For the last four hours I have been playing this pre-order “bonus” and let me tell you it was time well spent. To start with everything you unlock in game transfers into Hitman: Absolution when you get that on November 20th. Items unlocked are clip upgrades, reload upgrades, rapid fire and hold breath. Yes, these are all sniper related, otherwise it would just be called "The Hitman Challenge"!
The “bonus” is available across all platforms that the game will be coming out for, so that means the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and, of course, one of our favourites Steam. I personally chose the 360 version as my current desktop sounds like it is trying to take-off back to its home planet. Any more than half an hour and your head splits apart like mars attacks! Enough of my problems and more of those virtual “bodyguards” problems (if you could even call them that).
The 'so called' bodyguards are really just sentries sent around to block your next stealth kill and just all round annoy. They follow set paths for the most part and that means they are relatively easy to assassinate. There are moments when frustration hits as the target stops to pick up an imaginary penny and then continues along like there was no bullet whizzing past his head. The physics engine runs a beauty as you are able to shoot the power box of the elevator which opens its doors and as the guard turns to see what happened and why, the bullet that is burrowing in the back of his skull has sent him over the edge and down the shaft.
The bonus consists of 1 map with 14 guards, 50 or so Ai civilians and 1 High Value Target (HVT for short). Your mission is to assassinate the HVT and his “bodyguards” without anyone detecting your presence. This sounds like the average sniper level that any game has these days but that is where the similarities end. There is no bullet drift or drop so you hit where you aim. The crosshairs move constantly until you slow your breathing, but the real joy I have found from this one seemingly small mission is with the tons of hidden Easter eggs!
In true Hitman style you're recommended to pick off the guys around the edges and work your way in, but not me! No sir! I’ve played this mission so many times (it seems to be approaching 100 times today) so I’ve done it all! I went on the outskirts, I went straight for the HVT and I even set an ambush with the proximity mines all from my perched view on a distant building.
The in game challenges range from shooting 3 rubber ducks to "shoot the ninja" and each challenge completed grants a new score modifier so you must do challenges in order to beat the high scores of not only your friends but your Nation and the rest of the world.
Overall Rating: 8/10
- James Monaghan