Agent 47’s story concludes in this action-packed finale.
Hitman 3 concludes Agent 47’s story in spectacular fashion, offering challenging levels set against large set pieces that is a must-play for fans of the franchise.
Picking up right after the last installment, we finally see Agent 47 going against the International Contract Agency where he uses the same skills he learned from his employers in a bid to stop them. That’s the premise of Hitman 3, which concludes the story of Agent 47 in spectacular fashion, making this one of my favorite games of this year.
Comparing Hitman 3 to previous installments you’ll immediately see how IO Interactive managed to make larger set pieces across different locations. Special mention goes to our very own Dubai, where you’ll get to climb a skyscraper reminiscent of Tom Cruise when he was climbing the Burj Khalifa in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol.
Not only that, but the game features various new enhancements and improvements that add more to thrills when playing an assassin. Take for example Agent 47’s camera, which you now use to take images of targets or even hack objects. Searching for access codes now requires you to scour through different objects to be able to find them, offering more immersive gameplay.
Another favorite addition to Hitman 3 is shortcuts, which we had highlighted in a preview article a couple of weeks back. Various doors and ladders can be unlocked as you progress to the game, which will remain open in case you want to do another playthrough. This gives you another approach on how you would want to play through that particular mission.
Even with the new changes, Hitman 3 still brings the old formula that made the previous installments work. As Agent 47, you would need to use disguises and stealth to be able to assassinate your target. Missions will take on different locations that are wonderfully created in the game, and you can complete a mission in any way that you like.
The thing we loved about Hitman 3 is the freedom on how you can kill your targets. There are still some missions that require you to kill a target in a specific way, though these are mostly tied to the main story. Still, I found myself revisiting some finished missions to see how I can complete it, which resulted in hours of fun and at times challenging gameplay.
You can get rewards by replaying levels and these rewards come in the form of experience that can increase your mastery level which in turn unlocks new gadgets or disguises.
Outside the single-player campaign of Hitman 3, you also have access to other modes like Elusive Targets for taking out special targets, Escalations that give you new targets on each level, and Contracts where you can select a target and a method on how you will kill the target. A multiplayer mode would have been nice, and it’s the only thing I feel that is missing from the game.
I played Hitman 3 on the PC, installing it through the Epic Games Store. It ran perfectly fine on a 2-year-old gaming PC with an Intel Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, giving me decent frame rates all throughout my playtime.
What’s more, my copy of the game includes all the levels from Hitman and Hitman 2, which got new visuals and new mechanics, giving you more hours of stealth action. In my case, it was great to revisit the previous games.
Hitman 3 concludes on a high note, offering beautiful locations and challenging levels that make this one of my favorite games of 2021.
+ Great set pieces
+ Immersive gameplay
– A multiplayer mode would have been nice
Final Rating: 4.5/5