Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza (PC) Review

By Athanasios 24.07.2016

Review for Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza on PC

The first episode of the new Hitman was great, yet, since it was just one level plus two tutorial ones, it was a mere taste of what the title had to offer. Luckily, Episode 2 - Sapienza gives more of a complete experience, rather than something that feels more like an introduction. If you missed the first review, find out the verdict on Hitman: Episode 1 - Paris now.

Both Paris and Sapienza are big, yet while the parisienne fashion show offered lots of space to have some sandbox fun, it also felt as if it was just a single building, with a few major areas, and the surrounding alleys and such. In contrast, there's more than a "simple" villa in the Italian episode. There are stores, cafes, and back alleys bustling with tourists, a beach, a few apartments that 47 can enter, a small church and a cemetery where it's possible to ogle at the beautiful ocean view, and, finally, a few tunnels that lead to the high-tech lab that's underneath everything.

A secret agent infiltrates a mansion, only to discover a secret cavern… Too James Bond? Well, since Agent 47 begins his quest wearing some very Daniel Craig-ish attire, it's hard to believe that there's not an Aston Martin somewhere close, as a well as a leggy femme fatale to seduce. Well, you can't have everything. Now, Sapienza is not only bigger, it's also far better-looking than Paris, and if there is a flow here, it's just that, similar to Paris, everybody seems to be speaking English, which takes away from the immersion a bit.

Screenshot for Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza on PC

Thankfully, Sapienza is not only bigger and far more beautiful, it's also better in gameplay terms. For starters, Opportunities, the scripted "paths" that it's possible to follow, are more varied and imaginative, and for those who don't want to be hand-held, there are even more ways to do harm to the targets at hand, plus more tools of the trade and outfits available. Additionally, due to the complexity of this episode's level, the non-story modes are also more fun to play, and, thankfully, more challenging.

There are only two big flaws here, which are both carried over from the first episode. First, the online component of Hitman still needs some refining, especially when it comes to the notorious connectivity issues. The second problem, which, for some people, is actually an even bigger one, is that, plot-wise, all that's offered here is, once again, a tiny cut-scene where names are thrown and no sense is made, killing the connection between the game world and the one holding the gamepad.

Screenshot for Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza on PC

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

For the time being, Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza is probably one of the best experiences the Hitman franchise has yet to offer. The beautiful Italian seaside town is gargantuan, and offers plenty of ways to have fun (in other words: assassinate). Some of the flaws, like the insufficient plot bits and connection issues, persist, and yet it feels as if Hitman is generally on the right path.

Developer

IO Interactive

Publisher

Square Enix

Genre

Action

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

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