Since i’ve finished max mastery on the final map today and speedran them all i thought it would be nice to share my initial thoughts on the maps with you guys.
Note: this is based on gameplay only, every other element does not impact the score.
Hawke’s Bay 6/10
While it’s a cute and fun level as a tutorial, we did not NEED a tutorial mission. We already had the best in the series with the first season. This does not affect the score however. Npc’s don’t spawn untill you trigger them, no contracts mode, only 1 exit, only 1 disguise, almost zero triggers and a cycle that does not repeat. All of this will ensure i will replay this one the least, and i rated it as weakest from the bunch.
What can i say. Impeccable level design: everything is very well connected, similar to how Paris was designed. Unlimited potential in contracts mode, awesome triggers, nice routes. A fine example of how a Hitman level should be.
Santa Fortuna 9/10
Only scoring lower than Miami because 2 targets have rather uninteresting routes. Otherwise amazing
Pretty much the same reasons as Miami, just in a different location and settings, and slightly bigger? The rating on this one can potentially drop: i am not sure yet how i feel about the Mahlstrom. The whole gameplay dynamic with the other assassin is simply brilliant however, i just love how much you can mix and match with that.
Whittleton Creek 9,5/10
Close to perfection. The ideal setting for a Hitman map in my eyes. Very delicate level design, and insane potential for contracts. Only downside: just 1 suit only starting location. Add another one and this would be my favorite map.
Isle of Sgail 7/10
Not a huge fan of the level layout. It’s not bad, but it’s not touching the level design of the previous 4 maps. Really happy that escorting the constant is optional, would have been a huge dealbreaker otherwise. Can’t really see this map shine in contracts like the other do either.
Overall: 4 top quality maps. 1 decent one, and 1 just above average. Comparing this to Season 1 i’d have to say that overall the maps have improved.
These are my initial thoughts after 1 week of playing. There is still much to discover, so these rating are very open to change.
Edit: for reference:
Top tier: Paris, Miami, Mumbai, Whittleton Creek
Excellent: Sapienza, Hokkaido, Santa Fortuna
Decent: Marrakesh, Bangkok, Isle of Sgail
Just above average: Hawke’s Bay, Colorado