Hitman: Summer Bonus EpisodeOverview -
Last month, IO announced two bonus missions for 'Hitman', called 'The Icon' and 'A House Built on Sand'. They take place in previously released maps: Sapienza and Marrakesh, respectively. Season pass/full game owners get them gratis, as well as a third bonus episode to release "later in the season". For everyone else, these missions will be purchasable later.
'The Icon's Sapienza is a small but well designed level. It looks like a cheap sci-fi action set, exactly like it's supposed to. There are eyes everywhere, not just armed security but also throngs of bystanders just waiting for 47 to screw up and commit a crime in plain sight, then tattle on him. Marrakesh looks mostly the same, with a few shops and crowds having been rearranged, and the embassy no longer available.
Not much new audio to speak of, except for the voice acting. Most of the characters have an American accent of course, regardless of their national origin. 47 even speaks a little bit if you get him in the right outfit, a rare treat.
It's a bit thin on content for a full episode, but some of the set design and kills in 'Hitman's 'Summer Bonus Episode' are some of the best yet in the serial. It's not the kind of golden goose episode that people should be falling all over themselves to play, but it is a solid few hours of fun in previously visited locales. August and Thailand with it are fast approaching, and we have high hopes.
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