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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hitman: The Complete First Season is a stealth-action game that casts the player as a highly skilled assassin tasked with killing specific people by any means necessary. This can include taking out anyone who gets in your way or anyone you can use to reach your main target, though you can just subdue them if you chose. Besides using guns, explosives, poison, knives, explosives, and choke holds, players can also wear the clothes of people they've subdued, and so doing leaves those people in their underwear. There are also times when background characters talk about cocaine or are shown holding drinks, but they never consume either of them. Characters use such curse words as "bitch," "f--k," and "s--t" and sometimes make suggestive comments. The game has a complicated control scheme and high level of difficulty, so some gamers may be frustrated with the tricks and hazards of each mission.
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What's it about?
In HITMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, you play as the titular killer as you work your way through a series of assassination missions. After completing some training missions, you're sent to a fashion show in Paris, where you have to take out the two heads of a clothing company who have a side business as terrorists. This edition features all of the locations from the episodic mission releases over the course of 2016, as well as new Escalation contracts, challenges, and in-mission opportunities. It also comes with three bonus missions, a soundtrack and making of the game documentary.
Is it any good?
While this third-person action game is deep and inventive, its steep difficulty can make it rather frustrating as well. As with all the games in this series, Hitman: The Complete First Season tasks Agent 47 with killing specific people, and good luck if you get in his way. Besides a wide variety of weapons, you have a number of fun gadgets at your disposal and can even knock people out and take their clothes to get past checkpoints and guards. But this is where things start to get annoying. While the game is to be commended for giving you creative ways to reach your targets and take them out, there are times when the guards seem almost too good at their jobs, to the point where this stops being challenging. It also doesn't help that the game doesn't have an "Easy" option -- or, for that matter, a "Hard" one for those who like a real challenge.
Finally, while this collection adds in three bonus missions as well as all of the missions from 2016, there's still some problems here. The limited time missions are gone, so if you missed your chance to play them, you're out of luck. That means relying on community created objectives, or waiting for other missions to be released to follow over the upcoming months, which can be irritating if you don't have any patience. But then, if you don't have patience, maybe an inventive but ingenious stealth-action game like Hitman isn't for you.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. In this game, you have to kill your target, but you can spare other people, so what advantage is there to not killing someone? Have you tried playing a mission without killing someone who isn't your objective? Is it troubling that assassination is the goal of the game?
Talk about patience. To complete your missions, you have to be careful and sometimes wait for the right moment, so how can you apply this to your daily life?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Square Enix
- Release date: January 31, 2017
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
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