Hitman Season One returns with an expanded Game Of The Year Edition
“A sniper outfit comes with a rifle that lets you slow down time to line up the perfect shot”
Having parted company with long-time publisher Square Enix, Io Interactive’s fanpleasing celebration of independence has been to add a great splodge of icing and a handful of cherries to the cake for its episodic masterpiece, Hitman. Hitman: Game Of The Year Edition adds a brand new Patient Zero campaign involving sinister cultists, shadowy corporations, and a target whose elimination triggers the release of a deadly virus. Agent 47, being an assassin who generally sides with the good guys, is the key to stopping it spreading into a global pandemic. Into the mixer Patient Zero spans four of the existing levels—Bangkok, Sapienza, Colorado, and Hokkaido—which have been remixed with new characters, new music, and a different time of day.
Hitman’s intricate levels are ideally suited to hosting additional scenarios in seldom-used areas, and previous bonus missions such as Landslide and The Icon have shown us new angles to Io’s multi-layered design. Unlike the first campaign, which was drip-fed to us over nine months in 2016, all of Patient Zero is ready to go and available for instant bingeing.
In addition, there are three new costumes to wear, each of which comes with a special weapon and a unique Escalation contract. There’s a sniper outfit that comes with a rifle that not only has four levels of zoom and a silencer, it also lets you slow down time to line up the perfect shot. The cowboy suit includes a magnum pistol that can shoot through walls and send multiple enemies flying, while Corky the Clown (from Hitman: Blood Money) has a baseball bat that makes clown noises every time you hit somebody with it. Completing the contracts allows you to use all this gear in the rest of the game.
The new campaign and outfits are included as standard with the full-price GOTY package, but existing
Hitman players can upgrade for $20, which seems about par for the course when you consider how much story mode expansions generally cost in the games that still have them.
For those who don’t want to pay, but perhaps haven’t played for a while, the base game has received a considerable revamp that’s well worth checking out. The user interface has been reworked, all locations have had a fresh lick of paint, including adjusted lighting and new skyboxes, and the excellent Contracts mode has been given a few new options to further refine user-created hits. There’s also 4K support and an enhanced framerate for Xbox One X owners, which is good news for anyone keen to see what their shiny new console can do.
above Night time brings a new look to the opulent Bangkok hotel level. right Not even a hazmat suit will save this guy. Sorry bud.