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Xbox One Game Review

Hitman (2016)
Episode 5 - Colorado


Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Square Enix Ltd
Developer: IO Interactive
RRP: £7.99
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Age Restrictions: 18+
Release Date: 26 September 2016

Welcome to Colorado. A once placid farm compound has been converted into a militia training camp and base of operations. Led by one of your targets Sean Rose, this new-age team of guerrilla fighters combines hackers, and weapons experts from across the globe. Three other targets must also be eliminated – Maya Parvati, Penelope Graves and Ezra Berg, who are all prominent militia members complete with their own specialties.

Review imageWith four targets to take out, the “Freedom Fighters” mission delivers an intense infiltration challenge that forces players to evolve trusted tactics. The area is extremely hostile, with a newly built perimeter fence and patrols around the clock.

I was starting to feel like I was just going through the motions as previous installments of the game continued to feature just two targets and most of the time they were easy to pick off. So, I was pleasantly surprised to discover there were four targets in this game.

The map is very small in comparison to previous levels, and you'll almost stumble over each of the targets, as they are all within spitting distance of one another but they're harder to dispose of than in previous chapters as there are so many guards surrounding the place. It's simply a case of doing a lot of surveillance - there's one style of soldier's disguise that will pretty much guarantee you can get access to almost all of the map's areas without raising suspicion. But, getting the targets away from the guards is another issue altogether.

Review imageI think, on balance, this was one of my favourite chapters as there's a lot of wandering around exploring the environment looking for opportunities and traps that can be set off to make the kills look like tragic accidents.

This is also the episode that makes you reflect on previous installments, as there's a few eyebrow raising revelations to the ongoing story arc as it moves to it's conclusion in the next episode.

A small, but enjoyable, level that should keep you entertained for a little while. And once you've killed the targets, there's more fun to have going back and trying new things.


Darren Rea

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