Most of the “darker” themes in HITMAN are rather subdued in comparison to the previous games. Tonally, we’re closer to James Bond and Ethan Hunt. We’re constantly reminded how wicked the targets are, with all of them tied to terrorist echelons within the corridors of power, usually on the verge of undermining national security.
We’re more of a secret agent than we ever were.
A dark atmosphere isn’t always defined by its visuals. That said, HITMAN feels particularly toned-down when it comes to delivering on the visible seediness which defined older titles. Even with games like C47, you felt like you were infiltrating the operations of some truly dark characters. I don’t feel the same way about HITMAN. It’s more like crossing the names off a NOC list than anything else… and the horrendously cringe-filled NPC commentary which permeates every situation doesn’t help either.