Hitman's debut episode combines the best of both Absolution and Blood Money.
On his brief trip to Paris, this overhauled take on Agent 47 has successfully combined the best of his previous incarnations. Episode 1 of the new game, which will be released throughout the year and is simply called Hitman, contains a classic-style imaginative sandbox for lethal shenanigans, and the smoother movement controls of 2012’s Hitman: Absolution.
There’s definitely the beginnings of something that may well emerge as a worthy successor to cult favourite Hitman: Blood Money here, although the AI is certainly still a few sandwiches short of a picnic and the PS4 version has displayed a mild smattering of technical snags so far.
Hitman certainly doesn’t waste time getting to it; the very brief opening cutscene during the prologue quickly gives way to a duo of straightforward training missions that provide your first taste of the revamped disguise system. The flawed disguise mechanic from Absolution has been mercilessly double-tapped and plonked in a dumpster; in Hitman the right disguise will fool most of those around you indefinitely, and is not tied to an in-game ability resource.
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