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Your intrepid heroes install Ubuntu, aim with gerbils, and strangulate all the things! HITMAN faces the CHAIRQUISITION!

Game: HITMAN
Webzone:
https://store.feralinteractive.com/en/mac-linux-games/hitmanseason1/
Devel: Io-Interactive Squeenix, via Feral Interactive
Engine:
Glacier
Price:
€49.99 / $59.99 US / $59 69.99 CAD, on sale for 50%

Wazzat: Become the master assassin in an intense spy-thriller story across a world of assassination. Travel the world from France, Italy & Morocco to Thailand, USA & Japan to take out powerful, high-profile targets.

Mandatory Disclosure: They sent us keys


CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Makes with the working

V-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Hold a solid’ish 30 on medium @ 1080.
  • Now in all fairness the Windows build runs like shite according to the threads on Steam.
  • Load times are under 10sec.
  • Reasonable multithreading on my AMD 8150.
  • Running 16.04 and no system warnings.
  • ZOMG always on DRM!111!
  • One of the good things about not getting a day-1 release is Squeenix having time to backtrack (a little) on their draconian always online DRM bullsh*t.
    • You can now play offline and it no longer kicks you from the current game if your connection is interrupted.

J-CHAIR

  • Well I found a bug. Game expects an ubuntu libssl to be present in an absolute path, making it not run on any linux that doesn’t ship an insecure version of openssl
    • That’s not a bug, that’s Feral saying “Fuck you if you don’t use 16.10”.
      • Yup, and they get a big ol’ fuck you right back at them
  • Even on that other supported OS, I still had a predictable crash when attempting to load a savegame
  • In intel land, it tries to hold on to about 60fps, but usually hangs around 47-55. And a bit of the choppy chops

P-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • You can tell it’s a Feral port because it maxes out 1 core of my FX 8370E, while all the others are left doing 10-20% and performance is… subpar.
  • It’s not Deus Ex: Mankind Divided bad, but it’s not exactly good either.
  • The game lists 16.04 as a minimum requirement and I also get the unsupported system warning.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

V-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • At Medium it looks a notch better than the PS4 version.
  • Unfortunately it has roughly the same frame rate.
  • Each sandbox is quite large and detailed with plenty of places to explore.
  • Character models and animation rigging get the job done.
  • I was, however, a bit put off by the sound.
  • Not the shooty killy sound effects, no, those worked.
  • I’m talking about the atmosphere… or should I say lack of.
  • It just sounds, hollow.

J-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s a very good looking game
  • All the animations are fluid
  • Like what these clowns mentioned, outside the training mission, the sound design is on point
  • Voice acting is well done too.
  • The environments are huge and labyrinthine and it’s a real treat to look at.

P- CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Like Venn, during the first few “training” missions, the lack of background noise was… odd.
  • But once you get into the proper missions, the background noise gets spot on.
  • They actually took care to have the background noise sound different depending on which kind of room you’re in and whether it’s sound insulated or just bare stone.
  • And, even though I had to keep the shadows on medium or the FerPS would tank, the game looks really good.
  • It’s amazing how much detail every single NPC has and the stupid amount of environmental storytelling the levels are packed with.
  • I have many complaints about this game but the aesthetics ain’t one.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Control

V-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • I played this with the Xclone controlla since (like Tomb Raider) using the gerbil felt like cheating.
  • Well, I should say aiming felt like cheating.
  • Seriously, if you need to nope a whole room of baddies hold down LT and use the gerbil to aim and fire.
    • It’s so delightfully unfair.
  • That said, everything worked as expected and kudos to anyone who is able to aim with the right stick.

J-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Oh hey! Proper prompts for the DS4!
  • And it shows the proper controlla on the controls screen
  • Everything is mapped semi-sensibly and nothing feels sluggish

P-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • So, I can’t rebind keys to a key that’s already been bound.
  • Most games will either double bind actions to a key or unbind the previous action, others even ask you if you’d like to rebind that key.
  • In Hitman, if a key is bound you can’t bind it to another action until you’ve unbound the first action.
  • I don’t know whether this is lazy or just outright asinine UX design.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


FUN

V-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I gave Mr. Agent 47 Pants the 2hr Pepsi challenge.
  • Granted, I’ve never played (or seen) a Hitman game before so I didn’t know what to expect.
  • However, I did see the Agent 47 movie film for theaters so I was kinda expecting some superhuman assassin badassery.
  • Yeah, about that.
  • You start out on a few training missions that teach you the basics.
  • You go through the first one twice followed by a final test that requires you to nope a chess master.
  • Done and done.
  • Then it’s off to a fashion show and the game starts proper.
  • This is where I let out an audible “FKN really” because all i’ve learned is how to be Mr. Sneaky barcode human.
  • Then I had my first proper combat experience, woof.
  • Combat in Shadow of Hordor was great, Mad Max was passable, HitMan is… bad, wait, even worse, boring.
  • Well, boring and uncharacteristic of a superhuman assassin.
  • Seriously, no combo or chain system?
  • Agent 47 is supposed to be able to nope a ROOM full of baddies.
  • FINE! I will stick to sneaking around and setting up improbable / elaborate traps.
  • This is kinda fun until one little mistake causes a cascading chain of nope that ends in me getting killed to death.
  • Until I noticed a loading screen a tip that encouraged me to Save early, Save often.
  • To which I reply to you, Squeenix, where’s the fun in that?
  • Might as well give me a rewind feature, it would save time.
  • Hell, retitle the game Live Die Repeat.
  • That said, it’s not horrible but it’s definitely negative in the challenging dimension.
  • If you’re looking for a FK around murder simulator go for it?

J-CHAIRCHAIR

  • This is a game that requires a lot of patience
  • You’re skulking around, waiting for some NPC to drop a piece of information you can use
  • You’re hiding in a closet, waiting for the suspicious dude to leave you alone
  • You’re waiting for your goddamn mark to get into place, shut the fuck up and turn around so you can execute his punk ass!
  • And there’s the problem. The assassination bits are great! All of the various options you have under the goals seem super cool and I want to try them all. But the waiting is what kills it
  • And if you wanna avoid all of that painful waiting again if you screw up, you gotta savescum.
  • That doesn’t really do it for me. I get that it’s part of the game’s difficulty, but it’s just pointlessly punishing IMO
  • And like venn said, the melee combat in this game needs work. Otherwise you get into that one two punch loop until you have that quarter second to knock the first guy out. That was fucking fun. Got me a sweet vampire cape out of it though.

P-CHAIRCHAIR

  • For a game about stealth and all the different ways you can murder someone, it’s very limited and very contextual as to how you can navigate the level and the agency you’re given as a player.
  • Then again, I was never that big a fan of the Hitman series so complaining about all the nitpicks and artificial limitations of this entry in the series is probably just confirmation bias rather than anything productive.
  • It certainly didn’t change my mind.
  • I tend to be a little too anal about stealth even at the best of the times, but Hitman drives that in by fucking you over at every chance it gets.
  • Often I’ll just end up frustrated and hitting Alt+F4 the moment an NPC spots me, because I can’t be assed to do everything again.
  • For a game so clearly trying to pad out its experience by letting you solve any of the assassination puzzles in many different ways, it fails miserably at keeping me even moderately interested past the first time I cock up a takedown and someone spots me.
  • I figured, since they’re trying to reboot the series, hence this game just being called Hitman™, maybe they had shaken up the formula enough to get me interested.
  • It didn’t.
  • Judging by how so many people seem to enjoy it, though. Maybe I’ll chalk this one up as one of those series I just don’t enjoy, regardless of how well it’s done.
  • Because, outside of the Linux port, this is a well done game.
  • But even being aware of that, all I can muster is a resounding “Meh”.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIR

 

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