So, I just finished the game, although not exactly legitimatly if I may be honest. Basically, I did the last 4 missions after Traditions of the Trade.
The first one was the first of the two Rotterdam missions, and I liked it. It’s a bit like the Hong Kong missions, in that you figure out what you’re meant to do, as you figure out the path designed for you. The shootout is fun too, perfect number of enemies and has noone nearby so that you don’t risk causing half an army to rush to your location. Plus it has a train you can play around with, any game with a train you can switch rails with is always fun though.
The second Rotterdam mission though… Christ. This is where I reach my wits end. So first of all, the mission has you starting on one pier, and needs you to get to another pier to the boat where all the mission objectives are. This involves going through 3 security checkpoints. So I think, OK, I just need a disguise to waltz on through, and I start the level next to 2 convenient guards who can be taken out. Try the disguise, doesn’t work.
So OK I think, I need to use the grey disguise the guards use, not the green one. Try it, doesn’t work. I then try massacring everyone with my sniper rifle, but while I do make it surpisingly far, I run out of ammo and eventually get killed. At this point, I’m not having fun and decide, screw it, I’m looking up a walkthrough.
Transpires I need to walk right behind one of the patroling guards as he goes through a checkpoint while in disguise. Not really sure how I was meant to figure that out, unless there is something in the instruction manual about it, or I just missed something in the tutorial. Regardless, it is something you never need to do at any point in the rest of the game as far as I know, and it is just tedious in this level when you have to do it for 3 checkpoints.
Honestly, I’m not even really sure what the point of the harbour in this level is. Again, all the actual objectives are on the boat, and aside from when Boris decides to bail, it’s not like you can snipe him from outside. It just feels like filler, really, a bunch of boring extra obstacles, which is even more frustrating since without a save system, it means if you fail with Boris being alerted and escaping, you just have to start at the beginning, and work your way through the checkpoints all over again.
I actually did manage to reach near where Boris is, but one aspect that kept screwing me over was that a sniper on the boat kept spotting the sailor’s body I needed to get on board, which meant Boris got alert, started escaping and I got overwelmed by his armed guards, especially since my 2 checkpoint respawns respawned on the top of the boat and I got instakilled.
So I gave up.
Looked up cheatcodes for the game, enabled them, shoved on god mode, invisible mode and all weapons mode and… lost the level because I couldn’t find the nuke when it blew up. Found it the second time though!
Yeah, not a fan of the level. Granted, I would easily be far more easy on the level if the game had a save system, but without it, this level especially out of all them really is frustrating.
Played the last 2 missions, at this point I’m fed up, and already aware that the last level is just a big shoot out, so attempt the asylum a couple times, die, look up the walkthrough, basically follow it word for word, finish it. Attempt the final shootout a couple times, die, shove on cheat codes and just blast my way through while invulnerable.
I will say actually the asylum level isn’t bad, I think if I was in a better mood I probably would of given it a far better attempt, although I think the confusing design of the asylum makes it a bit annoying still.
The final shootout though, really comes across as being about how quickly the 48s are ready to shoot you. Amusingly, even the walkthrough I read basically said to hide behind a doorway, and shoot while leaning, noting that the door doesn’t block the bullets.
So yeah, people are free to call me whatever because I didn’t finish the game legitimately, and that because I didn’t play fair, my opinion on the game is perhaps skewered. I think that is fair, but at the end of the day, the reason I wanted to play Hitman 1-3 is because, I wanted to see if they were any good, and if there was anything I was missing out on.
I’ll maybe write a proper review later on, but for the most part, I am glad I played Codename 47. I do think it is the weakest game in the series, including Absolution, blasphemous as that may be, but I am glad to of played it just to see where Hitman started from. Hopefully however, I will have a bit of a better time with Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.