I'm not a fan of this new take. I preferred the slower story telling that fit a bit closer to the gameplay, too. These new cutscenes are so disconnected. It's a lot better than Absolution but that's not saying much because since Absolution is a disgrace.
The game overall is too over-designed. I think it probably is too bond-like. It has some Jason Bourne aspect to it, too. Way too Hollywood... too fast. It's trying to be cool when it should be odd and dark.
It's not the writer's fault (I think) but the way everyone has an American accent, security's overly aggressive remarks when they turn you away, the crappy punchline-only jokes every bloody NPC tries to drop. This feels like the least diverse hitman yet which is ironic since you get that big message at the start of the game about how they've got people from all different faiths, opinions and ethnic backgrounds, every god damn time you boot the game, yet I'm really not seeing it.
Speaking of which it feels so politically correct, at least in left leaning ways. I'm not trying to be political about it or anything but every 'villain' in this that has any kind of political aspect to them has generally been right-wingy. The only NPC that is supposed to be patriotic and American is also portrayed as fucking ingrate in Japan.
In USA level there's a conversation between two NPCs where there's a jab at the recent US presidential election with right-leaning NPC being portrayed as stupid, obviously. Then in The Icon hit there's a conversation where an NPC says he'll boycott the movie until they hire 'Dave Bateson'. Yeah wow, jeez... very subtle. Of course he's there to represent us, the fans. And yes he's made out to be a reactionary twat and another NPC is the calm, thinking one. That kind of crap really rubs me the wrong way.
In previous hitman games 47 was around all kind of stuff that I guess is 'too much' for this 'diverse' game? Chinese torturing people, selling off whores, all kinds of out-there situations happening in churches, sharia-law areas being shown to be shitholes, Smith calling people towel heads, disturbing Hannibal-like Romanian BDSM clubs, hell/heaven party themes with people dressed in costumes and doing thinigs that would deifnitely not be... Kosher, Halal, whatever. British hunting culture being shown as man-hunting and freaky. And it did all these things without trying to be super edgy or upset people. It just had great dark themes and seemed to be actually aimed at an adult audience.
Hitman 2016 is James Bourne does some weights and beats up people with American accents all over the world. Also conspiracy or something. Oh and here's Diana's face and crappy hairstyle. Again it's video games trying to get better at story telling by trying to be like modern movies when they should try to be more like books or classic movies which are much better at conveying unconventional plots which is what video games almost always have.