Hitman Episode 4: Bangkok Review

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Posted August 22, 2016 by John Newby in Video Games

Developed By: IO-Interactive

Published By: Square Enix

Release Date: August 16, 2016

Platforms: PC, PS4 (Reviewed), Xbox One

Summer is rolling on, and with it comes another Hitman mission pack. IO-Interactive is releasing a new area to explore, more options for Contracts mode, and another member of the Playstation-exclusive Sarajevo Six. The newest mission may have more glitches than previous areas, but they don’t keep Bangkok from being an entertaining playground of death.

The Bangkok mission, or Club 27 as it is known, is set in a luxurious resort and spa and follows the same multi-hit formula that has defined the first season of Hitman. One target is a psychopath rock star with a man bun and terrible fashion sense, and the other is a dirtbag lawyer. Both targets are found in much different areas of Club 27, yet neither one is super easy to take out thanks to the assortment of security guards, hotel staff, and bodyguards. It’s a familiar scenario that has defined Hitman, and yet each level feels unique. You know, like a murderous snowflake.

That dude has some bad hair.

That dude has some bad hair.

Taking these two targets out takes a a wide variety of angles, each complete with unique outfits and opportunities. Cross is constantly surrounded by bodyguards and the members of his band, The Class, none of which are fond of outsiders. Making your way into the inner circle is fairly difficult and takes a lot of finesse. It actually reminds me a little of the witness protection mission in Blood Money, only with more opportunities. You can dress up like a drummer, a bodyguard, a crew member, and quite a few other individuals. For those keeping score, the drummer is by far the most entertaining.

Unlike Cross, the lawyer Ken Morgan is an easier target to eliminate. He wanders around the lobby and outskirts of the hotel with only one bodyguard and doesn’t have a care in the world beyond finding a clean room to sleep in. It’s entirely possible to take out Morgan before he even reaches his hotel room, but that actually takes away some of the entertaining options. It’s worth running through the longer routes just to see how Morgan’s day progresses. 

Morgan is a stickler for clean hotel rooms

Morgan is a stickler for clean hotel rooms

If you are an owner of a PS4, Club 27 has a third target in a member of the Sarajevo Six. These exclusive missions are similar in nature to the Elusive Targets, only you can restart and retry multiple times. You just can’t use manual or auto saves during the mission. The newest member, the Veteran, is a mysterious retired mercenary who is in Bangkok to meet with an author. Apparently the veteran is revealing all manner of dirty details to this ghost writer in order to clear his conscience through the written word. Obviously he must die. 

The Veteran is in yellow, the author in blue.

The Veteran is in yellow, the author in blue.

Of course, any good Hitman contract needs an even better playground, and Club 27 doesn’t disappoint. Unlike the sprawling towns of Sapienza and Marrakesh, Club 27 is more akin to Paris in that it’s just a big building with multiple floors. That description may sound a little harsh, but it’s actually more of a compliment. Enclosed buildings make some of the best Hitman levels. Paris was really fun, the porno mansion from Blood Money let you dress up as Santa, the Villa Borghese from Hitman 2: Silent Assassin was a fun playground to explore, and the apartment complex in Absolution offered diverse killing options. IO-Interactive actually does some of their best work in the more confined areas. Besides, Club 27 is ridiculously large. I still haven’t seen all of the hidden areas after four playthroughs, but I did see that the inflatable alligators made a return. IO lists 65 challenges available for the area; tracking them down will take some time. 

Alligators are back.

Alligators are back.

Club 27 may be one of the more diverse areas in Hitman to date, but it is held back by a couple issues. Club 27 is fairly glitchy in both the main mission and the Sarajevo Six version, and the game even completely froze to the point where I had to restart the PS4. While some glitches are irritating, like the Veteran being stuck in place for an entire mission, others are hilarious. During my first playthough, I tried to hide a body in a closet only to have it launch toward the ceiling and land on a bed out of reach. As frustrating as the moment was, I couldn’t stop laughing at the ridiculousness. See the video below for proof but beware of mild spoilers.

If you can see past the weird glitches, Club 27 is one of the best Hitman levels to date. The resort a blast to explore, complete with weird little hidden moments to unlock. The outfits are diverse, and the NPC’s say some really random phrases. Club 27 is constantly entertaining, and it’s absolutely beautiful. The sun setting over the water and boats is so peaceful that IO even included spots where 47 can just hang out and watch the scenery. There may not be as many little trinkets with which to assassinate targets, but at least you can kill someone with a coconut. That’s all that really matters. 

Once again, IO-Interactive has proven that Hitman is a product worthy buying and constantly playing.

 


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John Newby

A random dude obsessed with coffee, blue heelers, and most nerdy things. Big fan of Star Wars, Borderlands, Arrow/Flash, and a whole lotta video games. The Saboteur is underrated, and Silverado is the best movie ever made.