Play the role of Agent 47 in Hitman Sniper and take out enemy targets from afar.
Take down enemies with headshots, accidental kills, and a myriad of ways using the environment.
Customize your weapons and use various abilities to be an efficient contract killer.
The Hitman series is one of the most iconic franchises in the world of gaming. After being around for nearly two decades, it has spawned numerous games wherein most have been positively received. After all, it is pretty exciting to play as a contract killer who uses various disguises, hides bodies, and take out guards and primary targets in countless ways. Its popularity gave rise to a number of spin off titles - one of which is Hitman Sniper. Here, you will take the role of Agent 47 the main protagonist of the entire series, and you will be tasked to take out targets from afar. Seems simple, right? Well, not really. There’s more to this game than aiming your crosshairs and pulling the trigger.
The basic premise of Hitman Sniper is quite simple: you’re a contract killer and the in-game missions task you with taking out various targets. You will stake out on a cliff overlooking some sort of a resort house in Montenegro, wherein VIPs and guards line do their business and enjoy. Targets have names and portraits so you can accurately find and identify them, but the game gives a shortcut and points them directly to you. Note that you’re not taking out innocent people: these are criminals known to perform heinous crimes like human trafficking and drugs, so in a way, you’re doing a bad deed to take out the bad guys which may sound good on anyone’s book.
Before you can take out any of your primary targets though, you first need to accomplish secondary objectives. These spice the game up and act like some sort of a puzzle. For example, you need to perform things like “lure kills” wherein you’re supposed to lure an enemy guard into a certain location. Others include “body disposal” and kills that are made to look like accidents.
Controls are relatively simple: swipe the screen to aim and look around, and tap the fire button to take a shot. There are also ability buttons and only a tap is needed to activate them. Anyone who has played shooting games before would feel right at home: everything feels smooth and intuitive. Once you get the tutorial over with, you’ll be on the road to become a master marksman. However, the shooting mechanic is far from being simple: you have to take note of the bullet drops and Agent 47’s aim shaking. Thankfully, he has various abilities that can negate these obstacles, enabling you to score headshots with ease. These include holding your breath for a steady hand, and using your instincts to mark interesting points in the map. You can also enhance your skills by upgrading your sniper rifles through in-game currency. Moreover, you can also unlock various parts through loot boxes that spawn random items. If you receive duplicates, it is turned into money.
Unfortunately, there are some AI-related issues in Hitman Sniper. For example, there are instances wherein a guard was shot in the head, and a civilian witnessed his death. In such situations, the best thing to do would be to hide and report to the proper authorities. But no, the civilian goes back to the couch, sipping martinis. If poor AI infuriates you, try to progress to level six and unlock the Death Valley mode where you can shoot zombies instead of human beings.
Overall, Hitman Sniper is on point. Even if it suffers from AI-related issues and a lack of variety due to having one location, it’s a solid game. Finding creative ways to take out enemies and accomplish missions dishes out a dark, yet fun experience. If you’re looking to put yourself in Agent 47’s suit and tie, this is a mobile game you would want to try out.