Since my recent writeup ”Love Letter to World of Tomorrow” was fairly successful, and since I enjoyed writing it, I have decided to pick another mission that I really like for a similar writeup.
The concept is the same: Instead of going into flaws and improvements that can be made, I go into what I really like about the mission.
In order to not have these articles seem too ”samey” I have opted to leave out a couple of obvious points. For instance, I love the escapes in this level, but I won’t give them a large writeup.
Feel free to chime in with your own things you love about Situs Inversus.
Without further ado:
The Blending Spots
This mission features a plethora of different blending spots. They’re not all useful, but almost all of them are enjoyable to use.
I like to spend time in the bar area just hanging around. It features so many nice blends, which helps with immersion.
Sitting down in this area really helps to give you time to appreciate the visual design of the area. The GAMA facility mixes the traditional with the modern and sleek. This leans towards the former.
I love this cherry blossom tree. It might be stereotypical, but it is also beautiful. Great spot to sit down.
Not only does this spot help you appreciate the traditional look of the garden, but it gives you a perfect place to listen in on Yuki and the director in an immersive way. Very nice.
Such a great idea to have this spot on the balcony. The instinct when starting the level the first time is to head out here, and this helps make that experience all the greater.
The New Spin on Access
It may seem gamey to some, but to me it was quite refreshing to see the idea of access chips sewn into the uniforms of the employees and guests of the hospital. It’s not something I expect to see again (well… maybe if we visit Kronstadt HQ or something), but it is something I enjoyed. It takes a key aspect of the game and puts a fun and original spin on it.
All of a sudden female disguises are useful. They still don’t fit 47s physique, but they’ll open doors all the same.
All of Those Supporting Characters
Not only do we have all of these unique disguises, but a lot of them belong to fairly good/fun characters. Through listening to dialog throughout the mission you get to learn a great deal about them all and their personalities. Just like a unique disguise helps add flavor, personality does as wel.
Doctor Laurent’s backstory is particularly sad, while Jason Portman is just plain funny.
”Oh that bastard. That piece of shit Eric Soders who I’m in there trying to save put a noose around my father’s neck and kicked away the chair? For money?! He’ll pay! Screw FDA approval! Right here, right now, Eric Soders is going to pay!”
No Jason, you shut up!
Starting as a full blown ninja is probably one of the more ridiculous things I’ve seen in the game series. Luckily it’s also insanely awesome.
Everything from 47s pose in the start, to the extra challenges, to the ability to reach hitherto unreachable places helps add a lot of fun to this mission.
The References callbacks, and Homages
The entire season has had a lot of little references to previous games in the series, but maybe Situs Inversus has the most/best ones.
I would say ”off the top of my head” but I clearly went to get screenshots, so…
I have to use the bathroom, This one kind of speaks for itself.
For those of us who played Hitman 2, the fugu poison kill, down to making the cut ourselves, feels like an obvious homage to an old classic. It’s great as well.
I will admit to not being a huge fan of Agent Smith, but this is handled so well, I don’t care, and actually like his appearance.
Going back even further than Hitman 2, this feels like an obvious homage to the game that started it all. Yuki may not have the heart condition that Fritz Fuchs dealt with, but crank up the heat enough and anyone will croak.
Situs Inversus contains an almost impeccabe combination of fun and interesting kills. It fuses the original with the classic.
Binning Soders’ Heart is one of my favorite kills of the series. It is a kill like nothing we’ve seen before in the series. Not only does it employ an indirect approach (Soders will die due to not having a replacement heart), but it is one of the coldest cutscenes I can remember seeing. 47 just tosses his heart in the trash. Brutal.
Soders’ deaths are pretty brutal in general though. The cutscenes, or even just the aftermath looks more painful than most stuff I’ve seen in the series.
OK, I’m sorry, but this is where I just dump a load of screenshots from the yoga session with Yuki. I absolutely adore this kill, or more exactly I adore the leadup to it.