Hitman 3 launches tomorrow, and while many will scoff at the idea, picking it up on Google Stadia should be considered.
Why? Well, first there’s the obvious: you can start playing it as soon as you’ve bought it. With Google Stadia there’s no downloading to be done, and with Hitman 3 weighing in at a hearty 70GB, it could take a decent amount of time. “But with Stadia I’ve got to be online to play it!”, you cry. True, but with both offline and online progress handled separately on other formats, you wouldn’t want to play it offline anyway; all three entries in the Hitman World of Assassination trilogy have had that little quirk. They all basically require you to play online if you want to make any true progression and unlock useful tools.
With Stadia, you can play Hitman 3 anywhere; you’re not tied to your PC or console. And if you already have a Stadia Pro account or sign up for one, you can currently claim both Hitman and Hitman 2. Add them to your account, and when you boot up Hitman 3 via the Hitman World of Assassination launcher you’ll have access to all three games and all their locations in one place without any hassle. On other formats you have to jump through some hoops to achieve the same. There’s a final benefit to Hitman 3 on Stadia, too: State Share. I’ve not been able to try it yet as the feature should go live at the game’s launch, but its ability to allow players to easily share challenges should be neat.
On the downside, Hitman 3‘s visual clarity on Stadia will depend on how fast your broadband connection is. Unless you have super-fast and very stable broadband, then, the game will clearly look better on next-gen consoles and high-end PCs, where at times it is truly breath-taking. I’ve also noticed that the loading times are a little slower than they are on PS5. It still looks really nice on Stadia though, and loading times remain pretty nippy.
So, if you’re interested in Hitman 3, buying it on Stadia is definitely worth considering, especially if you don’t own a next-gen console or gaming PC. You’ll have no downloads to contend with, you can play it anywhere you have a decent internet connection, and if you sign up to Stadia Pro, you can also gain access to the locations from Hitman and Hitman 2 within it with less fuss.