The release of the 2016 reboot of the Agent 47 journeys is about to be finished. The “World of Assassination” trilogy concludes with a third episode soberly entitled Hitman 3 Mobile which follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. For nearly five years, IO Interactive Studios has been working to return to the roots of the “Hitman” franchise, meticulous and thoughtful murder, leaving the action in its simplest form in the locker room. Is the most fearsome murderer in video games able to end his own story with panache?
About Hitman 3 Mobile
The scenario has rarely been a central element of the Hitman experience. The narrative was then only a pretext linking the missions together, while Agent 47 was usually content to chain the contracts together. With the “World of Assassination” trilogy, the Danish studio’s IO Interactive focus on the story, that of a hitman seeking emancipation and revenge against the Providence Agency and its leaders. Hitman 3 Mobile concludes an international thriller started in 2016 with the way without spreading itself too thin. The staging remains sober and minimalist most of the time but allows itself a few cinematographic flights inspired by the great hours of spy movies with its cinematic cold tone so characteristic of the series.
With Hitman 3 Mobile, a change of scenery is once again guaranteed. Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Dartmoor (United Kingdom), Berlin (Germany), Chongqing (China), Mendoza (Argentina) and finally the Carpathians (Romania), Agent 47 travels to the four corners of the world to the delight of globetrotters. Each mission has its own identity due to the destination itself, which determines the general atmosphere of the place, the luminosity and the tones that emerge. From the rainy alleys of a Chinatown to a sumptuous Argentinian villa surrounded by vineyards to the noble atmosphere of the English countryside, the artists of IO Interactive succeed in constantly renewing this feeling of discovery and amazement.
The technique is not to be outdone. The Danish studios have proven in the past their know-how in this field and the solidity of their in-house engine “Glacier”. Hitman 3 Mobile benefits here from several notable improvements, notably on the lighting and reflection effects, without risking to harm a playing experience that remains fluid in all circumstances. The 60 frames per second on the PC, all in 4K to take full advantage of the environments, is particularly appreciated. And that’s not all. Crowd technology, promoted by IO Interactive, is also progressing. The latter is now able to display 300 NPCs (non-player characters) naturally going about their business. However, we might regret some less inspired interiors, although few in number, which suffer more particularly from less work on the lighting.
Hitman 3 Mobile only slightly modifies the “sandbox” formula initiated on Hitman (2016) and refined on Hitman 2 (2018). The strength of the “World of Assassination” trilogy lies in the multiple approaches imagined by IO Interactive to fulfil the objectives within open levels where the natural curiosity of the players is rewarded, and this new episode fully embraces this philosophy that has in the past seduced budding assassins. Even better, the various missions are characterized by an extremely well-thought-out level design that makes use of all of Agent 47’s talents and knows how to vary the pleasures from one destination to another… the verticality of a skyscraper, the labyrinthine meanders of a city or the vast spaces of a British manor.
Our assassin explores environments conducive to concealment, diversion and the discreet elimination of targets. Agent 47 has not lost his touch, and for the occasion, he brings out the perfect panoply of the cold-blooded killer who will not be too much to solve the various “puzzles” imagined by IO Interactive. Finishing a mission and its various plots (or scenarios) is just the beginning. Hitman 3 Mobile, like its predecessors, encourages creativity and ingenuity in order to master the 6 new destinations 100%. To do so, IO Interactive has tried to correct as much as possible the few flaws of Hitman 2 Mobile.
The artificial intelligence of the enemies benefits from a slight overhaul that does not revolutionize the game experience but has the merit of refining it. Among the few new features of this Hitman 3 Mobile, the addition of a camera to hack magnetic locks and pick up clues stands out. This does not change the formula in any way, but it adds substance without distorting it. However, more rhythmic sequences still lack explosiveness. Once spotted, Agent 47 loses its mastery.
Actions Finally, once the adventure is over and the missions are 100% complete (or not), Hitman 3 Mobile invites you to create your own contracts and share them with the community, to fulfil other objectives in “Fugitive Targets” and “Climbing” modes, etc. Agent 47 will never get bored.
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