Posted: February 27
First, let me start off by saying that i was following this franchise right from 2004, this is THE one of the first games i ever played, a great start of a gaming career if you ask me. That being said, let me first tell you how this game makes me feel as a Gamer - Thrill and Power. Yes, having absolute control over life and death with a well crafted character with a wide range of skills, who can easily take down every single enemy on the level, or pass through like a ghost. This game, or rather this Franchise, sets a good mark of an assassin - and that is planning and strategizing. There is always ANOTHER way of killing an enemy, always a different aproach, and while you get rewarded for more creative ways, don't let the score discourage your playstyle. That is the beauty, and that is what it makes me feel as a gamer. Now off to a more technical aproach.
Optimisation is an absolute win, i benchmarked this game with ultra settings on my lenovo y50, which has an integrated and nvidia gtx850m and you can easily pull over 30 fps. Tearing is kind of annoying with disabled vsync, it does eat quite the amount of memory, but it's really not a big problem, as mentioned, optimisation is amazing and you can pull this game even on older PCs. Graphics, visual effects, lightning, and blood are spectacular, honestly, i haven't found any bad graphical glitches or bugs.
Audio/Soundtrack is dynamic and again, gives you the feeling of control, almost acts as a vital guide on harder difficulties. Gives you the sense of a situation, and allows you to steadily go with the flow. Audio is really important for me in the game, and i found it really suitable for this type of gameplay. I absolutely loved it.
Last, but not least, is gameplay. I believe you kinda get the sense of the gameplay from what was mentioned above, but let me mention a couple of new features that i found interesting:
Instinct. Bloody hell, i love this feature. Not because it can make a game easy, but because it gives you a choice on how do you want to play this. I love how developers removed every most important aspect of "instinct" on higher difficulties, and kept it hardcore for long term fans. I'm not gonna lie to you, i haven't completed the game on highest difficulty, and i'm not going to. I've been playing it as challange since Hitman Contracts,
Scoreboard. Let's you compare your score with your buddies, and can make a game a bit more competetive. That is a brilliant feature aswell, but as i said before, don't let the score discourage you, if you have a lower one. Hitman was never truly a comptetetive game, altough in the good old days, we DID like to argue who was a better assassin and who can complete the level on higher diffuculty. That brings me to another new cool aspect.
Contracts. You can now design and play contracts designed by your friends, so you could finaly put it to rest on who's better at the game. Simple as that.
To sum it up, this is truly a masterpiece, and if you're a long term fan, there's absolutely no reason not to get this game, AI is excellent and challanging aswell, well polished and crafted piece of art, ripe for the taking. Enjoy.