The game launches next week.
Over the holidays, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at Hitman 3 before it releases on January 20th. I played the game on the PC, which introduced me back to the world of assassins through the eyes of Agent 47. There’s also a sense of excitement about the game as well since parts of it are set right here in Dubai.
While the Hitman series has always focused on the action, there’s something about this third outing’s story that keeps you invested. This is one of the reasons that keep you glued on what happens in the same, aside from assassinating your targets.
In a rather Mission Impossible-esque opening, Hitman 3 begins right in Dubai, UAE where you’re tasked to infiltrate the Burj Al-Ghazali (aka The Sceptre) which in the game is the world’s tallest building. From the desert setting, you’ll also be taken to the Thornbridge Manor in Dartmoor, England. It’s an awesome sight, and there’s a sense of excitement seeing the city you live in getting recreated in a virtual world that you can play around with.
In this installment, Agent 47 gains a new camera that lets you take images that are required to complete some challenges. In the Dubai level, for example, I was required to use the camera for scanning locked windows to open them, an element that adds more thrills especially when you’re trying to complete your mission without being seen.
Stealth is still key for Hitman 3, and the levels are designed to help Agent 47 hide or even go undercover to complete missions. Going under a disguise is best if you want to roam around freely, and levels are designed to be replayable. In the game, for example, you’ll first encounter locked doors and ladders that you can access which stay open all throughout the game. When you feel like replaying the same level, you can take advantage of these shortcuts and approach the mission in an entirely different way.
And that’s just Dubai, after a brief encounter you’ll end up in Thornbridge Manor to discover more clues in your mission – which somehow reminded me of Knives Out. The clever way Hitman 3 draws you into the gameplay and story is one of my favorite highlights of the game – especially when you get to this chapter’s conclusion.
Hitman 3 hits all the right marks in the short time I’ve spent playing the first levels. If this is how the rest of the game plays, then consider this one of my favorite games to release this year.
Hitman 3 launches on January 20th, 2021 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC through the Epic Games Store. The game will also arrive on the Nintendo Switch via cloud streaming and is also playable in VR through the PlayStation VR system.