Piano wire or poison? ‘Hitman 3’ is some of the darkest fun in gaming

The ‘Macgyver of death’ returns to the latest consoles for his third outing, putting players in the shoes of the bald assassin. — IO Interactive/dpa

Way back in the year 2000, long before we knew what “social distancing” meant, a game about a lab-designed contract killer took the console world by storm.

Two decades later, the world has changed but the winning formula of Hitman has not, and the game’s bald-headed killer is still running about disposing of unwanted individuals as inconspicuously as possible in ever-changing scenarios.

Now Agent 47 is back again in Hitman 3 and once again, the game is as fun as it is macabre.

Designed for the latest generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles, it promises exciting new missions against the backdrops of Dubai, Berlin and the English region of Dartmoor, among other places.

In each mission, you’ll again find yourself scouting out the surroundings near your target, before gunning them down in cold blood.

For newcomers, it’s worth noting that the aim of this game – as bloody as the objectives may be – is actually to shoot as few people as possible.

Hitman 3 isn’t designed for you to run around guns blazing and mowing down heaps of enemies – not to mention innocent bystanders.

You’re supposed to remain undetected, making the heart of this game (and presumably also the profession of assassin) about sneaking around, not killing.

You’ll soon learn that it sometimes takes quite a while to sneak up on a target, and you’ll need to do so in unusual ways to be successful.

In one mission, for example, you first have to gain the victim’s trust by pretending to be an investigator trying to solve a murder before – somewhat ironically – committing one.

It makes for an original and challenging mission at the same time.

Avoid playing the game like a bull in a china shop and you’ll be able to eliminate your targets elegantly and hit a good result in the final scores. This is essential if you want to unlock new missions and equipment.

In case you hadn’t guessed, Hitman 3 is not a game for the faint-hearted.

In addition to a whole range of firearms, you can also use poisons or even a piano wire to murder your target.

This makes for some seriously brutal gameplay. As a result, the game is not rated for children or teens.

Hitman 3 can be played on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and Google Stadia. – dpa

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