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Xbox One Game Review

Hitman (2016)
Episode 4 - Bangkok


Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Square Enix Ltd
Developer: IO Interactive
RRP: £7.99
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Age Restrictions: 18+
Release Date: 16 August 2016

Welcome to Thailand. The "Club 27" mission transports you to the opulence and splendour of the Himmapan luxury hotel and resort, situated on the Chao Phraya River outside Bangkok. Your targets are rising rock star Jordan Cross, front man of trending indie band The Class, and Cross’s family lawyer, Ken Morgan. Both are currently residing at the luxury hotel as the band finishes its highly-anticipated sophomore album. Explore the grand hotel's exquisite interiors and bask in the natural beauty of the exotic gardens adorning the hotel's exterior pavilions. Or just enjoy the vista of the Chao Phraya River as you plan how best to carry out your mission...

Review imageAfter the rather disappointing third episode (Marrakesh) I was hoping that this latest episode would be a spectacular return to form. While it's by no means as messy as Marrakesh, it's still an easy level to beat. If you want to lengthen the game then it's a good idea to roam around the hotel and grounds and get a feel for the layout. If you're lucky you'll also bump into a couple of opportunities that will make getting your target on their own much easier.

Unlike previous episodes, it's not entirely essential for you to change your disguise. In fact I managed to complete it with just one quick change and I'm not overly sure if that was necessary. Obviously to get to areas where your targets hang out it's beneficial if you do wear a disguise that won't see you looking out of place and raising the suspicion of those close by.

Review imageOn first appearance both targets are almost impossible to get close to. They're always within eyeshot of other people and so you'll have to start using a little initiative to take them both out.

Now, as with the previous episodes (which you'll need to own to play this part) there is a lot of replay value, although I'd argue not as much as the previous episodes - it seems that each level gets smaller and smaller. In addition the map is much smaller than the previous levels.

Review imageWhat makes this a game that's worth picking up is that bonus missions are slowly being rolled out for the levels. I had great fun playing some of the older levels, especially the sci-fi movie set based mission that is based on the Sapienza map.

It's still worth picking up the season pass for this game as while the main missions are a little easy to complete, the replay value, where you can explore more and more fun ways to kill your targets, as well as discovering hidden weapons is well worth it. That's not to mention the special target missions that appear at random and the bonus missions.


Darren Rea

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