We get the chance to suit up as Agent 47 and do what he does best
Voice actor David Bateson has been the voice of Agent 47 ever since the first game
“We missed again but definitely closer this time. We try once more. Bang!”
Publisher Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment Developer IO Interactive Format Xbox One ETA November 13 2018 The appeal of Hitman games has always been their ability to provide you with a deathly rich playground in which to experiment, and let you be as creative as you want when planning assassinations. If you can think of a way to take out a target, the chances are the game will facilitate you. The best example of this was in Hitman (2016), which contained some of the most inventive missions the series has to offer, and was the reason we were so looking forward to getting some hands-on time with its sequel.
Hitman 2 follows on from its predecessor, and has you once again stepping into the polished shoes of Agent 47 on a globetrotting mission to hunt down the elusive Shadow Client, the mysterious man responsible for manipulating events in the previous game. However, everything changes upon discovering the Shadow Client’s true identity and the secrets he holds about 47’s past.
The level we get to play is set in sunny Miami at an annual motorsport race. The mission preamble give us our targets: War criminals Sierra Knox and her father, Robert. Sadly, we only get the opportunity to take out Sierra, who just so happens to be the ‘champion’ driver in this evening’s race, and will be tackling the track during the mission.
We start just outside the venue, and after making our way inside and amongst the crowd we head to the ‘VIP Access’ area. Unfortunately the bouncer doesn’t seem to think we’re important enough, so we look for another way in. We’re now in full ‘Hitman’ mode, and overhear a conversation about someone in a flamingo mascot outfit getting jumped by a man in the garage, so we go to investigate. The attacker has already donned the flamingo outfit and is chatting on his phone. We give him a taste of his own medicine by knocking him out and stealing the outfit for ourselves. Think deadly In costume, we’re granted access to the VIP area. We snoop around a little, and find an employee-only section towards the back, and slip inside. A locked gate prevents us from moving forward, but thanks to a conveniently discarded crowbar we break through. We use the crowbar again on another gate to gain access to the roof. Before we climb the stairs, however, we spot a briefcase which contains a sniper rifle. Yes, that’s right, briefcases are back. We can smuggle weapons and other items around without arousing suspicion once again. We take the sniper rifle and climb the stairs. Suddenly, we’re given a clear view of the racetrack, and with it the perfect spot to take out Knox’s car. After incapacitating the guard on duty, we pull out the sniper rifle, and prepare our shot. Patiently looking down the sights, we wait for the car to come around the corner and into view. Bang! We missed, but we have plenty of ammo, and wait for her to loop around to try again. This time we aim a little in front of the car before taking the shot. Bang! We missed again, but definitely closer this time. We try once more. Bang! Crash! The car flips, and the mission ends. Success.
This was only a portion of the mission and just one, albeit tame, method in which to eliminate the target. In total Hitman 2 will have six brand new locations for you to complete, and better yet, they’ll all be available on day one, as opposed to the previous game’s episodic delivery. We had a blast with this level, and can’t wait to play more.