Posts Tagged ‘IO Interactive’

This is murder! Hitman adding ‘Professional’ difficulty

The episodic Hitman [official site] wrapped up its ‘first season’ last year (read Wot Alec Thinks of the whole thing) but it’s not done and dusted. A new ‘Professional’ difficulty setting will arrive in a free update later this month, publishers Square Enix announced today, to make murder more difficult. Expect guards to be more alert and inquisitive, more trouble disguising yourself, security cameras spotting your shenanigans, only one manual save per mission, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

RPS 2016 Advent Calendar, Dec 15th: Hitman

A good sandbox is defined by the options it gives you to explore, experiment and discover your own solutions to problems. Day fifteen of The RPS Advent Calendar, which highlights our favourite games of the year, brings the best sandbox of 2016…

It’s Hitman!

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Hitman going Home Alone-y with festive update

Even many Hitmaniacs are unaware of the untrue story of the series’ origins as a Home Alone game. IO Interactive built a prototype including a boy sneaking around his house, creating distractions with a Talkboy, and a ragdoll physics Joe Pesci tumbling down stairs after being clocked with a can of paint. “That’s nice,” said one Eidos executive, “but what if the man died?” So Kevin McCallister became Ian Hitman and a legend was born. This lie will come full circle next week with the Hitman [official site] December update, which will add a mission to thwart two dastardly thieves in Christmassy Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

Hitman’s November update adds offline profiles

I still haven’t got round to playing it, but it feels good that there’s a good Hitman [official site] again. Blood Money is one of my favourite games ever, Absolution was terrible, but the general consensus is that the latest is somewhere between good and great.

A new update for it has just been released which, rather than adding more content, aims to improve what’s already there. That includes offline profiles, which allows you to continue using unlockable items earned while online when you’re offline.

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Hitman Episode 6 Out Now, Closes Out Season One

The final episode of Hitman [official site] lands today, bringing an end to “Season One” of the assassination sim. This also puts a bullet to my “I’m waiting til it’s all done before I play it” excuse for not yet progressing beyond its tutorial. Now I’m stuck with my other well-worn excuse, that I’m too busy, but the launch trailer which features clips from all its levels does tempt me to make extra efforts to inhabit Agent 47 again. Read the rest of this entry »

Hitman Season Finale Visits Japan On October 31st

Ian Hitman is packing his cases. He’s checking the list – black suit x2; white shirt x4; y-fronts x8 (you never know, in his line of work); fibre wire – 5 metres etc. – and fretting over whether he should’ve splashed out on his rifle’s lightweight stock option to open up weight allowance for souvenirs. He’s off to Hokkaido, Japan for the final episode of the Hitman [official site] season, see. The episode will launch on October 31st, publishers Square Enix just announced. I suppose Halloween is a good time to unleash Ian, a boogeyman to the rich, famous, and arms-dealing.

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Hitman Episode 5 Is Out, Murdering Militia In Colorado

Episode 5 of Hitman [official site] is now upon us, sending Ian Hitman to Colorado. ‘Mother of Rivers’, some call the state, which is a lovely nickname. I’m a bit jealous. But he’s not here to swim in Little Snake River, Green River, the Rio Grande, or even the mighty Colorado – he’s here on neck-snapping business. Episode 5 sends him into a farm compound filled with naughty militia members someone wants whacked. Check it out in the launch trailer:

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Next Hitman Episode Sends Four Targets To The Farm

No sooner than we had finished our thoughts on the last episode of Hitman [official site], was the next episode announced. The adventures of bald death salesman Ian Hitman will continue on a farm in Colorado, where the plucky murderer will have to take out four targets in one go. The farm has been turned into a “private militia training camp”, and your marks all seem to be death specialists too, ranging from experts in “environmental terrorism” to “chemical interrogation”. If only you didn’t have to kill them, Ian could have made some new friends. Oh well.

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Hitman Episode Four Visiting Thailand On The 16th

“Bangkok, Oriental setting,” sang Murray Head, “And the city don’t know that the city is getting.” His prediction was a lot closer to the mark this time. “The crème de la crème of the chess world in a show with everything but Yul Brynner.” Replace ‘chess’ with ‘mopey pop rock’ and you’ve basically got the idea of Episode Four of Hitman [official site]. Publishers Square Enix today announced that, on August 16th, Ian Hitman will be jetting off to a luxury hotel outside Bangkok to murder a rubbish rock star and his family’s lawyer. But remember: one night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble.

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Summer Hols: Hitman’s Summer Bonus Episode Is Out

Ian Hitman is off on his summer sols. He’s packed his swimming trunks (with garotte drawstring), his beach ball (infused with francium to explode when hurled into e.g. a water polo match), his goggles (infrared vision obvs), his camera (firing poison darts), and his sunscreen (a slaphead’s gotta be careful!) and headed into the Hitman [official site] Summer Bonus Episode, which launched today. It doesn’t add new areas but it does re-work Sapienza and Marrakesh a little for two new missions. Someone’s filming a sci-fi action movie in Sapienza with a honking great robot, for starters.

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Twin Trouble In Hitman’s Interesting New Elusive Target

The sixth ‘Elusive Target’ is wandering around in Hitman [official site] for the next three days and – wait, this one is interesting – so is his identical twin. Like other Elusive Targets, Dylan Narváez is only in Hitman for a short while and he’ll be gone forever if you skip this or fail to murder him. Unlike other targets, Dylan has an identical twin. If you harm his brother Gonzales, that’s it, you’ve blown it. That’s an interesting little wrinkle in something that was becoming formulaic.

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Hitman’s Fifth Elusive Target Now Roaming Marrakesh

The next episode of Hitman [official site] isn’t due until later in July, but IO Interactive are ringing in the new month with a little spot of murder. The fifth ‘Elusive Target’ is here, an arms dealer hanging around Marrakesh for three days before he vanishes forever. Five is a magic number, as it means folks who snuff this chap out and have hit all previous targets can unlock Ian’s suit from Hitman Absolution.

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Have You Played… Hitman: Codename 47?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

The main way I used to play games was via demos on magazine coverdiscs, and the demo I remember most fondly was for Hitman: Codename 47.

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Man Vs. Murderbot In Hitman Summer Bonus Episode

Ian Hitman is having a summer staycation in July with the Summer Bonus Episode, publishers Square Enix have announced. Why a staycation? While Hitman [official site] episodes so far have added new areas, the Summer Bonus Episode will revisit Marrakesh and Sapienza for new murdermissions. He’ll be offing a mole in Morocco and in Sapienza, well! Seems a film crew is in town with a honking great robot and a knock-off Iron Man, and someone needs to break more than just a leg.

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Hitman’s Third Elusive Target Now Live

Honestly, you wait ages for one elusive target and then… No, I can’t even be bothered to finish that joke. Let’s get to the meat of this announcement so you can get on with your life of assassinating targets and polishing your barcode.

The third Hitman’s [official site] elusive target – The Prince – is now live in Sapienza. Well, he is unless you’ve already taken him out, in which case… good job? Leon would be proud. If not, read on for more:

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Wot I Think: Hitman Episode 3 – Marrakesh

The trend for Hitman’s [official site] episodic levels to be grow bigger and more populous with each new installment continues unabated with third map Marrakesh, which is frankly just showing off. There’s just no need to emerge from a vast crowd of tourists into a shop populated by hundreds of beautifully-glowing lamps and, from there, into an even larger horde, this time of protesters raging amid coloured smoke. No need whatsoever. Bless ’em for doing it anyway.

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Head-Spinning Heights: Hitman’s 360° Marrakesh Trailer

It’s tough being hip nowadays, what with all the mobile cellular telephones and social medias and streams and memes. Another fad that seems to be becoming increasingly popular is 360 degree “interactive” videogame trailers. I like these and the latest Hitman [official site] number takes us to Marrakesh, should you wish to visit the Moroccan city before getting your hands on Agent 47’s latest outing that’s out today.

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Hitman: The Congressman Now On The Loose

Straight out of an Agatha Christie adaptation

This is your friendly reminder that the second Elusive Target (a limited time, no do-overs mission) should now be live in Hitman [official site]. Unless you’ve been stupidly efficient and somehow killed whoever it is on spawn already.

Well, I say “whoever it is” but they’ve called the mission “The Congressman” so I’m guessing you’re taking out a congressman and from the picture he seems like a sort of jowly hat-wearer who you might find on a foreign vacation in a Poirot mystery.

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Hitman Episode 3 Visiting Marrakesh Next Week

The third episode of the new Hitman [official site] will launch next Tuesday, May 31st, Square Enix have announced. Ian Hitman’s next assignment will take him to the city of Marrakesh in Morocco, where someone wants a banker and a general dead. Given how much of an improvement the second episode was over the first, this is jolly exciting.

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Hitman’s Second Elusive Target Coming Next Friday

Hitman [official site] recently introduced ‘Elusive Targets’, people with contracts on their heads who’ll only appear in the game for a short period of actual real time before vanishing forever, and who will also vanish if you fluff the assassination. Alex Spencer flipping loved the tension that brought, but I saw a fair few people note they didn’t even know it was coming. Well then! Consider this one week’s notice that the second Elusive Target will be strolling around sunny Sapienza next Friday. He’s a Congressman.

Only 53% of attempts last time were successful, you know.

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