Hitman Episode 3: Marrakesh doesn’t reach the highs of the previous levels and suffers more than ever from the extremely superficial approach to voice acting. It’s not a bad level, but it’s definitely one that I’d be less inclined to return to than the others I’ve played so far. It's the first time I've had to question Io's episodic approach: Over the course of a traditional game presented as a single package you may come across levels that dip in quality compared to the best ones, but you can always put those levels behind you and play the next. In the case of Hitman, we can only go back to the previous two. Marrakesh is what we’ve got for now, and it’s a slight step backwards.
Not quite on par with Sapienza, Hitman's third episode is nonetheless a detailed, intricate playground for murder.
Not quite as good as the previous two maps, with the more serious atmosphere lessening the fun, but still a more than welcome addition to the episodic series.
IO Interactive continues Hitman's reboot with another sprawling level that doesn't disappoint. Even if its episodic nature doesn't feel completely necessary, each dose of content will keep you plenty busy until the next one arrives.
Marrakesh has a little bit less lackadaisical exploration, a little less margin for error thanks to the population density and state of military high alert. Even fewer exaggerated costumes, far as I could find. But you can still brain a fool with a wrench from 20 yards.
Whatever excitement I have is matched by an immediate sense of bewilderment as I prepare to memorise everything around me, knowing it will be another few hours before I can walk away truly satisfied with my in-game performance.
So was the Marrakesh episode a step up from the Sapienza? Definitely not. The targets were a bit too easy (or maybe I’m just getting good at the game), and I could not get over the local shopkeepers or even the soldiers who talk with a really strong American accent. The whole episodic release plan might not have been the smartest idea because this episode wouldn't really get you stoked for the next one.
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Another solid entry into the series and fans of the series so far will love the new challenges it presents.
It doesn't hit the heights of Sapienza, but Marrakesh is another sterling Hitman episode.
Marrakesh is a much different beast, and while it lacks the nuanced complexity of Sapienza or the gaudy flash of Paris, it has a flavor all its own that highlights aspects of Hitman in challenging ways. Another solid entry in this series.
The sandy Moroccan environment isn’t as inspiring as Sapienza in the last episode, and I felt IO Interactive could have done more with the Mediterranean backdrop other than to include a busy bazaar and private shisha club.
A decent level that'll provide another dozen playthroughs of manic chaos, but not quite as organic or as manic as the past two efforts. Not at all bad, but disappointing after the unrepentant triumphs of Paris and Sapienza.
Hitman’s third episode builds on your pre-existing knowledge and ramps up the pressure in a very hostile environment. The trip to Marrakesh never quite reaches the giddy heights of the previous episode, but it still stands as another exceptionally-designed level to add to the growing greatness of 2016’s Hitman experience.
Hitman: Episode 3 - Marrakesh is a good addition to an already great release, and although it may not have the total freedom of Sapienza, it certainly does espionage and detail well. The constantly busy atmosphere and the variety of kills will keep dedicated assassins coming back for more. Roll on Thailand.
Agent 47 operates in a credible and consistent context, where reality, narrative licenses and pure fantasy converge in a perfect balance. Maybe it will not represent Io-Interactive�s final goal, but it can be considered as a great way forword to secure a bright future for our charismatic nameless assassin.
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Hitman retains its strong gameplay core in light of setbacks. The developers fail to capitalize on Marrakesh’s intricately rendered crowds, and performance bugs that were once corrected have returned.
Marrakesh is the best area and mission in Hitman so far. It rewards patience and a slower pace of gameplay than any previous mission.
It may not hit the same high notes that Sapienza did, but the third Hitman episode is still a high level game of infiltration and assassination that is peppered with plenty of memorable moments.
Marrakesh provides the most complexity to the Hitman formula yet, and its design and setting make players work harder for success now more than ever before. Overall, Hitman Episode 3 is yet another amazing addition to the series this year and I can't wait to get lost in its fourth episode.
Episode 3: Marrakesh is entertaining but it doesn't build upon the brilliant Sapienza mission!