The cake is ruined, someone smashed a plate glass window, and all the guests have scarpered. No, I’m not talking about the time that fight broke out at my cousin’s wedding - this is Hitman: Sniper Assassin, the surprisingly detailed co-op minigame that’s available now with pre-orders of Hitman 2.
Playing as either Agent 47 or two new agents, Knight and Stone, you’re tasked with eliminating three members of a retired criminal gang known as The Yardbirds. Doing so allows the fourth and final member of the group to inherit the millions they had stashed away years before. Better keep your hand steady.
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In the interest of safety, The Yardbirds almost never meet up, but they’ve come together for this one day as a daughter of one of gang members is getting married. Unfortunately for the happy couple, the day will not be ending well for them - well, depending how they feel about their soon-to-be in-laws - and even worse for several of their guests. Perched on a cliff edge that overlooks the ceremony is a sniper’s nest where you sit, either alone or with a co-op partner. From there, you are tasked with eliminating all three targets, and taking out as many of their entourage of guards as you can. Hopefully missions in Hitman 2 will have as wonderful a set up as this.
While much of the sandbox experience that defined the last Hitman outing doesn’t exist here - limited as you are to the use of a sniper rifle - there’s still a lot to this mode. Bodies can be catapulted into hiding places dotted around the level with the force of a well-placed shot, preventing guards from stumbling across them. Bullet drop and travel time need to be factored in, especially if your targets are on the move.