Hitman is not an easy game, even for experienced players. Each location is rammed with things to both understand and learn, so TrustedReviews has put together 7 beginner’s tips to help you become a lethal assassin.
It never pays to rush in Hitman. While you may think running to a specific part of the map or carelessly smashing into strangers doesn’t matter, it really does. In fact, everything Agent 47 does can rouse suspicion if you do it too fast, so slow down. Anytime you’re tempted to dive in think twice, even down to the point of not crouching in front of the wrong person. They’ll instantly raise an eyebrow to your bizarre behaviour and think about raising the alarm.
If you’re new to Hitman it can be a very intimidating experience. Although the tutorial will help to some extent as to how the game operates, there’s still a sense of bafflement when it drops you down in its first proper location: Paris.
This is where Opportunities are at their most useful. Allowing you to follow specific waypoints to pull off a hit, you’ll not only have markers that show where to head next, but also a better understanding of the rules of the game. You still have to remain cautious and execute the chosen target, but the on-screen guides and prompts ensure you don’t throw the controller on the ground in frustration and confusion.
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Learn The Map
There’s literally dozens of ways to assassinate a target in Hitman. This means you’re never stuck with one plan, instead keeping tabs on your victim in order to decide where and when is a good place to take them out. Giving yourself time to learn the map and your surroundings before this is going to pay dividends down the line.
Take the Paris map as an example. With numerous hidden pathways and secluded areas to find, you may think of the perfect kill even before hunting an objective down. You’ll also learn the places you can’t go without the right change of clothes and where individuals with said garments can be located. A quick wander and your brain will be overflowing with murderous ideas.
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Don’t Get Caught
This may sound like an obvious tip for a stealth game like Hitman, but getting caught results, more often than not, in instant death. If you do arouse suspicion or catch the attention of the guards, don’t opt for a firefight unless you truly feel there’s no other option.
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There usually is, though, be that scurrying off into the shadows until the alert is lowered, finding a new change of clothes so you’re not recognised, or pretending to surrender before apprehending a guard and scarpering. The latter in particular is a good way to get yourself out of a problematic situation and take out a guard at the same time. Be sure to hide bodies once you’ve knocked them out or killed them, too. Someone will always find them otherwise.
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There is no right or wrong as far as Hitman is concerned. Whether you want to shoot your target straight in the face, choke them out with garrote wire, push them off a roof or beat them with a weapon, you’re allowed to pick whichever path makes the most sense.
This means you should never stick to a single idea and constantly experiment as you play. Not only will this open up choices like poisoning, stabbing or even flinging a man out of a cockpit, but it’ll teach you how much you can get away with.
Kill In Silence
If you don’t have a silencer on your gun make sure there’s not another option to hand before using it. Shooting with any weapon that makes a noise will see you surrounded almost instantaneously so using this as a last resort will help no end.
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It’s not like Hitman doesn’t have countless of silent options, even if that’s just throwing a bottle in someone’s face. Be warned, though: Even that makes quite the thud.
Know Your Exit
Successfully killing the target is one thing. Getting out without anyone realising what you’ve done is another. If you don’t know where you’re headed after an assassination it’s likely someone will cotton on to what you’ve done and raise the alarm.
Planning an escape route before you’ve even done the deed not only guarantees you don’t get shot before finishing the level, but also that you feel 10 times cooler for not being caught…
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