This is definitely the Hitman game that us fans of the series have been waiting for. I had waited for this with baited breath, as the Hitman games are all on the very short list of games that I have every played right thr way through to completion (ie without getting either fed up with the game or distracted by something else coming out!)
Whilst I enjoyed all of the earlier games, I had concerns after Contracts that the series was doomed, as that game wasn't as good as the second one. However, as information was released about this, the fourth game, I started to hope that it could be really good.
Thankfully, it is. Third person sneaking and shooting has never been so much fun. For the first time, there are enough options and approaches to each scenario that you're not tempted to just blast your way through it (like I did with almost every mission in Hitman: Contracts). The new "accidental deaths" are hilarious and rewarding to discover. The weapon upgrades are great fun, and allow you to concentrate on your preferred tools of the trade. Combat both close and distanced feels assured and responsive.
Standout missions for me include the private hospital, the suburban street, and the playboy's mansion.
Most fun you can have in this game: Seeing how many people you can "off" and hide before those left start to realise you're a very bad person!
Graphics and sound are spot on, and if IO INteractive can reel out another game with this many imporvements and ideas, then the next Hitman will be well worth a look too!