354: Hitman (2016)

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354: Hitman (2016)

Post by JaySevenZero » January 13th, 2019, 2:03 pm

Here's where you can contribute your memories and opinions of Hitman (2016) for potential inclusion in the forthcoming podcast.

Friendly reminder to all that where feedback for the podcast is concerned, we love it - but self-editing (brevity) is appreciated. We do want to include a breadth of opinions where appropriate, but no-one wants a discussion podcast that’s mainly reading. Better to save yourself time and cut to the chase if you can.

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Re: 354: Hitman (2016)

Post by Magical_Isopod » January 14th, 2019, 4:13 am

Hitman is a game I fear I'll never finish - its episodic structure means each level is a room full of toys, and the player is a caffiene-addled child told, "Have at 'er, do whatever you please". I bought the complete edition not long after its retail release, and I spent nearly 20 hours just on the tutorial missions, playing around with all the little possibilities they had to offer.

Now here we are, 2 or 3 years later, and I only recently tried the third map - Sapienza - for the first time. There's a second game out now, but at the glacial pace I've been working at the first, I doubt I'll ever pick it up. For me, the "Complete Season 1" of Hitman may as well be the entire series. I'll come home from work in a rut, pop Hitman in for a couple hours, kill some rich dude I've internally personified as the digital embodiment of capitalist wage slavery in the most creative way possible, and then drop it for another few months.

Thing is with Hitman though, the overall story and setting are kinda ho-hum, so it's more of a side attraction in my gaming library than something I'd class as an all-time must-play masterpiece. But nevertheless, I do love it - it scratches a certain devious itch I can only liken to a raccoon sneaking into a house and escaping with pilfered goodies.

On a final note, I leave you with the wisdom of my Parisian friend, Veronica: "If you're playing the Paris level, be sure to dump the body in the Seine, because the pollution will dissolve it before anyone finds it." That tip really embodies the spirit of Hitman for me.

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Re: 354: Hitman (2016)

Post by Mechner » January 18th, 2019, 11:12 pm

Hitman 2016 is an absolute return to form after the abysmal "Absolution", and whilst at first I was a little annoyed and scared of the episodic nature of the release, I must say, it kept the game fresh all throughout that year for me as I regularly returned to play new missions and try out the exclusive targets.

Long may this gameplay and mission style continue into the future of the series.

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