Hitman Episode 3 (PS4 review)

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So far, Hitman has taken us to France, Italy, and now Marrakesh, Morocco in Episode 3. This mission has you eliminating two targets once again: corrupt banker Claus Strandberg seeking hospitality at the Swedish embassy and General Reza Zaydan, who is planning a vicious coup d’état for his own gain. The city is packed to the brim with people, more so than the Paris mission, and almost everyone is on edge due to a violent protest. It’s a shame that this episode doesn’t live up to what it could’ve been.

Now Marrakesh is no Sapienza (Episode 2 setting) by any means, but it holds its own pretty well. The majority of the map is set in a bazaar, with various shops to hide in with many opportunities. It’s best to equip a coin to lure people into the small, isolated corners. Speaking of the coin, it was this mission where the faulty AI really shows off its colors. I literally led an NPC right to an empty room by throwing a coin he clearly saw me throw. Maybe because I was desperate to steal his disguise, but hey, gotta go incognito.

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What also stands out most in this episode is the voice acting. Not that it’s bad or anything, it’s just extremely out of place. I could understand American accents in France, maybe a bit in Italy, but Morocco? Give me a break. There are some tourists in the area, but I couldn’t find one NPC with a native accent. Call it nitpicking, but having voices that don’t fit the setting can break immersion in any setting.

There are 2 key locations where the targets are hidden: the general is located in an old elementary school where he and his troops are stationed and the banker is in the Swedish embassy surrounded by angry protesters. Even with the available opportunities, these areas were harder to get to than ones in previous missions. I stole a revolutionary’s outfit to get into the school, but as soon as I entered the printing room where the general was, the printer was broken and everyone became suspicious of me for that reason. All I had to do was stay out of sight for about 5 seconds after entering while they fix the printer. What even?

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Outside of the Swedish embassy is an extreme protest with crowds of people. There are multiple ways to get inside which I won’t say here, but once you’re inside, it’s a nightmare. The best disguise to have on is a security guard outfit, but most of the other guards will recognize that you’re not a real employee, which makes it difficult to get around. The opportunity I took was to disguise myself as a masseur for the target. The problem is that there is a security guard in the room he’s in, and no one is leaving anytime soon. I had to compromise myself in front of those two to finally get the disguise.

Final Reaction

Episode 3 of Hitman isn’t terrible, but it is definitely the worst of the episodes so far. Sloppy aesthetic design is the least of the level’s problems, but the ridiculous challenge is where the main problem stems from. Maybe I need to come back to the level with more patience, but one things is for certain: the remaining four episodes will have to do better than this.

Rating: 2.5/5 Atoms

NR 2_5 Atoms - C-

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