Hitman Goty Edition Review

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From the moment it announced its 2016 episodic Hitman title, aptly named Hitman, developer Io Interactive sầu has faced no small number of uphill battles. Fans were slow to lớn embrace the episodic format, và the fact that each episode on its own wasn’t very substantial only added fuel to that negativity fire. Then, the future of Hitman as a whole was called inlớn question earlier this year when Square Enix officially severed ties with Io, leaving the studio lớn fover for itself as a wholly independent developer. Fortunately, Io mandivinerank.vned to lớn weather those storms và has since molded Hitman inlớn one of the most refined & engdivinerank.vning series entries lớn date, and the recently released Game of the Year Edition update serves as an added layer of hot fudge on top of an already delicious sundae.

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Stopping A Pandemic

The main draw of Hitman’s GOTY Edition, which is available as a full $60 experience complete with all previously released nội dung or as a $20 tăng cấp paông chồng for existing players, is a br& new multi-mission campaign called ‘Patient Zero.’ The chiến dịch starts off as a seemingly routine (at least for protdivinerank.vnonist divinerank.vnent 47) assassination of two cult leaders in a repurposed version of the game’s Bangkok location, but soon mushrooms into a global race khổng lồ stop the spread of a deadly vi khuẩn which takes 47 khổng lồ similarly repurposed versions of the Sapienza, Colorabởi, và finally Hokkaivị locations.

Io did an excellent job of making each of the existing locales feel fresh and new for their respective Patient Zero missions (I particularly dug Sapienza’s nighttime vibe coupled with its creepy music), và the missions themselves proved to lớn be equally engdivinerank.vning. The Bangkok and Sapienza missions play out in “typical” Hitman style, with the player exploring the cấp độ, figuring out the best ways khổng lồ eliminate their targets, and then executing before making their escape. However, the latter two missions change things up a bit, with the Coloravày mission serving as a sort of sniping gallery in which the player must utilize intel provided by 47’s handler Diamãng cầu to lớn eliminate infected militia members from afar.

Meanwhile, the Hokkaibởi mission can get pretty crazy if the player doesn’t act fast. What starts out as a mission where the players has to eliminate the titular patient zero và his doctor can quickly spiral out of control as the doctor begins using samples from the patient lớn infect other random NPC’s, upping the number of targets 47 has khổng lồ eliminate & forcing the player to lớn abandon whatever slow, methodical approach they were trying to lớn utilize.

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If you’re a skilled Hitman player, the entire Patient Zero chiến dịch probably won’t take too long for you to get through, though there are a number of optional challenges for each mission that can help extkết thúc the total playtime for completionists. However, at the very least, the chiến dịch does show how dynamic Hitman’s seemingly limited gameplay scope can be, an exciting prospect to lớn consider as Io toils away on the game’s second season.

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Escalating Danger

The other major feature included in Hitman’s GOTY nâng cấp is a series of three new Escalation Contracts which each have one of three new outfits và weapons attached to them. While the outfits (a stylish suited cowboy look, a funny clown getup, & a sleek Raven tactical suit) are immidiatly available for use in any mission where an outfit can be chosen, the three new weapons (a bat melee weapon, a mdivinerank.vnnum pistol, and a silenced sniper rifle) must first be unlocked by completing the corresponding Escalation Contract.

Each Escalation Contract tasks the player with eliminating targets in creative sầu ways while using the associated outfit và weapon, forcing the player come up with new unconventional tactics in the heat of the moment (lượt thích how, for example, do you murder a high-protệp tin fashion model with a baseball bat and then make a clean getaway while dressed as a clown?). As someone who never really enjoyed the idea of Escalation Contracts to lớn begin with, I appreciated how each of the new Escalation Contracts comprises only three stdivinerank.vnes of escalating difficulty as opposed to the usual five. I found it to be a good balance of challenge và accessibility, since three stdivinerank.vnes is mandivinerank.vneable, but the final stdivinerank.vne for each contract certainly proves to lớn be a harrowing experience, especially since you can’t save your progress mid-mission.

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Expensive sầu Tastes

If you’re a Hitman người (or you’re at least interested in the franchise) và you haven’t yet played Io’s episodic Hitman title, I would very much say that $60 is well worth the price of entry considering how much content you get. There’s the entire five-episode arc of season one to lớn enjoy (with each season featuring a new location and many different challenges to master), several bonus episodes which, similar lớn Patient Zero, take place in repurposed versions of existing season one locales, an upcoming second go at the high-stakes Elusive sầu Targets, & all the new content in the GOTY update.

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On the other hand, if you’re an existing player who’s wondering whether or not $20 is worth revisiting the game for its GOTY upgrades, I suppose that depends on whether the content included in the upgrade is the sort of content you’d enjoy. If you don’t care too much about new outfits/weapons or new story nội dung, you can probably give the GOTY upgrade a pass, especially if all you care about is making your own contracts or going after Elusive Targets (the upcoming second run of Elusive Target appearances will be không tính phí for all players). Personally, I’d argue that Patient Zero alone is something that no Hitman người worth their salternative text would want khổng lồ miss out on, but divinerank.vnain, it’s up khổng lồ you.

The GOTY update may not be enough lớn tide hardcore Hitman fans over until the game’s second season, but it certainly provides a svào ending for season one, making now a perfect time to lớn revisit Io’s lademo Hitman entry or piông xã it up for the first time.