2017 Blog

Hitman

Ah, the latest Hitman game is finally out for the PS4! Actually, the episodes were released over the last six months or something. The publisher seems to have dedicded to try episodic releases, goodness knows why. Anyhow, here's a quick review.

Firstly, the game is basically six maps. Each map is a quite good. Large, open settings with plenty of atmosphere. Your handler Diana gives you a breif summary of your objective, and also provides live updates as you discover opportunities and achieve objectives. I have no complaints about the maps, although six seems rather few. I would have expected about eight or nine.

When installing from disc the game claimed it needed 12GB of updates, which gobsmacked me. It later revised this figure to 4GB, which seems more reasonable. It makes me think the publisher has put very little effort into the disc release.

The game will complain if started without an internet connection, but you can choose to continue and play offline. Unfortunately doing so means your game is not scored in any meaningful way. No overall score, no trophies, no achievements, not even a table of who has been assassinated with what methods. The reduces replayability for offline players, which seems like a really stupid move for a single player game.

There is clearly an expectation that users will be online while playing. This has two immediate implications:

First, those who play offline are penalised. They would have a better experience playing an older game such as Hitman Bloodmoney.

Second, the publisher will one day turn off their Hitman servers. When that happens, all Hitman stats and achievements will be lost. Also, nobody will ever be able to play the game and record stats ever again.

I recommend Hitman for those who have enjoyed previous Hitman games and want more, but for those who have never experience it, you may be better advised to pick up the older Hitman Bloodmoney title.

Trump

I could write waaaay too much about President Trump, so I'll keep this short. Just don't be surprised when he gets a second term.

Trump is behaving like a bully, with blunt methods with poor focus. While he might learn to do better, I doubt he will. I suspect he will make life worse for most people. Further, I predict he will blame others for this failure. The media, the courts, the constitution, foreigners, or a race/religion minority. Dictators have done the same many times, and in North Korea they've been managing to keep it up for quite a while.

This makes it less likely that the US will objectively analyse and correct the structural financial imbalances behind their problems, and more likely that they will crash in a great heap with all the international fallout that will result.

But hey, who knows? It may all eventually lead to something wonderful. Que Sera, Sera.