Hitman Demands Publisher Trust We Don’t Have

EGMR writes: "The Hitman franchise is one of my favourite in gaming. In particular Hitman: Blood Money is one of my all-time best games, and encapsulates everything I look to do in my leisure time. Perhaps that’s a bit more revealing of my character than I’d like to admit, but it’s the truth. I can’t count the number of times I’ve replayed that game, and I even thought Hitman: Absolution was a pretty great game despite the criticisms I had of it. However after I was set to part ways with my man juices when Square Enix stepped up to unveil the first gameplay for the new Hitman at E3 this year, miraculously it never came (pun unintentional) to that, despite Hitman being one of the games I wanted to see most."

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Kal-V31407d ago

Gee, another "journalist" is disappointing by something gaming related. How original.

Gh05t1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

Way to bring absolutely zero discussion to the table in a comments thread.

This article is a tad long winded but the concerns are valid and I believe (cant believe im about to say this about it brings up a lot of concerns many gamers have about this type of model.

Tody_ZA1406d ago

I'm not a journalist, I'm just a writer who writes about what I love, which is games. Also Hitman is one of my favourite games. Ever.

Hugodastrevas1407d ago

I hate episodic gaming, it's too unclimatic. I hate to be end a "part" and have to wait a few months for the next one. I just want a complete experience with a beginning, middle and an end.

I don't want to order a delicious meal and then be presented with just the bread because i'll have to wait for the rest in 6 months.

Tody_ZA1406d ago

I am the same, but in rare cases it has worked out. An example would be Telltale. I played the first season of Walking Dead right through from episode 1 to 5 in one night, and it was absolutely awesome. I played the second season as each episode came out...and I largely loved the experience and anticipation.

I do admit that I enjoyed the experience of the first season more because I was engrossed enough to play it all without stopping, but I can't say I hated the second season.

That said, I would choose the entire experience upfront, and secondly I wouldn't trust a publisher with Telltale's model.

Hellsvacancy1406d ago

I just received an email reply from David Bateson (47 voice actor) confirming he is still voicing Mr 47

I'm so happy, I assumed as the new 47 looks younger David Bateson would be replaced

STK0261406d ago

My main concern with the game isn't its business model, which seems fine to me, mostly now that they have confirmed the post launch content to be free. My concern is the developer, IO interactive. I've bought most if not all of their games, and every time, it's somewhat of a gamble.

The first Hitman had a great concept but poor execution, Silent Assassin was a very well crafted game and is still to this day one of the very best game they have developed. Contracts didn't elevate the franchise at all, while Blood Money was probably my favorite game of the last-gen. Absolution looked great, but felt more like a side step than a step forward for the franchise.

And as for their other games, the Kane and Lynch series has been plagued by several issues, although Dog Days had a very enjoyable co-op campaign. Freedom Fighters was a great game, but sadly never received the sequel it deserves. And Mini Ninja was good for what it was.

TL;DR IO is a very inconsistent developer capable of crafting some of the best and some of the least memorable gaming experiences. But I'll still buy it anyway and hope for the best.

Tody_ZA1406d ago

I agree completely, especially the part about Hitman: Blood Money being one of the most games of the last generation. It certainly is in my top 10 list.

You do have a valid point especially considering that the new Hitman is the most ambitious game they're attempting. I'm crossing my fingers because the actual gameplay looks and sounds like exactly what us lovers of Blood Money want.

If you haven't seen it yet, you should check out this reddit thread from someone inside who played the game:

It answers a lot of questions that we want to know about the gameplay.

No_Pantaloons1406d ago

"digital first enables us to do something new, bold and exciting"
“We are building a live, expanding and evolving world of assassination..."

This is meant to hide the truth behind pretty marketing hype. They are changing the formula, plain and simple. No one asked for it or wants it, but they're doing it to fit their plan... more revenue.

"$60 and not a dollar more gets you full access to the experience.”

It's not an experience, its a game. A game some (like me) have been playing since 2000. But instead of giving us more of what we want (bloodmoney) they want to try to convince us they have something better, they said the same thing with absolution, but sadly they are just wrong.

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