Review: Hitman (PS4) – Episode 4: Bangkok.
Not wanting to draw attention to himself, Agent 47 took advantage of Gamescom 2016 to go to Thailand and shed two new targets. Is the new Hitman episode worth your interest?
Our bald killer left populated Marrakesh to come to Bangkok after more than two months. Why is this delay compared to previous monthly episodes? The developer has given himself more time, filling July with an additional summer episode. This clog consists of two missions that significantly change the boards in Sapienza and Marrakesh. Interesting and more humor-oriented night challenges allow, among others. set a few funny traps on the movie set and are definitely a nice escape from the increasingly serious missions of the story mode. But let’s focus on Bangkok.
From the very first moment, the Thai board allows you to feel like a tourist spending holidays in an expensive, exotic hotel near Bangkok. Exclusive boats in the port, sun loungers under huge umbrellas in front of the entrance and the omnipresent service quickly bring you to the right atmosphere, and this is only a small part of what is hidden in the rest of the well-designed board.
The map is limited to the hotel area – the port, surrounding terraces, a network of underground service corridors, generously equipped guest rooms and a recording studio in the penthouse. There are two goals – rising rock star Jordan Cross and his family’s lawyer Ken Morgan. Interestingly, the young rocker is not aware of the presence of the latter and it can be used to do half of the work for us. But this is one of the few more spectacular kills.
Unfortunately, once again the methods of killing targets are not as interesting as explosive golf or a cannon shot in Sapienza. I complained about it during the mission in Marrakesh and it’s good that some clever killings were introduced by the summer episode, because here we mainly have standard poisonings, electric shocks, pushes from above or other explosions, with a coconut murder added a bit by force. Nothing particularly interesting or surprising. The other thing was, when I was trying to get into Cross as the band’s new drummer, I ended up in the recording room, and before I could come up with a plan, they put me behind the drums. To my surprise, Hitman didn’t burn his cover, doing a great solo. He will blend into the crowd, murder, play in a band – a real Renaissance man from this Agent 47.
Unimaginative murder opportunities aren’t the only scorn. Bangkok makes a great first impression and it is a board whose design is not inferior to the previous great maps, but the difficulty level has been significantly lowered. The ubiquitous hotel service should in theory make our operations difficult, but many disguises give access to virtually every corner of the new place, security does not bother to search our hero, and gaining access to the highly guarded studio, where Cross resides, is child’s play.
Previous episodes gave us overly short cutscenes that tried to slice the mysterious plot, but in the end it wasn’t enough to actually attract the player. This time the cutscene finally begins to explain the enigmatic events so far, and although it is better than both Hitman movies put together, I don’t know if the creators will have time to do anything interesting with this story before it ends in the last two episodes.
Bangkok is the weakest of all the boards released so far, but this is not the fault of a poorly designed board, and low difficulty level and not very fancy opportunities to kill the targets. The summer episode somehow compensates for this decline in inventiveness, but does not defend the quality of the Thai episode itself. In connection with the still long loading times and the constant requirement of a permanent Internet connection, the fourth episode is “only” good.