The saga continues with the third episode in the latest installment of Hitman, set in Marrakesh, Morocco. Episode 2 surely broadened the scope of the Hitman reboot and heightened the pressure in which things can take place. So, the question is whether Episode 3 is right on target or does it miss its mark?
The M rating remains the same in the third installment of Hitman, as it contains blood, violence, suggestive themes, alcohol/drug references, and strong language. The fact remains that players have the option to subdue enemies or not, whether that be killing or just knocking them out. The only characters that must be killed are the two assigned targets. Blood still comes very minimal amounts, sprinkling from enemies with small puddles forming beneath any victims. A variety of swear words can still be heard from other characters in the game. Alcohol makes less of an appearance in this episode due to the setting, while using poison to subdue foes is still an option. Other characters can be heard making drug references.
Episode 3 opens up just like the previous games do with Diana giving you a quick rundown on the next set of targets. Again we have two. She explains that you are headed to Marrakesh to take out a corrupt banker who has stolen millions of dollars from the citizens along with a corrupt general who basically endorses the bankers actions. The people are outraged and protesting in front of the bank while the general has set up a base in a nearby school and is not there to keep things under control, but rather to fuel the fire in hopes for a coup d’etat so he can seize power. Now it would seem that the pressure is on to complete the mission, and yet it really isn’t.
Again, I really like the premise of this episode, but it did not deliver in the same way that the previous one did. When starting the mission, the idea of having to weave through a place caught in turmoil had intrigued me. Sadly, that feeling kind of died off when I looked at the map. It feels very small this time around. While Paris is not very big either. It has multiple layers to work with, and Sapienza is big and to some degree intimidating at first. Marrakesh has three major areas with the school and bank being the biggest ones, and the third is just a few connecting streets that are mainly meant for you to get from one location to the next. It is worth noting that these mission don’t take over two hours even if you explore everything. I feel like out of the three Hitman episodes I finished this one the quickest.
The biggest challenge I have found throughout all episodes is sneaking into these places that will not just let you waltz right in. The second episode did this very well and so does this one. Before you even think about heading to the bank, you must go for the general who is inside the makeshift base that was once a school. Of course, every accessible angle into the place has at least two guards keeping an eye on who goes in or out. At some point I came across one of the “opportunities” that can be found, which is to take the disguise of a member of the general’s propaganda crew. He has ordered a small team of guys to roam around the streets and put up posters around the city in order keep things heated with the citizens. It took me a few tries, but I was successfully able to steal the disguise I was then able to walk right in with the rest of the crew.
Once I eliminated my first target from the picture, it was time for me to head to the next, located at the bank.When entering the general area you will find a large group of people protesting in outrage of the things that this guy has done. The way I entered the building was pretty cool. From previous events I had acquired a uniform from one of the soldiers, so I was able to walk right through the protesters through the front barricade and into the parking garage where some of the soldiers were stationed. In the second major opportunity I discovered the target made a massage appointment, and the masseur was already in the building. So naturally I knew I had to acquire that disguise also. I guess you could say that it was the last massage that this guy would ever have.
I did find myself trying out the “Elusive Target” mode. The reason I had not yet seen one in Episode 3 is because these are only available for two days before they are taken down. When playing this mode you can keep trying until you die If you somehow get caught and killed, the mode will no longer be available to you. I noticed that the target is not even available on the map, so you must be at your best when taking on these missions. Personally I did not complete the mission, though this mode is great for the hardcore fans.
This mission has been done so well that upon completion, I felt like a professional assassin. Though to accomplish this, the developers made the map more linear and contained very similar opportunities and things we have seen in the previous episodes. The other thing that took me away from the experience was the voice acting. The work itself has never been great, but this is a foreign country where Arabic is the primary language. I found it very odd that everyone that spoke in this episode speaks perfect English. When things were all said and done, the ending cinematic began playing, yet I still found myself wondering who these people are—all I learned is that there is an organization that is plotting something big. For some reason Agent 47 keeps slowing down their plans by killing these targets, and he has become no more informed of the grand scheme of things. So I am still waiting to find out how this all connects.
In conclusion, even though Episode 3 may weaker than the previous installment, it still succeeds in putting us in the shoes of Agent 47. I am still slightly confused when it comes to how all these missions are connected, but I am sure we will get those answers eventually. After going this far into the episodic format, nothing has quite left me in awe yet; I have found nothing absolutely terrible, yet I have not found anything that is going to have me telling others that they need to be playing this. Having said that, I find myself waiting to see what else is coming in the next episode.
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