From the very first opening cinematic, IO Interactive’s epic conclusion to the World of Assassination Hitman series, Hitman 3, will grab hold of you and not let go. This game is a sheer masterpiece in not just the Hitman series of games, but in gaming overall. IO Interactive has taken the series to an entirely new level, with stunning graphics, fun, engaging gameplay, and a thrilling story.
History of the World of Assassination
Fans of the series will recall how the World of Assassination line all started – with Hitman back in 2016. Building on the original concept of the now-iconic Agent 47’s previous stories, commencing with Hitman: Codename 47 in 2000, World of Assassination introduced us to an elegant and expertly crafted stealth game. Offering varying maps, targets, and fun, creative challenges all underpinned by a fantastic story, IO showed us the world through 47’s cold blue eyes.
Hitman 2 brought us a worthy sequel in 2018. The story continued with a whole new set of locations to explore and assassination methods with which to experiment. Here, we saw the story deepen immensely, with plot twists aplenty, and that undeniable sense that the series was pushing us towards what would inevitably be an epic conclusion.
Hitman 3 ends it all
That said epic conclusion has finally landed with Hitman 3. The story goes from deep to practically subterranean, which will hook you right from the beginning. The gameplay feels totally immersive, taking the concepts from the first two in the World of Assassination series and keeping what fan loved, while offering us that little something extra. The mission stories are nothing short of incredible, offering players the opportunity to experiment with different play styles while exploring every inch of the maps.
The maps themselves are jaw-dropping. IO has always been brilliant at giving us beautiful graphics and ensuring that no two Hitman locations have ever felt the same. The variance you will see in Hitman 3 is almost beyond belief, with each map being utterly unique in both their designs and the strategies you will need to employ to navigate them safely and achieve your goals. Each location has its own musical score (with a fun easter egg nod to Hitman’s Paris map in Chongqing if you can find it) that creates the ideal atmosphere and makes you feel like you are really there.
The targets are all suitably vile, in keeping with the overall theme from the previous two games. IO gives 47 contracts that feel “right” to fulfill, owing to the dastardly deeds and generally unpleasant natures of his victims. Attempting the different challenges to take them out in unique and often incredibly cinematic ways feels like endless fun, while also testing your resolve and skills as a master assassin.
Hitman 3 feels like a truly worthy conclusion to Agent 47’s tale. Without revealing spoilers, you can rest assured that by the end, you will feel not only the satisfaction of having completed the game but also a real sense of completion and that true justice has been done to the story.
This was reviewed on PC.
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