Despite having the best mechanics in the series, the latest
Hitman’s “episodic” format continues to kill my enthusiasm for the title.
I reviewed the introductory offerings of Hitman last month,
and while the gameplay stays true to what fans have loved about the series, the
drip-feed of content doesn’t warrant an endless series of reviews over the next
year. Instead, we’ll review the complete package when it is available next
January, and offer our evolving impressions in the meantime.
And my impressions have indeed evolved after playing the
second episode, Sapienza – just not in a good way. While my original
review still encompasses my overall feelings about the experience, episode
2 has reiterated some of the problems Agent 47 currently faces.
The Episodic Format
…and the game shouldn’t even be considered episodic in the
first place. Episode 2 contains one level, one story mission (plus another Sarajevo Six bonus mission on PS4), and a handful of Escalation missions. The
story is virtually nonexistent, and the side content isn’t particularly
compelling since it all revolves around a) repeating an assassination you’ve
already done several times, or b) killing random, unremarkable NPCs. Creating
your own contracts is still a cool option, but the user-created criteria is less
specific than in Absolution, and …read more