Hitman: Sniper Challenge is a free DLC for everyone who pre-orders Hitman Absolution. It’s nice to see a developer give a better pre-order incentive than the usual t-shirts or in game item, by whetting the appetite of the Hitman fans with the taste of the skills they can expect from Agent 47.
Sniper Challenge is a stand-alone game, focussing on (you guessed it) the sniping aspect of being an assassin. You overlook a rooftop party, and are given a main target to take out, along with numerous guards. The game allows you to take to the objective in whichever way you see fit, allowing players to attempt to quickly dispatch of everyone, or take a more calm approach and silently take out each target. You’ll need to take the latter approach if you are looking for the coveted ‘Silent Assassin’ rank, where you need to complete the objective without anyone knowing what’s happening. To do this you’ll need to utilise the environment and precision timing to cover your tracks.
I only had a small amount of time with the game, but I’m not sure I have the patience to be a professional assassin, and found myself trying (and failing) to quickly dispatch the enemies without anyone noticing, but bodies were soon discovered and the Silent Assassin rating slipped away. But I’m determined to sit down and achieve assassin greatness before the full game is released.
Anyone looking forward to the new Hitman game, and is looking for an early fix, I’d encourage you to pre order to get this DLC. It comes with a high powered Kazo TRG sniper rifle and a host upgrades that can be unlocked and carried over into Hitman Absolution. You also get an online leaderboard where you can compare your sniping abilities next to everyone in the world.
I’d like to see more developers go into these ‘taster’ incentives for pre ordering games. I’d like to be able to have a quick go at getting used to the game mechanics in a mini game before a full release comes out more often.