HITMAN: Definitive Edition Review

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The full version of HITMAN is here in one nice package that’s full of value. Check out what we thought in our HITMAN: Definitive Edition Review!

Release Date May 15, 2018
Genre Stealth
Platforms PC/PS4/XBO
Developer I/O Interactive
Price $59.99 US
ESRB Rating Mature
Players 1 Player

 

*A copy of this game was provided by WB Games to FYIG for review purposes*

The HITMAN series has had a storied history with many great titles along with a dud or two. After a long relationship with Square Enix, developers I/O Interactive now have control of the franchise and they’ve gotten together with WB Games to put their latest game, HITMAN, into one big package after being initially introduced as an episodic title in 2016. I do feel like HITMAN: Definitive Edition came out a little bit late and that most of the people that would have wanted to play the game probably have already. Even with those thoughts, this is one heck of a package.

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Hiding out.

I/O Interactive was in a tough position after Hitman: Absolution. The game was pretty much universally-panned and they needed to go back to the drawing board to bring the series back to its roots. They did so in a big way bringing back the big sprawling environments and inventive types of ways to complete your assassinations. As I mentioned before, HITMAN returned as an episodic game with each new part containing a new level to master your skills with. Every one of these levels is present in HITMAN: Definitive Edition along with all the extra content that was released for the game. You’ll get the Game of the Year Edition content, the Summer Bonus Episode, and the Blood Money Requiem pack. There’s even a new cosmetic pack available, it’s definitely the best version of the game to own.

The beginning of the game takes you through ICA training where you go through a couple different scenarios and learn the ropes before they set you out on your own. I liked this tutorial a lot because it teaches you a lot of the little tricks of the trade that novice players might not understand right away. For veterans, it still doesn’t hold your hand too much to become a nuisance. You’re still able to complete these scenarios whatever way you want, but they’re a bit more forgiving on the difficulty level and you’ll have them complete a lot faster than the main missions in the game.

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This edition features all the episodes and special content.

The HITMAN series has always been one that has touched all corners of the world and this game is no different. This game sees you traveling to a fashion show in Paris, a luxurious villa in Italy, mobs in Morocco, a hotel in Thailand, a compound in Colorado, and a hospital in Japan. As you can tell, there’s a ton of variety available in these settings. The levels themselves are really well-crafted and have many different ways in which Agent 47 can get around the level and complete his mission. The thing that kind of took me back a little bit was the fact that all of the NPCs speak English no matter what country you’re in. This is a small, but noticeable detail that I found a bit odd.

Disregarding the tidbit about NPC speech, the levels require a lot of recon. I spent an hour or more in each level just looking around and seeing what types of things I could find. There are tons of different routes you can take to kill your target and plenty more ways of actually killing them. You can poison people, drown them, choke them, push them off cliffs, stab them, crush them with objects, blow them up. The possibilities are endless and you can make it as quiet or as loud as you want it to be. It’s meticulous and you really have to do your research depending on how you choose to go about things. Each mission has a ton of people wandering around in different professions liked chefs, security guards, models, waiters, etc. Those people give you even more opportunities to disguise yourself as one of them and get into even more sensitive areas and situations. The replay value of this game is truly astounding.

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Don’t mess with the chef.

Escalation Mode is a new feature to the series and it adds requirements to existing levels. This essentially creates new missions within the missions you already have. It starts off fairly simple by killing people in specific ways and then escalates (see what I did there?) to more complex goals like time limits, dumping all the bodies in a certain spot, wearing a certain disguise, and other things of that nature. Another new mode is Elusive Targets where you go after special targets you can’t see on the map that I/O release for certain time periods. Some of these targets probably won’t show up again at this point, but there was one available during my playthrough. Contracts Mode also returns from Absolution allowing you to create your own missions to share with other players.

There are two different ways to play HITMAN. The first is to play using the default settings which highlights Opportunities when conversations and circumstances can line up an assassination. It makes the game a bit more of a linear experience and it’s one that more experienced gamers might want to change. The second method of playing the game is the complete sandbox experience. I would advise to play through the default way the first time and then use the more realistic settings on your second playthrough. It really takes the game to another level when you have to pay attention to every little detail.

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Just hiding the evidence.

The only issues I had with HITMAN  is the enemy AI. It was a really inconsistent AI system that made me fail some missions very quickly when I thought I was in the clear. Sometimes guards hear the faintest sounds, other times I can level someone with a crowbar and be fine. They’re also pretty slow to raise the alarm in some instances and then I’m public enemy number one right away in others. It’s inconsistent at best. It wasn’t something that hurt the game a lot for me, but it was annoying to have to replay a mission because I was hunted for something minor. Even with that minor annoyance, this was still my favourite HITMAN experience.

I do have to make a quick note that not all the content is on the actual disc if you’re buying a physical copy. You’ll still have to download around 20GB to get all the content that is featured in this edition. There is also a persistent online connection required even for the single-player campaign.

Pros Cons
Includes all content released for the game If you already own the GOTY edition, there isn’t much new here
Deep HITMAN gameplay AI can be inconsistent
Tons of replay value  
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