After the previously episodic, digital release of Hitman, Square Enix are now releasing the complete first season in physical form. The Complete First Season features all of the locations, challenges, opportunities, and contracts along with contracts created by the community.
Hitman is a stealth, action game where you play as Agent 47, an ICA agent whose job is to discretely assassinate high profile targets. Agent 47 must trot across the globe to varying exotic locations to complete his missions. The way in which Agent 47 takes down his targets is entirely up to you as there are varying choices and outcomes to explore. Finding creative and hilarious ways in your assassination is the funnest part of the game and adds to the 100 hours of playable content.
Each destination is elaborate and graphically impressive with lots to explore and discover. The various locations finds you in stunning locations such as Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh, Bangkok, Colorado and Hokkaido. The endless crowds make for challenging missions but the detailed and decadent environments makes exploring a joy. Each mission has intel to help guide you to specific opportunities for taking down your target. There's usually several of these to explore which makes replaying the mission a different experience each time. You can also experiment with your own assassination tactics or chose some challenges to increase mission difficulty.
The stand out locations for me were Paris, Sapienza and Hokkaido. The maps were so large and full of life and detailed, creating very authentic and immersive environments. Some destinations have large, elaborate mansions with James Bond like underground military bases. Experimenting with different tactics added to the fun and the challenge as well as the hilarity. In one challenge I got to walk a fashion catwalk disguised as a famous model. In another, I got to perform lethal surgery on my target.
My greatest gripe with Hitman is that the voice acting didn't live up to the authenticity of the different locations with having most voice actors as American. Some destinations also didn't feel of the same quality as others but that was quickly forgotten when looking at the quality of the game as a whole.
Hitman is perfect for completionists. There are so many varying challenges to explore and experiment with that there's hours of gameplay to be had. There's also online events where players must eliminate a limitedly available target. If replaying destinations to explore new challenges doesn't appeal to you then you will chew through the game reasonably quick but will still have fun doing so. The Steelbook edition adds even more content so there's definitely plenty of content to play through and a good reason to pick it up if you hadn't purchased the digital episodes yet.