Hitman Episode 1 Review – Welcome Back 47
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In a world of remakes and remasters, Hitman comes out swinging to bring back former glory to the series. Is the contract worth taking? Or should you avoid the hit all together? Check out our honest game review of Hitman Episode 1 to help make your choice!

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Hitman Episode 1 Review – Welcome Back 47

In a world of remakes and remasters, Hitman comes out swinging to bring back former glory to the series. Is the contract worth taking? Or should you avoid the hit all together? Check out our honest game review of Hitman Episode 1 to help make your choice!

Hitman Episode 1 Review

You play as Agent 47, a decorated Hitman with a great ability to blend in anywhere, even with a bar code on the back of his head. You will play two training missions to get you used to the game and then you are onto the Paris Showstopper level. There are two targets here, Viktor and Dalia. They are the leaders of IAGO, a spy organization that sells international secrets to the highest bidders. Your job is to infiltrate the auction and take out the targets before the info is sold.

After you pick your loadout, you are tossed in the mission and given the freedom to kill the targets however you see fit. You can go in guns-a-blazing like this is Call of Duty or you can put on a disguise and play it like a Hitman. You can kill the targets in various ways, the game doesn’t restrict you to specific weapons or techniques which is nice. There are challenges that kind of nudge you in the right direction for kills, but they are not required. Guns, knives, poison, drowning, accidents and explosions are all options during the first episode.

It plays just like a you would expect a Hitman game to play. You follow the target, learn their paths and pick a kill spot. Both of the targets have body guards and separating them is the real hard part to the kills. You will get more points if you don’t kill anyone but the targets and additional points if you escape without the bodies being found. That’s not to say you can’t beat the missions if they find the bodies or if you kill a body-guard or two, it’s just more Hitmanish to do it without anyone suspecting anything. Also, if they find a body of a target, the other target will be aware and start changing things up.

Hitman Episode 1 Review - Welcome Back 47

Outside of the main missions you will also have side contracts you can take on. These involve you killing random targets in the level in various ways. Normally they will want you to wear specific outfit and kill them with a certain weapon. It’s alright the first couple times but not nearly as interesting as the main mission. You can also do escalation missions that get more difficult as you progress. Only problem here is the fact that you need to reload the mission every time you advance and the loading times aren’t great.

The game looks great and plays very well. I am really impressed by the sheer amount of people on the screen at once. There are easily 50+ people in some of these rooms all doing their own thing. This is mainly talking, looking at phones or drinking but still it is a lot of people with no huge frame drops or anything. There isn’t much music in the game but the voice acting is pretty good. The cut scenes look really good and the characters you are introduced to seem like scum of the earth type people you want to kill.

Couple things I have to knock it for though. This game is always online and to be brutally honest, Square-Enix hasn’t figured out how to work that properly yet. Day one I couldn’t connect, and a week later I am still having issues with the servers for this game. If you aren’t online, you don’t get a score and you don’t get experience. I get that everyone is going to the whole “everyone connected” BS but it has to work properly first. There is also no safe house for you to test gear and weapons which is a huge deal to me. I’m going in with things that I need to use to kill my targets but I have no idea how they work until I test them in-game, huge miss on this one.

For $10 Hitman offers you a lot of quality content to go through. On the other hand for 60$ you will be left feeling bitter because of the lack of content currently. I’d say give it a go at the $10 price point and if you like it buy the season pass for the rest of the missions.

This review of Hitman was done on the PlayStation 4. A code was provided by the publisher.
  • Alex Elkins

    Great review Johnny, I think the fact that this game is episodic is stopping from buying it.

  • Jules

    So, what I find amusing is that Hitman Devs have been stating, “Season passes are bad for games,” etc. Why in the world did they offer one, or something that functions just like a season pass? Games associated with Square seem to meander down this road frequently, which is thoroughly frustrating. I feel like I’m speaking with politicians, not developers, in regard to that point.

    But $10 isn’t a bad buy for a season pass, or whatever they’re calling it. I’m with you, Johnny. Not being able to have a training depot, safe house, or any other mechanism is frustrating when you don’t know how large an explosion is going to be, if you can or can’t place an item on the table once you pick it back up… Hell, there are SO many options and features that they could slide into the safe house, promos, game news, whatever. It feels like a hugely missed opportunity on their part. Which seems like a running theme in regards to Square.

    Great review, Johnny.

  • cagedcub

    I always loved the hitman series I don’t mind the fact that it is episodic it keeps people interested throughout the year. Instead of grabbing peoples interest for the week it was just released.

  • Masa

    I’ve always admired Hitman, but looks like this will have to be a pass to me due to a few things you pointed out in this review. Not being able to test weapons or gear until you are in the mission could mess me over if I misuse them the first time. Escalation missions seem interesting, but having to reload multiple times on the same mission can get grossly boring. Even if I am a completionist, going through a mission multiple times would not be worth the time needed to pour into it.

    Even if the Episode was $10, having to be always online could be deterring simply because there would be no incentive to play it should I suddenly have no internet access. The game looked great and played great from what I saw on the stream, but it felt so limited and short with it’s episodic style. If this game was actually a series of books, I would understand, but having seen the first episode, I wasn’t too interested in what the rest of the episodes would entail.

    Thanks again for another review Johnny 🙂

  • SmithWerbenjagermanjensen

    I like the Hitman series A LOT. But the fact that they didn’t make a full game and pulled a Telltale for a non-story arched game, ruined it. I don’t want to wait for more chapters, I wanna binge play it. 🙁

  • WhoAteMyEggo

    I’m on the fence with this being an episodic game. I would need more than just one Episode to determine if this will be any good. I have done the same with The Walking Dead, and this game won’t change that.