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Hitman Episode Two short-lived excitement

Mar 16, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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HitmanAgent 47 is in Italy and he ain’t there for the pizza.

In the second chapter of the episodic Hitman, Agent 47 finds himself in Sapienza with his lethal sights set on a wealthy bioengineer and his head egghead. Below his sprawling villa is a heavily guarded research laboratory housing a deadly virus prototype that targets people based on their DNA. Agent 47 has been tasked with not only offing the two scientists but he also must destroy the virus by any means necessary.

HitmanAlthough it sounds quite complicated, Episode Two is a straightforward walk in the park that will probably take you less than an hour to complete. Like the previous Episode, this is another mission that is heavily focused on disguises. In order to gain access to the bioengineer’s compound and underground bunker, you have to ransack some nearby apartments, so the lock-picking tool is absolutely essential.

The villa itself is a maze of connected multi-level buildings containing many small rooms, many touchy guards and many industrious employees.

HitmanOnce disguised as an assistant chef, you can perform some reconnaissance. If you are patient and observant, you will learn about relationships and the patterns of your targets, such as the head egghead is having an affair with a golf instructor who is easily poisoned by the pool. Fore!

Taking out the pair of troubling scientists is quite a relaxed assignment compared to what lurks below the villa. The underground facility is teeming with irksome human traffic including armed guards and all manner of scientists. It is a multi-level facility and the main pod housing the virus also requires a hazmat suit to enter. Unlike the other Hitman games, swapping disguises after your enemies have been alerted won’t buy you any time or fool them, which is kinda of bizarre as that has been a staple of the series.

HitmanLike those cheapo chicken wings at the local greasy spoon, Episode Two doesn’t have a lot of meat on its bones. Even if you attempt different methods or approaches to the mission, the undertaking itself is not very involved at all. Sure, it satisfies but not for very long. Sapienza is a fleeting adventure and because of Hitman’s episodic nature (which I still don’t understand or agree with, see my previous review) the stealthy, guilty pleasure comes to a quick and sudden halt until next month.

HitmanHitman: Episode Two
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: IO Interactive
ESRB Rating: M for Mature

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Rating: 6 / 10

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