Game: Hitman 3
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows
Rating: M for Mature
The Hitman series has now made its debut for the latest generation of consoles. While Agent 47’s latest outing may feel like more of an expansion pack than a full standalone game, the experience is nevertheless an enjoyable one. In fact, the storyline can be completed in less than a handful of hours.
New Hit, same man
Hitman 3 follows directly from the previous outing, meaning that if you are unfamiliar with the plot that has been transpiring for a number of years now, you will find yourself lost in an ever-expanding narrative. Still, even if the tales of betrayal and intrigue find you scratching your head there is still plenty to enjoy here regardless of plotlines. Visiting lavish locations from all around the world where the player must assassinate evil crime lords will be the story that many of us need.
Hitman 3 can be played in a variety of ways. The main objective is to kill one or more individuals within a sprawling level. How you achieve this is up to you. You can run in like an action hero, blasting everyone and everything in sight, or you could knock a security guard unconscious, take his outfit and shapeshift your way to the target. This freedom of play is not only allowed, but also encouraged. Seeing as the game only provides players with a handful of levels, you must replay, replay, and then replay again in order to unlock new weapons, outfits, and starting locations. This is not necessarily a bad thing—until you come across a level you dislike, then it can feel like a chore.
The flip side to this is that Hitman 3 also serves as a base game from where you can purchase the last two iterations. While this gives you even more maps to enjoy, it will also burn a much larger hole in your pocket. Almost like you have to buy more to enjoy a more fuller game.
Hitman 3 runs at a native 4K on PS5 and Xbox Series X. While the game does not show off the full power of the latest consoles, the environments and lighting effects truly shine here. The fading sunset, dimly burning light bulbs, and neon lights are all beautifully rendered. The character models—while still impressive—fall more on the side of the previous generation. Still, graphically the game is competent.
Hitman 3 suffers from a shortage of levels to enjoy. However, it makes up for that in a boatload of replay ability and pure entertainment.