It’s becoming worrisome that IO Interactive may have used their best tricks and mechanics for the Intro Pack/Paris, and Sapienza missions. Those two areas alone created more joy and more honest fun than Marrakesh, and now Bangkok, could even attempt to do. Bangkok is quite a bit better than Marrakesh, which still stands as the weakest episode to date. Read on for our full Hitman Episode 4 review.
Title: Hitman Episode 4 – Bangkok
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: IO Interactive
Available On: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Copy Supplied by Publisher
If you’ve been playing the releases as they happen, it’s been nearly three months since the last major content has been released for Hitman. Sure, there’s the elusive contracts and the user created content. And missions can be replayed countless times, as you’ll almost never go through an area the same way twice. IO Interactive did release a bonus pack titled Summer Bonus Episode, which was available in the middle of July. But it wasn’t another full blown area to explore.
IO really captured the imagination of stealth fans and those who adore the Hitman series when they released Paris and Sapienza. Those two levels captured the feel of Hitman and brought the series right back to the mainstream. Something has definitely gone wrong though, as the latest two missions are no where near as finely crafted, or quite frankly, fun to play through.
Agent 47 starts out in Bangkok on the docks, right outside the Himmapan Hotel. Scanning the map, you’ll be able to tell that this area is the smallest in terms of general scale, but there are multiple levels to explore in and outside of the Hotel itself. Your targets this time consist of two individuals. Jordan Cross is the lead singer and bass player for The Class, a New York based indie rock group. His girlfriend, Hannah Highmoore, somehow managed to fall from the top of his penthouse, ultimately perishing. This was ruled an accident, but her parents know better and believe it to be murder. Jordan used this incident to propel The Class to the top of the charts, playing the sympathy card over and over again. The actual title of this episode is Club 27, which is a reference to the age 27, a famous age where many celebrities have been known to pass away. In the game, it is Jordan Cross’ 27th birthday.
The attorney for the Cross family, and the one who helped Jordan cover up Hannah’s murder, is Ken Morgan. He has never lost a case in his entire career. Funny side thing to mention. Ken also represented the Ether Corporation at a trial at some point as well, which was the foundation back in Sapienza that was working on that extremely lethal virus. So he may actually play a bigger role in this entire story than we realize at the moment.
The Opportunities quickly reveal themselves in Bangkok, which was nice. Once thing you’ll quickly discover though, is that Bangkok is the hardest episode released. While the Opportunities will allow you to get closer and closer to your targets, there are a lot of people who will spot you and blow your disguise, more so than any other mission so far. After sneaking in to the hotel through the basement and dodging countless staff members, I was able to blend in as one of the staff and eventually found myself up in the kitchen. It was here that Agent 47 learned of the birthday cake that Jordan’s father had ordered for her. With rat poison in hand and the cake topper in the other, we were quickly able to sabotage the cake and clear out the room of guests, leaving Jordan and his current girlfriend alone in the room. One down, one to go.
Ken Morgan was quite a bit more difficult to get close to, but we eventually were able to find an opportunity involving a Tuk Tuk, which is a type of three-wheeled taxi. Mr. Morgan was interested in purchasing the vehicle, but it wasn’t working properly. So with a disguise and wrench in hand, we quickly fixed it, but punctured a nearby gas barrel in the process. When the attorney came to inspect his new ride and fired it up… well that wasn’t the only fire that happened.
Bangkok definitely had a lot going for it. The intricate mazes that the hotel design presents is a fun way to get lost exploring every nook and cranny there is to find. But that still doesn’t take away from the fact that the story and targets just haven’t been as good as the two episodes IO originally released. With two episodes to go, one can only hope that the plan is to finish out the content with an absolute bang.