Hitman Sniper Challenge
Even though Hitman: Absolution
won't be released till November 2012, Square Enix have given gamers a
special incentive if they pre-order the title with a standalone DLC game
called Hitman: Sniper Challenge. By pre-ordering
Hitman: Absolution, gamers are given a DLC code to download this
unique score based game that puts you in control of the enigmatic Agent
Hitman: Sniper Challenge also gives
gamers a sneak peak into Hitman: Absolution from a taste of the
gameplay (albeit just snipering) and a very cool pre-rendered CGI
cinematic of the main game. The crux of Hitman: Sniper Challenge
is to use your sniper abilities to take out your enemies with the least
amount of ammunition which in turn awards the player with a higher
score. Headshots also give you more points as opposed to body shots as
do preventing your guards from being alerted to your presence. Add in
finesse and the points keep on coming.
The goal of Hitman: Sniper Challenge is to take out Richard
Strong, a nefarious CEO and his bodyguards. Although this may seem quite
easy, the problem is to prevent his bodyguards from escaping which are
numerous in number. As Strong's helicopter lands, a careful shot to the
head will take him out as will his three bodyguards. However to make
things complicated, a party is occurring where the assassination occurs
which adds to the difficultly of picking off the bodyguards which are
littered through this environment. It is quite a challenge, albeit quite
frustrating with around 15 or so guards to take out.
With your trusty sniper rifle, the Silenced Kazo TRG and your zoom lens,
picking off the targets is quite difficult as the bodyguards are hiding
throughout the top two floors of the building where Strong's helicopter
has landed. As you watch the events unfold from your sniper spot on a
nearby building, the key to victory is to balance your zoom. By zooming
too far in, you cannot see what is happening on the entire floor and
this is when the bodyguards escape. However by not zooming in far
enough, it makes taking out your enemies quite difficult that hampers
your score. Needless to say, a great amount of timing is required to
succeed and there are plenty of ways to complete this level.
You are also awarded points on how well you
complete the level. If you take out more guards, you are awarded more
points and if you avoid creating mayhem, you will achieve the rank of
silent assassin. With a myriad of ways of taking out your enemies, the
game will even reward you in Hitman: Absolution with a cool
weapon when the game is finally available. With that said, the
frustration in the game is definitely worth the endeavour if you can
handle the repetitive nature of a single level.
It's great that a developer has given the
gamer something truly useful if they pre-order the game as opposed to
some useless DLC costume (I'm looking at Batman: Arkham City) because
not only do you get a sample of the game months before it is released
but it also awards you in the main game once available.
Definitely a great incentive if you pre-order the game!