Hitman 2 hands on: dropping drug lords in Colombia
With nice stealth comes nice endurance – that’s the saying proper? Sadly I lack the latter, making me a poor candidate for any stealth video games, and Hitman 2 is not any exception.

Touchdown in a small Colombian city, my mission is evident: assassinate three members of the Delgado drug cartel, a Colombian organized crime household who’re making a substance referred to as tremendous cocaine, as rapidly and cleanly as doable.

So who’re the fortunate three on my radar? Rico Delgado, the pinnacle honcho and kingpin; Andrea Martinez, the Delgado’s PR guru; and Jorge Franco, the ‘pharmacist’. What may probably go improper?

Caring for enterprise (type of)

As Agent 47 wanders the small South American city – dressed like probably the most unfriendly vacationer – you’ve ever seen, I choose up intel which factors me in one of the best ways to take out my marks. A poster tells me Rico Delgado is holding a small gathering within the city centre to have a good time the erection of a statue of himself – it’s one of many few events he’ll enterprise out of his mansion. 

Making my technique to the city centre, I see the stage Delgado might be taking is closely guarded. However whispers amongst them inform me that the statue is constructed on free foundations, so it wouldn’t take a lot for an ‘accident’ to happen. The issue was that the statue itself was additionally guarded, so I would want a brand new disguise.

After (a number of) failed makes an attempt, I managed to distract a lazy builder with a shiny coin, knock him out and steal his garments earlier than legging it to a close-by storage to choose up a wrench. Whereas the guards hunted for the builder bashing perpetrator, I casually made my approach again to the statue to loosen the screws and subtly make my approach again to the city centre. Nevertheless, I’ll admit, a number of variations of this resulted within the guards catching on to me and me panic capturing all of them earlier than being escorted to the River Styx myself. All whereas a real-life Agent 47 sat beside me, silently judging my makes an attempt. 

Little drummer boy

Now the statue is free, I can sit again and benefit from the masterful execution of my plan. Besides that the band who’re presupposed to play have gone haywire. Glorious. Apparently, they’d an enormous occasion final evening and I have to spherical up their hungover asses. I discover one handed out across the again of a home, and instantly flip the tap on him, one other is slumped over beside a generator, so I flip it on, and the third is simply meandering round a bus cease. However the place’s the drummer? 

After coming throughout a fairly loud home, I decipher he is most likely in there. So I flip off the electrical, distracting a close-by resident, after which knock them out and take the home key once they come to research. Seems it is all for nothing – the drummer is lifeless. So I pay my respects as solely Agent 47 is aware of how and steal his drummer outfit from his lifeless corpse. RIP little drummer boy. 

Now that the band is again collectively, I head to the stage to face in for our fallen comrade. The sound of our candy, candy tones finally lure out Rico – and Andrea. Possibly I can kill two birds with one statue-shaped stone? As Agent 47 blends into the band with some funky drum beats, Rico takes to the stage and waffles a bit. The true magic occurs when he goes to drag the duvet off the statue and it inevitably falls on him – crushing him however sadly not Andrea. One down.

The city centre is straight away on lock down,  however I intend to swan off – forgetting the thrill you get from a clear kill in Hitman – it is electrical. 

Finest laid plans

From this level on, issues grew to become more and more tougher. I spent round an hour doing the above – between continually being caught by guards and panic capturing everybody in sight. I could not work out the way to assassinate Andrea (though the problem part of the menu instructed I may drop a crane on her or create some type of cement mixer accident). I watched her stroll by the city into her small secure home many times, however could not see a clear technique to take her out – so I moved on. Actual-life Agent 47 judged in silence – “Sorry,” I mutter. 

For the subsequent whereas I wander aimlessly by Colombia and, though I am not technically doing what I ought to be, it is a vibrant and interactive world to discover. Fishermen, vacationers, enlightened vacationers, wealthy greenery and cosy bars create the sense of someplace residing and respiration – someplace Agent 47 positively stands proud like a sore thumb. 

I ultimately work out one of the best ways to take down Jorge Franco – because of an excessively talkative drug vendor who I overhear has baked some cocaine right into a memento that he has finally damaged. He is searching for some glue to stay it again collectively, glue which may very well be poisoned if I so wished, however for the love of mercy I cannot discover the glue anyplace – and I by accident dropped the poison in a vacationer’s drink earlier on. Time for a brand new plan.

Whereas rummaging the jungle areas of the city, I come throughout a random safety guard from the mansion – simply mendacity on the bottom. I believe he is been brained by a coconut, however sensing a blessing in disguise I do not complain – as an alternative stripping him and placing on his garments, earlier than heading off to the mansion to assassinate Jorge.

Lengthy story brief, I obtained into the mansion and it resulted in a massacre, earlier than my time was up and I slinked away from the sport with just one assassination. However, it seems, the place I had failed others within the session has succeeded, however some had didn’t even kill Rico. What was evident was we had all accomplished our assassinations in utterly other ways: some below the guise of a tattoo artist and different as a stealth shooter. No two video games have been the identical.

I spent a number of hours with Hitman 2 and it was nowhere close to sufficient to pattern to huge  world of Colombia and the assassination choices out there. Nevertheless, in these few hours I discovered Hitman 2 providing extra freedom than ever earlier than, in a lush interactive world that we won’t wait to get extra time with.

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