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The fact that Squeenix are continuing to grant us the role of a surrogate James Bond in playgrounds as varied and swish as a luxury Thai hotel, is good enough for me.
Hitman is back on track with yet another solid episode so far, that swaps the size and scope of previous maps for a more intimate and gorgeous setting where you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.
Technical niggles aside, Bangkok is a confident return to form for Hitman's first season – after the characterless trudge through Marrakesh and the fun, but throwaway mid-season summer special episode. While Sapienza is still the undisputed highlight, Club 27's tight, multi-tiered design and wonderfully vile pair of targets show that IO Interactive isn't ready to rest on its laurels.
Episode 4 is another terrific addition to Agent 47’s latest. After a less spectacular stay in Marrakesh and a fairly limited detour in the Summer Bonus Episode, Bangkok provides another terrific level for further murderous possibilities, and one I can’t wait to revisit as more targets make their unfortunate lodgings at the resort.
Although the Hitman Bangkok mission isn’t as good as others, it’s still another solid entry into a well-crafted series -- providing stunning visuals and varied opportunities to kill.
A beautiful return to form for 47 after his Moroccan adventure failed to impress too much. Bangkok offers a tight, focused level with plenty to do, which differentiates it from the missions of the last few months - and it's really well-designed to boot.
Bangkok offers even more opportunities and reasons to keep playing this high-quality, episodic, edition of the legendary assassin. Although you might encounter a few technical oversights, it will be evident that this Hitman promises even better episodes to come. We certainly can’t wait to see what the next episode brings, and until then… If you can’t beat the musician, join him.
Hitman Episode 4: Bangkok gets proceedings back on track after the somewhat bland Marrakesh malarkey of Episode 3. The Himmapan resort may lack the size and scope of Sapienza, and it isn’t quite the classic Hitman hotel level I was after, but it still boasts plenty of problem solving and murderous mayhem within its walls.
Hitman: Episode 4 - Bangkok may be weaker than Sapienza, but by no means is it a bad addition. While the setting does feel a missed opportunity, the Himmapan Hotel is ripe with plenty of different kills, and the clandestine nature and harder difficulty makes it all the more interesting. The humour and comedy is excellent as always, and while it's not the strongest level, everything feels organic, and there are plenty of hidden kills. All in all, Bangkok puts Hitman one step closer to gaming Nirvana.
47's journey in Bangkok sees him in a wonderful and beautifully realized scenery, but the hotel feels (and actually is) small and is far from Sapienza's grandeur in level design.
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While it's a bit of a comedown in some respects, 'Hitman' remains an excellent game in its fourth episode, and I have no qualms with recommending the overall package at this point. Bangkok really shines on replay though, so the first run through ends up feeling like more of a warmup than anything else. The hotel does feel a bit too similar to the first mission in some respects, but IO still crams the episode with enough charm and fun that it ends up feeling worthwhile in spite of its faults.
Bangkok definitely had a lot going for it. The intricate mazes that the hotel design presents is a fun way to get lost exploring every nook and cranny there is to find. But that still doesn’t take away from the fact that the story and targets just haven’t been as good as the two episodes IO originally released. With two episodes to go, one can only hope that the plan is to finish out the content with an absolute bang.
Though it may not be the most shining chapter in Hitman’s ongoing episodic saga, Agent 47’s sojourn into Southeast Asia is still a contract well worth taking. The setting may feel uninspired, and the episode may suffer from some unwelcome technical issues, but these nagging problems don’t keep this bloody tour of Bangkok’s luxurious resort from delivering another successful hit.
If I paid money for Hitman with just two packs to go (USA and Japan), I wouldn't feel slighted even if Bangkok and Marrakesh are weaker than the others. Diced up or whole, this can of blood-soaked tomatoes serves up so many experiences that aren't offered just about anywhere else outside of the original entries.
Hitman’s latest mission is fairly reminiscent of the more classic Hitman games, thanks to the extravagant hotel setup, and well guarded targets. However, due to some glitches, and some minor complications in gameplay, the latest mission just misses the target by a few inches.
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Hitman does a great job of painting each target as a villain worthy of assassination. Even when the target is someone as unassuming as Jordan Cross, the lead singer of an indie band.
After three wonderful Episodes of Hitman, IO Interactive drops the ball by delivering a chunk of content that's not nearly as thoughtful as what came before. But even if this installment comes off as a little disappointing, you should still get some enjoyment out of it if you enjoyed Agent 47's previous 2016 adventures.
This episode felt more similar to Episode: Paris and there’s nothing new from what I’ve experienced so far in this series. Aside from the minor glitches and how bland the episode is, we are yet to see what Hitman has to offer in the USA and Japan episodes.
In its fourth episode, Hitman takes a step back from global conspiracies to examine the morally gray profession of contract killing. It’s the déjà vu of another extravagant mansion, however, that made me consider Agent 47’s potential career changes.
Hitman: Episode 4 - Bangkok isn't bad, and it certainly isn't worse than the "just good" third one, but, it feels so… déjà vu! It's as if IO Interactive took the first episode and gave it a Thai skin, but, while the Parisian level was fun and all, it was just the first, the introduction, the beginning. In other words, while fun in many ways, this episode hasn't… evolved. It offers the same things all over again, when it should not.