Before I review the game, I would like to share something. I am not competitive player and I don't do achievements in games to compete with other people. I do them because it gives me many interesting options to play the game. It also significantly increases the time I spend playing the game. I worked really hard on Hitman achievements and I realised that I became the very first person on TrueSteamAchievements to reach 100% achievement completion in HITMAN™. This made me extremely happy for some reason so I'd like this to be recorded on my blog. Here is the screenshot:
There is a new gameplay element in Hitman 2016 and it's called Opportunities. During each mission you will be given a set of opportunities to take out your targets. Once you select an opportunity, the game will provide you with markers to follow. However if you want to make things a little more difficult, it is possible to disable all these markers from the game. Fulfilling these opportunities require a number of conditions to be met. For example in order to set up an interview and blow up your target with a camcorder, you first need to find the camcorder, then a remote explosive device and then place this device inside the camcorder and so on.
Sadly there isn't a difficulty option. Yes, Escalation contracts prove to be challenging up to a point; however, once you do those contracts over and over again you learn the ideal way to approach them, whereas doing this on a harder difficulty would make things even more exciting!
Mission completion should be disabled if you are being chased at a very close proximity. In a particular mission I still managed to complete it while there was a guard aiming a gun at me from only 2-3 steps ahead. Now this should not be possible!
Graphics are not as well optimised for PC as they should have. Game basically becomes unplayable on Ultra graphics settings on my system. My system can easily handle Ultra graphics and 2k resolution on Tom Clancy's The Division... So, for a system that handles The Division graphics with ease to struggle a lot with Hitman graphics screams poor optimisation to me.
I am aware that there is currently a lot of hatred towards this game due to it being episodic. While these concerns are totally legit, the game is not "half-baked" by any means. Yes there are only 3 missions but only 1 mission alone had me play the game for at least 15 hours and somehow I still find new rooms I haven't discovered before!
In its current form, Hitman will not truly satisfy those who don't like to replay games or do the same mission over and over again (however many different approaches there might be), but I am reviewing this game in my own eyes and as a Stealth obsessed maniac, this game episodic or not has me totally addicted to it! For now I'm giving the game 9 out of 10. If the AI issues I mentioned are addressed in upcoming episodes, I will happily change it to 10!!