Jun 12, 2015
Hitman: Sniper is here. Enough said…
The game gets right into it; the tutorial is pretty much a mission of its own. It plays on first-person style such that the player takes on the persona of the sniper. He takes position from a distant perch, with the obvious weapon of choice, looking to do damage.
Using the sniper rifle, one learns to fan around using the scope, and beyond that, how to zoom in even further to get a quarry well within one’s sights. Shooting is accomplished by tapping the screen when viewing through the scope, and if everything works right, the target drops.
It’s the other aspects that add to the game’s allure. It gives the player concurrent tasks to accomplish in addition to knocking off a high level bad guy. The game engine does well to create a realistic environment, so concepts like stealth and order of operations must be taken into consideration. To explain further, a mission might require the player to take out a certain guy and dispatch four of his bodyguards. Well, our shooter probably needs to hit the main target towards the end, as that action automatically sets up an extraction (mission done). Care has to be taken with regards to dropping guards, because if a body is noticed by a guard (or, worse, a shot missed), the alarm will be raised, and the main target generally scampers to safety, causing the mission to be failed. They key element here is to do the business discretely, and get away before this get really crazy. There is a time limit too, so one can’t just tarry all day.
Success yields awards, and every run is measured via a series of criteria, like time spent, shot difficulty and more; there are RPG elements as well, as there’s leveling up to do and weapons and attributes to improve upon. It’s simple, straightforward, and even a tad romantic in the way it makes a hero out of a killer taking out evil folks.
The animations are good, and the developer does a good job of creating some stacked scenes, but some of the views are repetitive. I think the weapon upgrade process could be simplified, and the scoring system a bit less involved.
Still, for a first-person shooter, Hitman: Sniper hits the spot in several ways, and is quite the addition to the popular franchise.