The lights are on
Agent 47 has been out of the game for more than six years,
but come this November, the silent assassin is looking to return in a big way.
I just got done playing a level of the game, and although I
failed miserably at killing my target and escaping unscathed, I still walked
away happy. Here are five details I noticed that should bring a
smile to any fan of the series.
One of the stumbling blocks of the Hitman series has always been the feedback
players receive for their actions. Much of the gameplay revolves around hiding
in plain sight, and nothing is more frustrating than having your cover blown
for reasons unknown. As I played through a level that required me to locate and
kill a man dubbed the King of Chinatown, the game provided a number of on-screen
notifications to make life as a cold-blooded assassin easier. There were
environmental hints that could be triggered with the push of a button, warning
messages that alerted me when I was trespassing or visibly armed, and arrows
that would point out the direction of enemies and how suspicious they were. These
clues didn't make me any better at the game (I died. A lot.), but they did
notify me when I was about to do something that was going to make my life a lot
During my playtime, I noticed a number of new moves Agent 47 had at his
disposal. When brandishing a firearm, 47 has the ability to tag and execute
enemies. Grabbing people from behind gives separate options for knocking them
out or snapping their necks. Engaging in close-quarter combat brings up QTE
prompts, which change up the way 47 takes out foes. 47's Instinct power helps
identify targets and allows you to blend in with your surroundings. Which
brings us to our next point...
Instinct Doesn't Break The Game:
As a longtime fan of the series, I was skeptical of 47's new Instinct ability,
which allows the assassin to see the silhouettes of enemies through walls, along
with their patrol routes. After trying it for myself, I'm no longer concerned.
I rarely used the ability, and the perks it provides felt more like they were
leveling the playing field than giving me an unfair advantage. There will also be a higher difficulty level that will disable Instinct and various other assists.
One of the cool and addictive parts of the Hitman:
Sniper Challenge pre-order game was the inclusion of optional, Easter
Egg-type challenges that you could undertake. A quick flip through the menus
during the demo revealed that the level I was playing also had built-in
challenges, along with bonuses for tracking down various disguises. These
should provide a lot of replay value for revisiting levels even after you've pulled
off the perfect kill.
More Kill Options:
One of the most entertaining aspects of past Hitman games is finding and
performing alternate environmental kills on your target. Why walk up and shoot
the lord of a British manor when you can poison his brandy, or drop a gas can down
his chimney to ruin a peaceful fireside chat? In the Chinatown level I played,
I ran across a number of ways to take down the target. You could poison the
food at a local booth where he stops off for a quick snack, contaminate his
drug supply, snipe him from a nearby building, rig his car to explode, or do
something involving a gas canister (I found the can, but wasn't sure what to do
with it). I can't wait to figure out each level's lethal puzzles for taking out
For a comprehensive rundown of the E3 demo, check out Dan Ryckert's impressions.
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I cant wait, and if the HD collection is real, than it looks like a lot of murders and blown covers are in my future.
Yes, this does make me happy
This game keeps sounding/looking better and better. And they seem to be addressing issues and improving on the previous games as well. Can't wait for this holiday season. It's shaping up to be better than last year's.
Thanks, Hang Time!
I've never played a hitman game.
November 20 please get here sooner.
BUT GUISE IT HAZ SEXY NUNS, THEREFORE IT'S SEXIST
The anticipation for this game is making me cream my jeans! (b/w the sniper challenge is awesome! haha)
The game looks good. I will probably buy it the month it comes out.
More and more I read about this game, the more I feel the need to pre-order it and go first day. I feel like I will have too many choices this year and end up having that, "I don't know which one to play," problem.
I just hope it manages to keep the feel of the old games. I really didn't like where Ubisoft went with Splinter Cell: Conviction and this game has had me a little worried. With any luck though the series will retain its identity.
I have a feeling I will be playing an unhealthy amount of this game.
I sure have missed playing a new Hitman game...a def purchase.