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Hitman Episode One review roundup

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Hitman! I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the bald assassin (at least not since Absolution turned it in to Hitman-lite), but there are many who delight in the digital execution of his targets. The newest Hitman is a confusing one, an episodic game that – while taking the series forward – also leans a little on Agent 47’s roots.

The episodic game’s very first episode is out soon, but reviews are available right now. Here’s what critics have to say about Hitman’s first episode.

The Sixth Axis – 8/10


Square-Enix and IO Interactive have certainly taken a gamble with Hitman, but so far it seems to paying off. With a low-price entry fee, there’s enough included within the intro pack to last a good dozen hours or so, especially when you factor in user-generated contracts and other live game modes. There’s certainly enough here to whet anyone’s appetite, allowing IO to turn present future updates as mini-events, maintaining a constant buzz among fans throughout the year.

Videogamer – 8/10


Despite its failings, Hitman’s first episode offers hours of classic play before you even consider the secondary targets, time-limited contracts, and the prologue, which features a smaller yet feature-complete training mission. What’s here represents a strong start, and a fine return to the more traditional Hitman play that fans have been clamouring for. Elsewhere, it needs to improve.

Push Square – 8/10


At the end of the day, Hitman’s buzzword is freedom. There are so many things to do – and so many ways to do them – that you’ll never have to persevere to find something fun to do. It’s all in front of you: a bloody, disturbing playground rife with opportunity. The trial and error gameplay brings back memories of older Hitman titles, while new ideas such as the excellent Escalation mode keep things fresh. Simply put, the Intro Pack is a great buy for old fans and new blood alike – there aren’t many stealth games of this calibre.

Destructoid – 7/10


Stealing a staff uniform from the locker room, dropping your gun into a wastebasket so you can let a guard frisk you before he lets you into the room of a Sheik, then knocking the Shiek out, stealing his clothes, and infiltrating a high-society sale of state secrets so you can tamper with an outdoor heater and let a woman blow herself up when she goes to grab a smoke. That’s Hitman’s highs.

Gamespot – 7/10


The first episode of Hitman has a lot to offer creative assassins, but enjoying it requires you to look past an array of inconsistencies.

It’s out tomorrow.

Last Updated: March 10, 2016


  1. Pariah

    March 10, 2016 at 15:24

    How about the full game upfront, then review?

    I’ve seen way too many games (and movies) that are amazing for the first half, then just die later on. If that happens here, it’ll be a waste of money.


  2. miaau

    March 10, 2016 at 15:25

    “but enjoying it requires you to look past an array of inconsistencies.”

    If you are extremely literal and pedantic, will most games not require this? Or even if you are a little pedantic.

    Hitman is sort of fun for me, then I get bored. Quickly. Looking around for things. nah.


  3. RinceThis

    March 10, 2016 at 15:33

    You mean ‘part of it is out tomorrow’ surely?


    • Pariah

      March 10, 2016 at 15:35



  4. RinceThis

    March 10, 2016 at 15:37

    Even Jim Sterling isn’t going to bother with a review until the whole game is out.Fuck they think this is, the Hobbit?


    • Pariah

      March 10, 2016 at 15:37



    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 10, 2016 at 15:44

      No, it’s Metal Gear Hitman: Ground Zeroes.


      • RinceThis

        March 10, 2016 at 15:45



        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 10, 2016 at 15:49

          Ah damn it. I should’ve called it Episode Onesies. Stupid hindsight. Why couldn’t you have been foresight.


          • Pariah

            March 10, 2016 at 15:50

            Because he’s foreskin?

          • RinceThis

            March 10, 2016 at 15:57


      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        March 10, 2016 at 15:53

        a telltale game…


  5. Jan Prins

    March 10, 2016 at 16:25

    47 The Fashion Model? And people knock ME when I dress up my Sims???
    Seriously, I hope the designer or better yet the make up artist was the contract…


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