Hitman represents a return to form for our shiny-headed assassin, harkening back to the glory days of Hitman Blood Money rather than his last outing Hitman Absolution, which was poorly received by fans of the series due to both its attempts to humanise Agent 47 and its rather lacking story structure and level design. Delivered as an episodic title rather than a single release, Hitman’s first instalment gives us several training missions and The Showstopper assassination, set in during a fashion show in a regal palace in France.
Hitman is reintroduced to us through a series of training missions, both for the player and for Agent 47 as he is inducted into the International Contact Agency (ICA). The first of these training missions guides you through the basic mechanics of Hitman, which have changed little over the course of the series. As Agent 47 you must infiltrate a location and eliminate your target, using a combination of stealth, cunning and brutal violence to achieve you goal. The master of disguise, Agent 47 can subdue and steal the clothes of almost any character in the world, though no one is going to be fooled by the 6’2″ bald guy in a cocktail dress so you’ll have to stick to the men’s range. Using these disguises, Agent 47 can gain access to restricted areas and close in on his target, though players should be careful as not everyone will be fooled by your disguise. Heads of staff like security chiefs are labelled by a mark above their heads and these individuals will grow suspicious if you linger in their presence whilst dressed as a security guard, adding an extra element of challenge to your assassinations.