Hitman: Definitive Edition

Hitman: Definitive Edition Review

Same game, new barcode

Mary Billington

Reviewed by playing a PlayStation 4 on

Hitman: Definitive Edition is also available for Xbox One

ESRB Mature rating

An ultimate edition of the latest Hitman game has released but is it worth purchasing for those who already own an earlier version?

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White suit, huh? Great way to blend in, Einstein...

For the unfamiliar

2016's Hitman received rave reviews for its variety of content, extremely detailed environments, and many innovative ways to take down targets. I completed The Complete First Season last year after all of the content was finally released and reviewed it with a great score. It contained seven completely different locations in various parts of the world for you to explore with multiple missions in each that really shook up the gameplay. IO Interactive also developed a summer bonus episode update for free to those who owned the base game that added even more missions. If you want to read more about my thoughts on Hitman's season one content, please read my Hitman: The Complete First Season review where I go into detail about what I loved about it and what I didn't (which wasn't much).

What's included in the Definitive Edition?

As expected, all of the season one content is included in the Definitive Edition. However, it also adds some extras that you may or may not have if you've sunk hours into playing the game already. Everything in Definitive Edition is also available separately or by purchasing the Game of the Year Edition except for an exclusive outfit bundle. The outfits are inspired by IO Interactive series including Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch, and Mini Ninjas. Considering Mini Ninjas was a cute cartoon, obviously the outfit that Agent 47 dons doesn't exactly match. It's nice to have something unique in the Definitive Edition but these few outfits definitely don't make it worth buying if you already own the Game of the Year Edition which gives you access to all the same missions. Also, wearing silly outfits only goes so far because you'll often find yourself needing to swap disguises pretty early in any given mission.

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Hey, when's Mini Ninjas: Definitive Edition coming out?

Game of the Year goodies

The Game of the Year content that's included in the Definitive Edition provides you with a new campaign called Patient Zero. In this set of four missions, you hunt down members of a cult. While it's great to have new missions, they all take place in the same environments as previous missions which makes them less desirable to play. Of course, seeing as I didn't previously play the Game of the Year edition, I enjoyed these missions because I was itching for new challenges and I also hadn't yet explored all the possible ways to take someone out at each location. Along with the main missions, you get three escalation contracts as well that unlock additional weapons and outfits in the form of a clown, cowboy, and raven suit. If you'd like to see Agent 47 dressed as a clown then there you go.

Blood Money Requiem Pack trinkets

Also included in the Definitive Edition is the Blood Money Requiem Pack which is only useful for fans who enjoy the visual aspect of Agent 47's getup. The requiem suit is a plain white suit with a red tie that will make passersby comment on your fashion choice. The weapons that make up the rest of the pack are the pale duck explosive (think combustible rubber ducky) and the ICA chrome pistol.

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Bradley Paine is about to feel pain no more

Agent 47 is still killing it and he now has more ways to look stylish with three exclusive Definitive Edition outfits. However, if you already own the Game of the Year version then there really isn't much new to see here.

  • + Same great core Hitman game
  • + Contains all Hitman add-on content in one convenient package
  • + Has three exclusive outfits
  • - The outfits are the only additional content
  • - Atrocious menu system still makes it hard to navigate through the missions, etc.
8.2 out of 10
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