Posts tagged Hitman
Though we as gamers got a great game and it still sold decent, I see this yet another case of business considerations destroying the game design choices and messing with the customer experience, like those devs so focused on pirating that they implement DRM that pisses off their paying customers (respect for GoG for pushing against that with business sense).
In Hitman I felt it too every time when after paying the full season pass game I was repeatedly forced against my will to connect to their servers and experience that extra wait/problems/the thus designed repetition gameplay, particularly the artificial structuring of the replays for episodic gameplay: it diminishes the value the customers get out of their gameplay. Plus in being greedy that way I think they lost a lot of potential customers which only got 1-3 episodes and never got the rest. This makes me think of games like GTA 4 & 5, granted huge games, which I hear stats say most people never finish, yet that’s no problem because 1) the people who do finish them feel they got great value 2) those who didn’t got a unique experience of a huge scale with a taste of much more. Now imagine they would’ve had monetization in the forefront (as i’d suspect they’re transitioning to), and had made chunks. Then group 1) would’ve gotten a butchered experienced, with locked areas and never become the huge advocates, and would’ve gave off worse reviews and group 2) would only buy 5-10h of gameplay because after that they already got the taste and lost interest. At least that’s what I imagine would happen. But with Hitman in particular it felt that while it was a great game by the devs, there were definitely management people there who had monetization rather than customer satisfaction as their highest priority and that could be felt in many game design influencing choices.
PS: since he mentions it in the video, yes, i’m one of those, i fully subscribe to being an admirer of the original Watch Dogs which I purchased multiple times and incredibly disappointed in how they destroyed their integrity and credibility with Watch Dogs 2 in order to make it more “mass market” (yes, you can feel that strong push, from the politically correct black hero, to the very safe subjects to dumbing it down for the masses). And I get why it’s so hard for the devs to tell, because I bought Watch Dogs 2 on preorder full price, based on the credibility of Watch Dogs 1, and yet now due to the big disappointment in 2 I will be much less likely to do that for 3 even though they might return to the origins. It’s hard for the devs to tell, similar story with Assassin’s Creed, but yet as a gamer I can tell when something is driven by a desire to make sales/get social hi-fives or a desire to create something wonderful. I’m always encouraged when I see this pattern, of the game which got the critical praise and media doesn’t sell so well as I feel there’s some justice in the universe after all and the customers are in fact smarter than the sales people take them for in recognizing a genuine thing from a quick cash push.
A little late, but thought I’d post my top 5 games of 2016. It was a tough fight but the winners to me are:
2) Dishonored 2
4) Dark Souls 3
5) Witcher 3 tied with Hitman
Obviously the choices are subjective though as to my reasons their respective reviews/impressions hopefully explain at least partly my choices. As an honourable mention I’d put in Layers of Fear, a game on a much lower budget but that still managed to impress.
Please leave your top 5 in the comments and I’ll edit-it in here in the post. (games of 2016 as in when you played them, even if they’re older)
1) Dark Souls 3
2) Dishonored 2 tie with Dying Light: The Following
3) Far Cry Primal
4) Uncharted 4
1) Uncharted 4
2) Dark Souls 3
3) The Witcher 3
4) Ori and the blind forest
1) ARK Survival Evolved
4) Sniper Elite V2
1) Sherlock Holmes – The Devil’s Daughter
2) Uncharted 4
3) Shadows of Mordor
5) Tales of Monkey Island
1) Halo 2 for PC
2) Life is Strange
3) Hitman – Blood Money
5) Brutal DOOM
2) The Last Guardian
3) Mafia 3
1) Teeworlds – timeless online 2D shooter, highly addictive
2) The Last Guardian
3) Waking Mars
4) FOTONICA – 1 button game, loads of fun
5) Shelter 2 – open world animal survival, mother lynx hunts and feeds baby lynxes
+, +, +, + Great variety of locations, with a couple being really great but a few mediocre and one and a bit actually frustrating <cough> Colorado <cough>
+,+, – felt like a return to old form, particularly in the direction Hitman: Blood Money, which I liked, however the mechanics and number of options did not feel like they got enough improvements for the many years passed
+ the story was pretty interesting with implications, though not a lot of it
+, +, +, + a huge amount of dialogues and events making it feel like quite alive places
+, +, + the general writing of the ingame stories was very good
– the menus were somewhat confusing, a mixture of the unit structure of each episode maybe? For a long time i couldn’t figure out where to load when starting up
-, -, -, – i really disliked their push for “online”, i suspect that’s also what makes the loading/saving so slow and the menus so unresponsive, in general I resented the tendency to take freedom from the customer and give themselves more power through this.
– sometimes too hard due to crowds. This revealing problems in lacking skills for creating diversions and other quirks (is it so hard to carry extra coins?)
Each episode had it’s own little particularities so here’s some separate thoughts for them:
– 1) Intro : mediocre, interesting idea with the test but boring location
+, +, +, + 2) Sapienza great surprisingly living little town, great variety of locations, probably my favorite. If you’re gonna get just one episode I’d recommend this one
+, + 3) Marrakesh Interesting political insights and interesting location.
+, + 4) Bangkok Beautiful location, too bad it felt so constrained and small and some of the most beautiful places like that beach couldn’t be visited
-, – 5) Colorado, to me mostly uninteresting visually, inviting to fighting in a game not suited for it, involved a lot of frustrating save&loading which discourages experimentation
+, – 6) Hokkaido the idea is interesting but the many locked doors create a narrow corridor constrained feeling.
Overall I’d give it a 2 on a -5 to 5 scale. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one, but because the locations and experiences were so uneven I’d only get the next episodes when the whole season is out/on a sale because as much as I liked some locations others were not so great and would leave a bad taste for me to wait another couple of months to was hit.
I was impressed with the passion of this review. I’ve avoided it so far because of the online and challenge components getting me skeptical… but after this review it’s totally on my radar.
Painting video: http://youtu.be/FFhMAlVchl0Usual rules: 3 tries per person, 2x multipliers for first timers. Winner gets to propose a theme/scene as well as 1 day extraordinary forum bragging rights. Outstanding orders: player347, Tarpo x5, player347 x3, Diana x6, Radu x38, VideoGamesAsArt x2 , Jaco x77, thegazer x2, rsocu x5, Teofil S, Firefish x17. Awaiting scenes from you guys. Newcomers may ask for a freebie.
I know, i know, pretty easy… still, it was on my mind. Also to make things more interesting have to name the right game in the series and u only get one one shot per series. :D
That game i found generally quite amazing, but that scene, the double ending… man, that blew me away… all the unexplained subtleties, and the song… & atmosphere… A ton of setpiece moments in that game (i loved the opera scene setup) but the ending tops it all. No movie has ever made me feel as strongly involved in a ending twist. Sorry about the building architecture, that church is just a fantastic piece of modern architecture, pity I didn’t have itme to pay it justice.