of the standard tutorial, Hitman 3 is a game that expects you to be at least versed in Agent 47’s capabilities before you start, to the point that when I entered the first level, a tall, intimidating super skyscraper in Dubai, I struggled a bit to find a good path forward, and I’m somebody at least decently experienced in the previous two games. In Hitman’s so-called World of Assassination trilogy, Agent 47 is sent into a sandbox-style location, places like a French fashion show, a sprawling Chinese city covered in cameras, even a pleasant Vermont suburb secretly inhabited by a former Soviet spy. Agent 47’s tasked with eliminating one or more targets, sometimes stealing some intel, and escaping without making too much noise. Or, you know, making as much noise as you want. These sandboxes vary a bit in scale, but most of them allow you the freedom to infiltrate and assassinate just about however you’d like. You can poison somebody discreetly, dress up as a guard to get high-level access, just thwump a screwdriver into somebody’s eye or throw soda cans or save scum and aim to do the most ridiculous assassinations possible if you wanna be stupid, usually like stupid in these games.

Hitman 3 like 1 and 2 before it is home to a number of Escalation Missions, where you’re tasked with some Clue-like modifiers like “hit this woman with a shovel, then knock out an assassin before you kill him, and then shove this guard in a closet.” Since 3’s so new, it doesn’t have nearly as many of these secondary challenges as I’d already had by getting 1 and 2’s DLC passes on sale over the years, but that’s to be expected. You can find more than your fair share of bonus content by going into the game’s online modes, including Contracts where you can create and play custom player-created objectives, the timed Elusive Target challenge missions, and more. This brings me to the other sticking point that you may run into before purchasing - Hitman 3 is currently an online-required game, despite not having online multiplayer at all. You can play offline, but doing so loses you any experience you gain and challenges you complete in the levels, which is a bummer, to say the least considering the servers were a bit spotty during launch week. Usually, I could get back in right away, and it’d save my progress offline anyway for when I reconnected, so take that as you wish. I’m hoping IO Interactive will bend on this eventually, but buyer beware for now.

As always the slow-burn thrill of these games comes from planning patience and hiding in plain sight the key to success is finding the perfect disguise for exploration listening and looking for opportunities we've got no sign of 47 yet but I'll let you know if something catches my eye and getting the timing just right to pull off the perfect crime and escape unseen it's an unapologetically single-player experience that rewards rational thinking over rushing although it is flexible enough to cater for both extremes those who prefer to follow the multi-layered mini-stories playing out within the levels to make invisible surgical strikes and disappear without a trace and those who like to improvise and leave behind piles of dead and unconscious men in their underpants you can get away with all of this because the often hilariously naive ai is still as easy to exploit as ever of course tricking the dopey guards and civilians with unexpected distractions and suspicious items has emerged as such a fundamental part of the puzzle-solving in the current hitman trilogy.

My Personal Experience :

Every player is going to have a totally different path through Hitman 3’s levels, based on how they think and approach the game’s problems, how they explore, and so while I might not have liked Dubai at first, you might love it. And for a lot of you, in this case, it may depend on how patient you are. The Hitman games sometimes ask you to put a lot of setup into your assassinations, either waiting to get a target isolated so you don’t have to alert guards, or waiting to get a guard isolated so you can even get into a locked area without being seen as a trespasser - your first time through every level is probably going to take an hour at minimum, and in some cases, you’ll find yourself unsure of how to actually access specific areas. If you’re not really the type to take the time to plot and explore, these Hitman games may not grab you before you get bored. And in Hitman 3’s case, that’s doubly true, because I’d argue this game has a much slower introduction thanks to the first two levels being more catered to the bigger Hitfans out there.

The second level, a British manor home to a murder mystery subplot, with secret bookcase switches to open hidden pathways, is arguably more fun after you’ve beaten the level once or twice and know where the rooms you’re supposed to be investigating actually are. BUT, if you can make it to the third level and beyond, you’ll experience what I’d say are three of the trilogy’s strongest levels back-to-back-to-back, with an excellent final level to cap the saga off to boot. I loved exploring this exclusive German nightclub, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with assassins that are hunting Agent 47 just as he’s hunting them. It’s a great subversion of the trilogy’s formula, one of a few times Hitman 3 really plays with the expectations fans might have going in. The rainy, neon-lit Chongqing is so massive it may as well be two full levels, and is a contender for being my favorite level in the entire series.

Things that Could Be improved :

Odds are if you’ve already played Hitman 1 or 2, you’re sold on 3 anyway and my video isn’t going to sway you, but if you’re maybe looking at Hitman 3 because you want a new PS5 or Series X game, or you wanna try that PSVR mode out, or whatever your reason may be, I implore you to try at least one of these games out, even if it’s not 3. The intro level of Hitman 2 is available for free on console with full progression transferring over if you buy, and at least one of the first two has a free game trial on Steam. In other words, you don’t have to buy in to find out if you like Hitman’s style. And while I may disagree with the online-only structure of 3, I still have to commend IO Interactive for making these games cross-compatible all the way through, for free if you’ve owned the other games. This is despite 1 being released episodically and published by Square Enix, despite 2 being published by Warner Bros. after IO Interactive bought the franchise out from Square, despite 3 being available on two additional consoles and the Epic Game Store, on an updated engine, and self-published by IO Interactive itself.

Final Verdict :

If you’ve already got Hitman 1 or 2 in your library, without a doubt you should buy Hitman 3 to complete the saga and have access to hundreds of hours of content all in one compact place. If you’re thinking of picking this up as your first game, definitely try out one of the first two first, and try to grab those on sale if you like what you play. Or you can buy Hitman 3 now, play it, and then buy the Access Pass DLC to unlock Hitman 1 and/or 2 and just keep the content coming. Just keep in mind that while Hitman 3 might have the largest levels by far, it also may feel a tad light on content compared to the complete editions of 1 and 2, and if you’re worried about that, these games go on sale incredibly often. I think full price is more than fair here, but when it eventually drops to $20-30, it’s no-doubt a must-buy. Thanks for giving your time.

Here are the Hitman 3 System Requirements (Minimum)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD Phenom II X4 940
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7870

Hitman 3 Recommended Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

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