I'm terribly late regarding this review and that's a shame because it's an episode which grew on me. When I originally played through it, I didn't think all that much of it because the hotel setting felt like a step down from the previous episodes. I changed my views the more I played it, becoming aware of all the wonderful little in's and out's of the characters involved. This episode has probably the strongest writing in the game so far, target wise, and I'm pleased with the results.
The premise of the episode is Jordan Cross, lead singer for the band The Class, is guilty of murdering his girlfriend in the heat of the moment. The girl's parents, rather than sit and take this lying down, have chosen to hire Agent 47 to eliminate Cross as well as his sleazy lawyer. It's a great human story for our favorite assassin as Cross is unlike the majority of targets in that he's racked with guilt for his actions. Exploring the twisted events which have led to the contract on his head is quite enjoyable.
|Don't shoot the elephants!|
A theme of the episode is the self-destructive nature of rock stars as well as entitlement. Jordan is the son of a high-ranking member of Providence who has had everything handed to him in his life but now believes he's his own man who deserves respect. This would be an admirable goal if not for the fact he essentially bought his music career and the moment he got in trouble, admittedly for murder, he called on his father's connections to get himself acquitted. The little nods to music tragedies fills the story and sometimes verges on poor taste. Interestingly, Jordan strongly resembles actor Jared Leto.
|"I'm too rich to die!"|
|Ken Morgan's security is crap.|
The methods of killing your targets range from the humorous to the deadly serious. While getting Cross on his knees to be executed is dramatic, you can also smother him in his own birthday cake. You can also blow Ken Morgan up when he's purchasing a junker car for the novelty value. This in contrast to scenes like gaslighting Jordan Cross into murdering Morgan for you. I got to enjoy using some new toys which appeared this time around like an exploding cellphone, a mix tape of foreign pop music for 47, and a stealth sniper rifle as well as shotgun (!!).
|Crappy cars make great exploding vehicles.|
Honestly, I found this to be a rather late series of revelations as there's only two episodes after this one. I would have maybe had a single episode, maybe two, where 47 and Diana were clueless but we're four episodes with them being unwitting pawns. I don't find the Shadow Client's crusade against Providence particularly interesting since they've yet to show themselves as particularly dangerous. I know IO Entertainment has said they plan another season of episodic adventures but I would have preferred a faster paced game.
|This minigame was hilarious.|
Overall, I have to say that Bangkok was enjoyable but not quite up to the same level as the previous ones. It's enjoyment is mostly in its replay value and the dramatic soap-opera story about Jordan Cross' murder of his Hannah Highmoore. There's a few great moments in the game like having 47 mix Jordan Cross' newest song as well as playing the role of a Neil Pert-esque drummer (which 47's stoic response matches perfectly). Still, the episode is rather slow to start and requires heavy exploration to enjoy.