Hitman III

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Trilogy finale doubles down on deception and bloody murder.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The narrative suggests cold-blooded murder is acceptable if you have proper motive.

Positive Role Models

Agent 47 exhibits sociopathic tendencies. Though he does what he believes needs to be done for the good of the world, he appears emotionless and unaffected by the casual taking of life. Little, if anything, of what he does or represents makes for a good behavioral model.

Ease of Play

An optional tutorial covers all the basics. Returning players will find themselves quickly at home, since the controls and strategies are the same as in previous entries, but new players are likely to experience a fairly steep learning curve. Three difficulty levels allow players to customize the degree of challenge.  

Violence

Players are tasked to kill specific human targets in whatever way they prefer, which could include poisoning, drowning, stabbing, shooting, or even getting squashed beyond recognition in an enormous wine grape press. Realistic blood, gore, and sounds -- grunting, screaming, the thumping of flailing limbs -- accompany each kill. Players can kill anyone they see, including innocents, but they are penalized for it both in terms of score and making the game more difficult. Well-played missions will result in the deaths of only the primary villainous target(s).

Sex
Language

Strong language in spoken dialogue is rare, but includes the words "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism

Additional paid content is available as downloadable add-ons. This is the latest chapter of the Hitman franchise, which has spanned games and movies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are frequently seen drinking and smoking. Agent 47 can pose as a bartender and serve drinks. One of the items players can pick up is a cannabis cigarette. Non-player-character dialogue includes several references to procuring and taking drugs, including "mollies" and other controlled substances.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Hitman III is an action game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PCs. This is the latest chapter in a franchise that has spawned multiple games and movies. The game simulates the job of a professional killer-for-hire named Agent 47. Each mission sees 47 given a target (or targets) that he must eliminate (kill) in order to progress. Players can go about their tasks any way they like, being sneaky and patient and looking for an opportunity to make it look like an accident, or going in with guns blazing -- though they are penalized in various ways for killing anyone but their targets. Players will typically kill far fewer characters in this game than in most M-rated action games, but the assassinations can be quite graphic and intense. Depending on the manner of death, killed characters may bleed, scream, or flail. Some examples include: garroting, getting crushed by a chandelier, being drown in a toilet, and falling from a skyscraper balcony. Agent 47 appears to be acting for the greater good, but he has a sociopathic personality and is seemingly unaffected by almost anything he sees or does, from the lies he tells to the deaths he causes to the various twists and betrayals within the story. Parents should also be aware that this game includes a small amount of strong profanity, as well as drinking, smoking, and discussion of various illegal drugs, including cannabis cigarettes and mollies.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byIncredibleUrkizasan January 31, 2021

Not +18. Has educational values.

I have talked to other parents about this game. It seems quite controversial among them as the name is "Hitman." When they hear their children asking... Continue reading
Adult Written byHarryzz January 20, 2021

Great game just like James Bond

I love it I let my kid play and he loved it. He’s about 11 and though it would be fine for others that are even ten. I watched over him playing it when he first... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJuanReviews November 20, 2021

A Great Game!

This game is extremely fun and easy to play. I recently started playing and I've loved it. It is a balanced game with simple controls and immersive levels.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGamingGamerMovi... August 10, 2021

The conclusion to the Hitman trilogy

Hitman III is the final game in the trilogy. All of the story and gameplay leads up to the finale, and I’m happy to say that this game is very good (perhaps the... Continue reading

What's it about?

HITMAN III is the third and final entry in the long-running series' current trilogy of games, which sees killer-for-hire Agent 47 travelling around the world attempting to put an end to a secret cabal of influence and power while also rebelling against his former employers. As with previous games in the trilogy, the story's broken into a small collection of discrete missions set in intricately detailed locations, ranging from a towering skyscraper in Dubai to an old British mansion to a luxurious winery in Argentina. Each location is packed with an array of secrets, side stories, intel, and opportunities that players discover as they attempt to blend in using various disguises and props found along the way, ensuring that no two players are likely to accomplish their objectives in the same manner. As usual, though, players interested in achieving higher scores (and simply surviving) need to exercise patience and caution, since getting caught doing anything sinister or suspicious is a surefire way to start a rapidly escalating combat scenario. Once players have finished a mission, they'll unlock new gear, disguises, and points of entry to encourage them to replay, discover more of the story, and try to improve their score.

Is it any good?

Older gamers who enjoyed the first two games in this trilogy should have little reason to complain about this one. While nothing will be the same for Agent 47, his allies, or the organizations he's targeting by the end of Hitman III, much of what's done is rooted in the proven mechanics and strategies of its predecessors. Good players will exhibit patience, a willingness to listen to random conversations to discover valuable intel, and the ability to detect and quickly take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Much of the fun comes from replaying missions, using what you already know to be a smarter, more efficient assassin while discovering additional storytelling tidbits. A lot of enjoyment also comes from simply exploring the game's beautiful and expertly crafted environments, such as a regal old mansion whose ornate halls and rooms are filled with secret passages and long hidden family secrets. Players lucky enough to play on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S will have the added benefit of enhanced resolution, superior frame rates, and terrific lighting and reflection effects that make these stunningly designed levels feel even more realistic.

That said, there are some things that could have been tweaked. Agent 47's environment traversal abilities -- vaulting over railings, walking along ledges, taking cover, climbing up and down pipes -- feel somewhat clunky, and lack the smooth movements for similar actions found in other games. And figuring out whether you're in view of a guard or bystander when you want to do something that might arouse attention can still be a crapshoot, requiring frequent saves if you think there's a chance you could get caught. But these are fairly minor quibbles. Hitman III, like its two predecessors, feels distinct from other stealth action games in the way it strives both for maximum realism and memorable scenarios. If you're looking for something that rewards brains over brawn, this might be the ticket.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about character strengths. Does Hitman III's Agent 47 have any redeeming personality traits? Is he somehow empathetic despite his job and disposition, and, if so, why?

  • Why do you think so many people enjoy watching movies, reading books, and playing games focused on people who get paid to murder for a living?

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