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Posts tagged “IO Interactive”

Feature: Justifiable homicide

I queued for 45 minutes in the new Hitman 2 bank level

I've been playing the new Hitman 2 level for about ten minutes when I decide that Ian Hitman needs some change. Not change in the Smashmouth sense where the bloke earnestly asks him for some money and he responds by uselessly philosophising at him in F# major for a bit, but actual hard currency. Maybe an artisan market has popped up in the high street and they're…

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Hitman 2 sends Agent 47 to do his banking in tomorrow’s DLC

When Ian Hitman isn't hitting men, he's apparently knitting his own cold-weather ensemble. At least, that's what he says in the trailer for the New York bank mission DLC coming to Hitman 2 tomorrow. I see no reason not to believe him, as he's very candid for a man of mystery and murder. The first full, regular mission coming to the stab-puzzle sandbox since launch,…

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Hitman 2 expands its competitive Ghost Mode today

The true joy of being Ian Hitman is not just in the hitting of men, but in doing it properly, which is what makes Hitman 2's competitive Ghost Mode so compelling - it gives you an audience. Today, Io Interactive rolled out a big update to the competitive mode, letting players compete in Santa Fortuna. They've also added a bundle of new ghost-busting special items…

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Hitman 2 DLC will visit a bank, prison, and resort later this year

Ian Hitman will be get a summer job robbing a bank, in autumn stop by a prison for a spot of sniping, then put his feet up with a visit to a holiday resort, developers IO Interactive revealed today. They've laid out their rough plans for the next few seasons of Hitman 2, see, both those paid expansions and the freebies coming for everyone. A…

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Hitman 2 goes sniping at Hantu Port in its first paid DLC level

Ian Hitman is at it again, this time doing a scenic bit of sunset sniping in Singapore. While not a full map, today's Hitman 2 Hantu Port Sniper Assassin mission (part of the Expansion Pass) feels like a nice warmup for the new maps to come, presenting a fresh challenge. Unlike the previous Himmelstein sniper mission, your targets won't immediately scurry for safety when threatened,…

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Hitman 2 has us seeing double with its latest elusive target

The good news is that you won't have to travel far to find The Politician, the latest elusive target in Hitman 2, as she's holed up in the compact little tutorial (and demo) map of Hawke's Bay. Those shooting for a Silent Assassin rank will have to do a little sleuthing to figure out which is the real target, however, as she's there with a…

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Hitman 2 demo hits the beach for moonlit murder

A wee free demo for Hitman 2 is out now, inviting all would-be slapheads to sneak around the game's first campaign mission and try murder. This 'Starter Pack' demo contains Hawke's Bay, a beach house level serving as the game's prologue and tutorial, with all its challenges and unlocks and such. Today also brings an update which, most importantly, reduces the amazing psychic ability of…

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Hitman 2 takes a festive detour to back to Hokkaido today

Christmas may be over, but assassination is a dish best served cold, so it's back to Hokkaido we go for a fun seasonal bonus mission for Hitman 2. Today, Io Interactive rolled out a big update for their murder-sandbox, including some new gear for expansion pass holders. The big reason to be excited is the time-limited Snow Festival mission, set in Hitman 1's Hokkaido map.…

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Hitman devs IÖ open new studiö in Malmö

IO Interactive, the Danish mob behind Hitman and Kane & Lynch (look, I still swear K&L2 is interesting), today announced they've opened a new studio in Malmö, Sweden. Given that there were ditched by former owners Square Enix and faced an uncertain future only 20 months ago, before going independent, this is a pleasing turnaround. I am glad they're apparently doing well enough to expand,…

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Feature: Push with your knees, not your back

The Joy Of shoving people in Hitman: Blood Money

The first time I pushed someone downstairs in Hitman: Blood Money, I felt faintly guilty. Not because I'd just killed a person, but because The Agency, my bar-coded assassin's employers, had gone to the trouble of providing me with a wealth of lethal equipment. Yet here I was, sending people to their deaths without touching a single item. Was I putting someone out of a…

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Feature: He's a jolly ol' saint

Nic Rueben’s 5 best games of 2018

It’s well known that games are an awful mistake that should have never been unleashed on an unsuspecting humanity. That said, here’s five that hushed the howling primates that reside in my skull just long enough for me to consider them a worthwhile investment. Honorable mentions go to Cultist Simulator (For it’s alchemical harmony of theme and mechanics), Vermintide 2 (for being the second best…

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Hitman 2’s holiday update lets us murder Home Alone’s Wet Bandits again

Home Alone's idiot burglars - or at least a pair of very similar bumbling thieves with legally distinct surnames - are on Santa's naughty list, and they're Agent 47's target in Hitman 2's first Christmas update. While largely a repeat of the previous game's Holiday Hoarders mission, set in a remixed Paris map, it's been polished up and remastered to Hitman 2 spec along with…

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Feature: Party in the city where the heat is on

Hitman 2 Miami walkthrough: how to assassinate Robert Knox and Sierra Knox, where to find disguises, VIP tickets and points of interest

As Will Smith would say, "Welcome to Miami". It's home to a race course that's home to high-octane racing, as well as the setting for the second mission in Hitman 2. This will be your first step into some of the more complex sandboxes. Miami is vast, essentially split into two sections: The loud and crowded racetrack and the quiet and empty marina. You're on…

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Feature: Agent 47: The 2018 Tour

Hitman 2 guide: location guides, tips and tricks, challenge lists, silent assassin walkthroughs

Little else is quite so frighteningly intimidating, yet wonderfully rewarding, as stepping into a new Hitman game for the first time. While the first level is a fraction of the size of the others, these vast assassination playgrounds allow you to explore, poke around, and get up to all sorts of murderous mischief. It's the kind of game where discovery is half the fun. For…

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Feature: Shoot the real me!

Hitman’s humour evolved because of 47’s penchant for disguises

In the best possible way, the Hitman series is ridiculous. Its protagonist, Agent 47, is the single most conspicuous person in any crowd. He’s big and bald and white with a bar code prominently tattooed to the back of his head, and not once does this fact deter him from his preferred method of infiltration: wearing a disguise. These aren’t disguises in the elaborate, Mission:…

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Feature: O Fortuna

Hitman 2 Santa Fortuna Silent Assassin walkthrough: best way to kill all the targets

Agent 47 gets given all sorts to assassinate on his murderous travels. Important figures in the public eye, elusive targets that hide from the world and now, three key members of the world’s largest drug smuggling operation. The Delgado cartel is one serious outfit, so bringing them down will require the deaths of their leader, Rico Delgado, their lead businesswoman, Andrea Martinez, and the cook,…

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Feature: Mean Bean Machine

Video: Hitman 2 let me join the illustrious ranks of Sean Bean’s murderers

“For England, James?” “No, for XP.” 2000 XP, to be precise. That’s how much Sean Bean’s life is worth in the first of Hitman 2’s Elusive Targets. These are timed contracts that give you one shot at killing a special guest character - in this case, everyone’s favourite Yorkshire thespian (okay, it’s a toss up between Bean and fellow GoldenEye alumni Judi Dench). Bean, of…

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Death of a Yorkshireman: Sean Bean vs Hitman is live now

Nu-Hitman's time-limited Elusive Targets are nothing new, but this latest is worth a spot of ballyhoo because a) it's the first one for the simply sublime Hitman 2 2 b) it's only bloody Boromir himself. Sean Bean's famed for meeting a great many sticky Hollywood ends, which the Elusive Target nicknamed 'The Undying' makes a huge theatrical wink towards. We already knew the other Mr…

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Feature: Island vacation

Hitman 2 Isle of Sgàil Silent Assassin walkthrough: best ways to kill the targets

For the grand finale of Agent 47’s latest global assassination stint, the hairless hitman for hire takes his well-pressed suit to a secret patch of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. There, members of the world’s richest elite are holding an event in an elaborate ruined castle. They're gathering to discuss how they’re planning to influence society in their favour while also surviving…

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