It's safe to say that Hitman has been excellent so far, but despite the variety of locations, every mission has been similar in that they've all been set in largely public places. The latest level – set in a militia-held apricot farm in rural Colorado – takes the game in a different direction, focusing more on stealth than previous outings.
The opening part of Colorado is an excellent scene-setter. This time, Agent 47 is tasked with taking out four targets: bomb-maker and radical terrorist Sean Rose, former assassin and the militia's training instructor Maya Parvati, former Mossad agent and interrogation specialist Ezra Berg, and former anti-terror analyst Penelope Graves.
Four targets may sound like a bit much, but it's actually an excellent choice as the method of killing each target is vastly different thanks to their colourful characteristics. Assassinating Rose in particular is a fun jaunt, as his OCD and fear of bacteria can be triggered in order to make him vulnerable to attack. Taking down Parvati is entertaining too, as it involves a training game that she's devised going a tiny bit wrong. There's also a slurry pit and an exploding smartwatch to take advantage of, so there's no shortage of creative kills.
What's most interesting about Colorado, though, is that it's a lot more focused on stealth and disguises – it's a lot easier to snipe in this map than in previous missions. There are no safe zones – trespassing right from the off, and hopping from cover-to-cover in the hope of finding a uniform in order to blend in. Indeed, you'll need different outfits (including a scarecrow) to access different areas of the camp, which is fun and adds a puzzle aspect.
However, this does mean that the only real NPCs you'll see in Colorado are guards, which – while adding to the tension of the level and never giving you a moment's peace – also makes the map less interesting than past instalments. This mass presence of armed men does make it a more challenging mission, too, but that adds to the fun again.
In terms of content, there are six opportunities, six new weapons – including a TAC-4 S/A Assault Rifle – a new Tactical Gear suit, and 70 new challenges to complete. You can now also set Kill Conditions when creating Contracts, and search through them using tags in order to find the contracts you want.
Hitman: Episode 5 - Colorado may not be as impressive or vibrant as Sapienza or Bangkok, but it brings its own new take to the game. With a newfound focus on stealth, sniping, and uniforms, this latest mission does well to bring back memories of the sneakier Hitman of old, but some frustrations and annoyances due to the difficulty are present.
Can't wait to play this episode. I'm really enjoying this game.
Whens the full game out?
Just a question, do you think it's worth dipping into Hitman now, or will it be best to wait until the whole thing is done? It's been wearing me down over time and sometimes I think "why not?!" even though I do prefer physical media for larger games?
Also, how much hard-drive space does each episode take up roughly?
I heard a rumor that the first retail disc they're going to sell is called season one. So they may be extending it way past a "full version" that would be expected.
@themcnoisy It's coming out as a full retail release on 31st January next year
@Churchy It really all depends on whether my reviews have convinced you that it's worth buying Hitman now or not. My instincts say that the game in its current state is excellent (and there's only one mission left to be released) so it'd be worth buying it now if you believe what I say, but then again if you're into physical media I would wait until January. It's all about personal preference - can you wait to play it, or do you think that the game is too good to wait for?
Also, I imagine the full game should be around 40-50GB - each episode is under 10GB each, varying in size.
@ztpayne7 The devs have expressed an interest in releasing two more seasons of content but they're waiting to see how the first season is received overall. I'd wouldn't bet against them making more seasons though
@Anchorsam_9 Hey Sam, been meaning to respond. Your reviews have definitely convinced me of the quality, it's more just me being a stickler for physical releases if they're available that's had me on the fence.
Also, I haven't got much room left on my hard-drive at the moment so waiting for the physical release might be better. But you can bet your arse I'm getting that day one when it's released, thanks to your reviews!
@Churchy Thanks! I get it, it's always a safer bet to wait for the full game anyway just in case
@Anchorsam_9 No worries, you've done a good job reviewing this series so far (and episodic stuff is hard to review bit-by-bit). Another factor is that Absolution had me petrified about this new release, and also there's been so much stuff coming out this year. So I observed this game like a curious school boy looking over his creepy next door neighbour's fence.
Still waiting Until January for the retail disc version.
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