Active XP: Hitman 3 Is A Near Perfect Stealth Game (Review)

Chris and Joseph review the amazing Hitman 3 that has impeccable game design and graphics. 

Review code provided by IO Interactive.

Hosts

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

Where You Can Find Us

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Music

Intro music from Hitman 3’s soundtrack by Niels Bye Nielsen and IO Interactive

Theme Song made by Novila. soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Synopsis

Hitman 3 is the conclusion of the World of Assassination trilogy in which you play as Agent 47 once again. In it, players explore expansive levels with the goal of taking out one or more targets — stealthily or Rambo-style. 

The game’s main hook is that it allows you to pretty much tackle each level how you see fit. Want to walk right up to the target and wipe them out with a gun right in front of everyone? You can do that, but you’ll have a fight on your hands. The game rewards you for planning and taking it slowly, giving you ways to sneak around and disguise yourself as personnel, or even use your surroundings to make your target’s death look like an accident.

Gameplay

Hitman 3 plays like the other games in the series — from a third-person perspective. It features six main missions that vary in design, from one that takes place in a giant skyscraper and even a small city. You have a number of gadgets at your disposal and as you complete each mission’s challenges, you unlock more items to use to take down your target(s). This creates high replay value, giving you an incentive to tackle missions in multiple ways. Certain missions have little side stories within that make them feel much more alive.

Story

The story in Hitman 3 takes place right after the events of the previous entry. Agent 47 is on the hunt for prominent Providence members as he seeks revenge against The Constant. His handler Diana, meanwhile, is on her own mission and her ambitions and loyalty to 47 remains unclear.

The cutscenes are brief, but somehow are super engaging as 47 comes out of his robotic shell. Pieces of dialogue that you overhear also add to the narrative of each character and target that you’re after. Goons, workers, and major characters all give valuable backstory that sounds natural rather than forced. They do repeat the lines at times, though, taking you out of the experience. IO Interactive are the masters of dropping lore to whoever is interested in it. 

Overall Thoughts

  • Music drops at random points. 
  • The graphics are phenomenal, especially in Chongqing where the neon lights are reflected within the puddles. 
  • So many ways to go about your target. It’s tooled to any kind of player. We recommend going about all options. 
  • Follow the tutorial as it’s essential to figure out how to play Hitman 3 and how the systems work. 
  • Hitman 1 and 2 passes are annoying. You need the gold edition of each game for it to work in Hitman 3. 
  • Hitman 3 walks that perfect line between serious overtones and hilarious situations/conversations. 
  • Overhearing possible solutions from the game’s dialogue encourages you to explore. 

Active Quest Episode 104: Resident Evil Showcase, More on Hitman 3, Cyber Shadow + Atelier Ryza 2 Impressions

Joseph. Josh, Chris, and special guest, Sabrina Rei discuss Resident Evil Village’s release date, Hitman 3, and Cyber Shadow.

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick News

Microsoft Not Changing Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Free-to-Play Games Unlocked

Adam Bankhurst

ign.com/articles/microsoft-not-changing-xbox-live-gold-pricing-free-to-play-games-unlocked

Xbox Games With Gold gets Gears 5, Resident Evil, and more in February

Owen S. Good

polygon.com/2021/1/22/22244315/xbox-free-games-with-gold-february-2021-xbox-one-xbox-360

News

Resident Evil Village launches in May, also coming to PS4, Xbox One

Michael McWhertor

polygon.com/2021/1/21/22242532/resident-evil-village-release-date-xbox-one-ps4-capcom

Sources: Capcom has overhauled its plans for a Resident Evil 4 remake

Andy Robinson

videogameschronicle.com/news/resident-evil-4-remake-overhauled/

Listener Questions

Vaughn Hyde
Do you think you’ll play in first or third person in the new Indiana Jones game? While Machine Games showed they’re fantastic at making first-person shooters with Old Blood and New Colossus. I think the IJ license would be somewhat misused in first person.

#1 Kingdom Hearts Fan
Hey there, u shud talk more about Kingdom Hearts. Who cares aboot Xbox? Indiana Jones issss old.

Btw, Chris is not the #1 Kingdom Hearts fan. I am! Poser!

Hey there, THE #1 Kingdom Hearts fan here, important question coming up. How much Cheetos do you think you can put in Sora’s shoes? 

bonus: do you think Joseph can sign my keyblade? Thanks, bye.

also, idk who this 

@TurnerandDouche

 guy is, but he sounds lame. like, really lame. he seems like one of those guys that want to see The Mighty Ducks in Kingdom Hearts.

#1 Turner and Hooch Fan

If a train is traveling at 65 mph and it takes 1hr and 39 minutes to completely watch Turner and Hooch, how many times can I watch T&H on a train trip from Boston to Dallas?

Yeah, I got a question guys: is it bad to inflate my ass with helium?

Andrew McMahon

Is Game Pass still the best deal in gaming as of the recent Xbox live price increase?

Nvm, I see Josh talked to his people and laid the hammer down

Josh Broadwell

If Resident Evil 6 used the same gameplay/story formula but just focused on one narrative instead of several, do you think it would have been received better?

Hatsube

Do yall drink hot tea and if so what flavor?

Steve Vegvari

Is a Pop Tart a ravioli?

Zac LaRocque-Walker

Do you think the Capcom teasers mean we will see a resident evil 4 remake shown off this month? Releases in October? Also, how many times have you all bought it? I got it on GameCube, wii, xbox one and ps4 thus far.

Jake Free

What about the marketing for hitman suggests that it’s a wacky sandbox type. I’ve always thought that it was a straight up secret agent type game like 007 and never thought otherwise until I heard podcasts like yours talking about the Hitman 3.

Kevin except really fast

I salute the nod to Resident Evil 6! 

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Cyber Shadow (review code)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Resident Evil Village demo 

Chris

  • Cyber Shadow (review code)
  • Atelier Ryza 2 (review code)
  • Hitman 3 (review code)

Josh

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • Resident Evil 6

Sabrina

  • Hitman 3 on PSVR exclusively
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla -just finished it
  • Resident Evil – Maiden Demo
  • Ghost of Tsushima: Legends multiplayer (pre-raid)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Recommended Reading

The State of The Representation: A Manifesto for Trans Games Criticism

uppercutcrit.com/the-state-of-the-representation-a-manifesto-for-trans-games-criticism/

Active Quest Episode 103: Xbox In 2021, Hitman 3 Rules, and Lucasfilm Games

Chris, Joseph, Josh, and special guest, Charlie Wacholz discuss the future of Xbox in 2021, Hitman 3, and Lucasfilm Games.

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Upcoming Releases

New Pokémon Snap Release Date Revealed In New Trailer

Liana Ruppert

gameinformer.com/2021/01/14/new-pokemon-snap-release-date-revealed-in-new-trailer

Hogwarts Legacy Delayed Until 2022

Liana Ruppert

gameinformer.com/2021/01/13/hogwarts-legacy-delayed-until-2022

News

New Star Wars game coming from Ubisoft’s The Division studio
Michael McWhertor

polygon.com/2021/1/13/22226972/ubisoft-star-wars-game-lucasfilm-games-massive-entertainment

New Indiana Jones Game By MachineGames And Bethesda

Andrew Webster

theverge.com/2021/1/12/22226966/bethesda-indiana-jones-game-machinegames

December NPD

twitter.com/MatPiscatella/status/1350078857970270209

MAIN TOPIC: Xbox in 2021 

news.xbox.com/en-us/2021/01/15/2021-xbox-exclusive-games/

Listener Questions

Vaughn Hyde
Do you think you’ll play in first or third person in the new Indiana Jones game? While Machine Games showed they’re fantastic at making first-person shooters with Old Blood and New Colossus. I think the IJ license would be somewhat misused in first person.

Andrew McMahon

Do you think this is the start of a connective video game universe for Star Wars?

#1 Turner and Hooch Fan
How big is an infinite halo? How the fuck do they plan on fitting the game on the disc?

#1 Kingdom Hearts Fan
Hey there, u shud talk more about Kingdom Hearts. Who cares aboot Xbox? Indiana Jones issss old.

Btw, Chris is not the #1 Kingdom Hearts fan. I am! Poser!

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Hitman 3!!! (review code)

Chris

  • Bugsnax
  • Tetris 99
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (review code provided)

Josh

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 
  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game – Complete Edition (not much to say – just started playing)

Charlie 

  • Gears of War
  • Titanfall 2
  • Bloodborne                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Recommended Reading

Streamer Spends $60 To Ship A Terrible Doodle Of A Gold Plated PS5 To One Rude Dude

Active Quest Episode 92: Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Watch Dogs Legion, and The Dark Pictures: Little Hope

Joseph, Josh, and Chris discuss the state of PS Plus on PS5, Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Watch Dogs Legion, and The Dark Pictures: Little Hope.

You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify, and Google Play. You can also subscribe through our RSS feed

Follow us on Twitter @ActiveQuestShow

Email us @ ActiveQuestPodcast@gmail.com

Rate us on iTunes and Podcast Addict so we can continue to reach people, attract cool guests, and get more review codes to provide coverage to you all and more. Reviews are so helpful for discovery and opening doors in the industry for us!

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

Into The Spiderverse Suit In Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Sal Romano

https://www.gematsu.com/2020/10/marvels-spider-man-miles-morales-adds-spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-suit

Quick Releases

PS5 launch title Destruction AllStars delayed to February, will debut for free on PS Plus instead

Taylor Lyles

https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/26/21534475/destruction-all-stars-ps5-launch-title-delayed-ps-plus-february-2021

Bugsnax will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers next month

 Tom Phillips

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-10-28-bugsnax-will-be-free-for-playstation-plus-subscribers-next-month

Cyberpunk 2077 Delay Is Due to Current-Gen Consoles After All

Robert Ramsey

https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2020/10/cyberpunk_2077_delay_is_due_to_current-gen_consoles_after_all

Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine Delayed Past April 2021

George Yang

https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/far-cry-6-and-rainbow-six-quarantine-delayed-past-april-2021/

News

Here’s a recap of today’s surprise October Nintendo Direct Mini

Chris Carter

https://www.destructoid.com/stories/here-s-a-recap-of-today-s-surprise-october-nintendo-direct-mini-608173.phtml

Ubisoft Reveals Full PS5, Xbox Series X Upgrade Plan

Joseph Knoop

https://www.ign.com/articles/ubisoft-ps5-xbox-series-x-upgrade-backward-compatible-assassins-creed

Listener Questions

 #1 Turner and Hooch fan

Howdy gim gammers, #1 Turner and Hooch fan here. Question: how much hair is too much hair inside of your buttcrack? Should I see a doctor? Also, follow up to last weeks question: yes, I did poo my pant after eating a rest stop chuckles. It was immediate.

Andrew McMahon

Thoughts on the future/potential of cloud gaming on the Switch?

Greysun Morales

Been playing Pikmin 3 Deluxe, ghost of Tsushima legends, and now No More Heroes 1. Might buy 2 down the line

Jerel

Which is the better value, the Xbox All Access program for a Series X, or getting a series X and purchasing Ultimate separately? With games rotating constantly what should I do for next gen? Purchase when I see fit or commit for two years from the start?

Nelia

Honestly, if an official Xbox series X fridge can happen, I wonder if this’ll open other mundane appliances up to the “video game edition” treatment. I wouldn’t mind like a PlayStation microwave or something tbh

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Demon’s Souls
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe
  • The Dark Pictures: Little Hope
  • Watch Dogs Legion

Chris 

  • Watch Dogs: Legion (review code provided)
  • Amplitude

Josh 

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons 
  • Pokémon Sword